Competing in the Olympics has to be the highlight of most athletes' careers. And for some it is the chance to overcome beliefs that set false limits. Already some great success stories have unfolded at the Olympic Games in China.
We have watched as Michael Phelps broke all previous records by winning eight gold medals. And he also broke speed records in four of his five individual swims. Amazingly as a child, his mother says she was told not to expect much out of her son because he had Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Phelps took up swimming to channel some of that energy. And today is one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Also there is the amazing story of 41-year-old Dara Torres who is the first woman in history to swim in the Olympics past the age of 40. Not only was she competitive in this year's Olympic games, she won three silver medals.
These games demonstrate that we should not put restrictions on our dreams. That if you set your mind and determination to it, a medical ailment or even age should not limit what each one of us is capable of achieving. The message to take away from Phelps, Torres, our own John Dane, Austin Sperry, Brittany Reese and all the Olympians is to dream big, work hard and go for it.
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