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Are you ready for the celebrating friendship? “Friends Are Quite Angels,” is a tribute to the friendships that mean so much to us. In honor of the upcoming International Friendship Week, enjoy this lovely tune.

The U.S. Olympic team continued their lucky streak on Wednesday when two more Olympians won gold medals along with Lindsey Vonn: 27-year-old Shani Davis in the 1000 meter speed skating event and 23-year-old Shaun White in the halfpipe snowboarding event. 

Shani Davis was the first black athlete to win a gold medal for an individual sport at the 2006 Winter Olympics and he also became the first man to defend his title this year and set a world record.  In the past, Davis has been accused of not being a team player, of keeping to himself, feuding with other players, and shunning endorsements and limelight.  Yet despite people’s perceptions of him, Davis remained competitively strong and capable, maintaining his own resources to train and focusing his time and energy on fatherhood (he has a son) and on the sport he loves. Raised and supported by a single mother, Davis began roller skating at 2-years-old and competing in speedskating events at 6-years-old.

“I’ve lived 27 years of my life and I have self worth and I know what I am as a person…I don’t need anyone to define that for me if they’re paying attention to me once every four years, or just these two weeks of the Olympics.  I already have my self-definition, and I’m quite happy with it,” Davis shared before winning the gold medal. (Olympics.Fanhouse.com)

Everyone in New York City remembers Wesley Autrey, the “Subway Hero” or “Subway Superman.” who jumped onto the subway tracks in Harlem to save a 19-year-old student who had fallen off the platform. 

Another “Subway Hero,” 23-year-old Lance McGraw, rescued a young woman in Brooklyn recently. A student at Parsons School of Design, 18-year-old Rosie Rittenberry fainted and fell onto the tracks. When no one else made a move to help Rittenberry, McGraw, a Michigan native who works in advertising, made a split second decision to jump onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train.  He lifted the unconscious Rittenberry back onto the platform.

While Rittenberry regained consciousness, McGraw continued on his way and rode the subway to work.

The best part of this true story? Rittenberry and McGraw live only one block from each other in Brooklyn and will be keeping in touch.  The two were reunited for the first time on national television.  Watch the Fox News clip below: 

American history was made when 25-year-old Lindsey Vonn won the first gold medal in downhill speed skiing on Wednesday.  The last time an American woman won a gold medal in any Alpine speed skiing event was in 1988 when Picabo Street competed in the super giant (super G) slalom race.

“I dreamed about what this would feel like but it is much better in real life,” said the 25-year-old.” (CNN.com)

Despite sustaining a shin injury and feeling  pressure to win since losing in the last Olympics, Vonn pressed on and made a strong comeback on the slope, fulfilling all expectations and the ultimate Olympic dream.

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