You know Ashton Eaton as the Olympic bae who conquered the decathlon and took home the gold. But what you may not know is that the world wasn't always so eager to see Eaton shine.

Growing up in central Oregon, Eaton was often the victim of racist, bigoted taunting — so much so he once asked his own mother if she "wanted him to hide." 

But his mother wasn't having any of that. She told her son:

"No, you don't ever need to hide. You always do the best that you can and that'll speak for itself."
Clearly, her words of wisdom worked. 
Check out Eaton's emotional journey to Rio (and his mom with an Olympic-sized heart) below: