Human spirit by Derek Redmond

I know its a bit out of tune but i had to share this. Today i saw this inspiring video on Dutch television about the short distance runner Derek Redmand. Derek is not known for his Olympic gold medals. But for redefining the essence of the human spirit.

The withdraw – Seoul 88′

He had been forced to withdraw from the 400 at the 1988 Games in Seoul, only 10 minutes before the race, because of an Achilles tendon injury. He then underwent five surgeries over the next year.

His time

When the 1992 Games arrived, this was his time, his moment, his stage, to show the world how good he really was.

Derek’s father Jim had accompanied him to Barcelona. They were as close as a father and son could be. Inseparable, really. The best of friends. Just before the first race they talk about ignoring past heartbreaks, past failures. They agree that if anything bad happens, no matter what it is, Derek has to finish the race, period.

The moment – Barcelona 92′

Then this happened

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