Ouch

The lesson from this video is supposed to be courage and toughness, and I 100 percent get that. Courage and toughness, however, have become cliches, to a certain degree. We use the words to celebrate everything. So-and-so is so courageous … so tough … so mentally strong. You don’t win by winning, you win by trying. On and on.

I don’t disagree, of course, but I do think another lesson should be learned here: Know the abilities of your athletes before you place them in harm’s way. Having run track in college and high school, I never tried the high jump, the long jump or the pole vault. Why? Because I would have brutalized myself. Surely the dad in this video—who is also the girl’s coach—knew his daughter wasn’t a good hurdler. I mean, it’s no fluke—she’s just not made to do this event. So why sign her up? Why not find something, ahem, less harmful? A nice distance run. A sprint. even if she’s doomed to place last in those events, she won’t kill herself.

The dad sees this video as an ode to strength. I see it as a dad not looking out for his kid’s best interests.

2 thoughts on “Ouch”

  1. It really was courageous of her to hurdle through that awful, terrible soundtrack and have to endure such trite bulls*** phrases popping up on the screen. Despite all these obstacles, she has THE COURAGE TO CONTINUE.

    Too bad her father didn’t have ENOUGH SENSE TO NOT EMBARRASS HIS DAUGHTER ON THE INTERNET.

    *dun dun dun*
    *dun dun dun*
    *light flash*

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