From Falling to Finishing First

I always love a come-from-behind to win story.

In case you didn’t catch the men’s olympic cross-country skiathlon today, let me catch you up on the unlikely finish.

68 men began the 30 km (18.64 mi) race. Towards the beginning of the race, 3 men – one of them, Simen Heisted Krueger of Norway, fell down and got all tangled up. What’s more, one of his poles was broken.

Now at the back of the pack and disadvantaged, I’m sure Simen could have been struggling with some frustration, disappointment and doubt as to whether he would even place in the top 10.

Did that stop him? Did that hold him back?

On the contrary, Simen came back and won not 3rd place, not 2nd place but 1st place – gold – 8 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. That’s a considerable lead in that event.


As one commentator mentioned, he went from having the worst day of his life to having the best day of his life.

That win, and the determination and faith it took not to quit, is incredibly inspiring to me. I hope it is to you as well.

Even if we experience unexpected set backs, we can still come out as winners when we give it everything we’ve got!

I hope you have some fantastic finishes this week!

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