Derek Redmond was a British Olympic sprinter (400 meters) in the ’80s and early ’90s. His career had been plagued by injuries that forced him to drop out of the 1988 Olympics just before his race. He had eight surgeries between 1988 and 1992 and by the time the Barcelona games came along he was ready to go. In the semifinals his hamstring snapped after 150 meters. A stretcher was brought out but Redmond refused it. And pulled himself up and began limping to the finish. His father ran through security to be with his son and helped him cross the finish line.
A year ago, I thought my competitive running career was over. A week ago, I raced for the first time as an NCAA athlete. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be but I know I have so much more to give. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and I definitely won’t let it go to waste. I’m happier than I have been for a long time.
Here’s a cool Dan fact for you today: Dan was not an athletic kid growing up, but he played little league baseball. They stuck him in the outfield because he wasn’t very good and since no balls ever came his way he’d just sit on his knees and play with the dirt while the game was going on. While watching one of his games and seeing him do this Avi remarked to Deb, “Eh, I don’t think is Dan going to be an athlete…”