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A view for the Ages from one our Aged – Russ Hellickson Olympic Team Captain in 1980 and Olympic Silver Medalist 1976 and 6 Time Olympic Commentator shares some amazing insights about the Olympics.

A view for the Ages from one our Aged – Russ Hellickson Olympic Team Captain in 1980 and Olympic Silver Medalist 1976 and 6 Time Olympic Commentator shares some amazing insights about the Olympics.

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Russ Hellickson in a competition lifting his opponent off the mat in the 1976 Olympics.

The Olympic experience is unmatched in human endeavors. The depths of its personal impact, are mostly unrecognizable by a majority of those who witness it.
Nothing epitomizes the subtle and  fragile difference between victory and defeat, for competitive titans, than the electric performances of USA freestyle wrestlers in Tokyo. 
Enduring efforts in the final fractions of seconds determined Olympic medals in an unprecedented fashion for both men and women.What a magnificent display, to be applauded by all.
The uniqueness of the Olympics should give us all pause. Opportunities are limitless.
The greatest in the world, in hundreds of athletic events, convene in one place, to challenge their physical, mental, technical, emotional, and psychological skills under fire. 
The cauldron of possible human pressure is immeasurable to those who witness, but always palpable, always definable, and always anticipated by those who compete.
All, who lay spent on the field of play, in defeat or victory, have bought the most precious part of being human; pride in performance and preparation, abiding camaraderie, lifelong friendship, and overwhelming respect.
The Olympics are an attitude and a spirit. Nothing should confine it, restrict it, or ever diminish it.
To the majority of the world, the Olympics are entertainment, but for the truly challenged competitor, with a cherished dream, fed by the extremes of human commitment, sacrifice, and work ethic, they are a way of life, and a measure of the best that life has to offer.

The Medalists of the 1972 Olympic Wrestling Team
The Olympic Athletes gathering for the closing Ceremony in Montreal 1976

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