By Rubel Shelly
At the 1988 Olympics, Dan Jansen was given a good chance to
win gold medals in speed-skating. In his best event, the 500
meters, he crashed and ell coming out of the first turn.
Later, in the 1,000 meters, skating a gold-medal pace and
two-thirds through the event, he caught a skate blade in the
ice on a straightway and tumbled into a heap.
Years of discipline, training, and hoping went sprawling on
the ice with him. He must have been devastated. But he
handled it with such grace. "What's happened in the last
week has absolutely put things in a different perspective."
Jansen said, "and I don't feel as bad as I would have."
You see, his 27-year-old sister had died earlier on the day
of his first race. It put his failure to win an Olympic
medal in perspective for him.
Whatever you have done is probably neither as wonderful nor
as dreadful as you are tempted to think it is. Someone else
can do better. Many others have done worse. God is till on
his throne, and life goes on.
, November 1996, p. 8.