A couple of weeks ago, I asked Facebook friends to tell me about their best moment in sports, whether from a personal, team or fan standpoint. Below is some of what I got in return.
Mine, I think, was when my grandgirl, Madeline, who began the season not a swimmer, bolted off the blocks in the 50m freestyle in the City-County meet and roared to a win, looking like she had a motor. My son asked, wide-eyed and jaw dropped, “Is that Madeline?!?”
I’ve been involved in organized, unorganized, disorganized, individual and team sports since I could walk, but nothing beat that, especially considering that Madeline had failed to finish a 50mm freestyle three weeks earlier and was left weeping alone in the middle of the pool. It was redemption at its best and it showed me that the little girl I love so is tough as hell.
Anne Sampson Not a moment but a process. I was not an athletic little kid and I got tired of being picked last. Asked my parents for a softball bat and ball, and went up and down my dad’s 2 acres, throwing the ball up and trying to hit it. Became a pretty good hitter, no more last on the team. I still have the bat.
Fred Sachs Personal: Telling the coach, who wanted to punt on 4th down in our territory, that we could get that first down. I got the ball and the first down. Powerful memory.Observed: Tiger getting three birdies on his last three holes at the Greenbrier Classic. Tough creative shots, tough putts, incredible display of what made him the greatest in his prime. It felt like a gift to get to see that.
Jennifer Grover Winning the Team gold medal at the National Pony Club eventing rally while riding with the Highlands Pony Club team from Radford in Middleburg, VA. In 1972.
We beat teams from all over the country and kids who were on or later made our US Olympic Team. Silver medal at Nationals the following two years at Omaha, Neb. And Columbus, OH. We had our “B” ratings and competed in dressage, cross-country jumping, stadium jumping, written test and stable management scores. The medals were for the total combo for four riders in all those divisions, jumps 3 feet, 6 inches.
Then achieving my “A” rating, an internationally recognized standard including all the above categories plus veterinary, teaching and training standards, given by national examiners over a four day testing on horses they chose and provided. Pretty exciting for a pack of hard working dedicated kids and instructors from Radford and Blacksburg riding inexpensive local horses we begged borrowed and trained ourselves! And hauled to rallies in an old cabbage truck.