jordynslefteyebrow: Nastia’s score flashed up – a full 7 tenths…

jordynslefteyebrow:

Nastia’s score flashed up – a full 7 tenths higher than the score I’d even conjured. My head began to spin in disbelief because in that instant my dream died. I knew a gold in the all-around wasn’t possible. There was no way for me to get a high enough score to win. I look back at those seconds standing on the floor as the moment I grew up. So many emotions, so many life lessons, so many sudden realizations were packed into a few, brief seconds. I stood there feeling more hurt than I ever had in my life. That was a rough spot to be in – one I hadn’t counted on. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Okay do I just give up now? What’s the point in going out there?” Then for a split second, I looked over at my coach. He didn’t look distressed; in fact he stood with the same composure and calm facial expression I’d come to expect from him during these games. When he gave me a small, reassuring nod, I could hear his voice in my mind: “If the gold medal is out of reach, go out there and prove to yourself and the rest of the world that you deserve it.