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No storybook ending for Stephanie Brown Trafton … yet

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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 10:00 pm

Following are excerpts from the latest entry to her blog, written after the finals, which can be accessed at http://www.stephaniebrowntrafton.com">www.stephaniebrowntrafton.com.

Have you ever read a Nicolas Sparks' novel? Most are filled with drama and heartbreak yet are so inspirational and gripping.

My particular story has taken a heartbreaking turn, hasn't it? I did not come close to winning a medal tonight. I knew that this meet would be a turning point for me, either I would win and be the golden girl of Galt again or fail miserably and take myself out of the running.

It's all about how you want the story to be written. I have played out the story of the underdog. I will never be that again. Tonight I was more relieved than anything to be out of the running for a medal.

I don't feel comfortable sitting in the top position. It takes a certain level of emotional strength that I am just starting to exercise. In actuality, I would rather be fighting my way to the top than defending titles.

I don't feel too bad about this outcome, although it hurts me to let down the people who have been rooting for me to win. But the story does not end here, not tonight. Somehow it feels like this is the way it is supposed to be.

I struggled all year to figure out what my new story would be. After tonight I know what I want it to look like. Now I have something to work for again instead of work against.

I intend to have more world championship experiences and I intend to redeem myself. The story of redemption is every writer's dream. So many great stories are based on it.

In the ultimate act of redemption, God intentionally took the fall for all of us so that He could redeem us in the end. That's why I am so excited to see how my story plays out, yet I know I have already won. I hope in the meantime it will be a page turner, just like a Nicolas Sparks' novel.

Galt resident and Olympic discus champion Stephanie Brown Trafton is writing about her experiences at the 2009 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Berlin. Brown Trafton placed 12th overall in the discus finals Friday.

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