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Meet The Creators

  • Producer Aaron Augenblick, Lisa Thomas
  • Director Katie Wendt
  • Educator Steve Mesler
  • Narrator Steve Mesler


Additional Resources for you to Explore
Not all kids have the benefit of strong role models who encourage them to envision for themselves a bright and successful future. The organization Steve Mesler founded, Classrooms Champions, aims to address these issues and many more by using our Olympians and Paralympians as role models for success and goal setting.
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.
Steve Mesler is a three-time United States Olympian and 2010 Gold Medalist in 4-man bobsled, consultant, and philanthropist who has dedicated much of his life-to-date to achieving one major goal- winning an Olympic Gold Medal. He is now committed to sharing his experiences and the life lessons he learned while breaking a 62-year American Olympic Gold Medal drought and a 50-year American World Championship drought with his teammates Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz aboard their Bo-Dyn Night Train Bobsled.
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