The next time you see a medal ceremony on TV, watch the face of the person who took Gold. These are, without doubt, my single favorite moments in the Games. And the most powerful.
You see, this is when it all starts to sink in for the athletes. The work is over, the race is won, and the full impact of what they’ve accomplished finally hits them. As the medal is placed around their neck and the first notes of their nation’s anthem begin to play...right then...that’s when you see this change come over them.
Some smile, some sing along, some fight back tears. Many simply stand there in silent awe, drinking it all in. But you can always see it in their eyes – years of sacrifice, sweat and tears have come down to this moment. It must be the most humbling, fulfilling, rewarding moment of their lives. I can't fully imagine what they must experience. They’ve done that rare thing we all strive to do: catch our most closely-held dreams.
It never fails to get me.
Sometimes, I wonder what that moment will be for me in writing. When will it truly hit me? What will it take to get that feeling? I don’t know yet. I don’t even think there’s only one possibility – there are many – and like the Olympic athletes, I’ll keep striving until I reach one.
And then I’ll break down with a great big smile on my face and sob like a baby!
What does that moment look like to you?
Tomorrow's Coach and Champion: Alex Cavanaugh