Every athlete has one dream: to win a championship. Of course, there are those who just want to have fun. Every Olympian has one goal: win the gold medal. But just being on that podium must feel even more special. No matter what year, or where the Olympics are held, there’s always a storyline. Either there will be that familiar face looking to repeat or break a World or Olympic Record, or an unknown who becomes a sizzling overnight sensation. But in light of all the upsets and celebration, there’s also disappointment. Of course, just because you become perhaps the most decorated Olympian of all time like Michael Phelps, doesn’t mean you can repeat four years later. But Jordan Wieber had a shot at defending her All-Around title in Women’s Gymnastics. As in life, everyone has ups and downs. If you want something, you need to work for it. You need to be so passionate and devoted to get what you want, to achieve a dream come true. So, when you lose a chance at something special, it’s a heart breaking loss.
As the Olympics comes to an end after three weeks, some athletes prevailed in at least getting on the podium, some fulfilled their dream of Gold, and then there was heartbreak and disappointment. This year, Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps closed out his final year of being in the Olympics like he always has: winning the gold. It is, indeed, the end of an extraordinary era in Olympic history. From winning his first gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics to making history in the 2008 Beijing Olympics to surpassing the record holder (a former Soviet Olympian) for most medals won and become the most decorated Summer Olympian of all time. There was also the story of the Fabulous 5, who set out to win gold for the first time since the Magnificent Seven won it in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. It’s not easy to be an Olympian. You need pride and the desire to strive to get what you want. Congratulations to all the athletes out there who asserted all the efforts and did the best they could.