He had won the Olympics! He had run 100 meters faster than everybody else! When he climbed the podium and received the gold medal, the crowd was cheering and his mother couldn’t hold her tears back.

In the evening, it was difficult to relax and go to sleep. A movie kept playing in his head where he saw himself crossing the finish line, totally exhausted but happier than ever before.

He had to bring the medal to school next day! In his class, they were five children with Down’s syndrome. His friends would be excited to see his medal!

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Your story really resonated with me Christer. My youngest daughter is disabled and I can’t tell you how proud I was when she won 2 medals in the Special Olympics in Sheffield in 1993. You’ve captured so well the excitement of winning a medal. A heartwarming story.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

She is doing really well Christer and is the light of my life. Yes, what a nice coincidence.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

It makes all of us emotional to read your story, Christer and your comment, Avatar Linda Rock. Thanks to both of you for your sensitivity and understanding of the human heart. Lovely story, Christer.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

I’ll have to agree with Fuji! Both your story, Christer and your comment, Linda, are making us emotional and may I say how motivational they are.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Our children make us so proud don’t they? I can remember the tension of watching them skate in competitions, even the little club ones, and the relief for them when they felt they’d done well. Your story really captured the essence of the joy any child feels at doing well, Christer. Great job.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

The beauty of writing Christer is in the connections we make with the reader, as you have done with Linda. This is a lovely story Christer, and like your other one – this is also true? Because it is about the Spirit of the individual.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Your story brings back my memory of when my firstborn showed me her award and medal when she was 11 years old. It was a mixed emotion of happiness and pride, I can’t tell exactly how it was. You perfectly describe the beauty of winning in your story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

Yes, she did. And the funny thing is she is in hurry to bring her medal to her granny who is far away from our home even it is already late evening. She cannot wait for tomorrow to come, and then she sleeps while crying and holding her medal.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

I do hope the other children expressed excitement too.

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

As a child still, I can totally relate to what the character is feeling! The adrenaline, the excitement of sharing your joy with others and the desire to make your parents and fellow classmates proud… These feelings make us move forward and push ourselves even harder. Thank you, Christer, for reminding this to all of us.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

Unfortunately, there are no special Olympics for children that are held just in Greece.

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

These games are held internationally, even though they are originated from my country, but if your question is if there are Olympics for children generally, then the answer is yes. There are also the games called “Paralympics” in which people with special needs and characteristics are able to participate.

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