RIO 2016 Inspirations from TEAM PROTO
Proto Homes favorite olympic highlights


For over 100 years Olympic Games have proved to the world that Dream, Believe, Achieve is possible and Rio 2016 was no exception. We have witnessed some of the greatest athletes of our time inspire millions of people from around the world with their incredible achievements.  At Proto Homes, we felt compelled to put together some of the most memorable moments from RIO 2016 that have touched our hearts, made us cry and left an everlasting impression.  Our own goal to transform the home building industry is a difficult task and we like to draw inspiration from people who have proved that anything is possible when you Dream Big, Believe in Yourself, Work Hard and ultimately Achieve success!

Simone Biles Defied Gravity and Faith

Marlow Rico, Project Manager

Simone Biles is just 19 years old and  stands 4ft 8in tall,  but this petite teenager has already carved herself out huge reputation in the world of gymnastics.  With an exceptional score of 62.198, Biles broke records in becoming the first woman in 20 years to win subsequent world and Olympic titles in all-around gymnastics.

But just as inspiring as her hard work and amazing talent, is her life story.

The Independent Journal reports Biles was born in Ohio to drug-addicted parents, and her father quickly abandoned the family. The first few years of her life were a yo-yo between her mother’s house and foster homes. When Biles was six, her grandparents adopted her and her younger sister, and they moved to Texas, the report states.Now, the 19-year-old gymnast calls her grandparents, Ron and Nellie, mom and dad. A perfectionist, Biles trains continuously and often is hard on herself when she makes a mistake, according to the report. On Sunday, the only day she doesn’t practice, she goes to church with her family.

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.

The young athlete has attracted the public spotlight because of her amazing abilities, but her adoption and her struggles are even more inspiring because they demonstrate how every person can overcome adversity to achieve greatness. She is quickly becoming an inspiration to many adopted children.Thirteen-year-old Elishama Collado was adopted as a baby. She says she dreams of playing in the WNBA and becoming an elite athlete like Olympian Simone Biles, who is also adopted.”Everybody else has different stories to their life,” she say. “The way mine is set up is just great because everybody treats me the same.”

“Prayer” performed by Russian Synchronized Swimming team is a moving masterpiece

Annaliza Larossa, Comptroller

“Synchronized swimming is often described as a mix of swimming, dancing, and gymnastics, and performing all three at the same time is as difficult as it sounds. The result is absolutely amazing to see and after watching the video, you will agree that the discipline and its athletes deserve our attention and respect!

Their eight pairs of lean legs batting out of the water in the form of praying hands, Russia’s synchronized swimming team swept to their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal on Friday. The victory, while expected, was particularly sweet given the high score of 99.1333 points for their free routine and because the choreography was intensely personal for team head coach Tatyana Pokrovskaya.

“Our head coach had a personal drama in the family and it coincided with the time when she had to train us. And this is what went into this routine as a main message,” said Natalia Ishchenko of their routine called “The Prayer”. This is truly mesmerizing and inspirational!

Eliud Kipchoge- life is a marathon not a race

Karen Mitri, Architectural Director

Proto Homes favorite olympic highlights

Favorite Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway gold medal in a men’s marathon in Rio.The Kenyan broke away at the 35km mark and romped home to win in a time of two hours, eight minutes, 44 seconds – well over a minute quicker than Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa, who took silver.

In the shadow of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, poking through the rain clouds from high above the city, Kipchoge produced a virtuoso performance as he added gold to the 5,000m silver he won in Beijing in 2008 and his bronze from Athens 2004.

If you want to grow, if you want to be successful, then it’s going to take time. Remember slow and steady wins the race. You have to make progress, little by little, over time.

Marathon is one of the most inspirational events to watch at the Olympics. Life is a marathon, and the training regime for sprinters is different than for long distance runners. Sprinters focus on speed, on explosive power, while marathoners focus on endurance, fluid motion and mental toughness. They aren’t looking for a quick win and neither are we at Proto, as after all “Slow and Steady” wins the race!

The Girl with the “dancing horse” Laura Graves and Diddy, a journey 13 years in the making

Kseniya Erwin, Director of Marketing

Proto Homes favorite olympic highlights

Laura Graves competed in Rio in dressage, an equestrian sport that many people know as “dancing horses”. With her trusted partner Verdades, or as Laura calls him fondly “Diddy”, Graves catapulted the Team USA to a Bronze medal position. Some might say, it’s arguably the most memorable moment compared to many other stories of Olympians, but that is why we want to take a closer look what did it take for 29-year-old Graves to go from relative obscurity to one of the world’s best dressage riders and Olympic medal. A journey 13 years in the making that has become the latest “fairy-tale” of American Sport.

“I was a hairstylist,” says Laura Graves, thinking back to 2008. “I had moved to Boston, and that’s what I was going to do. But then I said to myself: Now is the time.”Graves abandoned her career for a shot at turning the unruliest horse on the circuit into a dressage superstar. Seven years later, the 27-year-old’s dreams are coming true.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Even though Graves and Verdades finished only 5th individually, it was her personal  best score in the team test that has secured a Bronze medal win for Team USA. “A fairytale is exactly what I feel like,” says Graves.

“I was Cinderella and all it takes is Prince Charming to turn your whole life around. I’ve always had my Prince Charming — just maybe he was a frog for a while.But I think it’s important to remember how hard Cinderella worked before she caught a break.”

Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin  as the first Iranian woman to ever win an Olympic medal.

Mehrdad Dabbagh, Director of Production

Proto Homes favorite olympic highlights

There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.

Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin made history yesterday, Aug. 18, as the first Iranian woman to ever win an Olympic medal. She took the bronze for Iran in taekwondo, beating Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic.

“I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold. I thank God that I made history with my bronze to pave the way for other Iranian women.” she said, according to the BBC.

Affectionately known as “The Tsunami” in Iran, the 18-year old serves an inspiration for many girls from around the world that anything is possible!

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