Champions bounce: a traumatic brain injury, numerous broken bones, facial lacerations, and surgery after surgery do not hold down champions.
On the final day of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, Jamis-Hagens Berman rider Ian Crane crashed head first into, and through the back window of the Cannondale team car.
When the recovery process from the initial injuries were starting to mend, and clearance was given to remove the neck brace, it was then that neurologists noticed a cyst growing at an alarming rate in his brain.
Back to surgery, back to square one. Ian’s return to the pro peloton isn’t guaranteed; no matter, champions bounce. Wherever and whenever Ian Crane does arise, it will be with the attitude of a champion. Ian’s attitude is evident in the manner he approaches his rehabilitation, how he reflects on the accident… without blame, without self pity, instead with gratefulness to be alive, and an renewed appreciation for his love of cycling.
Champions do not fear falling, failure, or losing, because the lessons learnt at the bottom, and in the climb up from the bottom cannot be gained any other way. If to learn of your true love, your passion, your purpose is to be found in this process, then isn’t the value gained worth far more than anything lost?
Link to a Wired magazine article on General George Patton participating in the pentathlon.