What ever happened to … err … What was their name?


By Ron Jackson


It was possibly the greatest race I had ever seen but for the life of me I can’t remember any of the vital details. I remember the moment, the thrill and thinking that I will never forget this race but However regrettable, I have forgotten many of the details. Who ran? What was their time and what ever happened to so and so? Sad but true we all become a memory when we fail to remain relevant.


I want to remind all young athletes that there will come a time that you will replace most of your cherished current achievements that you thought you’d never forget with moments of greater significance and greater achievement. Most sporting activities, but especially track and field, are a collaboration of special moments, one eclipsing the other, each remaining special unto itself. I say this to remind you that your greatest accomplishments are probably yet to come and living in the past may block your athletic development. It is sad to say but no one really remembers all of the details of a nine year olds’ performance. Maybe mom or dad will because that’s their job. Yours is to store it away in memory and continue to improve. The last thing you really want to be is part of a trivia question. What ever happened to that cute little nine year old that ran so fast way back then? I thought that she was going to be great! Everybody did. You must continue to grow, learn and develop in order to remain relevant. The ones that do, make the rest of us stand up, take notice and document their achievements. No one has to wonder about the great Jesse Owens or Carl Lewis. They can read about them because their accomplishments remain relevant even today. They have stood the test of time.


You should aspire to make history and not just be a footnote.