When American Olympian Sam Kendricks won the bronze medal in the pole vault competition earlier this week, he not only made his country proud; Second Lieutenant Kendricks made the US Army proud, too.
During one of his practice runs, the National Anthem began to play over the loudspeakers, prompting Kendricks to stop dead in his tracks, lay his pole down and stand at attention as the anthem played.
“They say back home, and jokingly in track circles, that if you win a medal it will change your life. I think your life is changed on the way to that medal, honestly.
With all the journeys and sacrifices that you make, all the training that you do, and the people you leave at home to watch. That is what is really the value of the (medal). I’m glad I have something tangible to bring home and show for it.
I know that everybody in Oxford will love to see it. But the journey, like my coach says, is the goal. Not necessarily the medals. And it’s very fun to come and compete, but not necessarily the end of all things.”
Needless to say, the folks “back home” are proud of their Olympian.
— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) August 6, 2016
Undoubtedly, the people of Oxford, Mississippi, will not only “love” to see Sam’s medal, they’ll love seeing him back home, as well.