Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid
The Jamaican Bobsled Team
A team from Jamaica participated in the Sledding event in the Winter Olympics in 1988, Calgary. Jamaica is a tropical country without any snow. When the team showed up for the tournament, it was a bit of a joke. In true display of sportsmanship, members of all remaining teams provided them advice and encouragement. Obviously, they didn’t win, but they finished to tumultuous applause from the crowds.
They finished badly in the 1992 games and finished 14th in the 1994 games. From 2000, they started winning World Championships and in 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, they set the Park City track record and Olympic push-start segment record!!
Great, what encouragement can do!!
Cassius Clay’s (Muhammed Ali’s) unbelievable feats in the boxing ring, Nadia Comaneci’s perfect 10 in 1976, Montreal showing as 1.0 due to scoreboards having only one digit before the decimal, Al Micheal’s famous call “Do you believe in miracles?” to his teammates creating the Miracle on Ice in 5 seconds in Lake Placid, 1980, Jesse Owen’s four gold medals in 1936, Berlin, stunning a man no less than Adolf Hitler, Dick Flosbusry’s flop which became a trend setter, the crowd applauding Derek Redmond finishing the 400 m with a hamstring injury helped by his father to thunderous applause from the crowds in the Barcelona, 1992 games are all spectacles to behold.
Eric Liddell, Paris, 1924 is an epitome of belief while Cathy Freeman, the first Australian aborigine to win a race in 2000, Sydney is a symbol of hope.
Flo Jo setting track records at the age of 29 in Seoul 1988 (yet to be beaten), Mark Spitz’s record medal haul in Swimming in 1972, Munich, North Korea and South Korea sharing a flag and walking together in 1988, Seoul, Carl Lewis’s domination of track and field winning 4 gold medals in 1984, Los Angeles are all great stories to tell your child.
Lawrence Lemieux rescuing his opponents from drowning, Abebe Bikila from a famine stricken Ethiopia winning the marathon (42.2 km) barefoot and Greg Louganis hitting his head on the swimming board, getting up and swimming with blood and a broken head to win in 1988, Seoul are great examples of sportsmanship.
More recently, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Ian Thorpe are great examples of determination, hard work, self-confidence and above all, RIGHT ATTITUDE.
It is my dream to watch atleast one Olympic event live. I don’t know if that will be fulfilled. The closest I got was to watch a fund raiser cum inaugural program in London in 2008. I partly went because Beckham came. J
Until I get to watch one live Olympic event…. in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams, let us celebrate the joy that is The Olympics.
Citius, Altius, Fortius!! (Faster, Higher, Stronger!!)