Tonight, however, this story broke the mold.
Keflezighi lived his first ten-years in Eritrea, an African nation ravaged by war. He remembers in the early 1980's his brothers hiding from marauding soldiers in the bush by his family's humble village. They had no electric lights and no running water. His father escaped the chaos by walking day and night 600 miles into neighboring Sudan.
For three-years his father worked menial jobs until he finally scraped up enough money to get his family out. Eventually they settled in San Diego.
"My dad is a very, very strong person. I get the attention just because of my running. But he's done a great job," says Keflezighi.
Today, his father drives a cab to support those in his family of ten still at home. The six oldest children have all gone to college — one is an engineer, another son has his MBA, and others are studying medicine and law. Then there’s Meb, the Olympian.
“I am proud. I'm very proud of my son,” says his father.
When people say that something cannot be done, think of Meb and his father.
Hurdles can be set very high. Yet, sometimes we are limited by nothing more than our imagination and our dreams.