Sunday, January 11, 2009

Great sports thoughts from Edwin Moses

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.
Edwin Moses

I always got my work done before playing.

I always had to keep improving my skills in order to remain competitive and keep winning.

I didn't get an athletics scholarship at a major school.

I never struggled with injury problems because of my preparation - in particular my stretching.

I overcame size with mechanics.

I used biomechanics to save time when I was competing.

I wanted to go to medical school. But, I never got a college scholarship.

I was always a mean and lean athlete - not tall - not large.

I was always more of an academic than a jock.

I went to Moorehouse College. There was no track and field there.

In digital world, sport provides opportunity to bring people together.

In particular, I studied German and Russian biomechanics.

Lots of people let it go by and never accomplish what they want. I just wanted to see what I could do.

My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.

My father was also a principal of a school and mother was a curriculum advisor. Both were educators.
My father was an all-American football player.
One of my major competitors was Harold Smith. Smith beat me in 1977. I was loafing during that competition.

Stretching was a major part of my preparation.

The joint lubrication was not what it was when I was competing, and I decided that not having arthritis or rheumatism for the rest of my life was a lot more important to me than returning to the track.
Edwin Moses

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