Sports have always served as a reminder of the rewards of perseverance and dedication. For many athletes, all their hard work culminates in The Olympics. This summer’s events are heating up and they have not been disappointing. It’s always interesting to learn about the lives of the athletes we are watching compete. Recently, the media uncovered a particularly touching detail about one of the summer’s most decorated athletes: Ryan Murphy.
The U.S. Olympic swimmer has taken the world by storm this summer. He’s already won his country a gold medal and he’s only 21 years old. As it turns out, though, Murphy has had his eyes on Olympic gold for quite some time. His mother recently uncovered a hand-drawn, hand-written book that Ryan had completed when he was eight years old as a school project.
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In the book, My Swimming Life, Murphey discussed his love of swimming and the goals he had for his future, even as a young child. The final page stated “I hope my swimming life continues and I become an Olympian when I grow up. I hope I will break the world records. I want to be the best swimmer in the world.”
The list of goals he provided for himself was certainly ambitious, but it’s to say that he has done a pretty good job of checking things off. Murphy is hardly grown up, but he is certainly an Olympian and has already broken a record for the backstroke, setting an impressive new one. Is he the best swimmer in the world? We can’t quite say for sure, but he’s well on the way. His book ends with the words “THE END” followed by many exclamation points. However, the way it looks from here, this isn’t the end for Ryan Murphy. It’s likely only the beginning of an incredible career.
Perhaps, in years to come, we’ll see an actual autobiography from him. If he decides to write one, it could easily have the same title as that of his first work of literature.
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