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What Does It Take to Become an Olympian or Paralympian?

Athletes give viewers an intimate look at their journeys to the Olympic Games.

It can be difficult to imagine what’s involved in being an amateur athlete. Unless you’re on a similar path, it’s often a challenge to appreciate all the training, sacrifices, and mental preparation that go into an Olympic or Paralympic journey.

This year, Petro-Canada invited FACE™ athletes to meet each other and share their insights, giving all Canadians the opportunity to celebrate these unique stories.

Tayler Wilton and John Leslie, both members of Canada’s Olympic snowboarding team, are two of the athletes who have shared their experiences. Both had to overcome considerable obstacles in order to ultimately pursue Olympic dreams: Tayler sustained torn knees ligaments in a 2012 car accident, and John’s childhood battle with cancer resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. And both, thanks to their talent and determination, are now headed to Sochi.