This Dad Cycled 17,000 Kilometers To See His Son Compete At The Winter Olympics

A father-son bond for the ages.

A year ago, Guido Huwiler and Rita Ruttimann set out on a massive cycling journey. Seventeen thousand kilometers later, they arrived in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics to watch freestyle skier Mischa Gasser (Huwiler's son and Ruttimann's stepson) compete on the world's stage.

Huwiler said he and his wife felt "very moved" and "really touched" to have cycled all this way to see Gasser compete, and added that he had "no words" for what he considered to be a "beautiful" experience, via Reuters. The only trouble they faced along the way, besides the rigor of it all, was visa denial into China — all because of Huwiler's beard.

"The most important thing is that my son is here and he can live his dreams," Huwiler added before giving some admirable life advice to his Olympian offspring. "Mischa, do your best you can in your life, just live your dream … whatever you do, go only for your dream."

The couple, who are both in their mid-50s, pretty much left their entire lives behind to embark on this bicycle adventure — but they aren't done yet. Having already traversed 20 countries, they will continue down the South Korean coast before flying to Japan. After that, it's back home to Switzerland to once again apply for that visa into China.

Oh, and Gasser's mom arrived in Pyeongchang via plane.

Check out the video above to learn more about Huwiler and Ruttimann's epic journey. You can also follow along with their adventures on Facebook and Instagram.


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