Everybody likes a good story of courage and overcoming the odds. But we are misguided to assume that excellence in a sport or in a public forum also means excellence in life, in living, and in the task of being human. What is truly courageous, basketball star Charles Barkley once said, is "a father or mother who gets up every morning to go to work to put food on the table for his family."
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Years of training have honed athletes' bodies into the perfect machine. They've sacrificed everything to get there. Everything for that one day when four years work would come to fruition. I'd seen broken men and women sat there. Though, from that one day something else sticks in my memory. A darker side to the Olympic games.