Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #160: Our Inspiration

This week, Patti leads LAPC: Your Inspiration. Here is my take on.

“I dare to be different.” — Anna Kiesenhofer

Anna Kiesenhofer won Olympic gold medal–Austria’s 1st cycling medal since 1896. She emerged as a dark horse, going solo for the last 40 kilometers when she started “riding for gold.” Anna earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, England and a PhD in applied mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. Kiesenhofer meticulously plans her own training, nutrition and race strategy.


“She (Lydia Jacoby) practically swims in iced-over lakes in Alaska”

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby won the gold medal for the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final. “She practically swims in iced-over lakes in Alaska,” teammate Gunnar Bentz said. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she took about 2 1/2 hour train to Anchorage to practice swimming.

Glacier, Alberta, Canada

“This is such a surreal moment.” — Suni Lee

Suni Lee is an 18-year-old high school graduate. As a young girl, the budding athlete practiced on a wooden balance beam her father built for her. She’s been marred by injuries, lost an aunt and uncle to Covid-19 and grappled with a horrific accident that left her father paralyzed. When she came back, she dedicated her gold medal to her father who “deserves it as much as I do'” and placed her silver medal around her mom’s neck

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, New Mexico 

“At the end of the day, we’re human, too, so we have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do,” —  Simone Biles.

Simone Biles is the tenth female gymnast and first American female gymnast to win a World medal on every event, and the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 to win a medal on every event at a single Olympic Games or World Championships.

Dolomites, Italy

“Gymnastics has enough numbers, I don’t need to look at my age.”

Gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, 46, bids farewell after record-setting eighth appearance in Olympics. “In 2002, her son Alisher was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Seeking advanced medical treatment for their son, Chusovitina and her husband accepted an offer of help from Shanna and Peter Brüggemann, head coaches of the Toyota Cologne club, and moved to Germany…” — Wikipedia 

Nafplio, Greece

Their personal stories moved us. Their and many other athletes’ achivements uplift our spirit. Their perfectionism, determinations, strengths, … have inspired the world and the new generation. Yes, they all have proved:

Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together

–The newly adapted Olympic slogan

Special thanks John Steiner of Journeys With Johnbo, Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed, Rusha Sams of Oh The Places We See, Beth Smith of Wandering Dawgs, and Ana Campo of Anvica’s Gallery. Your themes, photos, and stories are creative, and beautiful. Inspiring, indeed.

Patti encourages us to join this week’s theme, “It can be a place, a subject, a person, or a book,…” Click here to view her beautiful and inspiring post. Please include a link to Patti’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find you in the WP Reader.

 Next Saturday, Ann-Christine will lead LAPC #161. Be sure to visit her.

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