Special Olympics runner aims to follow in his great-grandfather’s fast footsteps to win gold

 |   Tracy Ith

Daniel Wolff runs on a track.Daniel Wolff has a shot at knowing the glory his great-grandfather felt nearly 80 years ago when he and three teammates ran a relay race in Berlin, winning Olympic gold in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

The 21-year-old Great Britain man will run the 4×100-meter relay in this summer’s Special Olympics World Games. His family is headed to Los Angeles to cheer him on, eager to see him follow in his great-grandfather’s fast footsteps to make history.

“I think it’s obviously great, the parallel between the two,” says Daniel’s father, Paul Wolff. “My grandfather would absolutely love it.”

Daniel is one of four athletes Microsoft is following as they train, travel to and compete in the games beginning later this month. Microsoft gave each a Surface Pro 3 and a Lumia 930 smartphone to help them reach for their personal best and document their incredible journey.

Daniel’s grandfather still has the medal won by his great-grandfather, Freddie Wolff, and keeps it as a treasured souvenir of the unforgettable triumph on the world stage in 1936. The Olympic champ later led a charity that helped kids and adults with special needs — a mission that means a lot to the family, in part because Daniel has autism.

“If he was around, he’d be a great support to Dan, there’s no question about that,” Paul Wolff says. “My grandfather was quite charismatic.”

Read more of Daniel’s story on Microsoft News Center.

Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

Tags: , , , , ,