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Five highs from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

2. High: Adrien Niyonshuti proudly represents Rwanda

As someone who lost six siblings in the Rwandan genocide, Adrien Niyonshuti is no stranger to struggle.

His Olympic bid was full of hope and inspiration, though, as he fought to change the view of his recovering nation in the international consciousness.

“The first thing people think of at the moment is the genocide, but that was 18 years ago. I want people to concentrate on the positive aspects of my country.”

He did not meet his goal of finishing in the top 20, but the 39th-place finisher was met with audience enthusiasm that rivaled the applause for some of the top finishers as he crossed the finish line.

Clearly, he accomplished his goal to be a positive ambassador for Rwanda.

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