NCAA & NFL Performance Coach - New York
One of the great moments in Olympic history took place
on October 20, 1968, the final day of the Mexico City Games.
Traditionally, the last event to be held was the men’s
marathon. 75 runners began their grueling, high-altitude trek
at 3:00 pm, but the heroic moment to which I refer didn’t
happen until several hours later 먹튀검증커뮤니티.
The medals had been awarded. The anthems had been
played. Even the closing ceremonies had concluded. But as the
thousands of attendees stood to gather their belongings and
leave the stadium, a voice over the loudspeakers asked that
they return to their seats. The race wasn’t over yet.
Down the street, motorcycle lights flashed. A lone
runner was slowly making his way to the finish line. Spectators
watched, curious. After all, the winners had arrived hours
earlier. This final racer was John Stephen Akhwari of
Tanzania. Early in the race, he’d suffered cramps due to the
high altitude. And while trying to improve his position, he’d
taken a bad fall that resulted in a bruised head and a lacerated,
In that moment, his chance at victory died. And he
knew it. But after receiving medical treatment, he hobbled
back onto the road and continued his race.
As teams, we talk a lot about finishing strong. We
emphasize the importance of giving maximum effort until a
training session is over, until a rep is complete. On game day,
we push through the whistle on every play because wins come
to those who persevere. But what about the games we know
we’ve lost? What about those moments when victory passes
irrevocably beyond our reach?
Following his marathon, Akhwari was approached by a
reporter and asked why he’d chosen to endure such pain when
victory was clearly impossible. The runner paused, then
answered. “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start
the race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”
Unpack Akhwari’s comment. What would it look like to
follow his example in your own life?
How might your team’s culture change if you made a
personal commitment to persevere even when victory seemed
out of reach? How could you demonstrate that commitment?