Excellence is an important Olympic value, at the base of which is athletes' continual striving in order to improve their own results and surpass a personal bar. And competition with others is just an instrument in the achievement of a personal record.
- Photo: Petra Majdic at the awards ceremony Source: daylife.com
With broken ribs to an olympic medal!
At the warm-up before a qualifying heat, Slovenian skier Petra Majdic did not manage a tricky turn and flew off the course, hitting a tree and falling into a three-meter ravine. All the same, overcoming sharp pain, the 30-year-old athlete who had never had an Olympic medal before, continued the heat, successfully passed all qualifying races, and in the final sprint took third place. Only then did the spectators and competitors learn that Majdic had broken four ribs and hurt her lungs. Along the course Petra ran alone, and at the awards ceremony she had no strength left; she was raised onto the bronze step of the pedestal in the accompaniment of doctors...
Isn't that an example of striving for excellence, that stops at practically nothing?
- Photo: Irina Rodnina with her medals. Source: itogi.ru
Rodnina - in the Gueness book of records.
Three-time Olympic champion, figure skater Irina Rodnina, forever went into the history of the sport as the only female athlete who did not lose one major start, including the championships of Europe, the world and the White Olympics. Each of Irina's appearances saw her crowned with the highest medal. This fact, entered into the Guiness Book of Records, testifies not only to the limitless pursuit of excellence, but also to the resilient character of a victor, which the celebrated champion forged. Incidentally, a year before her third Olympics, Rodnina gave birth to a son and triumphantly returned to the ice, winning her last gold at age 30.