Donna Randall, one of the best physique athletes, is getting ready to step on stage with the best in the world, hamming it up with one of the best of all time, prepping with my co-coach Aaron Kanner, the best in the business. Thanks to Andrea Mason (also the best) for the shoutouts.
Today is a big day with a lot of historical firsts. Everybody, give her some praise. The photo, though striking, doesn't do justice to the road she's traveled. Everyone has challenges in life; but hers have been epic. You don't know it, because, like a true champion, she doesn't publicize them, share them, or ask for one iota of pity based on circumstances.
Tough as nails, she does the work for the sake of excellence alone, earns every step, requests no handout, and lets the work stand on its own without caveat. You'll be hard pressed to find another competitor in ANY sport who just lets the work express itself.
You know that even the Olympia stage is filled with greats whose elevator speech starts with, "it was a hard journey coming off this last injury, sickness, breakup, job loss, genetic defect, working overnights, death in the family, etc.". Her elevator speech: N/A.
Greatness speaks for itself.