Who We Are

A. Simpson '15

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Lance Armstrong once said, “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” Most athletes have a love/hate relationship with their sport. Most athletes hate the grueling and everlasting hours of painful sprints and hard workouts, and the constant suffering, but then you ask, “Would I give it up for anything in this world?” Almost any athlete would admit, in spite of the pain and suffering, a sport becomes an integral aspect of one’s life, and she couldn’t imagine life without it. It’s what she lives for. She lives for the practices, long bus rides, friendships, invitationals, cheers, motivational speeches, and the coaches that you can hate and love, all in the same instance. They do it for the feeling you get when you run your best race, when you defeat your biggest opponent. It’s what makes everything worth it. The athletes live for the moments after training when you feel accomplished, and the countless hours together with teammates you cherish. They live for the way in which a team can become a family, and the friends who become your backbone and biggest supporters that change your life. For most athletes, it’s the pain and suffering endured that lead to the memories that last a lifetime. Sports are who they are. It’s who we are.

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