There was Liu Xiang, his second consecutive Olympics ruined almost immediately by catastrophic injury, hopping toward the finish line on his one good leg. The right one, the one that betrayed him in Beijing four years ago and shockingly again here Tuesday morning, could bear no weight.
So Liu hopped. And an Olympic Stadium crowd of 80,000 that had gasped just moments earlier when the Chinese hero crashed on the very first hurdle of his 110-meter preliminary heat began to applaud. (x)
There are countless champions in the history of the world that have fallen, but only a selected few will stay heroes forever. Liu Xiang’s spirit as an athlete and as a fellow human ensures his heroic reputation in everyone’s hearts.