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Most of us spent time during the Summer of 2016 watching athletes gather

for the Olympic games in Rio. More than 10,000 athletes from 207 countries

participated.

For the majority of those athletes, the Olympics represented the culmination

of years of preparation for their events. Their dedication was made evident

as reports were given of the many hours spent in the pursuit of their dreams.

From early morning practices to rehabilitation of injuries, many athletes have

preserved against great odds to be part of the history-making event.

HOSA competitive events are similar to the pursuit of excellence seen among

Olympic athletes. Students are working hard practicing skills, browsing

the internet for current health topics, developing prototypes for a medical

innovation or scouring resources for information to prepare for a written

test. Students are pursuing these endeavors in hopes of obtaining a

coveted spot on stage in Orlando, Florida at the 2017 International

Leadership Conference.

Derek Redmond is not a name that most of you will recognize.

During the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the British athlete was

participating in the semi-finals of the 400 meter race when his

hamstring tore. In obvious pain, his father came onto the track

and helped him back into his lane. With tears running down

the athlete’s face, he leaned on his father to finish. When

the father was asked to carry the Olympic torch for the

2012 London Olympic games, he stated “It was all about

winning, winning, winning. We changed it by showing

we were taking part. We brought a different aspect to

it without even planning it.”

The Race

“It was all about

winning, winning,

winning. We

changed it by

showing we

were taking part.

We brought a

different aspect

to it without even

planning it.”

The hope is that all HOSA competitors will catch that spirit. Recognition is not the only

possible benefit of competition, the benefit comes from the journey as you prepare for

your future as a health professional.