What were the most touching moments of the Rio Olympics
The Gold Medal Match in the Women’s 53kg Wrestling between Helen Maroulis from USA and Saori Yoshida from Japan was the most emotionally charged game.
Helen Maroulis became the first female wrestler from her country to secure Gold Medal in this category after she defeated the three time Olympic Gold Medalist Saori Yoshida from Japan by the score of 4–1.
As soon as match ends, both wrestlers start crying; one gives out the tears of joy while the other, unable to handle the defeat gives out the tears of sorrow.
Half an hour later, during the Medal Distribution Ceremony, we see that still Saori Yoshida is not able to compose herself.
While Helen in ecstasy is having the time of her life, Saori is drowned in the tears of gloom. When the American national anthem was played, she cried some more, later explaining, “How could you not?” while the American said after the match,“I was like, ‘Really? I just did this? Oh, my gosh.”
These emotions reflect the years of hard work which these women had to put in in order to represent their country at such a platform. These emotions reveal their passion towards wrestling. These emotions reveal their commitment towards their sport. These emotions tell us that the gold medal at Rio ‘16 Olympics meant everything for them.
I was also experiencing a mixture of emotions. One part of my heart felt happy for Helen for pulling out such an extraordinary feat whereas the other part of my heart couldn’t help feeling sad for Saori who wanted nothing less than a gold.
This match sent a message to everyone that only a dedicated person can pull out such a feat. This match sent out the message that when you work really hard for your goals, then winning becomes super-exciting and losing becomes super-depressing. This match sent out the message that even a Rookie can beat a Professional.
In the end, I want to quote Vince Lombardi, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”