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27 Feb 2010
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Challenge winner brings the message back

The Best of Us Challenge winner returned home from his time at the Games in Vancouver, and took what he learned from being at the Games back to the young people. The Virginia State native, 25-year-old Grant Gibbons, returned home and told the kids at the Boys and Girls Club he volunteers at about what he learned and what he saw at the Games.

Gibbons said he was able to explain to the kids that the best way to celebrate sporting victories is to do it in a peaceful manner.

“It was cool to be in Vancouver to see the crowds just happy and excited,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons was flown to Vancouver with a friend for four days to enjoy various games and events.

“I had an awesome time,” Gibbons said. “It's one of those things you're going to remember for the rest of your life.”

At first Gibbons was unsure that he had in fact been chosen as the grand prize winner because he had just intended to post the video to encourage the kids in the club to apply.

“I'm not quite sure why they picked me,” Gibbons said modestly. “There were many other videos that were just as good but I'm just happy that they picked mine.”

Gibbons' challenge video showed him picking up 12 disks with his foot in 30 seconds.

The Best of Us Challenge had dozens of Olympians challenging contestants to beat them at doing multiple cartwheels, picking up disks with their feet and hula hooping among others. 

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter

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