Today I showed children Nathan Chen’s Gold Medal Olympic performance. Children need to be inspired by the Olympic athletes. Why? Because they need to see regular people who were just like them, and worked hard. They need to cheer success. They need to feel. Their Olympic memories will stick.
Hazel asked how old Nathan was when he started skating. Good question. We looked it up and found a brief video of Nathan skating when he was three years old.
I remember the Olympics from the early 60’s. The old black and white TV had all figure skating outdoors. Peggy Fleming was a star. Before that, the entire American figure skating team died in a plane crash. I vaguely remember watching the young girl who skated to represent USA.
I watched success. I watched tragedy. I cheered. I cried.
That’s what the Olympics does. It inspires. It is life’s lesson of trying, failing, and succeeding. Isn’t that what children need to learn to do? I hope today I gave a taste of that to children. Thank you, Nathan Chen.