Column: Oglala Sioux boy dreams of Olympics
"The Olympics can inspire athletes to achieve their greatest goals. The Olympics can drive athletes to train harder and be their best.

Lou Tyon, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, also hopes the Olympics can help break a cycle he’s faced his entire life.

Lou’s 7-year-old grandson Delaney dreams of skiing at the Winter Olympics and representing his county and his people. Skiing legend Billy Kidd has taken a personal interest in helping Delaney pursue his dreams after watching a video on YouTube. Kidd knows Delaney faces an uphill battle, and his chances of winning a medal are even slimmer.

But those odds have not stopped Delaney from dreaming, or developing a lifelong love of skiing. He spends the falls and winters living in a house his grandfather rents in Steamboat Springs so he can be closer to coaches and our world-class resort."

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