Now, without resorting to Google, name one woman who won a gold medal in weightlifting in Sydney.
If you're like 99.99% of America, you can't, which is funny, considering an American woman was the first American to win a gold medal in the sport in 40 years.
If you make it to the Olympics, that was a goal you strove for your whole life and it means the world to you. Good for you. I say that without a trace of sarcasm.
Now let me give you some career advice - unless you are going into something directly related to your sport, no one cares.
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson and I disagree about this. We were having lunch earlier this month and he argued that I am not impressed because I have a two-time Olympian in my own family and won a world championships myself, but that other people are extremely impressed.
Maybe. But it still won't get you hired. We have hired Justin Flores several times to do artwork and doubtless will again, but it has nothing to do with him being a world team member for judo. It has to do with being a fabulous artist. (Judge for yourself - here's a sketch of a turtle doodem he did for our next game - these are the animal symbols for clans you see on totem poles.)
What the hell do I care that this kid was on --- teams and won --- ? Half this resume is about judo!
"Yeah, well you work with a bunch of nerds. I can just imagine the kind of physical shape they're in."
Sports writers aren't necessarily people who were good at sports. They're people who are good at WRITING about sports.
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