“A true champion can adapt to anything.”
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Have you been watching the Olympics? We have. I have always loved watching the best of the best in their sports compete and represent our country. They used to seem so much older back when I was a kid. Were they? Now kids are channeled into Olympic pipelines and spend their entire childhoods in pursuit of this “dream”. But whose dream? They start at 6 years old or younger in sports most kids dabble in for fun.
Once when our son was having a great time playing T-ball, he and the rest of the outfielders were just enjoying digging in the dirt for bugs. Bugs were pretty important to find! I don’t even think they knew there was a game going on.
I listened to news story after news story with everyone commenting on what a disgrace Simone was. REALLY? I hope every athlete hears her loud and clear. She would have been putting herself and others in danger if she had continued. She had what they call the “Twisties”, where gymnasts lose their focus IN THE AIR and fall flat on the ground. They used to call it “balking”. It’s like when a horse refuses to go over a jump and the rider gets thrown. Every single routine she performs has a twist, if not several. She said that she had an extreme case this time, so used her judgement and stepped aside. I applaud her for that. THAT’S a champion. She gave another gymnast a chance. I heard an interview Dominique Dawes, also an Olympic champion, did about Simone. I’ll listen to her over some hack commentator and though Dominique and Simone have walked a similar path, it’s unique to each of them. Simone, Dominique pointed out, was the last survivor of that creepy coach Larry Nasser who sexually abused those young athletes he was sworn to teach and protect. Add that to the twisties and I can’t even imagine what she would be going through as she achieved the extremely high level feats she was required for her skill and ability. Yes, leave my champion, Simone alone! She’s a wonderful example for young athletes. We expect them to do things no other mortal can do. And as kids. She also said this: “It just wasn’t fun anymore.” She had the pressure of the world literally on her shoulders. Imagine that. THAT took courage.
As for Caeleb! He’s doing what HE wants to do and that’s also a lesson for young athletes. Do what makes you happy and no matter what that is, you will thrive. God made each of us unique. We’re not all athletes. Some of us were always picked last (anyone remember that?). But God gave each of us a life and a purpose. Don’t waste it. Look who’s here!!!
Have a blessed day!