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The Olympics have been great, with the exception of the time delays and spoilers…which I’ve now trained my myself to ignore and avoid with everything I have.  From fairytale beginnings and endings to history making performances, the 2012 Olympics have given us so much to be proud of.  What I truly live for are the stories that unfold throughout the coverage!  The stories that highlight the journey to the Olympics-the stories after the win-the stories after the losses-the vows of determination to be back in 2016 for another shot, not to remain defeated.

Most of the stories you hear have two main themes.  People who never gave up and people who understand the meaning of one of my favorite words–diligence.  Diligence is the constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.

It’s so easy to give up.  Losing focus, listening to nay-sayers and doubting oneself is so much easier than pushing forward, spending hours training, missing out on life events and giving up any semblance of a normal life.

I see students and parents everyday that expect to achieve greatness with little or no effort.  Sure, you may stumble upon luck…but even the best of luck will run dry.  If each of our Olympians approached their sport of choice with minimal effort, then we wouldn’t have a Misty May, Gabby Douglas, Kerri Walsh, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman or  Allyson Felix.  We wouldn’t have that inspiration that shows us that we can do anything we put our minds to as long as we believe in ourself, put in the hard work and remember that adversity is temporary.

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