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.
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.
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.