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The Rio Olympic Athlete: Praise in Haiku Format

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Cynthia - a freelance writer believing in the power of words and the magic of storytelling whether in poetry or prose.

Olympic Ice Hockey is huge at the Sochi Games.
Olympic Ice Hockey is huge at the Sochi Games. | Source
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The Haiku format of poetry iis the expression of an idea or thoughts in the purist, most concise form possible, arranging 17 syllables in 5-7-5 verse. It is often a difficult feat to accomplish when we are so used to being bombarded with words to fully get our point across. Haiku represents nearly pinnacle of brevity.

Olympic athletes are the purist expression of the drive for excellence in a sport. The strive for excellence never stops. Athletes sacrificed and competed for years for the opportunity to go to the Sochi Olympic Games and are gearing up for the 2016 games in Rio.

When does the athlete decide they will give as much as they can give to reach the level of performance not reached by others? What determines the "extra" that sets them apart?

This is an attempt to capture that purism and drive in haiku format. The verses are expressions of admiration for the aspirations of the Olympic athlete, and their supporters, including their family and fans. This writing can never match their sacrifice, nor do the verses cover every sport. It is just a small representation of their tenacity and their heart. Whether they win the gold or not, they embody an unstoppable strength and spirit of competition.

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Olympic Athlete Win or Lose

Decision to compete.

Devotion to the goal,

Unrelenting quest.


They are the elite,

Symbols of perseverance,

Redemption, winning!


The Runner

The finish in sight

Each stride, every grimace,

Closer to glory.


Swimmers

Legs churning water,

Arms pumping, crowds alive with

Deafening screams - swim!


Olympians

True love of the games

Deserve fame and glory.

No shame giving all.



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Training starts early for the gymnast.
Training starts early for the gymnast.
Atlanta Olympic  1996 crowd at Track and Field.
Atlanta Olympic 1996 crowd at Track and Field. | Source

The Gymnast

The form, the grace

The strength, the guts,

Consummate athlete.


Olympic Spectator

Stolen minds, hearts, souls.

Crowd's desire also carries

Olympic spirit.




If you would like to read more about Olympic activities, read my hub on Olympic pin trading: http://cyndi10.hubpages.com/hub/Olympics-1996-Pin-Trading-Resurges-with-Each-Olympic-Game

Olympic Athletes often listen to music while working out. Why not add that to your routine.

© 2012 Cynthia B Turner

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    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for the kind comment!

    • molometer profile image

      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This clever Haiku embodies the true Olympic spirit. Well done.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Audrey, Many thanks for such a positive comment!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      You captured these so nicely! Great job!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I know what you mean. It is so powerful to watch them, it really can bring tears. The ParaOlympians are just as dedicated. We don't see as much of what they are doing but every now and then the news reports on one of their extraordinary accomplishments. All the Olympians have my admiration.

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment and sharing your thoughts. Have a creative day!

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Cyndi -- These are wonderful. You have captured their diligence and devotion and hard work beautifully. I do not cry during or over regular athletic contests. But I frequently cry when I watch the Olympics -- carried away by the power and passion of the athletes. Great Hub,

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, You know, I don't think we ever really lose all fear. That is one of those emotions that will always be with us. The thing is to be conscious of when it is totally unwarranted and is holding us back from something we want to do, something we might be passionate about, but don't act on because of fear. Fear makes us human, conquering it makes us heroes in our own small (or large) ways. Take care.

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      Letitialicious 

      5 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi again Cyndi, I wish I could say I've actually adopted Campbell's attitude, 4 years down the line I'm still only aspiring to it! I know what you mean about feeling moved by people who have a passion and go for it. That too I aspire to. All the best.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, that was some quote. Terrific to adopt that attitude. I'm always saddened when the Olympics end. It's two weeks of edge of the seat watching the athletes compete. My feeble attempts to capture the admiration I have for anyone who has such a passion about what they do, whatever it is. Thanks so much for taking a look. Take care!

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      Letitialicious 

      5 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      This is wonderful. I do love the Olympics and the athletes certainly deserve your haikus. They are such an inspiration. I remember seeing Veronica Campbell, a 2008 Olympic gold medal winner from Jamaica, interviewed about being afraid of this or that while she was competing. She replied "Fear is not something I take to the track." It's an attitude I've aspired to ever since.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, I'm so glad you took the time to leave me a comment. I'm going to miss the Olympics. They were so much fun to get caught up in, even though I only watched on TV. The athletes' spirit came through. Thank you for the positive comment!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      Wonderful Haiku here, Cyndi, and so timely two to complement the recent Olympic mood. You've really captured the mood, the endeavour and the thrill of being Faster, Higher and Stronger. Awesome work!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Michelle, Oh I just finished watching the rhythmic gymnastics. They are so incredible; all the athletes are. Like you, I wish they didn't end. Thank you so much for your votes and for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful haiku, and I wish that the Olympics wouldn't end so fast. Thanks for sharing, Cyndi10! My votes, and sharing.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, Marlene. I appreciate that positive remark!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      This is beautiful. I think you hit the mark.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Glrlshpurl, I'll happily take the medal and the vote. Thank you!!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate the vote and positive comment.

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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      an awesome hare, one medal for you as well, voted up.

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      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a great tribute Haiku to these great Olympic athletes . They are indeed worthy of praise as is this Haiku.

      Voting up and awesome.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi LikaMarie, Applauses for you. Well done. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hey Rsharde, That was quite good. Thanks for reading mine!

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      LikaMarie 

      5 years ago

      Great tributes around

      Our international team

      Deserves your loving.

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      Rsharde 

      5 years ago from Santa Monica

      I trained all my life

      I had ten seconds to shine

      Bolt took only nine

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I love watching as much of the Olympics as I can and wanted a way to show my appreciation of the athletes. I admire them all.

      Thank you so much for the positive comment.

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      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      Nice job and the essence of the Olympic spirit is captured in your writing.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi SidKemp, yes, yes and yes. Thanks reading and leaving a comment.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Christy, Thanks so much.

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      Sid Kemp 

      5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      The sharp focus of a short haiku brings forth the determination of these fine athletes, and the purity of the form goes well with their love of their sport.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a neat idea - a good way to pay tribute to the Games!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi there, Congratulations to you for such a successful show of the games and thanks so much for the vote up.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much. I glad you enjoyed my verses.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the vote.

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      Movie Master 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic tribute haiku's for the Olympic athletes!

      Voting up

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      Hillary 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Lovely poetry! Thanks.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Double gold medal for you, Cyndi! And a wonderful ode to the Olympics!!! WTG, voted up and away!!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      ...and I accept this medal with many thanks, from writer extraordinaire, Frank Atanacio. Have a great day!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Great.. gold medal for these Haiku's go USA yeah?

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Paula, I like playing with Haiku. I don't know how much of a pro I am, but it makes me feel great that you think I am. Thank you!!!

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Cyndi....Superb!!! I love this. Haiku is so much fun.....You do it like a PRO!!!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Billy, Thanks so much for leaving such a positive comment for me. Love the Olympics, too.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      So happy you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely tribute about my favorite form of athletics. Great job!

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      ignugent17 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this haiku. It really shows how the olympians strive to get the gold. I enjoyed your pictures too!

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