Today August 7, 2013 Google have selected Abebe Bikila to be honored with a Google Doodle. The Google Doodle show a race track with presumably Abebe Bikila running over the finish line. Abebe Bikila was a double Olympic Marathon Champion born in Ethiopia and most famous for winning his Gold Marathon Olympics Medat at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome Italy.
Originally Abebe Bikila was not included into the 1960 Olympics but due to the misfortune of his team mate Wami Biratu who broke his ankle in a football match, he made the team at last moment literally just before the plane took off for the Rome Olympics.
Adidas, the shoe sponsor at the 1960 Summer Olympics, had few shoes left when Bikila went to try out shoes and he ended up with a pair that didn’t fit comfortably, so he couldn’t use them and he ran the Marathon bare foot and still won.
After the race when asked why he ran the race bare food Abebe Bikila said that, “I wanted the whole world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism.”
Abebe Bikila was born on the 7th of August 1932 and died 25 October 1973 at the age of 41. His legend lives on today and he is a hero and role model for Olympic Athletes today.