Daily Dose: Age Is Nothing But A Number

“The water doesn’t know how old you are.” – Darra Torres, Age is Just a Number

Every four years at Olympics, records are broken – records that disregard age.

In day 2 of London Olympics, the world witnessed 16 year-old Ye Shinwe (China) break the world record in the 400 IM (swimming). But her new record wasn’t the only amazing aspect about this race. Her split time for the final 50 metres was faster than that of 8-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in the men’s race. This was the first time that had happened in Olympic history.

On the other side of the age spectrum, Dara Torres failed to qualify for London Olympics this year by a mere 0.09 seconds. But in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at age 41, Torres became a 12-time Olympic medalist, only swimmer to compete in 5 Olympic games, and the oldest swimmer to secure a place on an Olympic team.

While the Olympic games are a place to see people who all have incredible drive and who give their all to represent their country, our community is a similar place to strive for our dreams. And like Ye Shinwe or Dara Torres, as young or old as you are, it’s never too early or too late to aim for what you want.

Edit – Tonight, day 3 of London Olympics, 15 year old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won GOLD in the women’s 100 Breaststroke. I watched this event just a few minutes ago, proceeding to look up her age, and am still sitting here with my mind blown. This goes to show that when you give something your all, anything can happen…absolutely anything.

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Posted on July 30, 2012, in Daily Dose, Inspiration, Kollaboration, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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