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A good lesson from this young man. A Tongan, that only saw snow practice 2 weeks before the event. He finished 114 out of 119, but he finished proud, at having accomplished something he had not done before. Proud for himself, and proud for his country. No illusions about his prospects to be on top, simply doing it to challenge himself, and provide inspiration to his fellow Tongans that might follow.
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...He finished 114 out of 119...

How crappy do the people who placed 115 - 119 feel right now?
"Man, I lost to a guy who has only seen snow 4 times in his life!"
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MABBY wrote:
abadolato01 wrote:
...He finished 114 out of 119...

How crappy do the people who placed 115 - 119 feel right now?
"Man, I lost to a guy who has only seen snow 4 times in his life!"
Colombia, Morocco, Portugal and Mexico don't see much snow either. The five went out to dinner together after the event and became friends.
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cooler king wrote:
MABBY wrote:
abadolato01 wrote:
...He finished 114 out of 119...

How crappy do the people who placed 115 - 119 feel right now?
"Man, I lost to a guy who has only seen snow 4 times in his life!"
Colombia, Morocco, Portugal and Mexico don't see much snow either. The five went out to dinner together after the event and became friends.


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"First step, finish before they turn the lights off," he told reporters of his aims. "Don't ski into a tree, that's number two," he added.




Y'gotta love this guy, there for the pure joy of the sport and the competition, all with a generous dose of good-natured humor.

I vehemently disagreed with the naysayers some years back when "Eddie the Eagle" participated in the ski jump, so I sure hope there won't be any of that this time around. They said that Eddie had no right to be there, and that he made a mockery of the Olympic games because he had no chance to win, but I think the love of sport that we humans seem to be born with, and the very idea of amateur competition, allow plenty of room for those who have no chance to win!


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"First step, finish before they turn the lights off," he told reporters of his aims. "Don't ski into a tree, that's number two," he added.




Y'gotta love this guy, there for the pure joy of the sport and the competition, all with a generous dose of good-natured humor.

I vehemently disagreed with the naysayers some years back when "Eddie the Eagle" participated in the ski jump, so I sure hope there won't be any of that this time around. They said that Eddie had no right to be there, and that he made a mockery of the Olympic games because he had no chance to win, but I think the love of sport that we humans seem to be born with, and the very idea of amateur competition, allow plenty of room for those who have no chance to win!


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I read someone describe Eddie the Eagle as the Olympics' best tourist/athlete ever. And sure, some people came down hard on him when he competed, but he's considered something of a folk hero now. He was even mentioned in that Games' closing ceremony speech.
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Eddie the Eagle

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even has his own movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1083452/
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