128 Words

Gymnastics Gold Medal Hopeful, Summer 1996

M. Stanley Bubien

What am I doing here?

I'm turning around and going home. No. Can't go home. All that preparation to get here. All that practice. All those nights in the gym. I should be ready. I am ready. This is for the gold. Go for the gold!

What am I doing here?

I'm almost done. I gotta make it. Gotta win. I can't fail now. Everyone's watching. Mom. Dad. Friends. Family. The whole country. The whole world!

What am I doing here?

I'm an American. Their hope. Their pride. Their dream girl. That's what Coach says. I can't let 'em down. USA's the best. Gotta show the world we're the best. It's up to me. I can't let my country down!

What am I doing here?

I'm only eleven.

Copyright ©1996 M. Stanley Bubien. All Rights Reserved.

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Mar/Apr, 1996
Issue #1

128 Words