Now I Have A Gold Medal

In the 1976 Summer Olympics, 26-year-old Gymnist Shun Fujimoto suffered a broken right knee in the floor exercise. But his physical ailment didn?t stop him in his quest for the gold. During the next week he continued his competition in his strongest event, the rings. His routine was excellent, but then astounded everyone by squarely dismounting with a triple somersault twist on his broken right knee. When asked concerning his feat, he said, ?Yes, the pain shot through me like a knife. It brought tears to my eyes. But now I have a gold medal and the pain is gone.? (Newsweek, August 2, 1976)? Copyright 2002 Steve Miller - All Rights Reserved

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