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Unbelievable Team Commitment: U.S. Sprinter Runs With Broken Leg

By daniellesmith |

Photo Credit: AFP

It is an extraordinary story, as many from the Olympic games are: a U.S. Sprinter runs a portion of his relay race with a broken leg, helping his team to qualify for the finals.

It happened today. Manteo Mitchell says he felt a “pop” and finished the last half of his leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay preliminaries on what turned out to be a broken left fibula.

He continued to run on a BROKEN LEG. Let’s process that together for a moment. A broken leg would bring me to my knees. And that is being generous. Of course, I’m not an Olympic-quality athlete, but he didn’t sprain his ankle – his fibula BROKE.

And he continued to run. He told the Associated Press, “But I figured it’s what almost any person would’ve done in that situation.”

I think that is remarkable.  And that sense of “team” is something I have been thinking about a lot, especially as it relates to how my small people are learning and playing.

More thoughts in the video.


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2 thoughts on “Unbelievable Team Commitment: U.S. Sprinter Runs With Broken Leg

  1. richan says:

    My husband went through basic training with a guy who broke his leg about 2 miles into their final 10 mile march and just kept going, he finished the next 8 miles, kept up with everybody else and everything. Some people are amazing.

  2. daniellesmith says:

    @Richan – I can’t even imagine. That isn’t just physical strength – that is mental too. Something like that would bring me to my knees. I’m in awe.

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