We live in challenging times as we face a global pandemic and the demands from everyday life, whether as a professional, business, or individual. Whatever the challenge is, there are lessons that we can learn from the inspiring stories of others. We can draw inspiration from the successes of others to transform our behaviour and improve our businesses, professional, family, and personal lives.
The Tokyo Olympics 2021 have given us some wonderful insights and inspirational stories. Some of our favourite stories of Olympic success are shared below. The lessons from each athlete are relatable to all professionals, businesses and individuals.
Commitment and Perseverance
Oksana Chusovitina is a Uzbekistani gymnast who, at 46 years old, competed in the Toyko 2021 Olympics, where she was lauded with a standing ovation for her 30 years of dedication and excellence to her craft. Oksana has represented several nations over the past three decades, with her first Olympic medal being a gold medal in 1992 in Barcelona. She has trained through great hardship during her initial years and has persevered with her sport to become the epitome of discipline and dedication. Oksana has gone the distance and continued to improve and never rested on her laurels, which includes her profile on a Uzbekistani stamp as far back as 20 years ago.
Age is not a Barrier
Andrew Hoy is an Olympian who has competed in eight Olympics and has won six Olympic medals throughout his sporting career, including three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. At the age of 62, this hall of fame athlete is Australia’s oldest ever male Olympian. Most recently, Andrew won a Silver and a Bronze medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
The skateboarding champions Kokono Hiraki and Sky Brown are 12 and 13 years old and Olympic champions. It is the start of a lifetime of sporting success for both.
Diplomacy and Personal values
No one does diplomacy like Ash Barty. This fan favourite role model won a bronze medal in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic mixed doubles tennis event. As well as a grand slam winning tennis record, Ash is famous for her pleasant and professional interactions with the media. In very trying conditions, she is gracious and professional in answering questions and providing relevant insights. Ash is an excellent example of how to answer questions with poise. Sometimes what is not said – says a lot. In today’s world, where everyone has to articulate themselves and their value proposition, it shows that old-fashioned values have a place in today’s society.
Even a lifetime of pressure for athletes such as Simone Biles and Novak Djokovic does not make them immune to it. Their winning style provides a lesson in keeping your composure and your fighting spirit till the end; in the words of Lenny Kravtiz, “it ain’t over till it’s over”. Every athlete in the Australian Women’s swimming team is an example of overcoming incredible obstacles to achieve remarkable results. Athletes such as Ariarne Titmus and Emma Mckeon have overcome pressure, personal challenges and have been the target of criticism from competing teams to triumph with numerous Olympic medals while setting new records.
There are many heartwarming and inspiring stories, from Jess Fox, the IOC Refugee Olympic team, to Japan itself hosting the games whilst battling 10,000 cases of COVID per day. The Tokyo 2021 Olympics shows the strength of the human spirit and what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.