Sunday, August 12, 2012
A Tale of Two Gabbys
I have a confession to make though. Like many Americans, the only famous Gabby I knew before these Olympics was former Congresswoman Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona. On January 8, 2011 she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt. A year later, she retired from public service and continued to focus on her recovery from the near-fatal attack. Earlier this year the Navy announced the next combat ship will be named the USS Gabrielle Giffords in her honor. The Navy broke with a long tradition in naming the ship after a woman who did not serve in the military because of her support of the military.
Some may look at them and see nothing in common but their names. I see more. Both have a wonderful, supportive network of immediate and extended family. Both served our country admirably. And both have faced fierce competition whether it was a political race or the Pan American Gymnastic Championships. I don't think it would be going out on a limb to speculate that both considered giving up when the hardships seemed too great to endure. Finally, both have won praise from their colleagues and their opponents. That's a medal worthy feat by itself. We would be a nation not worthy to allow either of these trailblazers to ever feel like giving up again. Go Gabby Go!!