From the AT Staff: Going for the gold

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The 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."

It happens every four years – the summer Olympic Games.

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?

Drop us a line at robyn.austin@fwpubs.com and let us know, or visit Question of the Week on the Antique Trader blog and post a reply there.

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.

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