We all admire Olympic champions for their success. We think “I would like to be like them” and that their lives must be so glamorous and easy.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a Judo Masterclass with Karina Bryant, an Olympic medallist from London 2012. It was a great experience. Detailed instructions from Karina were a real eye opener (I’m not a Judo player so a lot of it is new to me). It was interesting to see how much the small things matter.
I thoroughly enjoyed the session and had a chance to train with Karina as her partner, with her correcting my clumsy movements and positioning.
She is such a nice and successful person, life must be easy for her right? Not exactly. We had a chance to ask Karina questions and one of them was “how did she get to the top?” Her answer was through hard work, battling against everyone.
A lot of people advised her that after failing at previous Olympic events she should retire. No one gave her support and they said that she was too old and should find a new job. Karina mentioned how difficult this was for her, but she decided to prove everyone wrong. She has certainly achieved this against the odds.
This was very motivating for me and has allowed me to appreciate more one’s stubbornness and the belief in one’s ability to achieve their goals. I hope that I will be able to persevere through difficulties like an Olympic champion.