TAMPA, Fla. -- With Mitt Romney just hours away from accepting the Republican Party's nomination for president, the only image of the candidate that is ingrained in the minds of many Americans is that of a serious-minded but somewhat stiff businessman who holds a personal fortune.
Romney's handlers are trying to fill in the rest of the tableau by offering testimonials about his human side from the people who know him best: His sons.
Two of the five Romney sons -- Ben and Craig Romney -- shared personal stories about Mitt Romney the successful father with Tennessee delegates to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
The sons described their father as a dedicated family man who worked hard and worked a lot, but left his job at the office at the end of the day.
"My dad loves his work. He did great things with his work," Ben Romney said during a Tennessee delegation breakfast. "But he was also a great family man. When he came through the door home from work, you knew his heart was 100-percent there with you.
"When he was home, he was 100-percent home. He didn't bring his work home with him. You never knew what kind of day he had."
Romney believed in hard work and wanted to instill those values in his sons, Ben Romney said, so he would often wake them up at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday -- "something that always sticks in the head of a teenager" -- and put them to work.
"Whether it was moving stones from one end of the yard to the next, and then moving them back to the other end, he always had a project," Ben Romney said. "For whatever reason, he always had something to do. He wanted us to learn the value of hard work."
Craig Romney recalled his father accepting an unnerving challenge after he was called in to turn around the scandal-plagued 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The Today show offered to give Romney an on-air interview to promote the games under one condition: He would have to demonstrate the skeleton, an Olympic sport in which athletes lie down face first on a sled-like machine and go careening 80 mph down a frozen track filled with sharp twists and turns.
Romney wasn't thrilled about the idea but didn't want to turn down the opportunity to give television exposure to the games. He reluctantly agreed and recruited the eventual gold medal winner to help him practice.
By the end of his first practice run, down about 100 feet of the track, Romney's shoes had two giant holes.
"You can guess what he was doing," Craig Romney said. "He was dragging his feet the whole way down. He was absolutely terrified."
Romney practiced more, got better and eventually completed the entire course with his shoes wrapped in duct tape. He got his television interview.
"To me, that was a turning point in the turnaround for those games," Craig Romney said. "People saw this guy would literally do anything to make them a success, including risking personal injury."