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The amazing thing is, he only started running the past five years. He originally wanted to play basketball, but his high school cut the program. When a friend who was going to run in a local track meet asked him to watch, De Grasse decided to join him. Wearing basketball shorts and sneakers, he didn't know how to use the starting blocks, so he took a standing position. Ended up running the race in 10.9 seconds. The rest is history.

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The amazing thing is, he only started running the past five years. He originally wanted to play basketball, but his high school cut the program. When a friend who was going to run in a local track meet asked him to watch, De Grasse decided to join him. Wearing basketball shorts and sneakers, he didn't know how to use the starting blocks, so he took a standing position. Ended up running the race in 10.9 seconds. The rest is history.

 

it's awesome when you randomly discover that you're amazing at something.  My cousin, an IT director, decided that he felt like drawing about 10 years ago.  Just out of the blue, he felt like sketching.  Turned out that he had a knack for it and developed it. He's now doing commissioned murals for the Kansas City Royals among other things.

 

I always hope that that moment will happen to me.  Unfortunately, I'll probably end up digging a ditch somewhere and find out that THAT is my calling in life.

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it's awesome when you randomly discover that you're amazing at something.  My cousin, an IT director, decided that he felt like drawing about 10 years ago.  Just out of the blue, he felt like sketching.  Turned out that he had a knack for it and developed it. He's now doing commissioned murals for the Kansas City Royals among other things.

 

I always hope that that moment will happen to me.  Unfortunately, I'll probably end up digging a ditch somewhere and find out that THAT is my calling in life.

Well, the world needs ditch diggers too.

post #254 of 258
Katinka Hosszu owned that pool.

Girl didn't just take home 3 gold medals and one sliver, she WRECKED World Records to become the overall most successful individual swimmer in Rio 2016.

And, shockingly, she's not even from New Zealand.
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Katinka Hosszu owned that pool.

Girl didn't just take home 3 gold medals and one sliver, she WRECKED World Records and was the overall most successful individual swimmer in Rio 2016.

And, shockingly, she's not even from New Zealand.

 

Yep, she was absolutely another hero (heroine) of this Olympic games.  I got tired of watching her husband/coach get all puffed up on the side of the pool (and the commentators giving him the 'cedit' for her success was simply ludicrous and shameful), but she was a rock star.

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(and the commentators giving him the 'cedit' for her success was simply ludicrous and shameful)

 

They're not really crediting the husband, just the doping program he put her on. Can't come right out and say it, of course.

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So, Russia dopes on an industrial scale. Not sure what will come of this, but it shows how much of a farce the modern Olympics has become, even if there are amazing individual moments.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/09/more-than-1000-russian-athletes-benefitted-from-state-sponsored-doping
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