If you really would like to see what a human body and mind is capable of, you better set your eye-balls rolling on Olympians. Not the Greek Gods, I’m talking about. But rather one among us, a man, a woman, who competes in Olympic Games. Exceptional courage, hunger to prove their mettle and the love for their people and country, sets them apart from us, common people. Olympians is a breed too rare to find and I salute their inherent courage to be good at what they do, despite of the hardships they face in their lives.
Every day, is a beginning of a new story, some get bogged down by what they go through and face, some treat them as an another opportunity to prove themselves. Such is the story of these few Olympians. Diseases, money, enemies and what not, nothing could deter them from achieving the extraordinaire success.
Now, read these impressive stories about Olympic Medal Winners, gems indeed to be worshipped just like God/Goddess.
6 Impressive Stories About Olympic Medal Winners
Betty Robinson – Paralyzed, Legally Dead, But Awakened to Win The Gold
Title itself must have had you in awe, but this is Betty Robinson’s courage that’s shining through all these miss-happenings. All these miss-happenings started when she was in a plane crash in 1931. Fortunately, survived the plane crash, but unfortunately, wrongly pronounced dead and tossed into the truck of a car. She was rushed to the hospital upon sudden realization that she’s still alive. Seven months in a coma, is what she had to pay for this delay.
After losing the ability to walk, normally people might assume that’s it’s time to stay in bed for the rest of life. But her craving for a gold medal in the 4X100 relay event(1936 Summer Olympics), made her walk again, made her run and to run fastest amongst her competitors.
Can You Win A 2 Miles Race with Gallstones, Kipchoge Keino Did
Where a normal fellow couldn’t even think of participating in any sporting activities, when one is suffering from Gallstones. But God knows, what Kipchoge Keino had in mind. Even after a clear NO from a German doctor, Kipchoge Keino showed up for every other race and did well in all.
In the 10,000 metre race, he collapsed on the last lap. But nothing stopped Kip. Four days later, he not only participated in the 5,000 metre race, but won a silver also.
Doctor again, insisted him not to run and indulge in any kind of sporting activities. But Kip was no ear to doctors mouth.
Determined to run 1,500 metre race, but unwell, he boarded the bus, showed up late for the event, ran two miles to the stadium in time to register for the race. And that’s just not enough, when he won the same and that too setting up a new Olympic record.
After all these events, the star had his Gallstones removed.
Tremendous performance all the way.
Fed Rat Poison, Attacked by Dogs Mid-Race, Still A Winner
Old were the days, casual used to be the style to conduct and organize even the highly prominent events like 1904 Olympic Marathon. All these casualness and mischievous acts by organizers/people, someone had to pay, Len Tau and Thomas Hicks were the two Olympians, who had their winning streak hard.
Len Tau was chased a mile off course by a dog. Well, that seems like a kind of help, but instead of concentrating on his race, Len Tau had hard time with the Dog. He finished ninth in 1904 Olympic Marathon.
Another courageous win of Thomas Hicks is no ordinary than any other on this list. Twice during the race, Hicks’ handlers administered the rat poison to him, which took a toll on Hicks’ nervous system. But what could deter Hicks, when this star won a gold, under such circumstances.
Signing Autographs While Playing, That’s Richard Allen’s Style
I thought, multi-tasking is for machines only, but Richard Allen, an Indian field hockey player, is another multi-tasker at its best.
At a main event like 1932 Olympics, this uber-guy, took a break to sign autographs behind the post. Why’d he even worry, when his team was leading the match 24-0. Only this act of Richard Allen, gave the US team a chance to score a single goal against the Indian team.
In the 1928 Summer Olympics, he played five matches as goalkeeper, and defended every shot that came on him. The only goal that’s scored is the one I just described above.
Hard to find such players, keeping the crowd all cheered up, the environment humorous, and still winning and shining with dignity.
Wilma Rudolph, Fastest Woman on Earth, Overcomes Infantile Paralysis
Is there any disease she had not suffered from? Scarlet fever, whooping cough, measles, and chickenpox, all that she had suffered by the age of twelve. She had to support his twisted left leg using braces until she was nine.
Apart from all the sufferings and pains, she’d been through. She was a track superstar. She won three gold medals in 1960 Olympics and was considered the “Fastest Woman on Earth”. Unbelievable! Indeed!
George Eyser With Wooden Leg, Wins Gold
Okay, some of the mentions above, suffered a lot, recovered and won many Olympic events. But not a lizard we are, that could reproduce a leg on a whim.
But George Eyser, minus a real leg, was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics, won three gold, two silver and one bronze, ahem, in a single day. All that with the help of his wooden leg.
As precisely said by Winston Churchill,
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Aforementioned stars stands tall on what Winston Churchill quoted. Their courage and valour speaks volumes. They not only made themselves proud, but could be treated as a epitome of courage and bravery, for the world to see and get inspired from.
If these acts aren’t courageous, I don’t know what is.