crowd at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening
Ceremonies in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. This year the Special
Olympics is celebrating 40 years of providing year-round sports
training and athletic competition to more than 2.5 million people with
intellectual disabilities in more than 180 countries. Their motto is
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
A few weeks ago, I was glued to the television screen watching the
Olympic trials: young women were performing floor routines, throwing
themselves over the vault and swinging on parallel bars. As always, I
marveled at their skill, fearlessness, determination, self-confidence
and dedication. They absolutely love what they do.
It takes an athlete years of sacrifice – and blood, sweat and tears –
to prepare for that one chance to bring home the ultimate collectible –
a gold, silver or bronze medal.
Most of us will never lay eyes on a real Olympic medal, but as
collectors, we too love to “go for the gold.” Some are looking for that
one rare or perfect piece, sparing no sacrifice of time and effort get
it. Money is no object. Others search to complete an entire collection
of less elusive, less expensive items. In any case, when they win an
auction bid or find exactly what they’re looking for in an antique
shop, they feel a rush of satisfaction and victory.
This week Antique Trader wants to know: What are you looking for? Do you still enjoy the thrill of the hunt?
While enjoying the skill and athleticism displayed in the Olympic Games
this summer, remember the other athletes who work just as hard but are
often unheralded – the men and women who compete in the Special
Olympics. They deserve our applause, too.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’re looking for and if you still enjoy the thrill of the hunt, or post a reply here.