I’ve finished the body, and started the first shoulder strap. But it’s still not 65% of the final sweater, which is where we’re at according to the counter.
So I’ve decided to make Eric Moussambani my personal Olympic hero. Some of you may remember him from the Sydney Summer Games — he’s the swimmer from Equatorial Guinea who finished a full 50 seconds behind the next slowest swimmer in the 100m race. There were no other swimmers in his heat, so he swam the agonizingly slow race entirely by himself, visibly struggling to even stay afloat by the end of it. He had done all his training in a pool only 20m long, and qualified for the Olympics through a special scholarship program, essentially. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to watch him fight for the finish, and the crowd cheered him on every flailing stroke of the way, giving him a standing ovation at the end.
So I think Eric Moussambani will be my personal inspiration to keep going until I’ve finished my event, however far behind the rest of the competitors I may be.
Posted by Aven at February 20, 2006 11:55 PM
“Sometimes the race is its own reward.
Sometimes it isn’t about being the best or the fastest.
Sometimes the Olympics is about an Eric Moussambani finding a way, not to win, but just to finish.”