The Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar didn’t make it to the finals in these Olympic Games. The reason was a broken swimsuit. The zipper in the back broke when she rouse to exit to the start. She got help to barely fix it and she made it to the start just in time. Unfortunately she had spent too much energy having panic.
The situation is great if it had been in a movie. Our hero gets a final, big drawback just before the finals. Like Karate Kid gets a damaged knee just before the finals. And as his master Kesuke Miyagi with a little super power fixes his injury, someone would pop up and fix the broken zipper in the swimsuit and our hero would walk out and win the gold.
The interesting thing is that nobody that had had panic like that could win the gold. Therese Alshammar’s experiences as a swimmer could not help her. The error was to panic in the first place.
Panic is a reaction based on the need to escape, to run, fast and immediately. In seconds and your body is ready for a hasty departure. It is not strange at all that Therese Alshammar just felt tired when she came to start.
Naturally a hero in a movie would win the gold even after a rush like that, but it is easy to forget that it would more or less demand a super human to make it.
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