Sunday, October 12, 2008

Olympian Jorge Torres Inspires Kids to Run

Great, great inspirational story about Jorge Torres who made the 2008 Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters.

When Torres first started running in middle school, the sport wasn't a passion but just something that got him attention, he said. It was his former coach Greg Fedyski who instilled in him the extra drive and motivation to make it to the top, he said.

After he won his first national cross-country title as a 6th grader, Fedyski told

him two things, Torres recalled: don't get a big head, and write down your goals. Torres sat down in the school gym and wrote down that he wanted to win a couple of state titles. That wasn't good enough for Fedyski.

"He said to me: 'Write down your short-term goals, your long-term goals, and goals beyond your imagination."

So he made the list longer, adding state and national titles at the high school and college levels, and making the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. The moral of his story? No goal is beyond reach, he said.

"You never know where you are going to get, what kind of talent you have, and what kinds of things life is going to throw at you," Torres told the students. "You have your whole future ahead of you, and it starts right here. You have to set goals in life

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