Joy of EffortJoy of Effort in the Olympics is the amazing feeling you get when you get a medal, apersonal best or that you felt you preformed to the best of your abilities. Knowing that youtrained for four years just for a few races. The pictures below show the happiness of theathletes and how the celebrations have changed over time.
Bobby Pearce Bobby Pearce entered the amateur national sculling championships in 1927, ( also he retained it in 1928 and 1929). This gained him selection for the Olympics in 1928, where he was the only rower selected in Australia. At the games, he carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony. He won his heats relatively easy beating his 2 opponents Schwartz and Flinsch. In the quarter final he was easily beating French opponent Saurin when a family of ducks strayed into his lane. Pearce momentarily stopped rowing to let the ducks pass he still won by 20 lengths and broke the course record. Bobby was challenged by David Colletin the semis and won by 1.5 seconds. In the finals he became the first Aussie single sculler to win gold beating Kenneth Myers by 9.8 seconds and got a world record around 25 second faster than the other one. The next Olympics he successfully defended his Olympic title in 1932 winning by 1.1 seconds over William Millar the remainder of the scullers trailed by nearly 30 seconds.
Fred LorzIn 1904 The New York Times published that theMetropolitan Association were holding a 5 mile race andthe top 8 finishers would win a paid trip to compete in the1904 St. Louis Olympics for marathon running. Lorz got inand was listed as 1 of the 19 favorites. In the race Lorzstopped after 9km from exhaustion his manager gave hima lift in his car for the next 11 miles when it broke down.Fred started back on foot for the rest of the way. When hegot back to the stadium he arrived 45 minutes in front ofeveryone else and set a new record. He went along with itwhile soon later admitting he cheated and saying it was aprank and claimed he didn’t run the whole way. ThomasHicks later became the winner. Lorz was banned for lifeby the Amateur Athletic Union, but let back in later afterapologized for the stunt.