Today's Torchbearer: Chris Fries
DL passed the torch to Chris Fries of A Writer's Expanding and Slightly-Warped Universe. He's here today talking about the underdogs of the Games.
Let me first offer a big “Thank you!” to Nicole for hosting this fun Olympic Inspiration Blogging Relay! There have been some great inspirational posts, and I’m really pleased to be able take part in it.
To me, it’s always inspiring and entertaining watching the Olympics. I love the drama and the excitement in the competition, even when it’s taped-delayed as it has been here on NBC in the States.
And of course there’s the fabulous pageantry – did you see the opening ceremonies? I think it’s awesome watching the parade of nations as the athletes enter, country-by-country. Most here in the US cheered the entry of the large contingent of our American athletes with pride. There were a ton of them -- 530 American competitors went to London. It was one the second-largest single-nation group in the Olympics. Great Britain, being the host country, has 541 athletes competing. Other countries also brought a huge contingent: Russia has 438 athletes, Australia 410, Germany 392, and China 380. It’s always impressive seeing these massive waves of competitors, all dressed in the colors of their countries, all eager for the chance to bring home victory for their nations.
But you know what really inspires me? Seeing the entry of the three athletes from countries like Belize, Chad, or Brunei. Or the tiny contingent of only two athletes from countries like Gambia, Dominica, or Nauru. How many of us even know where Nauru is? I had to look it up – it’s HERE, in Micronesia.
Amid the grandeur of the Olympics, competing against the vast national powerhouses that can field hundreds of athletes, these small nations send their competitors to the games in the hope of bringing a small slice of glory back to their homelands. These athletes come without the huge entourages, without the deep financial backing, and all-too-often without much recognition from the global community.
But they come, and they give their all to compete on an international stage against the giants.
To me, writing is like that -- especially as an unpublished writer. I’m plugging away in anonymity, doing my best to compete against the giants of the writing and publishing industry, hoping that I can master my craft enough to gain a few readers and a small bit of recognition. And despite the overwhelming odds, no matter what, I’ll stay committed, practice diligently, and do all I can to compete to the best of my ability,
And maybe – just like an unknown athlete from a tiny country who defies the odds and ends up medaling – I’ll someday earn my own piece of writing glory.
I absolutely love this angle! Thanks so much for sharing, Chris.