If you've watched the Olympics over the past few weeks, no doubt you've been inspired by the world's elite athletes laying it all on the line not just for Olympic glory, but for national pride and a permanent place in their country's sporting history. Packed stadiums, an international stage, and competition at the world's highest level.
I stood in the infield at the Georgia Olympics on Friday afternoon in Jefferson, watching closely as North Hall's Luis Gonzalez put forth an incredible final effort to surge ahead for an individual state championship in the 3200 meter run.
In the classic 1989 film, Field of Dreams, one of the old ball players gazes out on that magical baseball diamond in the middle of corn fields and asks, "Is this heaven?" Kevin Costner replies simply, "It's Iowa."