Becoming a True Champion Chat
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
However, I persisted, digging a little deeper by asking if there was anything at all, no matter how slight, that would bring even more meaning to the inspiration I provided.
After a moment or two one coach spoke up, asking if I had any stories of female athletes who had inspired. She even brought up my own 5'4" daughter playing volleyball for a top Division I volleyball program (and the adversity she faced in doing so) as an example of someone who their girls would certainly relate to, being that they are, well, all volleyball athletes.
Hmm, that had never really occurred to me. I simply had not given any thought to considering the gender of my audience since my central focus lies with the message conveyed through a story and not necessarily who the story comes from. To me, things like race, religion, and/or gender have no bearing on what one is capable of accomplishing, even though they may actually be part and parcel of the adversity one faces.
Of course, as this coach so eloquently pointed out, none of this changes the fact that my message might actually have more influence and relevance if I made this an important consideration.
So, with that in mind, I would like to present to you my top 6 female athletes' most motivating stories. And let me add that they are every bit as inspiring as any sports story you can find; male or female.
Rounding out my list at #6 is Brandi Chastain and the 1999 U.S. Women's Soccer Team as they win the cherished World Cup Championship by defeating China in the finals. The result ended with penalty kicks (China and the U.S. were tied at the end of regulation) as Brandi Chastain's PK was one heard around the World.
Will we ever forget #3, Kerri Strug, as she defied the odds by competing on a badly sprained ankle bringing the Gold medal to the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. As a former gymnast, I can tell you that performing that vault on that ankle was not an easy thing to do - not by a long shot, and, basically, landing it on only one foot, WOW:
Ok, anyone want to try and top these women's stories? Go right ahead!!! Equal in inspiration, yes - possibly, but better, good luck!!!