Growing up, like many little girls, I was fascinated by gymnasts and figure skaters.
Possessing zero coordination and almost as little athletic ability, I watched with longing, nose practically pressed to the glass of our family television, the graceful moves of the Olympic athletes each time the games arrived. While I knew I would never perform the perfect triple axel while an adoring crowd looked on or receive a perfect 10 for my well-executed performance on the balance beam, I greatly admired those who would.
The level of dedication, discipline, and determination required to become an Olympian is attained by few. The qualities they exhibit are as valuable in sport as they are in life, and that is why Olympic athletes are such ideal role models for our children. Here are a few whose achievements have stood out over the course of Olympic history:
- By Amber Doty
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