Educators, students can learn from the dedication, drive of world-class athletes
If you were like me growing up, you often wondered what were the differences between a high school, college, professional and Olympic athlete; what made them unique? Every time the Olympics came around, I would be running around trying to jump higher, run faster and throw further, just like the rest of the American children. I’m sure most of the kids around the world were doing the same. In high school, I had a career-ending injury in my best sport, wrestling, and my pursuit of college athletics ended. As I grew into young adulthood, I went to college in a major city (Seattle), and I began to come into contact with athletes from my university and the University of Washington – they were always bigger, faster and stronger than I. Many of the athletes were from around the world. That hasn’t changed with today’s Olympic athletes either; many come from around the globe but go to American universities. Athletics often is their ticket out of the situation in their war-torn or impoverished country somewhere on the other side of the earth.