February 13th is a day that documents the work ethic of a number of notable Olympic Champions. On this day in 1948, Richard “Dick” Button won the US Men’s Figure Skating Championship. Button went on to win two Olympic medals. In 1965, Peggy Fleming won the US Women’s Figure Skating Championship. She was 16 years old at the time. She went on to win a total of five US titles, three World titles, and one Olympic medal. Her Olympic medal was the only gold medal brought home by an American during the Grenoble Games. On this day, Dorothy Hamill won a gold medal in the 1976 Winter Olympics. She received a unanimous first place vote from the judges. She rose to that staggering level of achievement after her coach abandoned her only weeks before her Olympic performance, but she forged ahead with the help of a new coach. In 1977, Eric Heiden became the first American to win the men’s World Speed Skating Championship. Heiden went on to win five gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics. He is the only Olympic speed skater to have won a gold medal in each event in a single Olympics.
The willingness of so many Americans to work hard, make personal sacrifices, and persevere has resulted in the most medals won by a single country over the course of the modern Olympic Games. Please take a moment to consider the work ethic that has been the basis for so many American success stories. We are a country filled with entrepreneurs, athletes, inventors, and just plain hard working folks. Consider how many highly successful companies have begun as an idea in someone’s kitchen or garage. Our willingness to work hard and see things through to a successful outcome is What IS Right With America!
The attached photo is of several members of the 2002 Olympic Team entering opening ceremonies in Rice-Eccles Stadium carrying the flag which flew over the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.