Monday, August 20, 2012
Somalia Olympian an Inspiration
Somalia Olympian an Inspiration
The Beijing Olympics are over, but the motivational stories keep coming. The nation of
located in the Horn of Africa, is a war torn nation. With it’s battered capital of Somalia . Out of this rubble and anarchy, the troubled
nation managed to send two athletes to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mogadishu
One of which is named Samia Yusuf Omar, to participate in the women’s 200 meter dash. Samia lives with her family in a two room house in
where the family sells fruits and vegetables to earn a living. While she subsisted on a diet of flat bread,
wheat porridge, and water. Mogadishu
Training for the event was challenging for Samia.
stadium offered the only running track for her to practice. However it was taken over by the insurgents
and made into a military compound. The
other stadium is Conie Stadium built in 1958, no track, endless divots, weeds
and plants. Not hospitable to practice a
track and field event. Samia then had to
train by running the streets of Mogadishu .
A city torn by war and in complete anarchy.
As Samia would run she would be harassed and verbally abused by men who
would say she was dressed inappropriate for a woman. Also women should not be participating in
sports. In an attempt to reduce the criticism
and threats, in that oppressive heat, Samia would wear a head scarf, long
sleeve shirt, and sweat pants to run the streets. Mogadishu
Samia was determine to attend the Olympics, not to earn a medal, but to waive the flag of her nation for the world to see that the land of her birth is represented at the Olympics. The hardship of living in
, and the violence did
nothing to diminish the patriotism this brave woman has for her country. Waving her nation’s flag was her goal at the
Olympics illustrating her pride. Somalia
How many of us live in a pampered nation and do not appreciate it? Most of us with access to YouTube live a rather comfortable live compared to Samia Yusuf Omar, but how many of us have her spirit and patriotism?
When she ran her 200 meter dash, the locals in her neighborhood scrambled to locate a television to watch her performance. Samia came in last in this event as she was the slowest. Her heart and pride came in first, as it was the most impressive.
April, 2012 Samia travels across the Sudan, through Libya to the African coast. Samia boards a vessel to cross the Mediterranean Sea for Italy. In Italy she was trying to meet with an Olympic coach possibly to participate in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Samia never made it to Italy. The vessel she was crossing the Mediterranean Sea sunk, and Samia perished at sea.
Samia Yusuf Omar – March 25, 1991 – April, 2012
Link to the video about Samia posted in 2008:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzjzFN4M5oc
Here are two links to two articles about this spirited athlete:http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/track_field/news?slug=cr-somalirunners082408&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
Articles about Samia’s death:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19323535
Music played during the photos of Samia Yusuf Omar, is the national anthem of Somalia.
Posted by Tony aka: PropagandaBuster at 9:55 PM
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