Let's take a moment to recognize the amazing accomplishments of Lexington native Tyson Gay before this summer's Olympics recedes into distant memory.
Gay, a graduate of Lafayette High School, still holds records from his sprinting there, from college and in national and international competitions.
The Olympics has presented a special challenge for Gay, who is 30. A hamstring injury during the Olympic trials in 2008 kept him out of the finals. He recovered from a hip operation last year and came into this Olympics fit and fast.
However, he also came in to face Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who is the fastest man in the world.
As a London Daily Mail reporter wrote anticipating the contest in the 100 meters: "In any ordinary year, anyone who had run 9.86 seconds this season and 9.69 would be odds-on to win the most anticipated contest of any Olympic Games, the race to be the world's fastest man. It's just that 2012 happens to be an extraordinary year."
Gay finished fourth in the 100 in London but earned a silver medal with his teammates in the 4x100-meter relay.
Understated as always, Gay had no complaints. "I'm just happy to get a medal." he said. "That's the part of my heart that was missing. I think I finally filled it."
Gay's accomplishments despite injuries and surgeries are absolutely remarkable. His graciousness, win or lose, is inspiring.