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Bold Determination... an inpiration.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


This is the story of Shun Fujimoto, who has bold determination.

After severely breaking his knee during the floor exercise, Japan's Shun Fujimoto ignored his injury as long as possible, knowing such news could shatter the confidence of his teammates.

The injured gymnast continued on to the pommel horse routine, miraculously scoring a 9.5 out of 10. He then faced the rings, which would be his final event of the day. Shun performed extraordinarily, ignoring the inevitable consequences of dismounting from eight feet off the ground. Upon completion of his routine, he hurled himself into a beautifully executed triple-somersault dismount.

When his feet hit the floor, the pain sliced through him like a knife, but he kept his balance. Gritting his teeth, he raised his arms in a perfect finish before collapsing in agony. He was awarded a 9.7, the highest score he had ever recorded on the rings.

After winning the closest gymnastics team competition in Olympic history, Shun joined his team at the podium to receive his gold medal, and he did it without assistance.

"My desire to win was greater than my moment of pain."

"The pain shot through me like a knife. It brought tears to my eyes. But now I have a gold medal and the pain is gone."

My pastor brought up this man in service this morning. He endured something painful and, to put it lightly, unpleasant, that lasted a short while for something that would last a lifetime.

I can apply this to my weight loss journey. I, too, can endure learning this new way of eating, of changing my habits, which is painful and unpleasant in the beginning, for something that will last me a lifetime, a longer lifetime at that.

Very inspiring, in many ways.
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COFFEE_KISS 9/17/2007 6:19PM

    What a powerful story. Thank you so much for sharing.

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 9/14/2007 11:33AM

    That was a great story. Thanks for sharing! So how are things going now... it's been a few days since your blog. You read my post in the walk challenge... I'm hoping to do a little more for you today, assuming that it's not raining when the hubby gets home. I'm trying to get everything in order quickly this morning so that I can have my time on the road this afternoon.
You just keep on being my inspiration, Renee.

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ZIEGLERJ 9/11/2007 8:58AM

    What an incredible story! Thanks for sharing.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/9/2007 10:56PM

    Thanks for sharing...what a great inspiration to stick with it.

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SPARKNMOM 9/9/2007 10:17PM

    Thanks for sharing this story!!

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JNORMAN1969 9/9/2007 8:23PM

    That is so ture Renee, there is a lot of pain in giving up the things that we love, but it is well worth it. I have never looked back. Great story thanks.

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