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Be Inspired Like An Olympian

Updated on March 7, 2016

The London 2012 Olympics were an extraordinary display of athletic determination and amazing human inspiration.

Over one billion people around the global community observed athletes from 204 nations compete at the highest levels!

They gave their very best efforts for self, family and country.

Whether they were from large well known or small relatively unknown countries we as spectators were treated to the magnificence of the Olympic experience!

Although most people will never earn an Olympic medal or even participate in the Games, we love what we see in those who do.

At some level it is the ultimate vicarious observance which leads us to cheer as if we ourselves were in the struggle to achieve victory.

Preparation Meets Opportunity

One thing is for sure. In order to line up at the starting line, stand on the starting blocks or bound down the runway, great and consistent preparation must be taken.

When its all said and done an Olympian must make a quality commitment to preparation long before the world watches in amazement.

We not only admire these traits but also find them wonderfully inspiring as we think about our own dreams and goals.

The pure dedication of self-discipline, practice and execution of a well thought out plan is something that we can relate to in order to achieve a worthwhile goal.

The difference is the landscape of participation and of course most of the world isn’t watching!

During the 17 days of competition we observed the excellence of accomplishment as well as the agony of defeat.

As in life, every result is not always what we desire. Nevertheless, every result gives us an opportunity to respond.

When that result is one of failure or defeat we are reminded and inspired by these Olympians that greatness is usually found on the other side of defeat, doubt and fear.

We receive a glimpse into how to embrace the challenge and ultimately overcome it.

Obviously, space does not allow for mentioning everything that makes the Games so remarkable. Needless to say there are hundreds of accounts and stories that will positively impact the lives of many for years to come.

Courage Overcomes Adversity

These athletes captivate us with their strength of character and their ability to produce courage in the face of adversity.

Sometimes it’s a gymnast such as Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas who makes an unexpected tumble or slip as she twist and turns her body through the air during an event.

Facing the narrowest allowance for error during the women’s overall gymnastics competition we revel in her immediate courageous response resulting in the positive satisfaction of a great result.

Another time it is when we see a double amputee sprinter, Oscar Pistorius compete against able body athletes to advance into the semi-finals in his individual event, as well as run on his nation’s relay-team finals.

We are truly inspired by the way he courageously broke through his own personal physical challenges.

Even further, is the impact of his example as it will now inspire a generation of physically challenged athletes and non-athletes alike around the world.

Our next inspiration soared with the arrow of a legally blind Olympian, South Korean Archer Im Dong-hyun.

Despite being legally blind and only seeing blurred colors and shadows he competed in his third straight Olympic Games.

Not only did he participate, he set a World Record and won the Gold medal in his event. Undoubtedly great preparation and courage had key roles in such an amazing result.

Celebration of Victory

Often when we see the sheer joy and unrehearsed celebration of victory we ourselves are immediately inspired.

I believe this is one of the greatest outcomes of viewing the Olympic Games and why we love them so much.

It’s a time to observe the full scale of human drama in a real and authentic way.

In fact it is the very best of reality television. In particular when we see surprise victories or barrier shattering world records!

So in closing, take a moment to join me in remembering just a few of those remarkable moments and let them fill your mind and heart with Olympic Inspiration!



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    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for sharing your love of the Olympics :-) Yes. I agree, they all winners by earning the privilege of representing their country in such a splendid way! Of course there is additional appropriate praise and glory for bringing home an Olympic medal! All the Best

    • Ann1Az2 profile image


      7 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Great hub and a real tribute to the Olympics! I've always loved them because of what you said - the effort that goes into preparing to be there in the first place. Everyone who makes it to the Olympics is a winner in my book.

      Voted up.

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida, USA


      You’re so welcome :-) The Olympic Games certainly enrich us with inspiration! It's one of greatest showcases of human disciple and sacrifice.

      Whether in victory or even in defeat we learn great lessons of what it takes to be an Olympic Champion! Let's hope we can put some of them into action in our own lives :-)

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      7 years ago from Northern California

      Wow, thanks for sharing this information! I had never heard of Im Dong-hyun before but it was great to read about him. I always feel so inspired watching these Olympians and knowing how hard they work for themselves and for their country.

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida, USA


      I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub :-) I must send a massive congrats to your country for hosting a wonderful Olympic Games! Job well done!

      I concur with you that regardless of our current level of conditioning, watching those Olympians typically get us fired up to go for our " own fitness goals :-)

      Thanks for stopping and sharing your thoughts!


    • Lady_E profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      This is beautiful to read. It's nice that the Olympics was broadcast all over the world. I have much respect for all athletes whether they got medals or not. Taking part infront of Millions of people takes Courage. It made me want to be a fitter person too.

      You sent me down memory lane now so I'll list my favourite athletes that took my breath away: Nicola Adams, Sandra Richards Ross, Usain Bolt, Beth Tweddle, Gabby and Ye Shi Wen.

      Great Hub. :-)

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida, USA


      I'm glad you enjoyed the Olympics. Thanks for adding your thoughts to the discussion. I absolutely love the Games and believe there are many positive lessons we can learn from these wonderful athletes who participate in them. Indeed it’s true if ever there is an example of great real life theatre, it certainly was the 2012 London Olympics Games!

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      William Young 

      7 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

      The London Olympic Games were such great theater. I can't remember ever watching two weeks of Olympic competition where athletes from so many nations had me glued to the television, transfixed by their glorious efforts and heroic performances. I was particularly proud of the United States at these games! Our athletes were magnificent in competition, but they were also great ambassadors of good will! It was wonderful to watch!

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for your remarks and stopping by to share your love of the Olympics as well :-)

      I agree that the stories of preserverance and hard work are priceless!

      I don't know about you, but I'm already looking forward to Rio and 2016!

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nice read and very inspirational. I always love the Olympics and there are always great stories of perseverance and hard work that all comes to fruition. Thanks for a heart-warming hub! I enjoyed this.


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