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The past two days have been nothing short of amazing for American athletes competing at the international level. Between Landon Donovan’s goal during injury-time of a World Cup game against Algeria and John Isner’s victory in a record setting 11 hour tennis match at Wimbledon, ample amounts of blood, sweat, and tears were left on the field/court. In fact, I think we could collect the fluids, send them to China, and clone a team worthy of competing with anyone in any sport.
To be able to witness competitive fire deep within the soul is a great thing. This is true especially when the athletes are representing our country on a national stage.
Considering all the time that they put into their sport - practicing, training, and studying - there are very small increments of time where the athlete is required to harness all of that hard work and be able to perform at 110%. As the late UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, always said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
We see the great victories or we see the punch-in-the-gut losses that these athletes endure on T.V. What we don’t often see is the amount of work that it takes to get to and compete at that level.
As Broncos fans, we are able to get a quick glimpse into part of the preparation process during training camp. The team released its training camp schedule here. Practices open up to the public on August 1st. This is a great opportunity if you’re in the Denver area. Bring the family out for a free way to get up close to the team we love.
More information will be released as camp gets closer.