What The Olympics Should Be About

This isn’t the first time that I have shared this video but it is worth doing so again for a host of reasons.  What I see in this video is what the Olympic Spirit is about. It is the willingness to push through pain and to try and do something extraordinary because it is The Olympics and not because you are getting paid to do it.

And as a father I cannot help but identify with the dad in this. I would do the same for my children without question.


  1. BruceSallan August 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

    There’s a biblical saying about this…”If I am not for myself, then who is for me?”

    • TheJackB August 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      BruceSallan Yes. it is one of my favorites:Hillel says, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

  2. charlieandsheba August 5, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Well Jack and readers, After watching Team  Great Britain versus South Korea in men’s soccer last night,the Olympic spirit is alive and well. The game ended in a tie, so they went into overtime, still in a deadlock! Then the penalty phase, the dreaded penalty kicks. My team lost, but they tried so hard, tired legs and all.Very proud of them, great effort!

  3. Jens August 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Wow. This is the first time I’ve seen it. I highly agree. That’s what the Olympics should be all about.Great stuff Jack.

  4. Mark_Harai August 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Yep, that moved me yet again…

  5. charlieandsheba August 3, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Wow, pretty powerfull stuff there, tears in my eyes as well. Thanks for sharing and totally agree with you and your readers. A lesson for us all. Have a great day everyone.

  6. bdorman264 August 3, 2012 at 6:37 am

    That was quite a moving moment; knowing the endless hours put into training just so he could compete all to have it crash and burn because of an injury. Just being there was a victory all by itself….

    • TheJackB August 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

      bdorman264 My first thought was about how badly I felt knowing how hard he must have worked to get there. I don’t want to say it is tragic because it doesn’t meet my definition, but disappointing is definitely on the list.But I love watching his dad pick him up so that he could catch his breath and finish the race.

  7. Hajra August 3, 2012 at 2:07 am

    This is the first time I have seen this and I have tears in my eye. For the pain he is going through and for the extreme support he has from his dad. 

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