This is so touching!
14-year-old Ben Tudhope is the youngest Paralympian to compete in Sochi, but after suffering a recent tragedy, his perspective on winning the event changed a little bit.
The Australian para-snowboard cross competitor lost his teammate Matthew Robinson last month after he suffered spinal cord injuries while racing. The air ambulance was refueling on the Spain to Australia trip, but Matthew didn’t make it.
So, in remembrance of him, Tudhope, who is partially paralyzed on his left side due to being born with cerebral palsy, said:
"It was just all for you… Matthew Robinson was a big encouragement for me. He just lifted my game a lot in the third run.""It was really nerve-wracking but my goal was just to (gain) experience.”
As for being the youngest to compete, Ben explained the excitement, saying:
"I feel really good being so young at the games, it's a really amazing experience. At every World Cup we have a few parents at the bottom but here we have so many people cheering you on."
And now that he’s gotten a taste, Ben is excited to compete again at Pyeongchang in 2018.
It’s great that someone so young already has a clear grasp on the important things in life.
[Image via AP Images.]