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Tim Kolodziej

February 6, 2014

Tim Kolodziej: As Winter Olympics begin, it’s time to cheer the legends of The Fall


NEW CASTLE — “Dream big. It costs the same, but the payoff is bigger.” — Randy Gage

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to see the emotional embraces at the finish line or after the performance.

We’ll see the tears of joy.

We’ll see the arms raised in triumph.

We’ll see you, Olympic champions, celebrating like most of us will never know.

Because we won’t.

We’ll never know all the hours you’ve spent in deliberate practice.

We’ll never know all the miles you’ve traveled to competitions and coaches and doctor’s appointments.

We’ll never know exactly how many times you fell on the way to the medal stand.

But we’ll see you stand tall as you accept your gold.

We’ll see you smile.

Then we’ll see your parents and coaches.

We may not know exactly what it took for you to get there.

But their faces will give us a pretty good idea.

“For teaching us that falling only makes us stronger ...”

“Get up.”

“You OK?”

“Let me brush you off.”

“You got this.”

“Everything’s gonna be all right.”

“I love you.”

“I am here for you.”

“Try again.”

“You got this!”

“You go, girl!”


“I’m so proud of you.”

“I KNEW you could do it!”

Let The Games begin.


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