During a time when it seems like patriotism’s in short supply in our country, it’s always a sight for sore eyes to see someone in the spotlight showcase respect and love for the greatest nation on earth.
This is precisely what Olympian Sam Kendricks did when he cut short his practice run after hearing the “Star Spangled Banner” come blaring out of the loudspeakers.
According to TheBlaze, Sam Kendricks isn’t just a medal-winning pole vaulter for Team USA, he’s also a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve, serving with the 655th Transportation Company in Millington, Tennessee.
So it likely comes as no surprise that as Kendricks was right in the middle of a practice run during qualifications last Saturday, something caused him to stop as he neared the bar and landing pad.
It was the sound of “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the loudspeakers.Upon hearing his country’s national anthem, Kendricks stopped his run, dropped his pole and stood at attention. Kendricks went on to take home the bronze medal in the pole vault. Here’s what he said about standing on the podium, representing his country in the Olympics:
They say back home, and jokingly in track circles, that if you win a medal it will change your life. I think your life is changed on the way to that medal, honestly. With all the journeys and sacrifices that you make, all the training that you do, and the people you leave at home to watch. That is what is really the value of the (medal). I’m glad I have something tangible to bring home and show for it. I know that everybody in Oxford will love to see it. But the journey, like my coach says, is the goal. Not necessarily the medals. And it’s very fun to come and compete, but not necessarily the end of all things.
It’s almost shocking to see someone with such a massive public platform actually show America the respect it deserves, given how often we’re all used to seeing liberals tear down our country with absolute glee. Kendricks not only shows true patriotism but true American values as well.
Kendricks is a classy guy and one can only hope his love for the nation he calls home will spread to other athletes in every event.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]