Australian hero Jemima Montag wasn’t alone at the Commonwealth Games with an impressive streak of gold medals in the 10km race walk.
The 24-year-old once again inspired the nation by covering the distance in an incredible 42 minutes.
She says she had her own special kind of inspiration hanging on her wrist throughout the walk.
A moving Montag reveals a special connection to his late grandmother through jewelry once owned by a Holocaust survivor after crossing the finish line.
Australia’s Associated Press reported that two years before Judith’s death, the bracelet was cut into three pieces, one each given to Jemmimia and her two sisters.
Montag’s grandmother survived the trauma and horror of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II.
Judith missed Montag’s special moment on Sunday morning and her competition at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, but was there to watch Montag win gold on the Gold Coast four years ago. I was there.
She says she finds inspiration in reading books about her brave grandmother, and even sought out and translated an old letter she received in a Nazi concentration camp when she was 12.
“In some of her love letters and diaries, she wrote that she was trying to get through the next hour, the next day. She wanted to eat bread at the gate and see her father.” Montag said.
“What I got out of it was that in racing, one kilometer at a time, one step at a time, not thinking about the finish line.
“I had to carefully balance taking risks and being a little cocky when I could.
“Steal scraps of food, run from line to line if it means you can’t go into the gas chamber, and follow the rules if that’s the right thing to do.”
She said she regularly thinks about some of her granny’s crushing experiences when she’s out on the track looking for a little more courage and fighting.
“They marched in the snow and cold for days in little sandals and with very little clothing,” she said.
“She and her sister took the waistbands, tied their wrists and said, ‘We’re either going through this together or not at all.
“So just imagining her walking on ice, you never know when your next meal will be or if she’ll survive.
“This[racewalking]is fun and it’s what I chose. It’s certainly difficult. But someone just two generations ago had that level of strength, so it’s what I have now.” I know.”
first published as Australian gold medalist remembers grandmother’s sacrifice every 10km
Commonwealth Games 2022: Jemima Montag wins 10km walk, grandmother’s bracelet
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