With the Olympics in full force I can’t help but to think back on my favorite moments in the history of the games.
Two events are at the top of the list of my favorite both happened at the ’96 Games… and both in gymnastics.
- Dominiqui Moceanu‘s floor routine to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Perfection.
- Kerri Strug‘s vault for the women to win gold. If you don’t love this moment, you may not be American.
As I think back on these two moments, I think specifically about the second. Everyone in life will have a Kerri Strug moment. The moment in time where you decide that whatever you are working for is about more than yourself. You have to look past the pain/hurt/anguish and stick the landing.
A common phrase I live by is, “Fake it ’till you make it.” Sometimes the hardest part to fake is the end. The landing. Why? Because this is the part that can hurt the most.
Sure, you can fake it through the middle. You may face some aversion or struggles but it’s not over. The end is when you have to put everything else aside. The final landing is when you stay a fake or you actually make it.
Did you stick you Kerri Strug moment?