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 past away at a very young age, his mother became his model for wrestling in life. Unknown to his mother, Franklin always watch her careful displaying a character of hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice. The best way Franklin describe his mother is like a super hero with and unofficial uniform that rises up to face down tyranny, resist oppression, fight the bad guys, and establish justice with a strength of kindness.
When Gomez arrived for the first time at Club Sparta in San Juan Puerto Rico it was because a group of friend had invited him to try Olympic wrestling. Little did Gomez knew about the nature of this sport and that two weeks later most of the friends that had invited him would stop practicing this sport. However, Gomez perseverance and his curiosity sparked by the games during warm up made him stay. Under coach Pedro Rojas, Gomez learned many things, but what became more important over time was the friendship 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 I love the sport of wrestling and the people I represent when I wrestle, it cannot define who I am. The fact is that whether I win or lose, God cares more about who I am becoming on the process and what is the driving force behind all my accomplishments.
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