James Blake Olympic Gold Deferred

When I heard of James Blake loss in Beijing, I wanted to yell out, "Blaaakkke!!" comme(fr.)Amy Winehouse. Blake lost today to Fernando Gonzales of Chile. The win is under criticism due to a disputed point. Blake is still in the running to win a bronze tomorrow.

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But James Blake is a winner in every aspect of the word. I ran across a 60 Minutes piece that details his extraordinary life and he’s just 28(?).

What’s a disputed loss to a guy who has survived two devastating health crises and the death of his father to become a premier tennis star with a worldwide fan base.

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Black is the son of an African American father and British mother. His parents coincidently met on the tennis court. Growing up, he and his siblings would watch them play. I guess the tennis bug bit and Blake took up the sport.

In 2004 Blake actually broke his neck in a freak accident during a match. Of the accident he says:

“It was definitely the best thing that happened to me. It ended up being the last six weeks of my father’s life, so I got to be here to spend a lot of time with him." Source

After, Blake’s father, Tom Blake, passed that same year  due to stomach cancer, the stress led to a viral infection that caused partial paralysis of his face.

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Blake fought back against all odds to compete in the Beijing Olympics. That’s the mark of a champion. No retreat, no surrender. I can’t wait to see how this Olympic story ends. 

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