My favourite article on the Olympics. Just magnificent. Tahmina Kohistani of Afghanistan, we salute you.
OH, to be the fastest woman in the world.
KATHLEEN PARKER The Washington Post - August 10, 2012
Other dreams may be equal to this, but few are as accessible. Every able-bodied person on the planet can run, knows the feeling of running full speed and the exhilaration of crossing the finishing line, but unless you’re Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, someone is always faster. Never mind – whoever may be faster in the next lane, the fastest person in the runner’s heart is themself.
The feeling of fastest possible, although known to most, is indescribable. It is too bad life eventually slows the sprinter in every child.
Running is unique as a sport by virtue of its utter purity, requiring nothing more than a willing body and force of spirit. No accoutrements – no bats, balls, helmets, motors, masks, goggles, oars, nets, padding, bars or beams. It’s just you against the ground, gravity and your own heart. Read the entire article here.