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Every year, the Olympics are full of stories that make us reach for the tissues, and Stig-Andre Berge’s is a tearjerker you may have missed.

Wrestling never seems to get the coverage of other sports during the Olympics; Greco-Roman wrestling, the less popular style, is relegated to midnight hours on obscure channels. But Berge’s story is one that deserves to be told.

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The Norwegian wrestler’s mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness but never told her son how sick she was, hoping not to distract him from his dream of earning an Olympic medal.


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Norway is not a nation known for prowess in the sport of wrestling. Berge’s opponent, a wrestler from Azerbaijan, was already a decorated athlete. But despite overwhelming odds, Berge fulfilled the dream that he and his mother shared and earned an Olympic medal.

Watch the touching moment here.

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