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This Ex Olympian’s Simple Advice Will Inspire You to Tackle Your Dreams

Life has a habit of kicking you down, and—honestly?—sometimes, it’s really easy to just stay there. Lots of people never get back up, whether it’s a failed relationship, the death of a loved one, or a loss of faith that stops you from pursuing your dreams. That’s why we’re sharing this inspiring story with you today. It just might be the thing that makes you stand up again.

The name Derek Redmond might not mean much to you right now, but by the end of this article, it’s a name you’ll never forget.

Embodiment Of The Olympic Spirit

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Redmond is a former Olympic runner who held records in his home country of Britain during his career and brought home two gold medals from European and world competitions. He was a favorite by the time the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona rolled around, and he had high hopes that he’d return to his home country with a first in his career: an Olympic gold medal.

There was just one problem.

Plagued By Injuries

In his short career, Redmond had already undergone eight surgeries to repair severe injuries he received from competing. While he was all healed and performing well in the Olympics, his prior injuries cast a pall over the main event.


In the 400 meter, Redmond tore his hamstring and fell to the track in agony as the other runners passed him for the finish line 250 meters away.

But amazingly, though paramedics offered to carry him off the field, he decided that he would finish the race. He stood up and limped to the end while 65,000 onlookers cheered him on. He was even joined by his father, Jim, who fought past security to help his son cross the finish line.

Redmond’s Advice Today?

Redmond later recalled the moment his father joined him on the track.

“The old man put his arms around me and said, ‘Look, you don’t need to do this. You can stop now, you haven’t got nothing to prove.’ And I said, ‘Oh, I have — now get me back into Lane 5. I want to finish.’”


Derek Redmond is a living reminder to us all that no matter what gets in our way, we have to keep going. Even if the finish line is so far away, and you think you’ve lost your ability to cross it.

Just remember that you got this. All you have to do is stand up.

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