The 13 Most Incredible Stories About Olympic Medal Winners Anything
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The 13 Most Incredible Stories About Olympic Medal Winners

Olympians are an interesting breed. They strive against life and limb to compete, to prove themselves, to represent their country and to be the best in the world at something. Here are thirteen incredible stories about Olympians doing everything they can to win, to finish or to even compete. From a man with gall stones who ran two miles to get to the stadium, won a race, then was rushed to the hospital, to a woman who overcame paralysis, to a man who stopped rowing mid-race for a family of ducks and still won -- these are the thirteen wildest stories about Olympic athletes, and what they'll do for a chance at the gold.

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    Teofilo Stevenson Turns Down $5 Million for His Country

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    Could you turn down a million dollars in the name of your compatriots? I didn't think so. However, Teofilo Stevenson, an amateur Cuban boxer, was offered $5 million USD to go professional and take on the current world heavyweight champion, a guy you might know as Muhammad Ali. Instead of taking the money and running, Teofilo turned down the offer saying "What is one million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans?" Like a boss. Even though it was five million. He went on to win three Olympic gold medals for Cuba in the 1980 Summer Olympics.

    I guess turning down money like that is fairly easy knowing that around half of that eight million populous includes women that want to jump your bones. Being gracious is simple when you know you'll be treated like a king for the rest of your life. The amount of free cigars and Cuba Libre's probably add up to around $2 million, so he's on his way.

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