At every Olympic Games there is at least one athlete who finishes so far behind everyone else that they end up attracting more cheers and camera time than the other competitors in the race. They try their guts out, but, alas, it’s not good enough. Not even close.
The camera trains on the finish line as the other competitors cross, lingers there for several awkward seconds, then the director, who dearly wants to broadcast the winner’s celebration, dutifully crosses to the athlete who is labouring around the final bend.
The crowd cheers. It’s a stirring affirmation of the Olympic spirit, a celebration of participation over failure. There’s a lump in your throat. Then your mate sitting on the couch beside you says, “What are you smiling at? You’d make this bloke look like Steve Austin!”
True enough. But how would the average man fair in a 40-yard foot race against professional NFL players? This remarkable multi-layered video reveals the startling reality.
Hat tip: Scott Handsaker