It wasn’t until 9th grade that I started to really watch the Olympics or get inspired by the athletes. In 2011, somehow by chance I was interested in reading biographies. I picked up Michael Phelps: No Limits   and from there I began to relive his 2008 Olympic moments ( I know I was a bit late to the game). His work ethic and determination to go above and beyond obstacles gave me the courage to have my own dreams and confidence to chase them. From there I became even more disciplined (following his grit) to reach many goals of mine. So every single time I watch a game, a competition, a match, or a performance for the Olympics, I am not only in awe but I am so happy for how much they’ve achieved. Sometimes I cry even though I feel like I don’t have the right to for all athletes who fell short of what they wanted to accomplish… However every athlete has captivated me because of their endless strive to better themselves and to sacrifice so much for their country and their love for the sport.

I want to take this time to thank the athletes whose lives have impacted mine. Many times I am able to believe in myself and dream big because of their willingness to put themselves out there and give it all they’ve got.

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