Lessons Learned from Olympians
Jesse Owens, 1936 – In the shadow of the Third Reich, Nazism, and the most hate mankind has ever known Jesse Owens won 4 Gold Medals at the Games Adolf Hitler propagated to show the superiority of the Aryan race. The Lesson? Evil could not stop Jesse Owens from being the best; IGNORE those that do not believe in you.
Oscar Pistorius, 2012 – Born with a condition that left his legs unformed, Oscar Pistorious has been a double amputee since he was a toddler. After a knee injury, he trained with sprinters to rehab for rugby. He never got in a rugby scrum again, but is one of the world’s best 400 M sprinters. The Lesson? NO LIMITS should ever be an excuse to hold you back.
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings, 2004, 2008, 2012 – Three-peat victors for the Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball, Misty May and Kerri Walsh have dominated their sport for over a decade and have remained humble, focused, and hungry for continued success even when they were the underdogs as returning Gold Medalists. They diligently found a way to succeed regardless of the odds. The Lesson? You will find a way to PERFORM BEST when your back is against the wall.
Derek Redmond, 1992 – Derek Redmond went to Barcelona determined to finish what he started in 1988. At the Seoul Olympics, he was forced to withdraw because of an Achilles tendon injury. He was the British record holder in the 400 M sprint and 200 M into his qualifying heat he tore his hamstring. He limped the last half of the race and was eventually met on the track by his father, who helped him finish the last 100 M. The Lesson? Given by Sir Winston Churchill in Great Britian’s finest hour “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”
Lolo Jones, 2008, 2012 – The unmarried Lolo Jones, has unabashedly expressed pride in saving herself for her husband. While winning the 2008 100 M Hurdles, she clipped the second to last hurdle finishing seventh and was one tenth of a second short of medaling in 2012. Media critics have blasted her claiming that sex would help her win. The Lesson? STAY FIRM IN THAT WHICH YOU BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT and never be afraid to stand up for yourself.
Carl Lewis 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 – Carl Lewis returned for his final Olympic appearance in 1996. After the 1992 Games, he no longer sprinted, but made a comeback for the long jump. At the age of 35, old by track standards, he became the first to win four consecutive Gold Medals in the long jump, and the third Olympian ever to win a Gold in the same event four consecutive Olympics. The Lesson? No matter what the so called experts may say, never allow age to be a limiting factor in achievement.
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