#181 olympic champions

The secret to these champions at the Olympic Games is sheer dedication, persistence and diligence (hard work), tears and disappointments together with the faithful support of one’s loved ones like mother or father.

It’s not the intake of special foods or drugs which the world record breakers in Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt! Their diet is as ordinary as you and I. Usain Bolt and the Jamaican medalists ate lots of yam (their staple diet?), an energy food.

Michael Phelps has a wonderful testimony where he did fumble in life along the way but he has the courage to make a comeback and stood tall on his achievements. Despite his attention deficit syndrome, his mother loved him the way he is and she must be one really proud mother today!

I recall reading Eric Liddell’s testimony where he ran 3 events in one day on the track and won gold medals in 1924 (France) — he enjoys training without shoes on the rugged mountains of Scottish highlands close to his church and where he lived.

The Indian medalists like Sushil Kumar, the wrestler and Vijender Kumar, the boxer (the Kumars are not blood relatives) lived in terrible conditions while training — without sponsors or government support.

The persistence and not giving up of Indian Abhinay Bindra, 25, won him gold in the 10m air rifle competition in the first few days of the Games.

I’m sure there must be unpublished stories of all the champions at the Games like the Kenyan marathon man, Sammy Wanjiru, who clocked 2 hours, 6 mins and 32 secs; and many African athletes and sportspersons who won medals.

Whatever has been said of the communist countries like China and Russia and others, one merit is the government nationally support the area of sports and athletics — and the athletes and sportspersons trained and performed with national pride!

Glad that these champions proved enhanced performance drugs is NOT the way to win!

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