The Ups and Downs

Today, we'll look at the story of a small child who, no matter what, never gave up on his dream. We will look at the story of an 8-year-old boy who stood and faced the world as it was. We'll look at how the face of a coin may determine a person's whole future.




But there are a few things we need to know before we can understand the story. Skating is the sport we'll be discussing today. Here are some things to consider. Skating, like any other sport, has four levels of competition. They are districts in which the competitors must be from the district in which the competition is held. The top three competitors from each district compete at the state level. The top three athletes from each state compete at the national level, and the next and highest level is the international level, where you compete against the best of the best at a global event.


Skating had its own set of rules. Each participant will be able to compete in three of the four events. A gold medal will be worth 5 points, followed by a silver medal worth 3 points, and a bronze medal worth 2. The top three finishers will advance to the next level event. For example, the best three scorers in each district will represent that district at state-level competition. But there's a catch: on the following level, the third individual will only be able to participate in two of the four events.


Now that we know the rules, let’s deep dive into the story!


Krishna was a 12-year-old boy with no important ambitions or dreams. His only goal, like that of most children his age, was to become a cricketer and play for his country. But he came from a poor family that struggled to make ends meet. Krishna was restless and notorious. Krishna always had something in him. He used to be an all-around athlete who excelled in almost every sport. This drew his mother's attention. Krishna wanted to be a cricket player, but his mother had other plans.

His mother became upset by the complaints she got because Krishna never seemed to fit in. So she planned to turn his passion for cricket against him to inculcate some discipline in him. Her brother was a local rink skating coach. She decided to join Krishna in skating classes, hoping to teach him some discipline. Krishna was promised that if and only if he won a gold medal at the national level tournament, he would be allowed to join cricket training at the local cricket academy.


Little did his mother know that Krishna would go on to do great things in the future and that his love for cricket knew no bounds. The tiny child, on the other hand, had no idea that he was about to go on a journey that would forever change his view of life and people in general.


Before we understand the journey, there are a few more things that we need to understand.

Krishna would compete in the age range of 12-14 because he was a 12-year-old boy. And skating in Krishna's neighbourhood was dominated by a few players who had been there for at least three years, with coaches who were well-equipped and willing to go to any extent to help their students win.


Our 12-year-old boy began his practice without knowing what he is up against. People are usually instructed to put on one skate for the first few days before being allowed to put on both skates. It's the equivalent of studying the ABCs before writing words. Krishna, on the other hand, was a whole other story. He watched other people for an hour and then he learnt it. On the first day of training, he was already wearing both skates. Did he fall? Yes! But did it stop him or take him back to one skate? Absolutely not.



He continued to pick himself up and try. And he had already learned what would normally take others months in just 15 minutes. He took everyone by surprise. This was when his coach saw the potential in this small kid and things were never the same after that.


Krishna learned the game's rules in a week and was ready to play. There were only two things he needed to concentrate on now: fitness and practice. His coach used to take special care of him to ensure that he was in good form. When Krishna arrived at practice, he was placed against the coach's best students. Krishna was losing for the first few weeks, but he was attentive to his coach and corrected his mistakes every time he lost. Things progressed and within a month, Krishna began to defeat the best of the best. He gained control and he simply kept improving.


He was forgetting that he was still in a pond and that he is yet to enter the river, which would go to the sea. His coach, on the other hand, was well aware of this.


Krishna competed in his first sub-junior district-level competition just two months later. It was similar to a practice competition for newbies to acquire a feel for how things work in real competitions. And for Krishna, it was a piece of cake. He stunned everyone when he not only won the race but also did it 10 seconds ahead of the pack.


Krishna's coach decided to switch gears and get him into the bigger leagues at this point. Things were going to heat up, and his coach, along with the small child whose only ambition was to win a national championship, was ready to face them.


But, then…… To be continued!


Team Castiko!


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