Two Dozen Basic Management Principles (Pt. 16)

Chapter 14 Olympic Trials – Part 2   The second injury of Lopez’ career came ten minutes before the biggest race of his life. Over the three previous days, Lopez overcame the disappointment of the jersey pull in the 800 meters final and had breezed through the preliminary 1500 meter rounds. His body felt strong. His hamstring felt so good that he almost forgot he had injured it. Right after he completed stretching for the 1500 meter final, his right foot came down on what appeared to be a normal patch of grass. It was a hole! His foot came down awkwardly, twisting his ankle on the same leg that had the bad hamstring. Pain shot up his leg. He tried to jog it out but he couldn’t put any weight on his right foot. “Second call, 1500 meter men’s final,” the track announcer said. Lopez headed straight to Dr. Wharton. “I have a problem.” “What happened?” Dr. Wharton asked. “I twisted my ankle in a hole while doing strides.” “Are you serious? Here, lay down. Let me see what I can do.” He grabbed Lopez’ foot and made a couple of adjustments. “Third call, 1500 men’s final.” His ankle still did not feel right but he had to go report for the race. They weren’t going to delay the finals until his ankle healed. Lopez grabbed his backpack and started over toward the track. As he walked, he prayed. “God, I know You gave me this dream for something bigger than myself. You’ve done too many impossible things in my life so far for me to believe that You want my dream to end like this.” Lopez took another step. The pain in his ankle disappeared. In fact, his ankle felt like he’d never run a race in his entire life. “Runners, to your marks…Get set…” The gun sounded. Lopez took off. The first two laps went according to his game plan. He stayed alert on the first lap and got into position on the second lap. The pace picked up on the third lap. Lopez moved closer to the front, ready to strike. The hamstring felt great. There was no pain in...

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