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Kamil Stoch - Double Olympic Champion | Sochi 2014
NEW VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0nl7F9oR80&index=2&list=UUz0DxmjCHVOCC5UNofnQjWg Dedicated to Polish Team in Soczi. It`s our THANK YOU for everyt...

You held me down but I got up (…)
‘Cause I am a champion
And you’re gonna hear ROOOOAAAR!

Guys! Today is the second anniversary of Kamil’s first Olympic Gold! It was the first Olympic Gold in ski jumping for Poland since 1972 when Wojciech Fortuna won. So, if any of you think that we’re overly emotional about it, then you should know how epic was that. Yes, it is a big deal.

And I believe that Kamil will stand up from his knees. World is trying to hold him down but he’s gonna get up. And all of his haters will be ashamed.

Kamil found out about our twitter action #twoyearsofGoldenStoch and this is what he posted:

Many people bring back an anniversary for me :) Thanks to MKOI for the cool vid!

Guys, I don’t think I can stand seeing him sad any longer. :( I wish he was as happy as he was back then in Sochi…

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Although not a native Detroiter, Eddie Tolan moved to the city as a teenager in time to attend Cass Tech in the mid-1920s.  Here Tolan found success on the school’s football and track and field teams.  After graduation, he attended the University of Michigan, where his focus turn toward sprinting.  Here, he shattered college records, and even tied the world record for the 100-yard dash.  The above c. 1930 photograph likely depicts Tolan during this era.

Shortly after graduation, he competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.  He emerged with two gold medals and two world records–for the 100-meter and 200-meter races–as well as the title “World’s Fastest Human.”

To read more about Eddie Tolan, including his later foray into vaudeville, and eventual career as a teacher in Detroit, why not revisit this 2012 post from our blog?

Kelli Stack and Her Sochi Stray

By Kaitlin Cimini

When the Connecticut Whale hosted the Buffalo Beauts Sunday in Danbury, Conn., the NWHL had declared it Dogs and Donuts day, sending out an email to fans from Kelli Stack, a forward for the Whale and the NWHL’s highlighted player of the game. Not only would the league be selling posters of Stack, but fans would be allowed to bring their dogs to the arena and into the stands to watch the game. Those unlucky enough to be without dogs could adopt one in the lobby of the rink.

All of this was pretty perfect for Stack, who has quite a dog-adoption story of her own.

The Sochi Olympics saw Stack, a two-time Olympic player, come away with a new stamp in her passport, a silver medal and, like several athletes who traveled to the Olympic village in 2014, a dog.

Although those running the Olympic village were busy trying to keep the large stray animal population out of the public eye, with limited success, they didn’t do such a good job of keeping them away from the athletes.

“There was one time when we were getting on the bus to go to practice –– it was, like, a two-minute drive to the rink –– and there was a dog just laying on the sidewalk, just, you know, basking in the sunlight, not doing anything,” Stack said unhappily. “We were petting him and then out of nowhere this white van pulls up, these two Russian men get out and take the dog and put him in the back of the van and drive away.” While none of the athletes Stack was with spoke Russian, it was easy to guess the stray’s fate.

“We all just started crying our eyes out,” Stack said. “So to see it, firsthand, that was really hard.”

The incident drove home the reality for the animals and Stack knew there was something she had to do to help.

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