Dan O’Brien: Olympic decathlete.

Born: July 18, 1966

I call myself a chameleon.

As a child, all Dan O’Brien thought about was fitting in.  However, he now praises his parents for helping get past his mistakes in the classroom to focus on his strengths in sports.

As a young child, I was never a crier. I never cried to get my way, or even when I was in pain.

I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little.

As a young athlete, it was first about having fun; then it was about winning.

Today he strives to get other youngsters interested in sports and fitness.

Helping Crayola inspire families to get outside and get creative is what this record is all about.  I took the Outdoor Challenge because I care about kids and I want to see them lead healthy and happy lives.

He reminds all of us of a few keys to success in any arena of life.

The only way to overcome is to hang in.

If you never give up, you’ll be successful.

Take pride in exactly what it is you do and remember it’s okay to fail as long as you don’t give up.

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