Most of us have seen the Hoyts video, but not many have seen this touching moment at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic where a father's love and support for his son was manifested. I first saw this at Arms Open Wide and I had to post it here because I was so touched by it. Read Arms Open Wide's intro. You may read the story of Derek Redmond here. But before you go there, watch this video first:
"I'm here, son," Jim says softly, hugging his boy. "We'll finish together." Derek puts his arms around his father's shoulders and sobs. Together, arm in arm, father and son, with 65,000 people cheering, clapping and crying, finish the race, just as they vowed they would. A couple steps from the finish line, and with the crowd in an absolute frenzy, Jim releases the grip he has on his son, so Derek could cross the finish line by himself. Then he throws his arms around Derek again, both crying, along with everyone in the stands and on TV.
"I'm the proudest father alive," he tells the press afterwards, tears in his eyes. "I'm prouder of him than I would have been if he had won the gold medal. It took a lot of guts for him to do what he did."