Dan O'Brien - May 7th

Dan O’Brien -- 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist was born in 1966. The half Black, half White baby was given up for adoption, but was tough to place. He spent the first few years of his life in a succession of foster homes. A white couple, the O’Briens, adopted him and raised him with their two natural children, and their other 6 adopted kids in a 9-bedroom converted Oregon farm! I appreciate Dan's forthcoming attitude in discussing his challenges as a child and adult because of his foster care experience -- difficulty expressing emotion, being uncertain about people staying in his life, struggles with school and racial identity. He says the most useful tools for him have been carrying his goals in his pocket so he knows what he's working for and deep breathing exercises.

Dan O'Brien

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