TEACHING VALUES AN OLYMPIC EDUCATION TOOLKIT SECTION 4 THE FIVE EDUCATIONAL VALUES OF TEACHING VALUES115 SECTION 4 THE FIVE EDUCATIONAL VALUES OF OLYMPISM ACTIVITYSHEET Tell a story about a time when you or someone in your community lost an important competition. How did you feel? Why do you think you felt this way? CHECKLIST ACTIVITY 1 1
116TEACHING VALUES SECTION 4 THE FIVE EDUCATIONAL VALUES OF OLYMPISM AboveMontreal 1976: Gymnastics – the Japanese team ( JPN) wins the gold medal. Shun Fujimoto is on the left. READING When the Will Takes Over: Shun Fujimoto On the rings a young Japanese gymnast performed his routine. High over the spectators, he twisted, turned and balanced. Then he performed his landing – a double somersault with a full twist – landing heavily on the floor with both feet. Perfect! He stood for the required three seconds, and then collapsed in agony. No one knew that he was performing on a broken knee, injured during the floor exercises. " I didn't want to worry my team-mates," said Fujimoto. He couldn't take pain killers because of doping regulations. " I made myself forget what might happen when I landed," he said later. So he endured his pain and kept it to himself. Japan was in a very close competition with the Soviet Union for the gold medal in the team gymnastics event. Fujimoto was one of their best gymnasts. He wanted to carry on in spite of his injuries. But his coach and his team- mates, now aware of his pain, would not allow him to continue with such a severe injury. Without Fujimoto his five team- mates knew that they would have to make no mistakes in the competitions that followed. Inspired by Fujimoto's pride and courage they all did their very best. When the results were announced the Japanese team had won the gold medal by 40/ 100s of a point. They dedicated their win to Shun Fujimoto, who had inspired them with his courage. FOR DISCUSSION Do you admire Fujimoto's actions? Why? Do you think it is always admirable for athletes to continue in a competition even although their bodies are injured? Why or why not? Would you carry on? Why or why not?