The Quest for Olympic Glory

by Bob on 週四, 01 五 2008 評論
One of the most cherished goals of athletes is to be chosen to represent their country in the Olympic Games. Many of them must realize that there is little or no chance they will reach the podium because they already know that their best career performance falls short of that of their competitors, but whether they win or lose, the glory of having participated will be with them the rest of their lives. This ideal is embodied in the Olympic Creed:
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
For the few who do have realistic hopes for victory, there is the added dream of setting a new world or Olympic record. Whether they do or not, the three who ultimately reach the top will have compensation enough for the long arduous years of preparation and training.

For most of us, our only role in the Olympics is that of spectator. We probably are rooting for our own country’s teams and keep on eye on some underdogs or champions in other groups that we would like to see win or lose. And we can do that in the comfort of our own homes.

Though we will not experience the thrill and excitement of being there, we will see and hear much more than we would otherwise. Neither will we feel the exultation and triumph of those who finally bend their heads to receive the gold, silver or bronze medallions of victory, but we too will share in their glory every time we hear the playing of our own national anthem or witness the success of those we rooted for. And even if we find ourselves on the losing side every time, we still share the pride of those who dared to compete.

Truly, in the Olympic Games, no one really loses, some just manage to win more than others. All are good, some are better, one is best.

The best is better than the rest.
But not the only one who’s blest.
Because it must be understood
That best means more than two are good.
The one who came in last in place
Was fast enough to run the race.

The glory must be duly shared
With all the ones who also dared
To run the race.
And those who cheered them on the side
Deserve as well to share their pride
And honored place.

Jesus said that John was best.
But anyone’s as good as he,
If he is good as he can be.
For God there is no other test,
For anyone who really tries
Is seen as best in Heaven’s eyes.

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Read Bob’s version of a famous fable about competition

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