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February 17, 2014

The Winter Olympic athletes have impressed me

CORBIN — “We lose our way,

We get back up again,

Never too late to get back up again.

One day,

you gonna shine again,

You may be knocked down but not out forever.”

—TobyMac

For the past week, I’ve been following along with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

I work in the evenings so I have to set my DVR to record the prime time events. But I try and catch up with the various competitions when I get home.

I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of watching some of these sports. I certainly would be lost if I ever tried some of the events myself.

But every four years, I find watching these sports pretty entertaining.

During the first week, I’ve been following two events in particular pretty closely — the slopestyle snowboarding and the half-pipe snowboarding.

In slopestyle snowboarding, the snowboarders coast down a ski slope performing high flying twists, flips and tricks over hills and ramps.

In half-pipe snowboarding, the snowboarders travel through a giant half-pipe while doing similar flips and tricks.

Then they receive a score from judges based on such criteria as difficulty, execution and the variety of their tricks.

During these Olympics, the athletes are given two chances to perform during each round. The best score they receive between the two chances is what they use.

Of course, I am by no means a snowboarder. I have never even been on a snowboard. I’ve only been to a ski resort twice in my lifetime.

But I can’t help but be impressed watching these men and women risk injury while soaring through the air nailing those difficult flips.

However, sometimes they don’t always nail those difficult flips.

Sometimes, they lose their balance or their footing, and crash out.

And most of the time when someone crashes out, they are given a really bad score which makes it difficult to win the gold medal.

It was during these times, though, that I became even more impressed by the snowboarders.

I, myself, never saw any of them be a bad sport and make a scene after a bad run.

As crushing as it had to be to make a bad score, the competitors usually told the reporters they would just try harder in their next run.

And if the next run didn’t go well either, they would shrug it off and say they would try and do better at the next Olympics.

Deep down, some of those athletes may not have felt that positive, but at least on TV, they were all great sports.

They taught young and aspiring athletes that you’re going to take some falls and have a bad day, but you just have to keep trying.

This is what God wants us to do in everyday life, as well.

Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

We will have great times and blessed times in our lives. During those times we should always remember to give thanks to the Lord.

But we are also going to have bad days where we may face adversity, as well. That’s when we must continue to have faith in God, and continue moving forward just like the snowboaders.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com

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