In the Olympic swimming space, the country named Singapore seldom comes into mind. Not to mentioned the swimmer by the name of Joseph Schooling.
It was always common player such as USA, European Nations coming up as the top 3 player in any of the Olympic games. But in 2016 Olympic, Joseph Schooling place Singapore on the world map by taking the 1st Gold medal by beating his own childhood idol, Michael Phelps.
Who say a small nation cannot harbour any big dream of securing a Gold medal?
Joseph Schooling, the 21-year-old Singaporean swimmer, did more than just win Singapore's first gold medal in Olympic history on Friday night: He beat his childhood idol, Michael Phelps.
Schooling first met Phelps in 2008 when the Olympic swimmer visited the country club that Schooling trained at, according to The Guardian. After Schooling's win last night, a picture of the two from back then has been shared and retweeted hundreds of times:
Schooling told The Guardian when he first met Phelps that, “everyone just rushed up and was like “it’s Michael Phelps! It’s Michael Phelps!’ and I really wanted a picture … It was very early in the morning and I was so shell shocked, I couldn’t really open my mouth.”
Schooling is still shell-shocked. But now, it's because he beat the most decorated Olympian of all time.
“Dude this is crazy, out of this world, I don’t know how to feel right now,” Schooling told Phelps after his win, the Guardian reports.
“I know,” Phelps replied.
Schooling isn't the only swimmer at the Rio Oylimpics who has a picture with Phelps. The Guardian reports that Katie Ledecky has one, which was taken when she was nine. Daiya Seto, the 22-year-old from Japan who won bronze in the 400m medley, also has one. Phelps is now racing against and alongside those who he inspired to take up the sport to begin with. And for Phelps, that's exactly the legacy he wanted to create for himself.'
Original Source: Fortune
Photo Credit: Silver medallist USA's Michael Phelps (L) waves next to gold medallist Singapore's Schooling Joseph during the medal ceremony of the Men's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph by ODD ANDERSEN AFP — Getty Images
In conclusion, being small doesn't mean anything. It is your brain that set you thinking big and dreaming big. Your brain and mindset is the thing that can keep you going and improving forward.
This story serve as a clear reminder for everyone of us.
Think BIG and believe in yourself. Given time, you will be who you think of. There is no such things as instant gratification.
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