The Olympics were all they promised to be – full of inspirational stories, wonderful feats of athletic ability, and great victories. But for some, the Olympics may have also been a disappointment, as athletes’ hopes of winning a medal were not realized.
I remember an interview with Olympian Dan O’Brien I heard years ago on the Mully and Hanley show on the SCORE, AM 670 Sports Radio in Chicago. Dan recounted how he’d been the favorite to win the decathlon at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He had been proclaimed “The World’s Greatest Athlete”, but after three bad pole vault attempts during the Olympic trials in New Orleans, he failed to qualify for the 1992 Olympics. It was a huge defeat.