Man with special needs beats Michael Phelps and gives out hugs

Tim Harris has an amazing story of inspiration and hope.  How many people can say they own their own restaurant, and also have WAY more gold medals than Olympian Michael Phelps?


Just hours after Tim was born, doctors told his parents that he had Down Syndrome, and many friends of the family told them how sorry they were.  In Tim’s own words, “I guess they didn’t know then just how totally awesome I would turn out to be”.


At 13, Tim entered in the Special Olympics playing basketball, hockey, volleyball, golf and track and field.  Through the years, he has totaled dozens of gold medals, which are on display in his restaurant. 


Graduating from Eastern New Mexico University with certificates in food service, office skills, and restaurant hosting, Tim now owns his own restaurant located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  “Tim’s Place”—The Worlds friendliest Restaurant offers a very special item on his menu…. HUGS!  Tim says that most people order at least one, and says he’s given out nearly 40,000 hugs at his restaurant! “I even have a counter on the wall to keep track of the total. 


"I guess you can say I’m a lean, mean, hugging machine!” said Tim. 


Do yourself a favor if your ever in the Albuquerque area a get your hug from Tim’s Place!



Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,




Daniel Gyurta to have gold medal made to honour Alexander Dale Oen

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Hungary's 200m breaststroke champion Daniel Gyurta has revealed he will have a copy of his gold medal made in memory of the former world champion Alexander Dale Oen.

Dale Oen, who was from Norway, died at the age of 26 earlier this year from a rare heart disease while at a training camp in Arizona.

The Norwegian had won the 100m breaststroke at the world championships less than a year earlier and was one of the favourites in the 100m and 200m events for the Olympics.

Gyurta told Hungarian reporters on Friday that he will send a copy of his gold medal to Dale Oen's relatives.

"We became very good friends this year," Gyurta said. "I'm sure that he would have won the 100 here in London. This is the least I can do to pay respect to my friend."

Bjorn Soleng, the General Secretary of the Norwegian Swimming Federation, said on behalf of the family that he is sure they will appreciate the gesture very much.

South African Cameron van der Burgh, who took out the 100m event, dedicated his swim to Dale Oen. Dale Oen became a hero in Norway after dedicating his world championship win to the 77 people killed in last year's massacre by Anders Breivik.



"Daniel Gyurta to have gold medal made to honour Alexander Dale Oen" The Guardian. 6 August 2012. Web.

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Man Sends 4th Place Medals To Olympians Who Came Close

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"There used to be 84 countries in the Olympic Games, now there are 204. Performance levels have become so much higher that it is so hard now to get a medal. I thought, it's time this increase in the competitiveness and the standards was taken account of."

And with that, David Mitchell from Derbyshire, England decided that the Olympics needed fourth place medals. And he was the guy who was going to make it happen.

So Mitchell went to a local trophy store and spent his own money to have some custom hardware made for the most disappointed of all Olympians. On one side would be the athlete's name and event and on the other, "In Recognition of your 4th Place Olympic Games 2012." The first recipients? British divers Peter Waterfield and Tom Daley.

The pair was well on its way to a medal (and possibly even the gold) when they botched their fourth dive. In the end that mistake was enough to knock the duo just off the podium. In a tweet following the match, Daley summed up his feelings:

Source: @TomDaley1994

Well now, thanks to Mitchell, Daley and his partner will have something to show for their performance, which though disappointing, left them as the fourth best synchronized divers in the world. And after all, being the fourth best anything in the world is something worth celebrating.

But before you cry homerism, Mitchell's not limiting his operation to athletes from the UK. He's said he plans to send medals to select fourth place finishers from around the world. His only worry?

"I hope they don't find it insulting, because it's meant seriously and supportively."

Good Guy Of The Olympics: David Mitchell

Good Guy Of The Olympics: David Mitchell

Moore, Jack. "British Man Sends 4th Place Medals To Athletes Who Came Close" Buzzfeed. 21 August 2012. Web.

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