"If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win." - Carl Lewis

Confidence is key and keys open doors.

Apr. 12, 1980 - Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope

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The Trek Across Canada began on April 12, 1980, when Terry Fox dipped his right leg in the Atlantic Ocean near St. John’s, Newfoundland, and filled two large bottles with ocean water. He intended to keep one as a souvenir and pour the other into the Pacific Ocean upon completing his journey at Victoria, British Columbia. Fox was supported on his run by Doug Alward, who drove the van and cooked meals.

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"Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too." - Pat Tyson

That’s cool too.

#MotivationalMondays

"It’s not our dreams themselves that motivate us to reach for them, it’s believing they’re within our reach."

Redefine your limitations.

"Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle." - Sanya Richards-Ross

#MotivationalMondays

"You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." - Zig Ziglar

The winners anthem.

Sept. 26, 1988 - Ben Johnson tested positive for steroids and stripped of his 100-meter gold medal

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On September 24, 1988, Ben Johnson won the 100m final at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds. Johnson would later remark that he would have been even faster had he not raised his hand in the air just before he finished the race. However, Johnson’s urine samples were found to contain stanozolol, and he was disqualified two days later. He later admitted having used steroids when he ran his 1987 world record, which caused the IAAF to rescind that record as well. Johnson and coach Francis complained that they used doping in order to remain on an equal footing with the other top athletes on drugs they had to compete against. In testimony before the Dubin inquiry into drug use, Francis charged that Johnson was only one of many cheaters, and he just happened to get caught. Later, six of the eight finalists of the 100-meter race tested positive for banned drugs or were implicated in a drug scandal at some point in their careers: Carl Lewis, who was given the gold medal, Linford Christie, who was moved up to the silver medal and who went on to win gold at the next Games, Dennis Mitchell, who was moved up to fourth place and finished third to Christie in 1992, and Desai Williams, Johnson’s countryman who won a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. In the ESPN documentary ESPN 30 for 30 Films: 9.79*, eventual silver medallist Christie states, and footage of the race shows, that Lewis “ran out of his lane… two or three times” during the race, which should have resulted in Lewis’ automatic disqualification.

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"When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening any more." - Florence Griffith-Joyner

"The triumph can’t be had without the struggle." - Wilma Rudolph
Did You Know: In 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

"The triumph can’t be had without the struggle." - Wilma Rudolph

Did You Know: In 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

"Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, and laugh a lot, it’s good for you." - Paula Radcliffe

"Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, and laugh a lot, it’s good for you." - Paula Radcliffe

Aug. 27, 1982 - Rickey Henderson sets the MLB record with his 119th stolen base

Rickey Henderson steals his 119th base of the season, breaks Lou Brock's record set in 1974. That season Henderson set a major league single season record by stealing 130 bases, a total which has not been approached since. He stole 84 bases by the All-Star break; no player has stolen as many as 84 bases in an entire season since 1988, when Henderson himself stole 93. Henderson's 130 steals outpaced nine of the American League's 14 teams that season

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." - Roger Bannister

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." - Roger Bannister

Aug. 9, 1936 - Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Berlin

Jesse Owens was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics. With his four gold medals, Owens was the star of the Berlin Olympics. He equaled the world record (10.3 seconds) in the 100-meter race and broke the world records in the 200-meter race (20.7 seconds) and in the broad jump (26 feet 5 3/8 inches). He was enthusiastically applauded by the largely German crowd and developed a friendship with German long jumper and silver medalist Luz Long.

His relay team set a new world record of 39.8 seconds, which held for 20 years. In their strong showing in track-and-field events at the XIth Olympiad, Owens and other African American athletes struck a propaganda blow against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who planned to use the Berlin Games as a showcase of supposed Aryan superiority.

"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe." - Gail Devers

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