Heralded as the “Fab Five,” the U.S. women’s gymnastics team took its place in history on Tuesday by winning the first gold medal since the legendary “Magnificent Seven” in 1996. Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross performed spectacularly on the world’s greatest stage.
However, to win the gold, the Americans had to overcome some setbacks. World vault champion McKayla Maroney overcame an injured toe to stick her routine, and then the reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber had to redeem herself from a heartbreaking first night of competition in which she failed to qualify for the all-around final. Redeem herself she did by sticking her routines including the floor routine which she said was the performance of her life.
As we celebrate with this Fab Five, it is also a great reminder that often times fantastic things do not happen apart from difficulties. This Olympic successes reminds me of Joseph in the Bible, who after many heartbreaking difficulties was able to stand on his own gold medal platform and announce…
“ You intended it for evil, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done…”(Gen. 50:20)
So take your cue from the new “Fab Five” or Joseph in the Bible, and do not quit. No matter how tough things may seem, big success may be just around the next corner.
Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D