Thursday, August 21, 2008

2008 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist!!

Man, it was a very tough race, not one of my better one's of the season, but Brooks has a saying that we have trained to put to use all year: If you have excellent execution with excellent effort, you are challenging the world record, if you have good execution with good effort, you still win and if you have average execution with average effort, you still come in top three.

I sort of missed a step on my third one out of the blocks, which instantly put me in hole, plus me and Doucore came in to contact at around hurdle seven. I was able to clean those mishaps up, run and execute well enough to come up for the bronze. I am so happy that I was able to come away from the Olympic Games with a medal! They only pass out three of them every four years, and for me to win one is amazing.

I was so happy to be able to drape the American flag over myself and run a victory lap, I instantly saw Bren and Harold and got to share the moment with them. My mom was so happy.
Standing on the medal stand and watching the flags being strung up the pole was when I think it hit me. I thought to myself, "That flag on the right represents all the hard work I have put in since November".

I was also overjoyed for David Payne, he had been through so much this year in terms of injuries and endured enough pain (no pun intended) for a few seasons. For him to win the silver medal is also a testament to his will and desire too.

You might be wondering while I'm still up, me and Payne had this red carpet thing to do tonight, which was cool, hanging out with fellow athletes. I really need to hop in the bed, we have a loooong day tomorrow!

152 comments:

Carly said...

You are amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I ENJOYED WATCHING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!

M GREEN

Carla Ino said...

David, congratulations on winning an Olympic medal! The race should be airing here in about 4 hours and I can't wait to see it. You and your supporters must be so proud. I don't even know you and I am! (lol)

Bootafull said...

AAAHHHHH!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy !!! You betta go boy! much love...so proud of you... your hard work has paid off and you are leaving with a medal! Not many can say that, so ride the hell outta your wave of victory Mr Oliver. You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Your bronze medal is gold in my eyes! You are written in the history books and I'm happy that you made the podium! My friends have been emailing me stating: "Your boy got that bronze!"

God is always Good . . . he kept you healthy and now you're happy!

I'm a proud fan!

Reality from the ATL :)

Anonymous said...

Hi David,

The results on the iaaf website say that you came in 3rd with 13.18and David Payne was 2nd with 13.17Is this a mistake? You may want to check it out!

Michelle said...

Congratulations!!!

I heard about you while I was at Hampton (I knew hurdlers who competed aginst you) so its just amazing that you went to the Olympics and won. Congrats!

Jessica said...

Congratulations on such a monumental acomplishment!!!! All of Denver as well as your HU fam is so very proud of you!

Ayana said...

This was the most spectacular track year for the olympics. You are awesome. It's so great to have HU Fam representing America and the world.

Barbara Battle said...

HOORAY FOR YOU!!!! We are all very proud of you and appreciate that you have gotten us so excited about something postive. Hope you'll be home soon to show off the medal.

Taraneh Christine said...

Congratulations David on winning the Bronze!!!
It was sooooo exciting to watch the lead up to the final.... you deserved it.

May you have many more great races and memories as you continue on this wonderful journey :)

Taraneh Kameli
Toronto Canada

Taraneh Christine said...

Congratulations David on winning the Bronze!!!
It was sooooo exciting to watch the lead up to the final.... you deserved it.

May you have many more great races and memories as you continue on this wonderful journey :)

Taraneh Kameli
Toronto Canada

Anonymous said...

congrats on the win! i was so proud! i just read your profile and glad to know you are a HBCU grad as well! best wishes!

cl-laR7eT+3 said...

Congratulations! :D

A.M.M. said...

Watched you qualify for the semis last night (Wednesday) and looking forward to seeing you do your thing in the finals tonight. Congratulations ... Keep doing what you do!

Noli said...

I am SO excited for you! Your hard work paid off!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see you up on the podium again in 4!

Kaitlyn said...

Congrats David! What an honor, and testament to your hard work.

I'm back in DC now and was trying to wait until tonight to watch your race "live" on TV (on tape delay) and I almost made it but then a Lenovo person text messaged me that you got bronze. Damn technology! (Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this once??)

SHAN said...

God has truly given you grace, congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Really enjoyed watching you. I work with a friend of your Mom's and my Dad met your Mom at the trials in Euguene. You have a lot of 'strangers' in Denver that have been routing for you!

Bob said...

Well done on your Bronze, and remember, you are still the only man to beat Robles this season.

By the way Colin Jackson enjoyed the race so much he said he almost felt like putting his spikes back on.

Chenoa said...

Congratulations!!!! I think you cleaned up those mishaps well and all your hard work paid off in the end despite what was thrown in your way during the final race to slow you down. You're STILL a conqueror!! Much love and all the best to you in your future. : )

BRANDON said...

THATS WHATS UP!. . .I'M REALLY PROUD OF YOU! I THINK ALL OF COLORADO IS PROUD OF YOU. . . BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PUTTING UP WITH YOUR ANTICS FOR SO MANY YEARS. . .LMAO. . .WERE ALL HAPPY! BRING BACK THE HIGH SOCKS!

Instant Vintage said...

CONGRATS!!!

I wish you the best! I am proud of you!

C/O 2005

Anonymous said...

You are the best . We are so excited and proud.

Rory

Anonymous said...

Congrats David! Keep up the good work. You and your team members are absolutely amazing to watch and thanks for maintaining an up to date photo album. It's nice to get a glimpse of a snapshot of all of the hard work which goes into greatness. May God continue to bless you and keep you in good health, strength, and gorgeousness.

Pat
www.weneedtostop.com

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you! You're young and beautiful you have time for the next Olympics. We are so proud of you.

SK Jackson said...

D.O.!!!!!!! Congrats, man. Me and Shep have been following your career since day 1, kinfolk. You came a long way since "hallway hurdles" in Drew. To get on the podium is outstanding. I'm actually about to watch y'all in a few minutes over here stateside. I was hoping you'd get a jump on Robles since your reaction times were consistently better, but it's still all good. You're still World Class, homie. A major inspiration. I had to step the Archy game up a notch just from watching Team USA. Proud of you bruh. Next year, you'll shake up the Worlds!!!

Mike said...

CONGRATS MAN! You are now officially an Olympic Medalist! Wow, badass brotha!

tme301 said...

Congrats! You are truly an inspiration.
Also I know that you are a Miami Dolphin's fan. Hopefully you guys can win more games this year than you did last year! But that won't be hard :) SIKE!!! Just Kidding!!! I'm a Redskin fan and yeah we took Jason Taylor from you guys. Hopefully he won't try to dance on the field, but only in the endzone. :) Anyway, we shall see who comes out on top! Can't wait!! But enough about football. I just want to say keep up the good work and continue on your path to success!! I wish I could have known you before you left Howard and the DC area. You seem to be a really cool and humble guy. Hope to meet you one day!! Wishing you the best!! --Tiff

Daphne2508 said...

I am so excited for you... you are amazing. Never watched the games but it are so talented I can't help but get caught up!

Miss Drew said...

Congratulations..you are still my favorite Olympian.. Miss Drew.

Cat Hill said...

Congrats!!! I think my sis has a crush on you...

Dana said...

Congratulations!! It's been wonderful reading about your path to this moment since about March of this year for me. Have a great time celebrating!! =)

LaLa said...

I'm going to keep watching for you David. MUAH!

http://true-clarity.blogspot.com/2008/08/congratulations-david.html

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I was cheering for you after seeing you in the semis. I love your attitude.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you, David. You are something for us to all be proud of. Best wishes for your continued success and savor your medal! sasha_206@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

So happy for you. You accept it with great humility and attitude. Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations David,

Not only have you brought some much needed hardware home to the US, but you have represented yourself, your family, and the community in a manner that makes us all proud.

As I indicated earlier....,this is only the beginning of your road to destiny.

Give your Mom and Harold my regards. The best is yet to come!

Namesake
See you at Homecoming!

PS: Your blog is off the chain! Keep blazing the trail.

Tee said...

Congratulations! You did your thing!

Coach said...

With everything that has happened in this olympics, you are blessed.

Claude said...

David, first of all congratulations on getting a medal!! You should be justifiably proud of your medal; I know people who would do anything for an Olympic medal an you have one. Also, all the guys here in the DC area who have watched your career are all proud and ecstatic of your accomplishments too. I, personally, just want to say that watching you grow from the gangly kid wearing those horrible horizontally striped bule and white sox like you wore in your freshman year to an Olympic medalist has been so heartening and I am so proud of you. Will email you later.

A friend, and as you, a Angel (class of 65)/Bison (class of 73)

Claude

Nia said...

Congrats Oliver on this UNFORGETABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! YOUR DENCO CREW WAS CERTAINLY ROOTING FOR YOU...AND YOU DELIVERED;)

NIA WAGS

Dunny said...

DAVID!! Congratulations!!! We're all so very proud of you! This is truly an AMAZING accomplishment! I wish you continued success throughout your career! Awww HU!! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

lick3shots said...

A huge congratulations! I wish your peeps at NBC would hurry up and show this doggone race though lol. If you see some execs out there PLEASE tell them to get it together for 2012!

And I love your attitude. You take responsibility for your victories and your not-so-victories...and that's what being a champ is all about. Congratulations again!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!
Loved watching it. Too bad the olympic games are almost over.
You are really cute.But you hear that all the time:)

L Basse

Anonymous said...

We are very proud of you and Payne. Bringing home medals and Raising the American flag is more than most people do in a life time. Next to our brothers and sisters in the Armed forces, you athalete's have made us the proudest nation on this planet. Thanks for all the hard work. And don't forget LONDON "2012"?

Tru said...

Congrats David! U did your thing and I'm proud of u!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It was so much fun to watch and I think you are one of the most beautiful people that I have ever seen!

Renee said...

Amanzing run. I have quickly become a fan of you and your blog site. God has truly blessed you with an amazing talent and I hope to see more of you in the years to come.

Anonymous said...

No need to post this on your blog page.

Wanted to ask a favor if time and opportunity permits.

When I was competing and traveling I picked up a hobby of collecting playing cards that have unique or distinctive face or back designs on them. If you see, or come across any quality playing cards (ie. Cards with Beijing Olympic symbols, destinctive Chinese characters or Kanji symbols...etc), please pick a set or more up for me. I will reimburse you when you come thru DC.

On another note, if you haven't done this already, I would suggest that you pick up a Olympic symbol flag as well as a clean USA Track & Field shirt and some different color sharpies. Take these item either to the Track, the mess hall, or at the Dorm that the athletes are coming through. Have as many athletes, coaches, and family members as possible sign one or both of these items.

I had two shirts that I passed around during the Olympic Trials in 1988 (one of which I gave to my company that supported me while I trained for the trials). I didn't think much of them then, put I am glad that I did it and kept one.

Enjoy the rest of your Olympic experience and keep the blog rocking.

"for sure"
Namesake
PS: Can I tag along as your security detail once you get back so that I can benefit from your rapidly growing female fan club overflow....LOL!

Tiphany said...

I was waiting for your race and you didn't disappoint. Congratulations! You're an Olympic Medalist!

Manchild said...

Congratulations David!!

My wife and I just watched the delayed broadcast of your race on NBC a few minutes ago.

We can only imagine how it must feel to win an Olympic Bronze Medal.

Manchild

Terica said...

Just saw your race...you are truly inspirational!!! Congratulations!! God Bless

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on winning the Bronze Medal. I am definitely one of your biggest fans and it was great to see you particapate and win with class.

Jamal said...

Congrats bruh! Was just watching the race and decided to look up the bruh that was slaying the competition on the track..lol...Wish you much success man. Thanks for making all of us proud! :-)

kar said...

congratulations!! you were awesome.

uncommonsimplicity said...

All I can saw is W.O.W. Who thought Orlando could produce so many great Olympians!

Fatimah said...

Great Job! Way to represent.

EthansMommy said...

My family had such a good time watching you, that we had to look you up. You are a fantastic athlete! Way to go! And God bless you!

diamond life said...

Aww congrats! U deserve it cuz ur hella awesome!!!


www.myspace.com/flawlessfemme

Anonymous said...

Great Race!!

toni said...

i am always impressed by anyone who pushes thier body to do incredible things. that was an beautiful run. you should be proud of yourself. congrats.

Anonymous said...

You are REALLY HOT!!! lol
Congratulations. Incredible hurdler

The Diva on a Diet said...

HUGE congrats to you, David! I throughly enjoyed every minute of your races. You are a class act and your post-race interview was beautiful and heartwarming. So, so proud of you!!! Congratulations and God bless you!

Anonymous said...

You rocked it David! I'm pretty sure you made your mom proud when you were able to fufill the family's journey to the Olympics. Attaining a medal adds icing to that cake! May God continue to bless you and allow you to continue to be a WONDERFUL example for our African-American men! You are making USA proud and shining a great light on HBCUs. Congrats again!

-MJG

mike smithson said...

first time for me to watch you--impressive physique! Has the NFL come calling? I think a team could use a guy with your skills!
Most of all, I was pleased with your professionalism, unlike Jeremy Wariner's remarks when he was interviewed.

McLean Cromer said...

Thats my dog!!! Congrats homie... Anchors aweigh when you get back!

CeeCe said...

I was so glad to see you out there accepting that medal for the USA. It is really nice to see someone from HU representing the US in China. You make us all proud Mr. Oliver. Thank you!

Linda Mack Brewer said...

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID! WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE BRONZE MEDAL...THAT IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT!

GOD BLESS YOU!

Dr. Linda Brewer & Family

Booker Nunley & Malcolm Nunley said...

Congrats on the bronze! The race was crazy!

hhmmmm said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! SO DAMN PROUD OF YOU FOR SHOWING THEM WHAT AN HBCU ATHLETE CAN ACCOMPLISH! HOWARD NOW HAS AN OLYMPIC MEDALIST:) AAAWWWWW.....HU!

Anonymous said...

Congrats David on your medal winning performance!! All of your hard work certainly paid off!! Keep smiling and enjoy the rest of your time in China!

Anonymous said...

That was amazing!!! Me and my roommate we're yelling so loud the dogs started barking!! lol! I just wanted to say excellent job and congratulations! I know you worked hard for this :)

stay blessed
love

Cherie said...

You make it look so easy! God definitely blessed you in may ways!

Stacy said...

You looked great out there.
Congrats!

Alana Skye said...

Wow!!! Congratulations, fellow Bison!!! My entire family was cheering you on!!!

Millicent Mack said...

Congratulations on you first Olympic medal. You are an excellent athlete and you have a great attitude.

Tom said...

Congratulations David!!!

Regardless of the medal you won, it's truly amazing what you accomplished in China. You went out, took care of business on the track and represented your country in the process. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to track.

I definitely look forward to seeing what you do next season and especially in London '12!!!

Sarah said...

David CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments. It was amazing to see you out there. I was so happy for you that I shed a tear LOL. I had no idea that you were an Olympian.
I am very PROUD of you. Keep up the great work.



Sarah
(Sarah&Candice from Scott)

Anonymous said...

You made the country proud but BISON even prouder! Congrats and God Bless!

Anonymous said...

HOORAY FOR YOU!!!! We are very proud of you and so appreciative that you have gotten us excited about something so positive! Can't wait to see the medal!

--Barbara Battle

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm extremely proud to be an American watching you and other athletes competing at the Olympics. Hope you'll have a great time in Beijing!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations,
you were amazing. I enjoyed watching all of your races!

AMS
Denver co

Brianna said...

congrats David. I am truly happy for you and am glad that all your hard work paid off and you are leaving the Games with some hardware!

Luis, New York said...

Hi David: I watched your race. You were really good. The cuban guy was a speeding bullet but you were just behind. Great job. This games have been inspirational to me. I ll see what I come up with. God Bless You.

Luis, NYC

Nia T said...

you were great david...bronze is a huge accomplishment for a first time olympian, you'll be back in 2012 and take the gold! take care


p.s.- do you have a myspace?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. My mom was so eager to observe your progress. She's called me on the regular to keep me informed about your races and results.

Your brother and I STILL be stunnin' on cats when it comes to this LV/UNLV life... I think Parkhill just breeds naturally cocky Negros.

You've come a long way from that rice and bisquick. Tell your Granny hello, and tell if I had the chance to hit her car, again... I would. I wouldn't change a thing about my life... And I don't think you would either.

Blessings from your fellow SMC member.

P.S.
I still rock my church quilt, and it has traveled the nation with me... Where's yours, Beijing (lol).

Anonymous said...

Congratulations David on your medal, I just had to come by to say you have the most beautiful smile I've ever seen. Serious. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Initially,I was disappointed that you came away with the bronze medal,but, hey you gave one hell of a race and just think. Out of all the runners in the world, today, you were number 3. Not a bad feat,Mr. Oliver. So, congratulations to you and believe your "golden" moment is still to come. Keep your head up, Bro and keep running like lighting because God has something great still in store for you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You ran a great race and deserved your medal.

Alec A

Jazmyn said...

CONGRATS!!! I was pulling for you the whole time! You ran great and there are millions of people that wish they were in your shoes right now!

You are amazing

BrownSugar said...

Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Oliver.... Just finished watching your race, here in L.A. I wanted to Congratulate you on your performance. YOU MADE USA PROUD!!!

*Cali's Finest*

p.s. You are handsome!!! R u single and do you have a myspace page???

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! Much love and happiness for you. The best TV experience ever!! The Walkers :)

VIP said...

David,

You were great; congratulations on your medal. Rendez-vous in 4years for the GOLD. Stay blessed and I wish you continued success.

foox404 said...

saw your blog.
it's great.
congratulations on your medal.

Rusty Eagle, Hollywood, USA said...

CONGRATS! I just found out you went to HU. Bison in Beijing!

Rod E. c/o 93

Victoria said...

Congratulations from an anonymous supporter of TEAM USA!!! You and your family must be proud! : >

Blessings

Anonymous said...

Dave, it's been so much fun to read your blog and then watch you win your bronze on TV. May I just say how AMAZING your upper body looks on TV! All of America is proud of you!

Kurt said...

congrats. u aimed for the podium, said you wanted a medal ceremony and u definately got it. Am very happy for you!

CeeCee said...

Congratulations! Job well done!

Norman said...

David Oliver, 2008 Beijing Olympics Bronze. Priceless.

David, Congratulations!!!(.)

To you and your mother and thank you for an incredible experience,


Norman Levinson, UPS
Enterprise Architecture
Mahwah, NJ

Lety said...

Soon as I saw you smiling I said.."I dont know him, but hes gonna win." and.. you did. Feel me?? Congrats on your win. Now go home rest up and party like a track star!!! Suerte.. Lety

Anonymous said...

Such a heartwarming story with a great finish! "Bren" as she is called, must be so proud as am I. May God, Most Gracious continue to bless you.

Miss B said...

I've read a few of your posts...but just decided to comment...

Anyway...Congratulations!!! You and David Payne did the US very very proud!!!

Gloria said...

David,
I was holding my breath during the entire race. I am so proud of you for your accomplishment. I am also proud of your teammate for overcoming so many obstacles. Congrats to you both. Enjoy the ride. Show Bren some love from her UPS family in Jersey. YOU DID IT!!!

Booker said...

whats up this is Booker from CHAMPIONS IN TRAINING! Just came to congratulate you on your first olympic medal. It was so amazing to see you battle back from a not so great start. I know a little about bad starts.lol

Natney10 said...

You make me proud to be a Central Floridian. When you get back home, dinner @ Queen Bee's is on me !!!!! (lol)

Carlo Ritacco said...

Great run, great final, tremendous personality! Congratulations...you are so amazing!!!

Carlo
UPS Hamburg
Germany

sharae said...

Go Dave Go!!

We were rooting for you in DC.

-Alondra

mattwyo3 said...

Congrats man that was an amazing race and i was cheering u on every step and leap of the way

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS DAVID! YOU MADE AMERICA PROUD. KEEP YOU THE GOOD WORK AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.

Anonymous said...

Go USA !!!! Congrats on your Bronze Medal I saw the race and enjoyed every minute hope to see you in 4 more years to see you get your gold I am now a FAN!!!

Demi said...

Congrats on your win it was amazing to watch go USA and especially you DO

Marla Z said...

Congrats- I was glued to the set! The US is proud of you & the team! GO USA!!!

figurin said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Liz Ryczek said...

Congrats! :)

longhorn said...

WOW!! Fantastic race. Congrats. Your an amazing athlete and pretty handsome too:) Enjoy the rest of your time in Beijing.

Anonymous said...

congrats...you have worked hard, stayed focused, and stayed determined. I am beyond proud of you. Words could not have expressed how excited I am for you. You deserve it because you put in the work. You had faith in God and yourself.......

143
EMH

Anonymous said...

God Speed David !!!!!!!!

Barbara said...

God Speed David !!!

Lisa said...

Bronze is gold if you ask me! What a wonderful achievement; you did yourself and your team and your country proud. ENJOY this moment as you've certainly earned your place in the sun!

Brooklyn Hockey Boy said...

Hey!
First:

CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING AN OLYMPIC MEDAL!!!

Second:

It's great that you have a blog. There probably aren't many Olympians who can spare enough time to write blogs during the actual Olympics. Seeing a kind of "live update" from someone who was actually at the games is awesome. Keep it up!

J Hunter

Anonymous said...

Congrats : ) Huge accomplishment....

Fan in Philly

CourtneyMichelle said...

Congrats to my favorite Olympian, Hov! I think I had all of KC watching each of your rounds! D, I am SO proud of you and SO happy for you! My fam and your HU fam are too. Take it all in. Enjoy it. You deserve it. And most importantly, always keep Him first.

And now I can finally stop letting the Olympics dictate my schedule and move away from the t.v...but it was more than worth it. Have a safe trip home.

C

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting the bronze medal. You looked so good doing it. Plus you are so damn fine!!!!

sharae said...

http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/releases/2008/080821oliver.htm

Dave, check this out, I dont have your email to send it to you directly, I hope you read your comments.

Howard posted something about you on the main webpage

Flo said...

Congrats David! So nice to see you smile and thank God after your race! You are truly an inspiration.

Charlotte said...

Way to go--I was pulling for you. I think you're one strong athlete--on and off the field; you've been really positive in both areas. It was truly a pleasure watching you run... Congratulations!!!

Charlotte Burrows
NY

Lori said...

Congratulations! You made your country proud!!

Chris & Stephanie said...

Congrats. We are very proud of what you have accomplished while being over there representing our great nation....

Caribbean Girl said...

Congrats on your Bronze medal. I am not a US supporter (Caribbean all the way!!!) but you seem to be humble and deserving of a medal :-)

MarChelle said...

Congratulations David!!! I can only imagine how you must feel right now. What an honor! It was great to watch! Hopefully I'll see you when you come back home for a visit.

-MarChelle M (from H.S.)

Anonymous said...

Big Congrats to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! We've been following your progress, ever since you were gracious enough to pose for a picture with my daughter's "Flat Stanley" school project at a track meet in Florida this Spring. Thanks for representing our country respectfully, & God bless!
CVT

Anonymous said...

Will look for you in LONDON!

Trina M said...

Congratulations on that Olympic Bronze Medal!!! I'm glad to see a HBCU grad doing big thangs. And by the way you have a beautiful smile. God Bless and Take Care.

Verlona Oliver said...

David, great job on winning the third place Bronze Medal in the Olympics.

Love,
Verlona Oliver

Track Evangelist said...

Congrats man!!!!!!!!!

Franieb said...

Congratulations, David! I am not a regular follower of track and field events. I do enjoy watching the Olympics, however. I watched with interest as you advanced through your heats. I recognized your focus, which winners have to have. Your outlook about winning the bronze - one of three medals given every four years - was refreshing, on point. The stages of getting to the podium is such a metaphor of life. Recently I attended my niece's White Coat Ceremony, marking her entry to Mercer University's School of Pharmacy. I reflected on her life from childhood through graduation from UCF - she just moved from Orlando - to the Ceremony. It was something that she wanted, planned for and executed. I know how proud your Mom must have been when she saw you on that podium, seeing you fulfill your life's focus, the fruit of your hard work. Because of you, I shall follow your sport. I'm a new fan! Continued success to you. By the way, I was a Bison, too!

The Peace Blogger said...

Hi David,
Just wanted to say congratulation man, great run and well deserve bronze medal....
Just enjoyed a fantastic race....See you in 4 years here in London...

longbench said...

You have both a bronze medal AND a fabulous smile - and we got to see you show off both! Great job. Next stop: London!

Tamika said...

D.O.
You ran a good race and you looked great! Congratulations on winning an Olympic medal. You deserved it.

Magda B. said...

Congrats on your astounding achievment that was so deserved! You were great to watch!

Brandon Bell said...

I am so proud of you. I talked to kelvin a few months ago and he told me you were training and i am so glad you succeeded. congrats and keep on pushin' for greater success. keep in touch and tell Lee that O.G. Barebeezy said what up. bellboyent@yahoo.com get at me.

ANGELINA said...

Congratulations! You made me proud :)

Ms.Mia said...

Congratulations on Everything.

Momentum
When you've gone a little ways, keep going a little ways more. When you've made some progress, use that progress to make some more.
Multiply the power of your actions with momentum. Once you get yourself going, follow through on the commitment and keep yourself going.

Often, the most difficult part of a task is the act of getting started. The fewer times you have to go through that process of starting yourself back up, the more you can get accomplished.

When you've enjoyed one success, that's the best time to start working on another success. Once you have momentum on your side, take full advantage of it.

One of the biggest benefits of achievement is that it opens up the door for greater achievement. Even a small success is a big deal, because of where it can lead.

Get yourself going and then keep yourself going. And from there, you can go anywhere.

-- Ralph Marston

Ms.Mia said...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Good Morning.

The goal ahead
If you find it difficult to deal with where you are, look ahead toward where you're going. Keep yourself focused on the goal at the end of the road, and you'll find the strength to move steadily down that road.
When you continue looking ahead, even the difficult steps will seem lighter. The burdens of the moment become much more bearable when you know there is a purpose behind them.

Your dreams can pull you toward them if you'll give those dreams a prominent place in your heart and your mind. Look ahead toward where you intend to go, and you'll find that each challenge makes you stronger.

When your eye is on the goal, the distractions won't be nearly so distracting. Your efforts will gain the immense power of focus when you're always clearly aware of where you're headed.

Your time, your energy, and your resources will get used no matter which direction you are looking. By choosing to look ahead, you get the highest return for the efforts you invest in your life.

Look ahead, toward the place you most want to be. The more you look, the faster you'll move forward.

-- Ralph Marston

Ms.Mia said...

So, when are you making your way to the ATL?...LOL

Anonymous said...

D.O I'm Cuban and I admire your talent and the way you handle your live and this blog. Count me in you long list of fans.

Andres