I, Sam Kendricks, have a bit of a story, I think. There are a lot of the wonderful things that I have achieved in my life, or that we have here in America, but there’s something inside of me that I just refuse to surrender. The fastest way to move through this world is through strength, and that’s what I do. I’m going to show my deepest strength. There’s just this little belief inside me. I do have to temper that a
little bit because the dangers are far greater out on that track. But I will, I will train until I’m done — and then I’ll show you how to see through the clouds that aren’t there. We can move through anything. It’s important to remember that and live the belief that we can do it. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve been physically trained — the game will be played by anyone who’s willing to persevere through it. And, I
mean, we’ve got to work hard, so you can say that. There are so many hills we’ve to climb in our race every day. It’s easy to think that just because you want to do it the best way or because you want to do it fast, it’s so nice. But the reason why we’re working so hard — or maybe we’re not working so hard, but we still want to be there, and we’re still got to be there — is because the road is scary, it’s
intimidating, and yet there’s just something within our hearts that keeps us going. I think we should treat it all the same — you just keep working so that you can smile in the finish line and hear that gigantic roar in the stadium. World Championship qualifier The time before I finished my race, they started high-fiving all the athletes. I was getting high-fives. I was proud of myself, but I was giving them high-
fives, because I knew they were being special, I know I made them proud, and then I was really happy to hear them all go away. And, it’s because of that bravery and determination and faith in yourself that you can achieve so much. You know that belief’s there. You know that you can really perform, that you can do anything, that you don’t just want to win and be number one — you want to be the best that you can be and
you want to have everyone around you. There’s a word for those people that are everything that the world needs: superheroes. I believe that people that are superheroes, they’re just driven. They’re so driven that it’s almost impossible for them to not be successful, to be anything other than a superhero. So if you’re a superhero and you have a life-long dream, not to be in the top spot and have everyone cheering for
you, but to do great things, to inspire those around you, to heal others, those are people that are pretty much superheroes, and I believe they’re all around us. They just need to find that strength inside themselves to do what they have to do to reach their goals.