There are special moments throughout history that are simply impossible to forget.
They are just that powerful.
One such moment was when injured track star Derek Redmond’s dad helped him cross the finish line at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
In case you don’t know the story, Derek tore his hamstring in the semi-finals of the 400 meters, but fought through the pain, and with his dad’s assistance, managed to finish the entire 400 meter lap as the crowd gave him a roaring standing ovation.
For those of you who don’t see what the big deal is, a hamstring pull feels like a gunshot to the back of your leg and it is incredibly painful. Walking is practically impossible. I don’t care how “tough” you think you are, a pulled hammy will bring you to your knees and make you want to cry.
This story is one of my favorite moments in Olympic history, and the funny thing is, I have NO IDEA who even won the race that day. This incredibly inspiring moment simply overshadowed everything else that happened on the track that day.
When you watch the short video of the race below you’ll see what I mean.
Honor, pride, strength, courage, passion, perseverance, faith, spirit, willingness, determination. This one moment has it all. It is truly an inspirational story.
Never underestimate the power of the human will and spirit.
Never quit. Finish strong. Regardless!
Dad’s hat says everything: JUST DO IT.