Tyler George (US) is a curler at the Pyeongchang Olympics. He likes his Skechers and has worn them for eight years at will not change them even for the Winter Olympics. Tyler initially intended them for casual wear but found them so comfortable he put Teflon plates on the soles to wear for curling. Now the well worn shoes fit like the proverbial glove and are ideal for curling. The much loved shoes were going to be patched up for the games but Tyler declined and instead had up graded his sporting socks featuring superheroes. In curling it is common for paprticipant to stick to shoes they trust and will like Tyler wear them literally iuntil they fall apart.
Ander Mirambell is a Spanish skeleton racer who has competed since 2005. The former track and field athlete initially wanted to try his hand at bobsleigh, but was unable to fund the costs and so turned his attentions to another sliding sport at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF). After renting his a sled and buying a helmet, he did not have enough money to buy the specialised shoes required for the push off. Not wanting to be put off he took a cheese grater and fine sandpaper to his old running spikes, to create his own prototype push off shoes. Despite coming under severe scrutiny at the IBSF, he was eventually given a pair of second-hand shoes in which to train.