Vinluan: Athletes are heroes…and legends too…-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
TURN to the first pages of the history of sports and you'll see the difference of men and women athletes is not so vast.
Example: "Kathrine Switzer run the Boston Marathon in 1967 where Boston official Jack Semple tried to remove her from the race because she was the lone woman runner." This paved the way for the launching of the women’s running movement.
These days, no one bats an eye to a woman runner, thanks to the passage of time and perseverance of Switzer and other women like her, over the years became established athletes that superseded gender. To date, male and female athletes both dominated the arena looking forward to teach everyone that an athlete is an athlete, no matter if they are male or female.
While there are several aspects in sports transitions, the most important maybe, is the setting aside of gender, as well as the acceptance and participation of women in all kinds of sports in the field. But the athlete’s skill and talent in sports however, is the trademark of every athlete’s success.
What’s it like to be your country’s best and only hope for a medal? You may be a gold medal material, but you can’t catch all the great matchups.
However, the athletes’ ultimate goal, the Olympics, or the world championships, are life changing experiences that they always dream about.
When we think of people who should be admired for their achievements, don’t overlook the athlete. Athletes are also tasked to carry on their shoulders an institution, City, or even a nation by their representation in various competitions. Their show of courage and quality performance makes them the illustrious warriors that people so admire.
It may be an opinion, but Baron Piere de Coubertine when he founded the Olympics modeled after the ancient Olympics in 776 B.C. made the Olympics better. Of course, as the modern games got bigger and bigger, it became more complicated. Why? The insertion or addition of more events, more games, new rules and qualification of athletes, leadership and policies made it harder for athletes to qualify.
But what made the athletes in the Olympics so special? Pierre de Coubertin believed if athletes all over the world came to a single Country for the Olympic Games where they could compete honorably and break bread in the Olympic village, it will help bring peace to the planet. He might be an idealist but he was right.
To date, athletes who participate in the Olympic Games representing their Country come home as heroes, they become the pride of their country and countrymen and are heralded. Admired because of their qualities and achievement and their duty of promoting not only the sport but health and fitness, athletes, Olympian or not, are seen as legends in their own time.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 29, 2013.