Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I CAME, I SAW, I DID NOT CONQUER......

So I did not qualify for the finals of the Women's Long Jump. I guess it just was not meant to be this time around. I gave everything that I had in my effort to come here and compete to the best of my God given ability and sometimes, His plans are not ours. And I have accepted that.

A quote that I often refer to is one that my mother frequently says, "When man on earth has done his best, the angels in heaven can do no better!" And I believe this wholeheartedly.

This morning I woke up and I told myself to keep my head up, maintain my poise and to count my blessings for they are many. Obviously, I wanted to show my worth here and jump like I know that I'm capable of but the odds proved to be insurmountable this time around.

I felt pretty good. I was about 80 percent over the virus and felt good enough to get the job done. I am still not wholly well. My timing however was waaaaay off! My runup to the takeoff board which is oh so crucial in my event, was shaky and inconsistent. I'm not sure if I wasn't focused enough or whether my acceleration was insufficient, but I do know that I did not execute. One of my 3 jumps was just a run through - a run through!!! I've only ever done that once in my ENTIRE long jump career that I can recall, about 7 years ago.

Anyway, so that's it. I've cried. I've digested. I've accepted it and I'm still here. I'm gonna be OK you know. I have accomplished so much in my career and I am proud of that. I am a former Olympic finalist, I am a 3 time World Championshipe finalist, I am a 2 Time NCAA champion, still Stanford University and The Bahamas long jump record holder, and I've been ranked in the top 10 in the world several times. Along the way, I have never lost sight of my character and my self-respect. There are others whose fate is far worse than anything I could imagine. The young lady that has the world's farthest jump in my event for the year and who looked like a "sure" gold medal hopeful, also did not qualify for tomorrow night's final. She had foul trouble as well.

I don't have a monopoly on things going awry here at The Games. I'm sure you've all seen a few of these happenings as you watch the coverage. Lolo Jones in the women's 100m hurdles, hitting the 9th hurdle and stumbling from 1st place to 6th I think. Churandy Martina (AHO) and Wallace Spearmon (USA) both being disqualified after thinking they had won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the men's 200m for running on the line.

The Olympic Games are not a gimme. When you see people's successes on the track, do not take them lightly! Hard work, talent, execution and yes a little luck and fortune all must come together and sometime it does and sometimes unfortunately it doesn't. For me, sadly, it didn't. Thanks to all of you for your love, support and encouragement. I have hung onto that and it has made my journey all the better.

On another note my friend David, won his semi-final race last night in the men's 110m hurdles. He looks fantastic and ready and poised for success. I'm so excited for tonight's final. You don't have to wonder where I'll be tonight at 9:40pm Beijing time. D.O. the King, Do your thing! Lol! This time is your time. Carpe Diem!! Now if this rain would just stop......

51 comments:

Jewells said...

I am glad to know that you are in better spirits. I don't think we will ever understand why the one thing we want we can't have. Like you said, our plans are not His plans. His plans are to prosper you. So look ahead for that, Jackie.

I am proud of you and all of your accomplishments!!

I hope it stops raining so the festivities can begin;)

Mizrepresent said...

Gurl, you just made me proud being there...and your posting always kept us on the inside. How great is that, that you can touch so many with your words, your acts, your achievements, your challenges and at times, your defeat. You have truly touched my life. Thank you!

encantadora said...

What an accomplishment to make it so far! You're a top competitor in the sport-- worldwide. : )

Mr. Nissan said...

i know that was wonderful being someone a part of the olympics

anonymousnupe said...

I thought I was seeing things when I looked at the results online and saw that all your jumps were scratches? Is that right? Dang. I was telling Taylor--whom you waved at at the Penns--to keep an eye and ear out for your name during the coverage. Well, maybe the 5th time wasn't the charm, but you still are.

So, can David take the big Cuban? D.O. didn't get a great start last night. He's gonna have to bring his "A" game tonight.

That was foul what happened with Spear. Dude was running a victory lap with the flag draped over him when somebody in the crowd told him he had been DQ'd. Heart breaking.

Me! said...

You are living a million people's dreams by just having the chance to compete. Thanks for being a good sport and a strong, beautiful woman -- definitely a role model for many.

Cheers!

Jenn said...

I am sorry things didn't go the way you had hoped.

The people I admire the most in this world come through disappointments of all kinds with grace and dignity. I am glad I stumbled across your blog and got to read of your grace and dignity. God bless you in whatever you do next!

Sachindian said...

hey jackie
i have been following your blogs your career and your achievements

It has been a great effort from you that you were able to reach olympics and represent your country.

you have put all your efforts ....angels will show magic some day

阿杜.Steward said...

People fight to their best in the game and that makes the Olympics such an event for the world. Every player in the game is great, they make it competitive and show the greatness of Olympics spirit. - a Chinese audience who came across your blog by chance, showing his support to you !

Athene said...

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karagal said...

Congratulations on ALL your accomplishments, including competing 5 times in the Olympics! I can't imagine the hard work, blood, sweat, tears, etc that go into being able to call yourself an Olympic athlete. Truly, very few in this world can claim that prize. It sounds like this is your last Olympics. If that's true, good luck with your other ventures.

Anonymous said...

I was watching your scores online and I could see that you weren't having your best day, but that's because your best day is yet to come. Only you know what you had to truly go through to get to the Olympics. You deserve a Gold medal just for being there.

I believe in you! You still have a lot of jump left in you. Remember, it's not about what you did, but what you do next. There are lots of other gold medals out there to be won. You've got an old friend who is 100% behind you. Go for it!

Bernadette said...

A job well done Jackie. Your career is characterized by charm, grace, honor and most of hard work, there is nothing more one can ask for.

I and other Bahamians are EXTREMELY proud of you. Your a 5 time Olympian gyal, das big tings!

You are more than a conqueror.

All the best
Bernadette.

Mrs_X said...

You are an amazing inspiration!

12kyle said...

You gave it your best. At the end of the day, that's all that you can ask for. Keep your head up. We're all proud of you

Lisa said...

Let me speak for many, many people who don't know you but who are in awe of what you have accomplished. You didn't win a medal, but you are certainly winning in life. Congratulations on achieving what so many of us just dream of. Hold your head high -- you've done us all so proud.

Jacqueline Barrett said...

Jackie,

...Smile and know that God loves you and so do we. You gave it your all, and for that I am so proud!

Let the fighter within you shine on! Who knows what the future holds, but I and so many of us will be right in your corner. Keep us posted!

So proud of YOU!

Briquelle

Raynbow said...

Thank you for your inspirational words. I am struggling now to remember that sometimes His plans are not ours. If you can remember this after working so hard for so long, then I certainly need to.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

oh yes u did
u experienced, lived and shared the momment - if that aint world domination i dont know what it

Celeste said...

You have accomplished more than most of us ever will. You are amazing!!

Ancient Clown said...

Blessings:

I was interested in getting the athlete's thoughts themselves on participating in murder and corruption, or if you felt that as an athlete, you are exempt from the crimes committed against the people while preparations are being made for your performance?
I was wondering if you thought you were having a greater impact on equality by participating and perpetuating in it's removal or if you even cared at all that by the 2010 Olympics well over 2010 people will have been killed so you can perform your(drugfree)best...but your refusal to be used this way could starting saving those lives today.
I was also wondering if you could share this message with ALL the other athletes from ALL the other countries and leave their thoughts here and/or here.
thank you very much for your participation.
your humble servant,
ancient clown

figurin said...

His plans are to prosper you.

zayıflama said...

So look ahead for that, Jackie.

göğüs büyütücü said...

You have truly touched my life

botoks kremi said...

I don't think we will ever understand why the one thing we want we can't have

Meryl333 said...

But you did conquer! Facing *defeat* with grace is huge. In any given moment, we can never know how our loses will transform into the *wins* of our future. You go girl. You are doing exactly what you need to be doing.... the very best you can at any given moment.

verniee.E said...

hi.! i never thought i could know someone like you from openning a blog account. hope to know more about you. take care.

Will Daniels said...

Still proud of you, girfriend. You've inspired a lot of people which makes you a winner regardless of the outcome on the field.

Manchild said...

Hello Jackie,

Congratulations!! As a sign of respect, I will always tip my hat to you for being a 5-time Olympian.

Just know that the best for you is yet to come.

Manchild

Joseph Võ Phạm Đông Giang said...

Yes! I thinks God have plan for you, and this event is not sad for you. I'm glad to know that you are in good spirits. Thanks!

Jackie C.(jcmultibiz.com) said...

You made it that far and did your best. What more can we ask?
We are still proud of you.
Be Blessed
jc

eclectik said...

Needless to say I'm proud of and Heart you.

And I still call Bull on the coverage; they gave you guys NO love!

I will forever be J'n 4 J!

miao miao said...

be strong girl! we support u =p

figurin said...

So look ahead for that, Jackie.

Lisa Marie said...

I find your blog site wonderful. Keep up the great work.
Always enjoy life and remember,
Thoughts become things, think the good ones!

detroit dog said...

You know, it is good - refreshing - to read something by an athlete that obviously has a good head on her shoulders, and a good heart to go with it.

You did good, no matter what your time was.

Brandie said...

Maybe I was sent to your blog for a reason. I did not conquer something for the 5th time. I have a test that I would love to pass to become a teacher. I improve each time but still no success. I just got the results today and missed it by 2 questions. I still have FAITH that one day I will pass..:) His plans may be something else for me and you as well :)

buzzzzzzzzz... said...

havnt been followinn sports 4 a while ......but i do rspect athletes ,,,n way 2 go ,,,,,,,u r such a gud 1 , n an interior designer ,,,tat has sumthin in common wid ma field of work,, i wish i had shaped up as an athlete tooo.

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Jason said...

Hey Jackie,

I'm so sorry it didn't work out this time. I know this wasn't the way you wanted it to end.

As someone who has followed you since college and never forgotten your kindness in helping me follow my own Olympic dream, I want to say congratulations on a fantastic career and thank you so much for all of your support. I have no doubt that your next career will be equally successful.

Don't be a stranger.

Jason

krish said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING A 5 TIME OLYMPIAN. YOU HAVE PLAYED IN THE TRUE SPIRITS OF OLYMPICS AND YOUR VIEWS WERE IMMENSELY INSPIRING...KEEP IT UP...

Anonymous said...

hey...i just happened to stumble on your blog-dont even know who you are.But got to know now that you are a true spirited person..Keep going girl !!
God bless you always.

Ken said...

You hold your head up!. you are a GOLD metal winner in my book!. You made us proud, and I thank you for that!.

Journey said...

Congratulations Jackie on your own incredible blessed journey! Though you may not have won a medal, you have won far more than 300 MILLLION Americans. You have won the opportunity to compete and be amongst the best of the best in world - No easy feat.

I sit here in amazement of you, having watched the most of the games this week and seeing what's been going on, in particular the track events, as I'm a former high school and college track star.

I was praying for those who did not medal last night, and couldn't help and think how all of you were. Today I see that that at least you were holding in there.

Please remember that you are far more than your qualification times, etc. You are incredible and amazing role model for people like me, because you have continued to do something you love despite the odds or past accomplishments and disappointments. You are one of the few human who have given their all to represent themselves and their country, with ferver, with undying devotion, tenacity, and heart and completting many goals along the way.

You are gracefully bowing out [not quitting or giving up] after a long distinguished career. You are the kind of role model I want my children to aspire to be. Those who continue to get in the game and pursue their dreams despite the odds, despite the environment, despite the obstacles that that may arise along the way.

You are a true hero because you chose to fight hard, stay in the game and not quit. You followed your dream to the end and in the process did much to inspire people like me, sitting here with an injured knee, and accepting the negative prognosis by my docs that at 50 I should just give up running and simply walk around with torn ligaments and tendons.

You have shown me that I should follow my heart and not let others dictate what quality my life should have at age 50 but instead decide what I want and pursue that!

Thank you for showing me the way on my own path.

Sending you hugs and wishing many divine blessings unto you.

Anonymous said...

Hi jackie. It's Doug, Maree and Annie - your aussie family. We have really enjoyed reading about your adventures and are very proud of you. 5 Olympics is an impressive achievement. Enjoy the Closing Ceremony. We will be looking out for you.

fireheart said...

personally i think that all u did is amazing!!!!..i mean..i could never aven dream of doing anyhing like that!...i know ill never go to the olympics...i know that ill never ever be able to see any of it for a long time....(by the way i dont have television..i know..big shocker!)...but i do know that He knows exactly what's gonna happen....at my shurch we're doing a major lesson..it's called "live like you were dying"...its about how if you only had 30 days to live wat would you do to make things better or what you would eant to accomplish in that time this is wat i put: win a gold medal in hte olympics(no joke..not making it up just to make you feel better..=])go sky diving..and make everything right with the world.....there were so many more but we were supposed to only write 3...(sad day!)..anyway..enough about me...i just wanna say that He's always there for you and He's always gonna be that shoulder to cry on...lylac!!(love you like a christian)

Authentic_Princess said...

Dust yourself off and try again.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. You are a conquer. Not everyone with your dream has ever made it as far as you have. Keep your head up and remeber most importent thing is "never give up". your a very beautiful and very talented lady. Your dream awaits you. Blessed Be.

Anonymous said...

Nice blog!!!

The AmyK said...

You know what, tho - I'm still Really Really Proud of you for all that you've done.

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