Quote Of The Day
“If a man is a national hero but his own country doesn’t remember him, is he really a national hero? Did his life mean more than one touch-the-gods moment? …
If you went out (today) and asked 1,000 people (in South Africa), ‘Who is Josia Thugwane?’ just in the streets, probably 2 percent would know who he is, maybe 5-10 percent at best. …
Thugwane ‘reinforced our pride and confidence as a nation,’ Mandela said then. Almost 20 years later, he sits quietly in the living room of his single-story rambler on a 75-acre plot of land in the Gauteng province, uncertain of what constitutes a memorable life.”
– Excerpt from a nearly 9,000-word ESPN feature by Mike Wise on Josia Thugwane, the illiterate man (all 5-foot-2 and 99 pounds of him) who shocked the world and won the 1996 Olympic gold in the marathon in a story entitled, “The Man South Africa Forgot.” Thugwane, who won gold just 5 months after being shot in the face in a robbery, may not be ignore for much longer as the company that made “Million Dollar Arm” is interested in doing a movie on Thugwane.
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