Summer Olympics: Losing athlete and his story

  I want to be honest with you, the Olympics don’t really call my attention. Even though I can manage to be mesmerized by divers I have a hard time considering it really a sport. With that aside I have to acknowledge that sports or not these athletes are very talented and skilled. They work hard ,wait 4 years, and have only one chance to reach their goals. Which is why the story of Derek Redmond touches me so much.

Derek Redmond is retired British runner. While he was active , Redmond , had won Gold medals in the 4×400 meters relay in the World Championships,European Championships,Commonwealth games,and he held the British record for the 400 meters sprint. Then came 1992 Barcelona ,Spain. The Olympics. Right in the 400 meters semi-final Redmond tore his hamstring. It was suddenly all over for him. Everything he had fought for , everything he trained for , vanished right then in there. Even though Redmond had no chance to win the race with a tore hamstring, he stood up , fought the pain and hobbled on the track. He refused to get medical help because he wanted to finish his race. Not win but at least finish it. His father , Jim Redmond, barged through security and managed to join his son on the tracks. Together side by side he finished the race.

I haven’t read who actually won that race. I can understand why Derek Redmond was the real hero of this story. With all the odds against him he still fought to finish his race. It’s a very touching story. Visa recently uses the video footage of this race to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Acknowledging that he and his father finished “dead last, but he and his father finished.”

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Divorces ,divorces , and more divorces

Wow , it seems like everyone is getting a nasty divorce now-a-days. It kinda makes you think that maybe the more money you have the more the divorce is going to hurt. Take Alex Rodriguez and his wife Cynthia: This guy makes almost 300 million dollars . 300 MILLION DOLLARS!!! What on God’s earth can you spend that kind of cash. But it looks like Cynthia is going to give it a try. She has hired 4 lawyers in two states to make sure she’s covered coast to coast. They have a ridiculously expensive house in Miami. Kinda makes you think ,hmmm I wonder what happened there. Infidelity? Drugs? Abuse? Was it a long term plan to just grab the money and go? Hard to say but it does make you feel happy that even though you can go through breakups and makeups at least it won’t get as bad as this. That you’re with someone , not because of that amount of cash they have but the quality of care and love they might be able to offer. Yesterday I was reading an article at Esquire.com . It’s one of those 10 things you don’t know about women sections. Melora¬† Harding wrote “We prefer a man who’s going to make $50 million to one who already has it. Women take potential over security every time”. I couldn’t have heard anything more true at the moment. But what happens after you have that money. I have this theory it might sound a bit crazy but hell it might work. If you have so much money , get rid of it! There are so many things worthwhile that you can do with money and you know what it make keep you sane for a while. Cynthia Rodriguez spent 100,000 on a shopping spree. You can built at least 3 schools with that in Africa to benefit a lot of people that need it. I think giving 10% of your salary was the Evangelist way of staying rich and sane at the same time. I had never thought about it as a good idea but¬† now that I see what this wealth and fame does to a lot of people , I wonder if anyone of them wish that none of that would have happened to them . The fortune and so forth. How do they know the people around them are there for them and not their money. Then there’s whole drug issue going that it’s just so easy to fall into that hole . You don’t know if your entourage are a bunch of junkies and are trying to convince just so they can get high off you. It’s not easy but either way I still aspire to become something I just hope I don’t go all colors of crazy and join scientology.