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It was excruciating to watch. Apart from the chilling thud, seeing a young woman’s hopes and dreams crumble before my eyes was heart wrenching. I’m sure it felt exponentially worse for Nastia Liukin, lying face down on a mat in front of millions of people, Olympic dream vaporized. Then, something extraordinary happened. She got up, jumped back on the uneven bars and finished her routine. Imagine being in her position for a moment. Would you have gotten up? As much as I’d like to believe otherwise, I probably would have lied there and hoped to disappear into the floor. Or stormed out of the arena to deal with my failure privately. And that’s exactly why I’m not an Olympian. Although she won her gold medal in 2008, Nastia Liukin’s performance Sunday night showed everyone exactly how she earned it; with the perseverance to get up off the mat.  This certainly wasn’t her first fall. Probably one of thousands. But Liukin is a champion because she’s always gotten up… and this was no exception. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to learn from Nastia Liukin’s example. Our everyday hopes and dreams require the same kind of determination to achieve. But [...]
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