Today I had the opportunity to visit Olympic Park in Park City, UT. A major venue for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. After touring the museum we rode up to the Luge, Skeleton, and Bobsled tracks.
We happened to arrive while the Paralympic Skeleton racers were training. Standing with my son at my side, I watched men missing one leg hop and jump onto sleds headfirst to then rocket down an icy track at literal break-neck speeds. Here’s a little footage of one of the athletes:
After watching a few of these men do their starts, I leaned over to my son and said, “We can do hard things, can’t we?”
He nodded in wonder, never once taking his eyes off the athletes who were teaching him a lesson of which they most likely weren’t aware. A lesson of persistence and never letting anything keep him from obtaining his dreams. So. So. Cool.
Afterwards, a few of the athletes started a snowball fight with my son’s fifth grade class.
These athletes lifted us both a little today. The way they engaged my son and his friends was more than just charming. It was validating.
Similar men and women in the writing world donate their time to teens in Utah every year. They get down on their level and engage them, validate them, and inspire them to work toward their dreams.
Thank you to all of our past, present, and future Teen Author Boot Camp authors who mentor and inspire our teens. Your “Olympic Moments” are making a difference in the world.