This week the XXX Olympiad Games has featured some outstanding performances in Track & Field. None more impressive than that of Kirani James, a 19-year-old former standout at the University of Alabama. Coached by Harvey Glance, former Auburn University athlete and 1976 Olympic Gold Medal winner, James crushed the finish line all alone in 43.94 seconds. Upsetting the favored USA 400 meter athletes, he won the first Olympic Gold Medal for his native Grenada.
Watching James win I could not help but think of Chariots of Fire, the winner of Best Picture at the 1981 Academy Awards. This is the fact-based story of two British athletes preparing and participating in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Eric Lidden, a devout Christian running for the glory of his God and Harold Abrahams, a Jew, running to overcome prejudice. Unlikely to win against the heavily favored USA athletes, against all odds they return home triumphant.
Don't get me wrong, I am ways rooting for Team USA, but each time I watch this movie I was find myself cheering for these two Brits. This is arguable the best 'Olympic' movie ever made. Check it out. Watch it.
After the games of course.