“I’m John Orozco; I’m an Olympic gymnast; I’m from Bronx, NY… and I’m a fighter”.
I was one of the 40 million Americans who tuned in to watch the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. The ceremonies celebrate the athletes’ thousands of hours of hard work and dedication in hopes of being the best.
As I anxiously waited for the U.S. team to walk into the stadium, I noticed something I never saw before – tears. As athletes use their phones and video cameras to capture moments they’ll never forget, viewers watch the athletes celebrate their achievement. In this moment, many experience the realization that their hours of hard work have finally paid off.
John Orozco was one of those athletes. Born in the Bronx to blue-collar parents, Orozco created his own future and shattered his supposed limitations.
Just 19 years old and a member of the US Olympic Men’s Gymnastics team, Orozco embodies the Olympic spirit and celebrated his achievement during that Opening Ceremony.
Olympic athletes personify leadership, drive, and ambition. Fighting to be the best in the world. But for what? A gold medal? But it’s not just a piece of medal. It’s a symbol that represents the greatest gift a competitor can work towards. The gold medal is everything.
That’s what sets Olympians apart from the rest of us. I believe that possessing the desire to participate in the Olympics is one of the few things in life that’s not driven by money but, rather, it’s driven by the need to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Just recently, I was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. I was at work when I received the email of acceptance. Filled with such excitement and relief, I threw my arms up in the air and yelled “woo-hoo”! I had done it. I had fulfilled one of my dreams!
What drives you? When was the last time you’ve taken a minute to celebrate an accomplishment?