With only a couple laps to go in a race he thought he was winning, Dutch Ice Skater Sven Kramer was troubled when he looked into the stands. He saw his girlfriend as he passed. Instead of cheering, she had buried her face in her hands. Kramer said he knew that something was not right. When he finished the race, the skater found out how bad things were.
After finishing the 10,000 meter race in 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games in front of the other competitors, Kramer learned that he had skated the last eight laps of the race in the wrong lane. The mistake meant automatic disqualification. Kramer threw his protective glasses in disgust when he learned that his coach sent him to the wrong lane on a changeover. The mistake cost Kramer dearly. Though he finished first, he would receive no medal, nothing in return for months of training and practice before the Olympic Games. Though he could have blamed his coach, Kramer took responsibility saying, “I was on my way to make the right decision and right before the corner, I changed my decision because of the advice from the (coach). At the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice. I have to do it.”
--Blunder Costs Dutch Skater Gold Medal, http://olympics.fanhouse.com/2010/02/23/blunder-costs-dutch-skater-gold-medal/ ; February 23, 2010. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NIV) “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (26) Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. (27) No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”