Friday, June 13, 2008
Derek Redmond and His Father ... (Updated: Run The Race With The Father)
UPDATED: On the comment section you'll see that my friend Todd gave me a link to another version of this video. It was an excellent version with one of my favorite worship song by Kutless. Then I found out that this week is Father's Day Edition on Then Sings My Soul. Perfect! I am sure you'd enjoy this one: ORIGINAL POST: Most of us have seen the Hoyt's 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'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."