Re: Kerri Strug
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 14:23:00 -0400
I do not necessarily believe a differing point of view of Kerri's actions
the other night should be read as a personal disagreement with your own
Indeed in terms of Professional or Olympic Level Athletics she did what
she believed she had to do for herself and for her team. Perhaps even a
little bit for her Country. In athletic terms it was indeed heroic and
a great moment particularly for someone so young. On a personal level
though it may turn out to have been a mistake. This only time will tell.
In professional athletics where millions of dollars, or a Gold Medal
are seen as the pay-off for a decade of painful work and
practice, decisions such as the one Kerri made while not taken lightly,
often times allow for only one outcome. You do your job!
As Scouters and people responsible for the welfare of children as our
primary goal many of us would tend to view what happened the other night
as ludicrous. In fact my first reaction to it was "my god, she's not
going to try again, is she?" As a parent and Scouter my first reaction
was of course to see a hurt little girl or young woman if you prefer and
as such I would have had her off to the Emergency Room. After a moment or
two realizing what was happening and where she was and what she was doing
I knew she would try again if she could. She did, and she nailed the
event, brought a Gold Medal victory to her team and Country, and for a
little while she will be the most admired young woman gymnast in the
world. I think that says alot.
Yours in Scouting, Jess
GO! TEAM USA!
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
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