Watching the Olympics is a favorite pastime that I hold. I do not necessarily have a favorite sport. I am more attracted to the overall history of the Olympics, the excitement of the events, and the perseverance of the competitors. I live for admirable stories. All of the athletes dedicate themselves to their sport, practicing almost daily giving it their all. It is their dream and aspiration to reach the Olympics and they allow us to experience their joy in accomplishing such a wonderful goal. I am proud of each and every athlete regardless of the medal that they receive. Just being able to compete in the Olympics is a celebratory achievement. Gratification is evident in their expressions. The exhilaration of the audience is contagious.
While all have special stories, some have struggled more than others to get where they are today. Someone or something gave them the motivation and inspiration to keep on going. One woman stands out to me today. Imagine not being able to afford running shoes? Gladys Tejada did not have running shoes, however, she kept running. Gladys Tejada is making history this year as the first Peruvian to qualify for the Olympics. Ms. Tejada was raised in an extremely poor family in Peru. Her mother inspired her to keep moving forward. When she realized that her country was not well represented, she knew what she had to do. Click here for her story.
Despite setbacks that Gladys experienced she kept moving forward to where she is today, the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Herein lies proof that while struggle is evident, anything is possible when you believe in your abilities.
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