While I appreciate going to bed at a decent hour instead of staying up to see the final group compete, I miss seeing the athletes.
Athletes who skate, ski, and slide into the spotlight and show the world a few minutes of amazing athletic achievement. The pageantry and national anthems. The stories of triumph after injury and of individual’s carrying the hopes of their countries on their shoulders.
What we don’t see is the countless hours and hours behind the scenes. The sacrifice and discipline necessary to achieve such brilliant performances. What seems so effortless is the result of intense training.
For example, short-track speed skater and multiple medal winner Apollo Anton Ohno practiced three times a day. Silver medal winning ice-dancers Davis and White trained together for 13 years before making their Olympic debut. Downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn trained for six to eight hours a day, six days a week including three hours of cardio.
What about you? Could you devote so much of your life to pursue your dream? Or only if you had an Olympic-sized dream?