Eight Hundredths of a Second

There is never a shortage of motivational moments at an Olympic games.  To me the highlight of these games so far would have to be the US Men’s win in the 4 X 100 Men’s Freestyle Swimming relay.  I’m sure you know by now that the Americans beat the French team in come behind fashion.


Of course the victory was sweet (1) because the anchor swimmer on the team, Jason Lezak, had to come from behind in the final few meters to win the race and (2) because the French team had been trash-talking the US swimmers in the press.


But, what about that winning margin.  0.08 seconds.  That’s an amount of time that’s almost unfathomable.  You could only see it on television in slow motion. Four men swam nearly a quarter of a mile and their margin of victory was literally a blink of the eye.   


In life it’s often the small things that make the difference between success and failure.

Photo:  http://www.nbcolympics.com


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