The Olympics: A Training Ground for Cancer?

1996 Summer Olympics

1996 Summer Olympics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Tis the season for sports (here in the U.S., it’s ALWAYS the season for sports), and the Olympics are fascinating us as much as they ever do.  The races, the stories of the athletes, even the silly discussion about The Flying Squirrel’s hair.  Eyes around the globe are focused on screens of all sizes — iGadgets, laptops, desktops.  Some (those of us in the “old school”) even wait for the evening NBC broadcast, despite knowing the outcomes of the various competitions.

But once these five rings disappear and the athletes pack up their medals and head for the airport, what happens next?

Here’s what happened to Shannon Miller, one of the gold medal winners from the 1996 Olympics, and one of the “Magnificent Seven.” The link to this site was sent to me by a reader of my posts, and I told her I’d do the favor of posting it here. It’s a short interview with Miller – won’t take but a couple minutes to read. But its message should resonate with you for a long time. A gold-medal Olympic athlete (so damn young and so very healthy!) compares her experience with ovarian cancer to her training for the Olympics.

Here’s to all of us, athlete or otherwise, who have gone the distance with cancer — all of us worthy of our own gold medal.

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2 Responses to “The Olympics: A Training Ground for Cancer?”

  1. whosalecitypl Says:

    All the althletes are great ,no one knows how much efforts they have paid for it ,Gold mental is not the more inmportant things ,what’s more ,the Applause and recognition is much inmportant than that ,do u agree with it

  2. lat Says:

    There are many “training grounds” for cancer and this is one of the many stories that reflect that. Good for Shannon to bring her story to many who are faced with challenges that provide two choices — give in to the challenge or give it all you have to win the battle. Small goals, small steps, each day can make gold medal winners of all those dealing with cancer or any other seemingly overwhelming challenges in life. There are no guarantees in life for any of us, even if you are a healthy person, that cancer can happen to you, but the best thing you have going for you — acceptance and an undying positive attitude. Remember there are always good things happening around you and remember to appreciate them. Shannon understands this. Her son is her positive good thing happening. We have that too if we just look around us.


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