The Rio Olympic games are now over. There were many moments to make Americans proud, and some that gave us shame.While Ryan Lochte’s frat boy shenanigans, subsequent lying and contrite apology dominated the media cycle, there’s one thing a lot of people may have missed which demonstrates the American character to which we all aspire.
Army Reserve 2nd LT. Sam Kendricks was one of 18 service members who competed in Rio. While competing in a qualifying round for the men’s pole vault, he overheard our National Anthem being played. Mid-run, he dropped his pole and did what every soldier always does: stood at attention.
As the Washington Post reports, he won the bronze in the men’s pole vault earlier this week with a jump of 19 feet 2¼ inches, becoming the first American to medal in the event in 12 years. “Those guys are really proud of me and have given me every chance to continue as a civilian. I am certainly looking to represent the Americans on two fronts, as a military man and as a U.S. athlete,” Kendricks told USA Today. “I’m just trying to put my best foot forward for all those soldiers who are watching.”
And sir, you did exactly that!Michele Hickford]