6.22.2008

Untold Truth:

I'm a big baby.

But only when it comes to athletic events, athletic movies, and athletic comercials.

For years I have tried to figure out what it is about Mindy and athletics. Why does watching the youtube video of Chaz Spicer shoot the last second shot against the Utes give me warm-fuzzies inside? Why do I cry at movies like Glory Road, Remember the Titans, and Cool Runnings? Why do I get teary-eyed watching a Lowe's Hardware commericial about a dad, a son, and his first basketball hoop? {YES! A Lowe's Hardware commercial!}

After years of much contemplation (no, not a word) I think I finally figured it out. I love athletics because I think they show that we are capable of so much more than we ever thought we were.

Because of my passion for athletics, I am thrilled ... THRILLED, ELATED, and ECSTATIC for the upcoming Olympic games. And as part of my countdown to August 8, 2008, I am going to share with you some of {what I think are} the great moments in Olympic history {oddly enough, the first two I wanted to share with you, VISA has made into commericials!}. This first one I actually would show a clip from to my seminary students anytime we talked about not giving up or enduring to the end. I love the lessons that are taught from athletics!! :)

So, without further adieu:

Awe-inspiring Olympic Moment #1:

Derek Redmond, 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Background: British runner who shattered the national record at only 19-years of age. In the 1988 Olympics, Derek Redmond was forced to withdraw from his race due to an achilles injury. Five surgeries and four years later, he returned to the Olympics determined to medal. The color of medal was meaningless to him, as he wanted just to win one. Just one. This is that race:

8 comments:

Cali said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I cried just the other day when Tiger won the U.S. Open. I don't even like golf. serious. Things like that really get to me! When I watched my first marathon, I cried when they crossed the finish line, which is why I ever chose to run one myself.. I think you're on the money with your theory of why we are the way we are....

Brandon and Erica said...

why is it that I get a tear in my eye by reading this post?

Yes. 8/8/08. A day to go down in history.

The Zoal said...

Correction! It was a hamstring injury, not an Achilles tear.

Mindy said...

Injury in the video (1992) is obviously a hamstring injury. In the background info. I was talking about the injury he sustained in 1988 which was an achilles one. :)

Toni said...

I have never considered myself a crybaby, and I recently decided it was because I was in denial :) Sick and dying people don't bother me, but when the yankees loose, watch out! Oh, and senior nights at aggie games ...please, I started just bringing tissues with me! (Also on my list are Oprah shows, random commercials, and movies)

The Zoal said...

Touche'! I guess being in the same zip code as Mr Derek Redmond is just bad luck!

Rhonda said...

Okay first of all..good job on the blog layout!!! You did it without deleting all your stuff...I am amazed!

I have been a bit of a slacker when it comes to earning golden stars. BUT... I m back in the game!! So tell this Micah kid to watch out!

Thanks for all the sweet/funny comments on my blog. I just love you, Mindy!! Oh, and I am coming to Utah next month. I would love to see you!

Rhonda said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you that I voted for "a week or so" on your poll. (assuming that you now know how to change your layout, you may be changing it more often???...that is just my thinking behind my answer)

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