Nine Gold Medals
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The athletes had come from all over the country
To run for the gold, for the silver and bronze
Many weeks and months of training
All coming down to these games.
The spectators gathered around the old field
To cheer on all the young women and men
The final event of the day was approaching
Excitement grew high to begin.
The blocks were all lined up for those who would use them
The hundred-yard dash and the race to be run
These were nine resolved athletes in back of the starting line
Poised for the sound of the gun.
The single was given the pistol exploded
And so did the runners all charging ahead
But the smallest among them, he stumbled
And fell to the asphalt instead.
He gave out a cry in frustration and anguish
His dream and his effort all dashed in the dirt
But as sure as I'm standing here telling this story
The same goes for what next occurred.
The eight other runners joined hands and continued
The hundred-yard dash now reduced to a walk
Anda banner above that said (Special Olympics)
Could not have been more on the mark.
That 's how the race ended, with nine gold medals
They came to the finish line holding hands still
And a standing ovation and nine beaming faces
Said more than these words ever will.