We know athletes who impress the world with their exceptional sporting accomplishments.
We also know people who write extraordinary life stories along with their sporting achievements.
Then there is Primož Roglič.
The Slovenian cycling hero wrote a story that the best film directors would be proud of.
He started his sports career as an extremely talented ski jumper. He even became a team – Junior World Champion.
Then he fell badly while ski flying on Planica’s largest hill and had to say goodbye this sport.
He found new sporting challenges in cycling. Because he changed sports late in his athletic career, he gained many fans after his first cycling successes.
He also showed that he never gives up and always keeps fighting.
This year his main goal of the season was to win the race in Italy, Giro d’Italia.
The Slovenian fans, who gathered in large numbers in the village above Trbiž on Saturday, once again proved to him how much they love him.
Primož gave back to them in his own way – with lots of drama. During the ascent his chain came off. He calmly fixed it and continued on toward victory.
“I was flying down the road because of all the people. I enjoyed every meter, and this is the best day of my career,” he thanked his fans at the finish line.
His son Lev also impressed the fans.
Points to Consider
- Can you pick yourself up after a fall?
- Who helps you the most in life?
- Why are fans so important to athletes?
The original version of this article was published on May 29th.