This past weekend, I have been glued to the television watching the olympic trials for the 2012 London Games. The athletes are unbelievable and have so many inspiring stories. They come from all different walks of life; some as young as 15, some have competed in 5 Olympic Games. There are athletes with diversities who are competing in wheelchairs, who are blind, or even prosthetic limbs.
My point to all of this is they are not only inspiring individuals with a "No Excuse" mentality... They are champions!
Sunday night I watched the women's gymnastics finals. These girls have put in hours at the gym, pushed through injuries and pain, and didn't let their excuses get in the way of their championship mind-set.
These Olympic hopefuls were under a tremendous amount of pressure, all of their hours of hard-work boiled down to these two nights and a total of 8 events!
It was so astounding to see these women move so gracefully and efficiently on these tough apparatus'.
This of course was very inspiring to watch, but what I was about to witness left me the most inspired I had been in a long time!
Nastia Luikin (who was the 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist) made a heart-felt comeback to try to return to the 2012 London Games. The first night she had some trouble on the uneven bars, but she maintained composure and appeared to be making her way back to the London.
Then on Sunday she made one error that would put her out of the running.....On the uneven parallel bars, the event that earned her a silver in 2008, she had a shocking fall during a release move. Her hands couldn't get a hold of the bar in time, and she fell flat on the mat below. You could hear a huge gasp from the audience and I am sure many watching from their homes.
And then the most inspiring, momentous event occurred she got back up! She took a second to rechalk and gain composure. You could tell she was holding back tears as she had just gotten the wind knocked out of her and was in obvious pain.
She was not going to give up! She hopped right back up on those bars finished her routine and even stuck the landing!
The other girls were obviously very talented, but Nastia's ability to not give up and finish what she had come to San Jose to do was by far the most inspiring moment that I will remember forever.
Needless to say she got a standing ovation from the crowd, and she will always be remembered for her amazing 2008 Olympic Games, and her fight to the finish in the Olympic qualifiers in 2012.
Nastia represents the true definition of a champion! Someone who works hard day in and day out, and when it wasn't her day she kept fighting and finished with a smile on her face!
It will not always be our day, we may not always win, but the hard-work, dedication, and willingness to compete to the finish no matter what the outcome represents a TRUE champion.
So CrossFitters what kind of athlete are you going to represent for TEAM 818? Are you going to give up sulk, make excuses for why things are not going your way?
Are you going work hard day in and day out, and when some days are just not yours finish what you started, get better from it and put a smile on your face because you did what you came to do!
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