The Olympics start this Thursday (2/8)! Is anyone else excited?!
While I'm not aware of any Olympians in my family branches, I did have a brush with Olympic greatness when I worked as a medical secretary in a physical therapy clinic.
One of my favorite patients was a gentleman who had suffered a stroke. He would often come and sit at my desk to chat. This was a bit challenging because he had lost some of his language when he suffered the stroke. One day he kept trying to tell me about something that I was having a hard time understanding, and he just wasn't able to make it clear. He was frustrated that he couldn't get his point across, but he never gave into that frustration. Instead, he looked at me, smiled and held up his index finger and said, "Tomorrow."
The next day when he returned for his appointment, he came straight to my office. As he walked in, I noticed he was carrying a flat black case in his good hand. He sat it down in front of me and motioned for me to open it. As I opened it, I was surprised to see an Olympic silver medal. Through me asking him questions, and him answering as best he could, he described to me his Olympic victory. It was an experience I'll never forget.
This favorite patient of mine was Olympian Don Laz, and he won a silver medal in Pole Vaulting in the 1952 Olympics. He wasn't a member of my family, but he did make an impact on me, and I was proud to know him. His Olympic spirit shined through every time he came in to work out in the clinic. He was paralyzed on one side, and he had a difficult time speaking, but he never let his frustration get the best of him.
I'd love to hear about Olympians in your life! Do you have stories to share?
For those who are interested in this year's games: How to Watch the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games