January 24, 2014

Random Shots Friday: The Oval

“Someone who doesn't make the (Olympic) team might weep and collapse. 
In my day no one fell on the track and cried like a baby. 
We lost gracefully. 
And when someone won, he didn't act like he'd just become king of the world, either.
Athletes in my day were simply humble in our victory.I believe we were more mature then...
Maybe it's because the media puts so much pressure on athletes;
 maybe it's also the money. 
In my day we competed for the love of the sport...
In my day we patted the guy who beat us on the back, wished him well, and that was it.” 

Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II
The Oval
I got this shot last November when we had a mini-picnic at the athletic field in my Alma Mater. This is the race track for the sprint events. This place is better known as "Oval" since this 400-m race track is shaped like an oval. 
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  1. That quote reminds me of the graciousness of tennis players. Most players are well-mannered. Throwing tantrums on the court is quickly frowned upon. There are unwritten rules and everybody seems to know about them.

  2. Great shot! I remember tuloy back on my college days..ganito din ka green yung oval namin.:) Have great weekend guys!

  3. Interesting photograph. It must be fun going back to your alma mata.

  4. Yes, it is important to loose gracefully. Some people don't know how... Did the track look different to you on this visit?

  5. I miss going to CLSU! We used to run in the morning a couple of years ago. Stopped when I got pregnant with my second child. Hehe. Nakaka-miss.

  6. Lovely shot! I guess masarap magbrisk walking dito :)