|Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson|
“If you stumble make it part of the dance" Elizabeth “Betty” Robinson
After years of training, it comes down to 10 seconds. Ten seconds or less make the difference between good and great. For a track runner, it takes years, of sweat and tears to create a champion. Even then, the difference between second and first place may come down to an extra inch stretched across the finish line.
The person who wins is the person who claws from the pain of workouts, it is the person wants it more, who will fight for every inch.
The greatest female sprinter was the first one who ever won the medal. Winning the 100 meter dash in the 1928 Olympics at 16 she became the first and youngest woman [still to this day] to win a Gold Medal in the 100 M dash in the Olympics. After a plane crash let her for dead, she was pronounced alive at a morgue. Did almost dying stop her? No. In fact, at the 1936 Olympics she ran the 4 x 100M relay winning her second Gold Medal and proving her harshest critics, wrong.
The mark of resilience is the capacity to bounce back from injury or difficulties. No one defined resilience better than Elizabeth Robinson. She lived during a time when many said women couldn't run. She not only ran but won.
It was those nay-sayers that drove her to success. Their negativity and lack of belief was her fuel to run and prove them wrong. According to her granddaughter, she loved the "thrill of competition” but proving she could run again was more important than being the best.
Like most women who make history, she wasn’t looking to make history. She didn’t care about "prestige", rather she was more grateful and humble by her wins than anything. The second gold medal meant something a bit different because she had worked so much harder (mentally and physically) to come back.
Even then, it still not about being the best like it may be for other competitors.
She had a constant source of encouragement from other athletes and helped carry her own sense of determination. After recovering from a coma, her capability to bounce back was quick and her desire, always a part of her, knew that she would do whatever it took to run again.
The story of Elizabeth Robinson is an example resilience. An example that even in the worst circumstances, and under constant reassurance that she would never even walk again, came her resolve to run. Sophistication is not displayed on the outside. it is found within the heart and soul of a person. That continue desire to prove the “nay-sayers” wrong and rise from the ashes of illness and disappointment, like Elizabeth Robinson.