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This is my Beijing Olympics

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I heard it over and over again the past few days at the London Olympics: an athlete recalls being devastated by failure, feeling so low at missing goals, publicly displayed while falling short. And then, that sentence each victor repeats, each interview reinforces: "I just didn't give up."

For some, discouragement was accompanied by severe injury; for some, personal tragedy. Hurdler Aries Merritt, who had been a champion & record-setter since high school, radically changed his start-up strategy (including taking off on the left foot instead of the right) just nine months ago. He took the gold medal in 110-meter hurdles tonight. Interviewer asked what was the key to making such a huge modification successful, and he said, "DILIGENCE."

I am soaking up these vivid portrayals of the BIG COMEBACK. Humbling setback and falling short of an important goal is not the end. Missing your dream is not the final chapter. Like those athletes who wept at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, I am sorrowful and disappointed that I have not performed as I imagined. But I'm not retiring from the field. I've got the coaching and the instruction to make a smashing comeback. I just won't give up.
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    What an excellent post. We all cheer the winners and say "wish I could do that" but in truth we don't or we would.

    No worthwhile victory comes easy and anything worth doing is going to take lots of failures and efforts but IF we don't quit we will get there.

    Thanks for an inspiring blog.


    2007 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You have already won Gold.
    It is inspiring to hear about overcoming challenges. Knowing it can be done gives us all hope and the courage to move forward.
    2014 days ago
    You have a winning attitude, that is for sure. I am rooting for you as you inch your way forward towards your Gold. Persevering here in my corner.
    2015 days ago
    How inspirational is that! You are great! I look forward to keeping on track with you!

    2015 days ago
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    2016 days ago
    What a great analogy! I too have heard many, many gold medal winners say they learned a lot from their loss in Beijing and came back strong! Yes, failure is NOT the end of the world! Diligence, persistence, whatever you want to call it -- it's what separates the winners from the whiners!
    2018 days ago
    2018 days ago
    Not easy . . . but giving up is not an option.
    2018 days ago
  • JLITT62
    The most important lesson of all!
    2018 days ago
    That's right. I know a young lady who was at the Olympics as a pole vaulter. She didn't make the qualifying, even though the jump was something she's surpassed many times.
    This will be experience under the proverbial belt if she decides to do this again in four years. =)
    2018 days ago
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