Athletes that Inspire
This month also saw a total of zero inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame – a protest by sports writers due to PEDs in the sport. Juicing has tarnished the legacies of MLB athletes including Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, and Sammy Sosa.
Thinking about the impact of PEDs on sports in general, and specifically on youth sports, plus answering a lot of questions from my boys who are paying attention to what these athletes do, got me to thinking about the fencers who provide inspiration.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of inspirational athletes. I left out some personal stories – maybe they deserve to be their own series one day when I can do them justice. These athletes are ones that brought me into or back to fencing, each in their own way.
Westbrook was my first view of the real sport of fencing. When I started I just knew he was that guy who earned the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics. As I started taking lessons and learned more about the sport I got to watch more of what Peter did both on and off the strip. The Peter Westbook Foundation quickly grew to be US Fencing’s “feel good” story and the devotion Westbrook shows just makes you want to do more.
Those are just a few of the fencers that have provided inspiration and I kept it to some of the big names. I put the question out to Facebook in this post, and people are responding with both “famous” names as well as some lesser known but highly personal sources of inspiration.
We all have our heroes – big and small – and one of the things sports let us do is share those heroes and their stories with our families and friends. I’ll put that question back out to you – what athletes inspire you and how will you share those stories?