Remembering the Best Olympic Parent
Twenty years ago, during the 1992 Olympics, Jim Redmond showed the true support of an Olympic parent. When his son Derek Redmond injured his hamstring only seconds into the race, Jim forced his way into the track to help his injured boy cross the finish line.
“It was just a question of me getting on to help him. The world interpreted that in a different light,” Jim Redmond recalled. “The Games had lost that sort of direction. It was all about winning, winning, winning. We changed it by showing we were taking part. … We brought a different aspect to it without even planning it.”
In this year’s London Olympics, 20 years after the fateful event, Jim Redmond was selected to carry the torch during the relay.
“We had a joke about it this morning over the phone,” the dad quipped. “He said, ‘They should invite me to do it and this time I will help you.’ I said, ‘You are probably right.’
“But I am not going to break down because I intend to be the slowest person,” he added. ”(Derek) didn’t win the race and created a lot of attention afterwards so I have no intention of finishing too quickly. I want to be the last one because I will get more coverage.”
Watch the inspiring video from 1992!