Quote Of The Day
“I was cut from the church baseball team. I tried basketball … About halfway through practice [the coach] wanted to have a meeting in his office. I went in and he asked if I noticed there was a difference in the way I play and the other boys play. I said, ‘Sure, my game is in the process of getting better and maturing.’ He said, ‘Maybe when you enter high school you may have developed a basketball game, but just hang your singlet on the door and I’ll see you in gym class.’ At that point I was struggling to find something I could do in sports and I went out for the junior high school track and field team. I successfully stayed out for three years but I never really made the team. I would go to bed every night and say a simple prayer, ‘Dear God, I really want my life to amount to something and it would be nice if it was in sports because if you look now it really isn’t going well.’ I think that everyone who has ever done anything in life or in sports has that kind of ‘Hail Mary moment.”
– Former world record holder and Olympic silver medalist Jim Ryun talking about his early struggles as a junior high athlete. In an extensive interview, Ryun talks about how he went from getting cut from teams to becoming the first high schooler to go sub-4 in the mile.
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