While looking to find the perfect senior quote, I came across a quote that pretty much describes my life ever since my sophomore year. Carlos Lopes an Olympic Marathon runner who won the gold in the 1984 Summer Olympics said
Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined. Carlos Lopes
Ever since the 2007 State Track Championship where I earned second place in the 100m, 200m and 400m, the number two has followed me everywhere. I would pull into a parking space and look up only to find the number two mocking me or I would continually find myself given the number two in every single situation. I just can't seem to get rid of this number stalking me everywhere I go. Even though the number two is my most hated number, it has given me a new kind of determination. With every workout and training, the number two fuels me to push myself harder and to be better.
"Play like you're in first, but train like you're in second." - Unknown
I think this quote is so fitting for anything in life not just in sports because in order to be the best you have to train like you aren't. Even if you think you are the best or good enough there are always ways to improve.