The Olympics are here! Trying rolemodels!!by Danielle DeBray on 02/15/14
When the Olympics arrive, even though they do so on a regular basis, we as a world get excited. At some intrinsic level, I believe that we celebrate the people of so many nations who are participating in the games because they come together to... try.
Because the Olympics are a competition, this means that inherent in the excercise some will fail. But not for a minute, do I believe that the excitement the games generate is because somebody might fail the day they watch the Olympics.
There is evidence in that belief because when an athlete from another country is endangered or hurt, everyone in the stand encourages the athlete, not just the observers from that country.
In the men's Olympic ice dance competition on the night of February 13th, ice skater, Jeremy Abbott, was making his attempt for Olympic gold, but he missed his quad jump. His skate had dug into the ice at an inopportune time. It caused him to go airborne, but not in the direction of the intended quad. He landed with the whole weight of his body on one hip on the hard ice, continue to slide across the ice and slam into the ice rink wall. It he looked as if he was down for the evening.
His performance music continued to play, but he lay on the cold wet ice with his face into the wall. We all waited. Wondering. Was he seriously injured? Would he be able to continue? And if so,what he was going to choose to do. Give up? Or go on?
When he was able to pull himself raggedly to his skates and begin performing, even trying to catch up with the music, the whole arena not only applauded but continued to clap in time to the beat of his music. Everyone, Russians, Germans, American, everyone was signaling their encouragement and support for his tenacity and fighting spirit. They were celebrating his spirit of trying.
In the face of such odds and pain, Jeremy tried. Knowing that his chance for the gold was probably left on the ice underneath his hip, he got up and performed anyway.
There are contestants that come to the Olympics knowing that probably they will not go home with the gold, but they reach for it anyway. They just want to be a part of it all because there is a lot more than gold won at the games.
So reach for the stars, who knows you may just get there. And if you don't quite have the moxie to do so right now, watch the Olympic games and sees motivated fabulous role models in how to try from every nation!
Cheers to the spirit of the Olympics!