Verse 2 of the Olympic Manifesto by Shane Koyczan dropped on Sunday, August 14th. Here is the video, and below it, the transcription.
You have to ask yourself, is your prime ahead of you? Or behind you?
Will your worst days remind you that your best are still to come?
Is the drum in your chest loud enough to keep your challengers up at night?
Do you have what it takes when the fight goes into extra rounds?
Will the surplus of pounds you lifted be enough to prepare you for the more that is required when what comes next finally arrives?
Are you committed to the grace it takes to turn your falls into dives to cut through the surface of the water?
Will you have what it takes when there’s no spotter to save you, and no net to catch you?
When your mind asks for more, will your body match you?
– Shane Koyczan
I realize too that I missed the Opening of this Manifesto (this would go before my post on August 13th, 2016), so here is the video for that, and the transcription below it.
We hope every seat is full
We hope you hear them cheer for everyone but you
We hope defeat is in your cards
We hope your hope splinters into shards
that you must handpick from the bleeding wound of your defeat
We hope that every athlete you meet
is better, more determined than you
But you need to be tested the same way wrong needs right
The same way ROAR needs FIGHT
You must fight to be here
You must pay with sacrifice
You must disregard the price of admission
If you want in, it’ll cost you. It’ill cost you broken bones and blood
We hope for a flashflood of fear and uncertainty
We wish this misery upon you
because it gives birth to brilliance
There will be a moment in which everything you want becomes a singular goal
A moment of debt when every heartbeat you own can’t pay for every breath you stole
You must pay with the whole of you
Because this is the price and these are the stakes
you must pay for all the hurts and all the aches
you must open your heart like a vault and pay for your pain
because THIS is what it takes.
With Verse 3 dropping on Thursday, the 18th, and Verse 4 (or the closing) on Sunday, the 21st, I shall be here, to post videos and the transcriptions. Monday, the 22nd, will feature the entire poem. All the best, Team Canada. We stand behind you.
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