The 2014 Olympics has had its share of controversy, yet Olympians have been stepping up to outshine the bad to show what the Games should really be about: teamwork, sacrifice, unity, and peace. These Olympic athletes will restore your faith in the human spirit with their moving stories.
Yahoo Sports coverage of the Closing Ceremony is presented by United Airlines Canada's Alex Bilodeau, left, celebrates with his brother Frederic after winning the gold medal in the men's moguls final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Gold medallists Ukraine's Juliya Dzhyma (2nd L), Vita Semerenko, Valj Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna (R) jump on the podium during the victory ceremony for the women's biathlon 4 x 6km event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) Russia's Anton Gafarov (L) reacts after failing to get through to the next stage of competition, in the men's cross-country sprint semi-final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING) Gold medal winner Joss Christensen (C), silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (L) and bronze medalist Nicholas Goepper, all of the U.S. celebrate during the medal ceremony of the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 09 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE 'SOCHI - EDITOR'S CHOICE' TO FIND ALL SEARCH 'EDITOR'S CHOICE - 13 FEBRUARY 2014' Bronze medallist Denny Morrison of Canada waves during the victory ceremony for the men's 1,500 metres speed skating event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SPEED SKATING) Lindsey Jacobellis posted this photo to her Instagram. Her Sochi dog has made it home safely. Jacobellis looks like she will have some great company during her recovery fro a thumb injury. (Instagram) Gus Kenworthy, the American silver medalist in ski slopestyle, has become the face of Sochi due to his efforts to give homes to some adorable Sochi stray dogs. Not only has Kenworthy managed to rescue four puppies, but he has also made the arrangements to bring the puppies' mother to America as well. The mother will go to Gus's own mom, who will provide a home for the stray. (Twitter) United States biathlete twins Lanny, right, and Tracy Barnes pose on the shooting range during a training session on the biathlon course in Cesana San Sicario, Italy, at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Animal activist Igor Airapetian carries a stray dog to his car brought out of Sochi by fellow activist at a rendezvous point 120 kilometers away from the Olympic area in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Tuapse, Russia. Airapetian is one of a dozen people in the emerging movement of animal activists in Sochi alarmed by reports that the city has contracted the killing of thousands of stray dogs before and during the Olympic Games. Stray dogs are a common sight on the streets of Russian cities, but with massive construction in the area the street dog population in Sochi and the Olympic park has soared. Useful as noisy, guard dogs, workers feed them to keep them nearby and protect buildings. They soon lose their value and become strays. Tonight, a few dogs will be taken on their way to a new life in Moscow. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov, left, celebrates with Shaun White of the United States after Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)