When you’re feeling down because your body hurts
When your hands are torn and your muscles ache
When the beam’s so high and you feel you’ll fall
When you feel you can’t and want to stop it all
When the spring floor feels like concrete
When you feel you’re spent and can’t compete
And the bars, they seem so wide apart
And vaulting now is not in your heart
When all of this makes you feel like the pits
It’s time to relax and think a bit
Of the hours and hours of hard work put in
It’s time to collect the dividend
You know why you’re here, what it’s all about
You know there’s no time at all for self-doubt
So get up, with both your body and your mind
And keep it going because you’re going to find…
YOU CAN…you can do it with a little more grit
Of course the argument that the Olympics is all about deciding who’s BEST is specious. If that was the case we’d have 15 Americans in London and perhaps 1 Canadian.
There must be some maximum number of competitors at each level of competition. Two finalists is better than one, I feel. I personally think it looks bad for the sport to have all three from one nation on the podium.
… Still not convinced?
Read Thiago Simoes post on how the 2 / nation rule is seen in 2016 Olympic host Brazil:
There has been much debate over the last few days about Jordyn Wieber’s failure to qualify for the All-Around finals. This is all somewhat baffling to me, someone who lives in a country which has achieved respectful results in gymnastics after the two-per-country rule was applied. …
Having only 4 nations dominate WAG at the Olympics is bad for the sport in the rest of the world. Just as having only 4 women’s College teams ever having won the Team title makes it more difficult — not less — for every other team in the NCAA to justify their existence.
For the greater good of the sport, I can live with the disappointment of not seeing Jordyn get a shot at winning the Olympic title today.
… It was inspired by Shawn Johnson’s Champion poem….
Not Just a Sport
Late every night, you’re still in the gym
Perfecting your skills, so you can win
You’re there after everyone else has gone
Though it may seem tempting, you’re still pushing on
Though these countless routines seem to have no end
You’ll always get up to try them again
And whether you land on your feet or your face
Nothing could ever take you away
From this sport that you love with all of your heart
And you always have, from the very start
It means sacrificing time with family and friends
For practices that seem to have no end
For those early mornings and late, late nights
As you soar through the air, reaching new heights
But when you win the meet with a medal and a smile
It makes everything seem so worthwhile
As you stand on the podium amidst the cheers
Trying to hold back grateful tears
As you wave to the crowd, as you wave to the world
For a moment, it’s all focused on this one girl
It makes it all worth it, the struggles and pain
The times when your efforts seemed all in vain
The days when you thought that this might be it
The time had come when you decided to quit
When you thought that this sport was no longer for you
It was no longer fun, it was no longer new
But you had another good day, and you realized
That it’s this sport that helps you survive
That gymnastics alone is what gets you through
Because it’s not just a sport – it’s part of you
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the gym,
All the gymnasts were gone even little Ashton Kim.
As I sat by the beam and composed a new post,
I heard a loud sound I thought must be a ghost. …
There’s a bit of a mystery to solve. A surprise ending.
… As the man walked away, I exclaimed “Holy Moly!
That man isn’t Santa, he’s …