Sports & Wellness

The Trailblazers of the Olympics

by Michelle Ylaya 

Every athlete in the Olympics has a story, they might have come from humble beginnings, never imaging that they would make it to the world stadium of the Olympics.

They’ve trained and competed at every competition they could enter in order to improve their ranking and deserve to perform in the Olympics and represent their country.

That’s why when new names surface among the 11,000 competitors of the Olympics; they garner global recognition almost immediately.

Simone Biles, is one of these names that have shined during this year’s Olympics.  This is the nineteen year-old’s first Olympics and it sure won’t be her last.

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She’s already won three gold medals and is looking to win her fourth in the Women’s floor exercise.

Biles has been dominating gymnastics not only in the Olympics but also gymnastics competitions such as the AT&T American Cup and the World Championships.

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For three consecutive years since 2013, she has been the All-Around Champion in the World Championships.

She is expected to be the trailblazer in world gymnastics much like Michael Phelps is in swimming. But don’t tell that to Simone. She’s been quoted as saying “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Bolt.”

Regardless, she has promise of building a legacy as illustrious as that of Olympians, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.

When Michael Phelps was 15 he didn’t win a single medal in his first Olympics back in 2000. He was hardly known in the swimming world let alone the international community. Even after breaking the 200m butterfly event during the World Competition the following year, the world only took notice of him when he won his first gold medal in Athens and during the Beijing Olympics where he won eight medals and three gold medals in London.

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His recent performance during this year’s Rio Olympics is unsurpassed. Since winning a total of 23 gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes, many are saying that he is the greatest Olympic champion not only in swimming but also in the entire history of the Olympics.   Though he has announced his retirement, he leaves behind a seemingly insurmountable legacy.

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Usain Bolt, regarded as the fastest man on earth, also gained recognition beyond his sport. He is the only man to have won Olympic gold in the 100m race for three consecutive years.

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In 2008, Usain Bolt was a first time Olympic athlete but after breaking the record for the hundred meter sprint, he garnered world recognition. His name soon became synonymous to speed.  With two more events for Bolt, the world expects another gold haul from the Jamaican athlete in this year’s Olympics.

Its every athlete’s dream to be an Olympian, it’s a chance to bring honor to one’s country as well as gain world renown for dominating the sport.  There are podium placers and then there are trailblazers.

Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt aspire to cement their legacies for being trailblazers.

 

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