Games, Gold & The Aftermath

Disclaimer – This blog is a tribute to the recently concluded Rio Olympics. It was originally scheduled to be posted on 26th August but I went to participate in ‘The Startup Weekend‘ so I couldn’t finalize it then. The aftermath is mostly be relevant to the Indian context.

A astounding conglomeration of life-long dream and a mammoth stage to showcase why you’re the best among the bests. An emblem of aspirations and support – from the entire nation – where the whole country wins when you win. And when you step on the podium, you’re an epitome of excellence. This is what Olympics is. And this is what we saw this time as well.

If you missed out on the whole spectrum of action, watch this amazing show-reel ‘Rio Revisited’ right from the official Olympic YouTube channel –

Before I go further with this post, a huge shout out to Google and Hotstar for building such an amazing platforms to make our Olympic experience flawless.

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Wonderful work by Google engineering team. A learning for UX enthusiasts.

Everyday during this 17 days extravaganza, we would wake up with a new hope. An optimistic self who wishes to find change in the medal counts. Amidst our own engagements, our anticipating heart would refresh the medal tally frequently.

Excitement would reach its zenith when watching the sport – in some cases we were watching it for the first time – but it didn’t matter. We actually started taking interest in them. And then one fine morning, we heard the news which we longed for.

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Sakshi Malik – Bronze in women’s freestyle 58kg wrestling 

A special thing about Olympics is that it brings a new talent into limelight. An athlete who perform to the best of their potential and leave the entire world startled by their stories of perseverance. They’re noticed by the widest mass.

This was the case with ‘Dipa Karmakar’ – an artistic gymnast from Tripura who made it to the finals and finished at 4th. Though she missed the medal, what we witnessed was a revolution setting in for Indian gymnastics.

I watched the final match on Hotstar and I must say she was amazing. Graceful and confident, she showed us how far can hard work take you. I got reminded of this movie dialogue from ‘A Man Who Knew Infinity‘ – The greatest talents often comes from humblest of backgrounds. 

When the pious festival of Rakshabandhan was celebrated in India, one of our sisters in Rio gave us another gift. The entire nation rejoiced for her silver medal win in Badminton singles which wrote a new chapter for Indian sporting history.

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P. V. Sindhu

I wish I could’ve taken a photo of our hostel mess where we used to watch her nail-biting matches – quarter-final, semi-final and then the finale. But I was also lost like everyone else who used to shout on each of her shots. A normal 30 min. dinner time was stretched to one or one and half hour sometimes 😛

She was amazing in all the matches. Her difficult training and sacrifices was being brought to fruition. I equally admire (maybe a little bit more) her opponent in the final match – World No. 1 Carolina Marin – for her sportsmanship and aggressiveness she showed while still bearing a beautiful smile during the entire match.

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After the match I was just checking out P.V.Sindhu’s Wikipedia page. While scrolling down suddenly my eyes noticed this and I was like ‘Woah!!!‘. This is the reward she is getting (official announced) for her silver medal win –

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I sincerely hope such rewards motivates other aspirants to excel in sports

Everyone has their own way of paying tribute – like me through this blog post. Not that everyone does but whoever does, s(he) shows respect with his/her creation. And when a renowned artist pay tribute, you expect something marvelous. Here’s how an Internationally acclaimed sand-artist Sudarshan Patnaik showed it –

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The learning –

I could go on ranting about India’s performance in comparison to other countries, ignorance, politics, media, sports facilities, sporting talent, nurturing talent, preparing better contingent for the next events and much more but I think these points will give you a proper idea of what it would be about.

Anyway there are thousands of media articles floating around the Internet who would be ripping apart the whole performance spectrum to find the buzz word. So lets not talk about this.

The learning I personally take from Olympics is ‘hard work‘. It indeed beats talent. Though I’m not much associated with the sports field, I could connect with the amazing stories of several athletes about fighting against the odds. They have reached there because they persevered inspite of all difficulties. One makes a lot of sacrifices to reach the stage where those sacrifices are recognized. You keep on building a pile without any expectation in between for it is noticed at once and forever.

Investment – 

I could’ve gotten away with this crucial point in the previous topic but I think it needs a separate mention. According to report, Team GB which finished second in the medal tally this Olympics invested around £4.1m  (4.1 million pounds) for each medal. This is huge!!!

In India, investment in sports doesn’t even come near to it. It’s way less until you talk about the royal game ‘Cricket’. Everyone realizes this. Every authority is aware of the facts. It is to be seen how much things change after this event. It’s often said – kill politics from sports and you’ll champion in every street – now is the time to see how Indian govt. stands for this testament.

Tokyo Awaits –

I didn’t watch the closing ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016. I wish I could have but something or the other kept me busy. These opening-closing ceremonies are magnificent for their grandeur celebration.

Every such event-host has their own fascinating way to showcase what their country stands for and it is always fantastic to see. The next Olympics would take place in Tokyo in 2020.

Things would be totally different from what it is now. I don’t know where I would be or what I would be doing. The timeline may seem huge but one thing that would remain constant is the excitement such games bring with them. Be it dancing on the crazy after-match music or taking pride when the national anthem tune is played in the stadium – the emotion remains the same.

For those who aspire to be on the podium – Tokyo awaits. It’s just a matter of few eventful year when you would be standing on the grounds of your aspiration to fulfill your lifelong dream.

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Author’s Note – This is just a minuscule portion of the entire buzz that I could cover. My intention behind this post was to document my own learning & interpretations. Also a few things about my take on the whole event, opinions and analysis of what happens next. Hope you had a fun reading! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Games, Gold & The Aftermath

  1. Thanks Aayushi! There were so many things I wanted to write about but the post was already quite long. Nonetheless my main motto was to document the feeling we carried throughout the event. Hope this post resonated with your thoughts 🙂

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