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Luck doesn’t have a lot to do with it

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The Olympics have been over for a little two weeks (already?!?!?) but there is one thing that shocked me so much that I just had to blog about.

For most sports, I only tend to follow the results in the morning paper. However, not when it comes to track and field. It might have something to do with my cousins being athletes; it might have something to do with the amazing races that Donovan Bailey and Co. ran in 1998. Whatever the reason, I follow track and field more closely and the athletes never cease to amaze me. So obviously this year I heard of this guy called Usain Bolt. If the name means nothing to you, I hope your trip to Mars is going well.

I read a couple of posts on blogs and news sites that rankled me so much that I refuse to link them on my blog. In short, these posts insinuated that luck has a lot to do with these athletes achieving what they have. While some people are luck in that they are born in the United States and get millions in endorsements which gives them more time to train, it doesn’t mean that they don’t put their heart and soul into it and that they don’t work for hours on end to prefect every move to win Olympic Gold.

By the same token, good genes might make someone like Usain Bolt more adapted to running fast, but to chalk up his achievement to genetics is very insulting; it’s denying the hours he spent honing his skill as a sprinter as well as the work put in by his trainer. I am certain that usain Bolt didn’t come out of his mother’s womb running, and that even if he was already a fast runner before starting to train, he probably wasn’t anywhere near breaking any record. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

However it is certainly possible that their good genes makes it easier for ahletes to make their sport look cool. I only go for jogs and don’t look anywhere as cool, composed and blasé when I am back home. Dratted genes.

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2 thoughts on “Luck doesn’t have a lot to do with it

  1. “If the name means nothing to you, I hope your trip to Mars is going well.”

    well we’re in the middle of some pretty heavy turbulence (read meteor storm) but smooth sailing otherwise. I’ll send you a postcard when I get there.

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