Kohei Uchimura, 25, considered by many to be the greatest gymnast of all time, began gymnastics at age 3. Still as a boy, he cultivated his outstanding sense of aerial balance by repeatedly studying gymnastics movements. Even while spinning at high speeds in the air, Uchimura is able to clearly see the position of the ceiling, floor and spectator stands. This ability helped him eventually to win a gold medal.
Uchimura took silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the title at the world gymnastics championships for three consecutive years from 2009.
Three-time world gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura finally grabbed his first Olympic gold medal on August 3, 2012, at the London Olympics. His legs were straight and his toes perfectly pointed while rotating on the horse. As he gradually increased the speed of his performance, it seemed as if his legs were slicing the air apart. After nailing the landing with no errors, Uchimura clapped his hands and pumped his fists. Then jumping onto the springboard and touching the vault, he made three forward somersaults with his knees tucked into his chest.
The audience oohed and aahed each time they saw replays of his vault performance on the large monitors.
Head coach Yasunori Tachibana heaped unabashed praise on the performance: “It was the most exquisite move in human history!”
“I finally made it; I thought I was dreaming,” a smiling Uchimura said with his gold medal after the award ceremony.
However, Uchimura seemed dissatisfied with his performance. “My goal is not in the outcomes of competitions,” he said. “I just want to continue performing the best gymnastics for me, and if I do so, I think I can make it to the Rio Games.”
Source: The Internet
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I Corinthians 5:25. 26 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
Jesus encourages us to strive for the incorruptible heavenly crown! — Revelation 3:11— Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
May the Lord find us faithful, looking up to await His return, and may we continue to strive for the crowns He has waiting for us for His name’s sake!!