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One of those people you pass on the street who fled a distant country to start a new life could one day be your mechanic, teacher, doctor, or boss.

Mirek Mazur knows because he immigrated to Canada from Poland many years ago with nothing but hopes, dreams, and the hunger to be successful. Without help or direction from his family, it was up to him and his girlfriend to find their purpose and direction.

After conquering the challenges of the immigration process, they set their sights on breaking the barriers of poverty to become successful, with the author becoming one of the most influential coaches in North American cycling by helping athletes achieve their potential.

He coached Clara Hughes, the only person ever to have won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics—and his rider, Brian Walton, became the only man ever to win an Olympic medal for Canada in endurance track events.