Column: Kristy Deer - Sports teaches many lessons

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While I know not everyone is a sports fan, I surely am. One of the reasons I enjoy sporting events and watching athletes go for the top spot so much is because I think sports teaches people great lessons about perseverance and how to keep one’s head up even when things aren’t going well.

As I was watching one of the U.S. skiers win a silver medal the other night during Olympic action, I couldn’t help but be drawn into his story which generated a feel-good smile on my face.

The skier is Andrew Weibrecht, and I must admit, before I watched him sky to Olympic glory, I had never heard his name.

He was the last skier to come down the hill in the men’s super-G competition in Russia. Here was a guy whose promising career had been filled with major disappointment and injury, somehow mustering the mettle to set all the negativity aside and make the decision to really, really go for an Olympic medal.


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