Every four years millions of viewer’s worldwide watch in awe as athletes from around the world compete against one another in various sports; demonstrating their remarkable talents and impressive skills in the momentous occasion that is the Olympic Games, a celebration that brings countries together and unites them through the power of sport. This year’s Rio Olympics where no exception to this, world records were broken, victories were taken and generations were inspired. But as the nation’s hearts fill with pride over the many successes of their countries athletes, there is one thing that is certainly no reason to celebrate about; the pervasive and blatant sexist Olympic coverage. Throughout the course of the Rio Olympic Games the media has
During one of the final scenes when Derice is looking at a turn pictured he asks Irv how will he know if he is good enough and the coach’s response is “When you cross that finish line tomorrow, you will know.” This shows that Irv believed that their team could make it to end and had a chance of winning the Olympics. Also, close up shots of Irv’s face that show contentment and pride for his team. Another reason I admire coach Irv is because of his courageous personality, he stands up for his team in their greatest time of needs.
Since Devon is an all-boys boarding school, Finny’s environment is bound to be highly competitive, especially when it comes to sports. Despite the numerous athletes at the school, Finny appears to shine above them all with seemingly no effort at all. One such example is when Finny unofficially breaks the school’s 100 meter freestyle swimming record, much to the amazement of Gene. “The sports Finny played officially—football, hockey, baseball, lacrosse—didn’t have school records. To switch to a new sport suddenly, just for a day, and immediately break a record in it—that was about as neat a trick, as dazzling a reversal as I could, to be perfectly honest, possibly imagine”(Knowles p.45).
The 1936 Olympics were supposed to support Hitler’s belief that German “Aryan” people were the dominant race. The Berlin games were supposed to be a German showcase and a statement for Aryan supremacy. The African Americans of Team U.S.A. faced a lot of challenges including the competition, and Hitler’s view of Aryan Supremacy, also known as Hitler’s ideal domination of white Europeans. Jesse Owens proved Hitler wrong, when he became the first American athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad. Adolf Hitler was so stunned and angry that Owens had successfully defeated his German people, that he even walked out of the stadium.
“Bang!” The gun fires off, and the race starts at that instant. As I spring from my starting position I look in the corner of my eye, to see another runner leading the pack. I concentrated all of my energy into the race, my legs burning from the intensity, however, it was not enough for me to clench the sweet taste of victory. I turned up at the finish line with 2nd place.
She did an absolutely wonderful job of creating this time period with just her words and it’s one of my favorite things about this book. The As a boy, Louie Zamperini was always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turned his life around and channeled his energy into running. He set his first record in high school, “He ran a field of milers off their feet, stopping the watches in 5:03. Three seconds faster than Pete’s record. ”(17)
Walking Backwards written by Catherine Austen is a novel written in a form of a journal. Twelve-year-old Josh shares his emotions after losing his mom from a car accident. His mother had a snake phobia, and as she was driving, a snake found its way in the car, leading her to crash into a tree. After losing his mother, Josh now has to take care of his four-year-old brother, Sammy, and do some house chores such as laundry and cooking because his father is too occupied with building a time machine. Throughout the novel, Josh deals with different types of emotions that have affected him since his mother’s death.
In Thomas King's "Medicine River", the main character, Will, feels distant from his family, community, and culture. His mother, Rose marries a white man who abandons her and her children, therefore losing their rights to live in the reserve. She raises her children on her own outside the reserve in a town called Medicine River. At a young age, Will begins to have unresolved emotional feelings due to his father's disappearance. In Will's early twenties he moves to Toronto and leaves his family and Medicine River.
The Olympics are just as competitive as they were in 1936, and maybe even more so. All athletes dream about making it to the Olympics for his or her country, and these men in the book did just that. Also, rowing is still an underrated sport when considering the popularity of sports such as soccer or basketball. Lastly, the book was published in 2013, proving that at least one person was still greatly interested in the events leading up to the 1936 Olympics.
Robinson’s older brother Matthew Robinson was the person who inspired Jackie to pursue his talents and love for sports. Matthew won a silver medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games just behind Jesse Owens. Jackie did it all, he excelled in all types of sports it came natural to him. He attended Pasadena Junior College then later continued his education at UCLA where he became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: basketball, football, track, and baseball.
This completely lifted his confidence he could finally see that he was more than the troublemaker of his family. His success grew rather quickly, because his goal was to get to the next Olympic games. He is always training and training to keep improving. When it comes almost time to try out for the Olympic trials Louie knows that he will never be fast enough to qualify for the mile race he has been training for. Instead of giving up and calling it quits on his running career Louie takes a different approach.
He mad lame excuses to Jim for why he got the money. “He said I owned it to him because one of his mules died about a month ago. ”(38) He blamed Jim for his mule dying and he owned him just so he could have the money. Jim was trying to keep afloat but was struggling making his daughter starve, and deciding she should have to life through these
Joe’s rough start and the struggle he went through in his early years makes winning the Olympic gold medal in 1936 more meaningful and inspiring than it might have been otherwise. As a child of only 10 years, Joe faced many difficult hardships he thought would never end. From his mother dying, to being kicked out of his only home and being abandoned by his own father, he was very persistent to get what he wanted in life and to get where he wanted to be in life as well, which ultimately in exchange, led him and his meritable teammates to winning the Olympic gold medal. I find this story extraordinarily ironic due to the fact that Joe took himself and what he had, which was nothing, and made it and himself into something.
With the help from the woman that he stumbled upon, Inman successfully makes his way back to Cold Mountain. He then meets Ada, both people were unable to recognize themselves from their changed appearances because of the four years of not seeing each other during the war. Ada invites Inman to her farm and the two conversed, and made plans for the future. After a few days of arriving home, Inman gets caught by Captain Teague’s protege, Birch, and got shot in the head. Ada runs to Inman and comforts him until he sadly passed away.
Six weeks later after my broken leg I was finally ready to play again. But it’s already the championship game. My team, The Cobras have not made it to the championship until this year. To bad I didn’t help them get here. The Smoove twins Chris and Jrue have played outstanding Trevon and Andre were playing good as well but Robert and Tyron weren 't playing that good so we needed one more good guy to make this team great...