Jarome Iginla (Canada), ice hockey, gold in 2002 & 2010
Jarome Iginla has nurturing his hockey career since he was a teen in the early ’90s. Born and raised in Canada, where the locals skate on ponds and lakes (!), Iginla was pretty much born to carry a stick and skates. With his grandfather’s support, he climbed to the top of the junior division and as he grew older, he’d earned the respect of hockey lovers nationwide. He’d been copping gold medals since he was a teenager, competing in the Nations Cup, the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 1996, and the World Ice Hockey Championships as the youngest player at age 19. Iginla went on to play for the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings. While he was with the Flames, he’d received the call to participate in the 2002 Winter Games. He answered that call by winning the first gold medal for Canada in 50 years. But what’s even more impressive is that Iginla was the first Black man to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, ever.
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