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Olympic Gold at 16

by Emilija Georgievska on 13th September, 2012 at 8:31 PM CEST

How do you imagine your day would go on if you were 16 again? I remember my highschool days as more or less laid back, with the only obligation I had being the homework that my teachers have assigned. High school years, at least those here in Skopje, are all about searching your identity, finding out what are your interests and talents, forming a network of friends and acquaintances who all share the same tastes.  This process usually includes skipping classes, doing rebellious things just to fit into a new company of people, but all this is just common, everyday behavior that is typical for almost everyone. Almost…

I am sure that each and every one of you had a classmate who was also skipping classes, but not because he/she went for a coffee, but went to the gym instead. We know those fit, healthy-looking girls and boys who devote their free time to sports, while the majority of the students go home and chat on Facebook. One of those aspiring people who decided to make an extra effort in their days of careless youth and actually succeeded in their goal is Gabby Douglas. She is the 16 year old American artistic gymnast who won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. Douglas is the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships.

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It was only at the age of 14 that she decides to move five states away from home to train with a professional coach. Her decision was at first unapproved by her mother, but Gabby was very persistent and determined to leave her life in Virginia and pursue her dream in Iowa. There she lived with a volunteer host family and completely gave in to training. One of the reasons why she wanted to make a new start is because she felt isolated in her hometown gym, facing racism and bullying in the years leading up to her win. In her interview with Oprah she said she didn’t want to be discouraged by any discrimination and that the belief she had in herself was the main motif in the race to the gold medal.

So, after hearing genuinely amazing stories such as this one I am pretty sure that you get a boost of motivation and inspiration to take a leap forward and grasp as much of life as you can. These kinds of stories can make you shiver or even cry, if you are the emotional type, but the main lesson to be learned is that pretty much any of your dreams can become reality. 

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The key lies in yourself – to what extent you are willing to go after your dreams and to what extent you are willing to take a piece of your free time for a greater cause.

Emilija Georgievska - Action Team #9 

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

woww.. these things sounds so inspirational... real achiever . . at this age, she went too far.... "our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" . . . .

no of inspirational article are coming back to back and I m lovin it... :).. wel if I recal my 14 . . i way playing cricket as Vice captain of India, under 15 tournament (we went for a club) in Gulf (UAE) . . :)

13th September, 2012 @ 10:28 PM CEST

Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

Truly inspirational... Thanks for sharing Emilija

14th September, 2012 @ 6:11 AM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

This girl should serve as an example, not only for following our dreams, but for overcoming all the obstacles on the way also. She didn't let the discriminating environment get in her way and that is a really courageous step, and as everybody said - very inspirational! :)

14th September, 2012 @ 9:48 AM CEST

TITILAYO IJAGBEMI

TITILAYO IJAGBEMI | Action team

Great write up

14th September, 2012 @ 12:40 PM CEST

ejaz ud din

ejaz ud din | Action team

i like the way it is delivered !! nice

14th September, 2012 @ 12:54 PM CEST

Hajdi Kostova

Hajdi Kostova | Action team

When we want something, we find a fay. And when we don't, we find excuses. This girl found a way, she trained hard and won a gold medal. Oooh when I was 15 I didn't think winning a gold medal was an option yet now I see that I have missed many opportunities, if not gold medals then something else. But there's no point in looking back with regret.. What matters is the future and that we shape in the present.
Great article Emilija, it's really thought provoking =) Thank you for sharing this with us.

14th September, 2012 @ 2:21 PM CEST

Emilija Georgievska

Emilija Georgievska | Action team

Thank you for your comments, all of you. I am glad that you found this article inspirational and motivational, that is how I felt as well after hearing the story about Gabby Douglas. And I too find your comments motivating :)))

17th September, 2012 @ 11:27 PM CEST

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