With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games underway in Sochi, Russia, athletes from around the world will attempt to earn their place in history.
There are athletes, however, who despite never earning a trip to the podium are remarkable nonetheless by virtue of the road they took to arrive at the games and fulfill their own Olympic dreams.
Take the case of Paul Bragiel, an American Internet entrepreneur who seized on the idea of becoming an Olympian. The sport Bragiel elected to compete in is cross-country skiing, an event for which he had no training prior to last January. Bragiel hoped to race under the flag of Colombia, a country that has never been represented at the Winter Olympics, even though he also doesn't speak Spanish.
Bragiel, because of a sickness, missed some of his qualifying races and won't appear in this year's Games. But his story echoes that of other Olympians who took a chance and managed their own moments of Olympic glory.