For athletes, the harshest part about the Olympic setup is likely the four-year break between games. That's a long time to stew between gold medal attempts, especially if the last one didn't turn out as planned.
But in the case of Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, there is no stewing period. There's no time to sit back and think of the London games, just completed over the weekend. Because while so many Olympic competitors continued to soak up the atmosphere of the closing ceremonies, or headed home to begin the healing period after falling short of their dreams, Goodwin flew back to Austin and donned a football helmet within days of the Olympic long jump finals.
"Football is a huge stress reliever," Goodwin said. "The transition, it is just great to be able to come back and not have to worry about if I would've did this or that. My mind is totally on football now. I have other things to do."
One could hardly blame Goodwin for looking back ...