A slice of Franklin Gomez
To Franklin Gómez wrestling is synonymous with hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. After twenty years of wrestling and adding countless life lessons, he has created a healthy perspective on winning and losing. This was a journey that was not easily discovered but that ultimately gave meaning and purpose beyond achieving a gold medal.
Building the foundation
After Franklin Gomez’s father passed away at a very young age, his mother modeled what it means to overcome adversity. Unknown to his mother, Franklin always watched her carefully displaying a character of hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice. The best way Franklin describes his mother is like a super hero with an unofficial uniform that rises up to face down tyranny, resist oppression, fight the bad guys, and establish justice with strength and kindness.
When Gomez arrived for the first time at Club Sparta in San Juan, Puerto Rico it was because a group of friends had invited him to try Olympic wrestling. Gomez knew little about the nature of this sport and had no idea that two weeks later most of the friends that had invited him would stop practicing. However, Gomez's perseverance and his curiosity sparked by the games during warm ups made him stay. Under Coach Pedro Rojas, Gomez learned many things, but what became more important over time were the friendships developed there.
More than wrestling
Someone once said, “the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” As much as Gomez loves the sport of wrestling and the people he represents when he wrestles, it cannot define who he is. "The fact is that whether I win or lose, God cares more about who I am becoming in the process and what is the driving force behind all my accomplishments," he says.
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