The 10,000 meter race is a grueling race. At the IAAF World Track and Field Championship in Beijing, on August 24, American Molly Huddle would see Vivian Cheruiyot and Gelete Burka ahead of her as they crossed the finish line. Exhausted but elated to be crossing the line in third, Huddle raised her hands in triumph.
And in that split second before the line, fellow American and teammate, Emily Infeld passed Huddle to win the bronze.
There are no words really that can console the Mary Huddle’s of the world…except that you are human, and you are not alone.
Here is a great piece from NPR that highlights some of the more painful examples of premature celebration.