Let’s Take a Lesson From Our Athletes in the 2010 Olympics
by Vicki Caldwell
Mar 03, 2010 | 604 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Not an eloquent writer, I however feel compelled to comment on the 2010 Olympic experience and offer a challenge to readers/patrons of your newspaper.

As I watched the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics, I reviewed the triumphs and tragedies endured and experienced by so many world athletes, and I sat enthralled by the commitment demonstrated by all the contenders. Nevertheless, one competition – the Olympic Men’s Figure Skating Championship – seems to offer a lasting lesson to all Americans and the world in general.

When Evan Lysacek of the United States and Evgeni Plushenko of Russia faced off in the men’s final free skate, their unbelievable technical ability and unparalleled grace stunned the world audience. After Evan’s gold-medal win, I proudly watched this young American accept his victory – joyfully, respectfully, and humbly – all under the brutal scrutiny of the international press. Never once did he “lose his cool” and cave into provocative questions from the press or react to critical statements from his rival or comment on derisive mutterings from Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia. What a life lesson Evan Lysacek exhibited to all us Americans!

Now the challenge – no matter what our political affiliation, religious belief, financial status, cultural heritage, sexual preference, race, or gender – let us unite in order to solve the monumental problems facing our country and, for that matter, the world today. With our actions, let us reciprocate the dedication and commitment that Evan Lysacek has given to us with his gold medal win. Let us put aside our bickering attitudes and commit ourselves to returning the United States to its place of leadership in a stable world environment – all with the respectful joy and humble grace exemplified by this young man.

Thank you,

Vicki Caldwell, Ouray
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