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That Phelps Win…

August 16, 2008

The whole world seems aflutter of Michael Phelps’ fingernail win over Milorad Cavic, as well it should be. There is no way Phelps should have won that race…and yet he did.

But…all the commentary seems to be missing one thing. The focus has been on the improbability of it, the closeness of it, but if you watch the replays, watch what happened in the last quarter of a second, there’s a lesson in there.

If you watch Cavic in that last quarter second…he was coasting. He had won. He had stroked his last stroke, and was coasting, arms outstretched, toward the finish.

Now look at Phelps. He never coasted. He never thought “damn, I lost”. He kept clawing at the water, right up to the very end.  While Cavic was coasting, Phelps was pulling himself through one more stroke, and that last measure of effort won him the race.

The lesson? Keep going, keep pushing, all the way to the very end.

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  1. August 17, 2008 11:23 pm

    I once read a quote from the great Walter “Sweetness” Payton. His response when asked about how he developed the incredible ability to break so many tackles and gain so many “extra” yards……
    “I never let my feet stop moving”. Not a bad plan to live by.

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