The underlying backing that makes Athletes to smash Records
Thousands of athletes take part in Olympics games across the world but hardly few of them succeeds in winning Gold medals by making their entire nation feel pride of their efforts.
The five interlocking colored rings is the symbol of modern Olympics games, representing the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia.
In Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio, 10,000 athletes are participating out of which only few would be remembered for their fabulous victories globally and among their countrymen in different games.
Affording a top-class athlete is an overpriced challenge. However, the nations around the globe put their efforts to raise world-class athletes to stand top of the list.
Singapore has spent millions trying to win more medals at the Olympics, and S$1 million ($743,494.42) prize for gold medals.
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling beat swimming great Michael Phelps, took home his city state’s first Olympic gold medal and became an instant millionaire.
Singapore, a Southeast Asian island nation of less than six million, had never won a gold medal except two silvers and two bronzes since joining the Olympic fold in 1948.
Schooling had held the hopes of the country and known at home for smashing national records and taking multiple titles in regional competitions.
“Its been a hard road, I’ve done something that no one in our country has done before. I’ve received a lot of support and that’s phenomenal,” Schooling told reporters.
Adding,”This moment is not about me, it’s all about my coaches, my friends, my family that believed that when I was a six year old kid that I could do it.”
Schooling won Singapore’s first medal at last year’s World Championships in the 100 butterfly. He also broke two Asian record and set a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds.
Like many of his contemporaries in Rio, who grew up idolising Phelps, he keeps an old photo of himself as a bespectacled teenager with the American that was taken at a meeting in Singapore after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Consequently, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.
Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events.
Usain Bolt is a living legend who is known for his path-breaking efforts in track events. Usain, who first rose to popularity as an extraordinary runner while at school, has now become a great icon due to his stellar performances at several world events.
This talented athlete’s career suffered a setback when his dreams of performing at the ‘2004 Summer Olympics’ crashed. However, Bolt fought tooth and nail and made a comeback with outstanding performances later. This sprinter from Jamaica reached the peak of his career when he won a gold medal at the ‘2008 Summer Olympics’, making him a household name. Ironically, he was written off by many who thought Bolt didn’t have sufficient experience to pull off an Olympic victory.
Similarly, Max Whitlock created British gymnastics history for the second time in Rio. However, at the beginning of this year the boy from Hemel Hempstead with global ambitions could not accomplish routine twists and tricks. He was stressed, panicking. He did not know what was wrong
“It was over a three-month period and I went from feeling the fittest I’ve ever been, making my routines, to slowly deteriorating. I’d struggle to do anything over 30 seconds long,” Whitlock remembers.
Training sessions would have provided wonderful material for those partial to the silly and slapstick; a double Olympic medallist gradually morphing into Frank Spencer, falling and toppling over when all he had known since the age of seven was gymnastic excellence.
Having won Britain’s first all-around Olympic medal in 108 years by taking bronze on Wednesday, he gained the nation’s first Olympic gymnastics gold in the men’s floor, with a score of 15.633.
Following the pre-games camp ever, Chef de Mission Mark England has declared Team GB ready to deliver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
UK Sport has invested £350m of public money into elite sport since 2012 and has set Team GB the target of securing a minimum of 48 medals – one more than their previous best at an away games in Beijing 2008.
Michael Phelps, a renowned American swimmer, owning a record 23 Olympic gold medals, had gone through several phases. Experts had an opinion that swimming is richer because of him, and will be poorer without him.
The price tag for raising an artistic gymnast comes to around $15,000 every year in US, according to one estimate by Forbes Magazine. Other disciplines can be even pricier, like fencing ($20,000 annually), table tennis ($20,000) and archery ($25,000)
U.S. delegation to Rio includes 555 athletes across 27 different sports, and that means there are 555 families across the country who have scrimped, saved, and sacrificed for years to make these dreams happen.
Michael Phelp has experienced several testing times, once he had been pulled over by Maryland State Police on the Eastern Shore and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and running a stop sign. The coach later said he’s fine. Psychologically, “Phelps needs to swim”, his coach said. The sport on which Phelps turned his back four years ago fills a psychic need he can’t fill elsewhere.