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Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Inspiration - part 5

In Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4, you were introduced to a legally blind Korean archer, a wheelchair bound Hungarian fencer, a heroic Canadian sailor and an injured American discus thrower.

While we often find motivation by watching people excel in athletic competition, this is not the story of a great moment of physical triumph.

This is a story of an Olympic dream that, although cut short, gave the world a moment that exemplifies the passion of the Olympic spirit.

Britain's Derek Redmond was expected to compete for a medal in the track and field 400-meter race in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, but pulled a hamstring soon after the start and fell to the ground.

Here is the iconic video of that incident in which, following the injury, Redmond's father ran to the track, helped up his son and they finished the race together.
What Redmond said

"Everything I had worked for was finished. I hated everybody. I hated the world. I hated hamstrings. I hated it all. I felt so bitter that I was injured again. I told myself I had to finish. I kept hopping round. Then, with 100 metres to go, I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was my old man."
What Redmond's father, Jim, said

"I'm the proudest father alive, I'm prouder of him than I would have been if he had won the gold medal. It took a lot of guts for him to do what he did."
As is the story of Im Dong Hyun (Olympic Inspiration Part 1), Pál Szekeres (Part 2), Larry Lemieux (Part 3) and Al Oerter (Part 4), this is motivational stuff ... and it just doesn’t get much more inspirational. Use the memory of this moment to help you face the inevitable obstacles and setbacks in your pursuit of success.

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