The Fall.

Sunday night I watched with millions as McKayla Maroney warmed up for her Olympic performance in the vault. NBC commentators described her jumps as a formality given her unapproachable superiority in the event.
 
After her trademark “Amanar, a tricky twisting, turning maneuver that only a handful of gymnasts in the world even attempt.” The same commentators said to be assured of the gold, all she needed to do was land on her feet in the next vault.
 
As one ABC report announced, “Maroney’s two vaults on Sunday were supposed to the kind of coronation reserved for the Duchess of Cambridge, who was watching from the front row.”
 
But therein lies the problem. The reigning world champion, nearly flawless, almost perfect gymnast did something she almost never does, she missed her landing and as she said in her own words, “I landed on my butt.”
 
It was heartbreaking, totally unexpected, and very real.
 
The ancients of my faith had a saying, “take heed lest ye fall,” or in more contemporary language, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
 
The lesson is clear. The person who least expects to fall may be most vulnerable to falling. Pride goes before the fall.
 
Walk carefully today. It can happen to anybody! (But not likely to be seen by millions!)
 

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One Response to The Fall.

  1. ST080612 | Dick Staub on August 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

    […] “Maroney’s two vaults on Sunday were supposed to the kind of coronation reserved for the Duchess of Cambridge, who was watching from the front row.” But therein lies the problem. Read More […]

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