Here's a great story to help start the day.
Missy Takes the Gold, subtitled 'A high school swimmer with the right priorities.' makes me feel good. I hope it does the same for you:
"Among the most compelling champions of the London Olympics so far is
17-year-old Missy Franklin, who won a gold medal Monday in the 100-meter
backstroke. She may win a few more before she returns to Colorado for her senior
year in high school. But don't expect to see her on a Wheaties box anytime soon.
Ms. Franklin is something of a curiosity in her sport because she has
resisted lucrative endorsement deals in order to maintain her amateur status. "I
really, really want to swim in college," she told the Journal earlier this year.
An economist might question her judgment, but Americans will likely be
encouraged that in our texting, tweeting era of instantaneity, there is still a
teenager somewhere who believes in deferred gratification. And even if the
Supreme Court still doesn't understand it, one virtue of a truly free market is
the freedom not to participate in it.
Americans may also take note of her parents' decision not to uproot their
daughter to place her in one of the nation's top swimming programs in
California, Florida or Texas. Instead, Ms. Franklin still has the same coach who
gave her lessons when she was seven years old. Parents wrestling with a youth
sports culture that seems to treat every Little League contest as a World Series
game might conclude that, sometimes, less is more.
All Americans, especially those struggling to find their places in a
sputtering economy, might also find inspiration in the tale of Ms. Franklin's
coach Todd Schmitz. Mr. Schmitz owned a lawn-mowing business and then tried a
brief corporate career before taking a stab at coaching. On his first day as a
full-time swimming coach, young Missy showed up at his pool.
A decade of no doubt very grueling work later, the Franklin-Schmitz
collaboration is a reminder of the Olympics's amateur roots and why we still
watch the games. "
Have a great day. Bob.