You can often tell the difference between a typical high school athlete and collegiate athlete just by the way they move. While the difference is more subtle between the collegiate athlete and a professional athlete, the difference is certainly there. [Read more…] about World Class Athleticism Deconstructed: Olympic Champion Wrestler Study
Towards the end of my sophomore wrestling season, my mentor and wrestling coach had told me that by my senior year, I could be as good as the captain on my high school team at the time. While I appreciated that sentiment, I wanted more.
“Could I be better than that? Could I win the New England Championships?”
“Hang in there, Che! You’re almost there.”
Two of my teammates on the Thai national team accompany me in the back of a pickup truck as I am being rushed to the hospital (this is legal in Thailand). My entire body cramped. Searing pain shot out of my right eye down my entire body, and moving in any direction seemed to take a herculean effort. Unable to hold anything in my stomach, I throw up in the back of the pickup truck for the second time. One of the emergency staff carts me off to the intensive care waiting room, where I suspect that my coach explains the situation. At this point, all I had were my ears. The searing pain would return whenever I tried to use my eyes, so I keep them shut. For the next day and a half, I was effectively blind. [Read more…] about Breathtaking Moments in Life: A Hospital Celebration