To this day, this is still one of my favorite moments in Olympic history. Take a few minutes to watch …
Jim broke through security to get onto the track to be by his sons side in his biggest time of need. He put his arm around his son to support him. He sent away Olympic officials and a TV crew so Derek could finish the race.
I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I see this.
At the 1988 Olympics Derek was forced to withdraw from the 400 meter race just 10 minutes before it began because of an achilles tendon injury. Over the next 4 years, he had 5 surgeries. He trained to be ready for the 1992 games in Barcelona. Before this race, Derek & Jim agreed that Derek would finish the race, no matter what.
And, finish he did!
I love this because of the many life lessons it teaches. Things like …
— ALWAYS finish what you start. Don’t quit. Don’t give up, even when it really hurts.
— Be there for your loved ones when they need you. Even if you have to fight your way there.
— Be strong for someone else when they need it. Let them cry on your shoulder, but then help them to finish what they had started.
— Fend off the adversity that’s trying to prevent you from crossing the finish line.
I know it’s a market slogan, but Derek’s Father was wearing the perfect hat … Just Do It!