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Sports update: The golden lining in Olympic silver

By Emma Redick | Sports Editor

February 4, 2013

For one day out of the year, the female athletes from the varying Santa Barbara schools and varying sports can gather into one room with one common goal: to celebrate their involvement in athletics.

Today in the Earl Warren Showgrounds’ Warren Hall, The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART) held the 27th Annual Girls and Women in Sports Day luncheon.

Young women and girls from Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara, San Marcos, Cate, Carpinteria, Westmont, Santa Barbara City College and UCSB joined into the Warren Hall, ate a lunch and celebrated the average Round Table lunch commemorating the athletes of the week the honorable mentions.

However, the lunch took a turn as the SBART president, Rich Hanna, discussed the importance of Title 9 and how it has changed women in athletics. Later, Hanna introduced a special guest.

Two-time Olympic swimmer, four-time Olympic medal holder, 10 national title-winner and American record holder, Kaitlin Sandeno, shared her swimming story with the 500 high school athletes who gathered in the hall.

After sharing countless stories of her triumph and failures as an Olympic athlete, how it felt to set American and world records, and the ins and outs of training, Sandeno shared that her ultimate success in her career was her silver medal from the 400 IM event in the 2004 Olympics.

For Sandeno taking home the gold was not the highlight of her career because for her, Olympic gold isn’t everything.

For Sandeno, gold is being the best she can be.

“This silver medal, for me personally, this is my gold,” said Sandeno. ”Sometimes second place is your gold. Sometimes your fourth place is your gold. Anytime you beat your personal best, that is your gold for that day.”

The young women athletes of Santa Barbara county gathered together to hear an inspiring Olympic champion and world record setting athlete but left with the story that sometimes, silver can be as valuable as gold.

About Emma Redick

Emma Redick is the sports editor for the Charger Account. With a background in a variety of sports, Emma is looking forward to her second year of writing for the Charger Account and her first year of being the sports editor.

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