Abhinav Bindra's Road to Beijing

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

the end to my Olympics....

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 – 9:20 AM
So it is now over and the time for me to return home has arrived. I know my life is not goign to be even close to the same upon return but it is something i am going to have to embrace and actually enjoy which i am at this moment finding way more daunting than shooting...
The truth is i am scared because it is not somethign i am familiar it but i would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fans and all my well wishers who have rooted for me and all those who have left such kind comments on the blog page as well.
i have finished reading all the comments but i am hoping to catch up once i am home and the media hype dies down.
I also want to wish the other participating the best of luck...although i am not going to be around seeing them at the village i will be definitely rooting for them from back home. I am hoping we cna come back with some more medals because we have all worked so hard and really deserve some more.
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Jaya said...

Hi Abhinav,

You know, when you won the gold, how happy i was, i felt great and it cant be explain in words, I proud of u so much. u didnt show ur emotional feeling much, so matured you are,

take care

rhythm fadia said...

also good to see you keeping your blog updated....keep writing....enjoy reading what you have to say


rhythm

Broncos Fan said...

Abhinav,

I just wanna say thank you... Thank you for what you have achieved and hopefully it will inspire many more to shoot for triumph in coming olympics.

Arjun said...

ABHINAV........U CREATED THIS OLMPICS VERY SPECIAL TO EVERY INDIANS .............HEARTY CONGRATS ABHINAV FROM THE FAMILY OF SREEBUDHA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING,ALAPPUZHA,KERALA.....

Sylvia said...

nHi Abhinav ,

i would congratulate your family and you , your parents has a big role for what you are now .. Hates off to them .. You have really maked prould to every single person who is an Indian .. Life offcourse wont be same for you..You seem to be grounded person so be grounded best wishes to you such more Presitigious Gold Medal for Our Country .

Best Regards ,
Sylvia

prasadkanaparthy said...

I believe your achievement is going to change the negative mindset of Indian athlets

Vikrant said...

Dear Abihnav ..
Congrates buddy
all the very best 4 ur future ..
thanx to make me feel that i am an Indian....

maddy said...

you have become role model of indian sport my frnd!!

Altair-Flying Eagle said...

A standing ovation to you Abhinav..you are truely an icon ... a new morning of abhinav india.. thanks a lot for all the happiness you gave to all of us. I was actually in tears when i was watching the flag being hosted for the first indian who won first individual gold for us. Thanks a million times mate.

May god bless you.

thegameabh said...

Hi Abhinav,
Congrats once again,This is my 2nd comment on your blog.It gives me the goosebumps that you are actually goin to read my comments!!! I think your mental composure is outstanding and your focusing skills second to none..I think many like me will benefit if you come out with a book regarding your mental build up and focusing skills!!!

PS: I really like the way you have handled yourself after the GOLD.....especially the media!!!

Looking forward to many more success stories from u and other Indian sportsmen/women..

Indi wil always be indebted to you...
Abhishek

Rajesh Choudhary said...

Congrats man you have done a great job........hoping the same in upcoming events

rohit said...

hello abhinav,
my comment is more of a request,
i am also a rifle shooter
im frm rajasthan and do not have a coach
even though last year i managed to qualify fr the NSCC on my own
i have managed to buy a rifle
my parents cannot afford any further
i am 110% dedicated to shooting
i wanted some help
thankyou

dhvanit said...

dear abhinav,

congratulations! salutations!!

i do the morning show on radio mirchi, ahmedabad - 'hello ahmedabad'.

when major chilly had won the silver, i was on air. i had asked my listeners to switch off the radio and watch the ceremony at that point and be a witness of the historic moment. i really prayed that this time too, when india wins a medal, i should be the messenger to ahmedabad.

i missed the proud moment on radio. the day you won it for us, i was on leave. i watched the entire ceremony on tv.

in the language of bhagwad geeta, you are a 'sthitapragna' arjun in the truest sense.

i would want to do an interview with you once you are through with the entire media hype.

thank you...

dhvanit

sanndy said...

dude you have done a great job, i dont have words to explain how haw happy you had made all of us. thanks a ton . u made me proud to be indian
saurabh.garkoti@gmail.com

disha said...

abhinav firstly heariest congratulationz to u n then a big thankkkkkkkksssss 2 u for making us feel so so proud.....i believe every indian is nw luking upon u ,only as their role model and surely you deserve to take that position in every indian's heart......
undoubtedly you hv made the whole nation proud but you certainly have boosted me to work more sincerely in my own particular field...........tnx alot!!!
congratulations and JAI HIND!!!!!!

Nidhi said...

Abhinav I love the kind of personality you are. I am glad to know that even in this tight schedule you read the comments we all have sent. And of course we all as Indians wish all the best to all remaining participants. Wishing you a Happy Independence Day.

Jyotsna Tomer said...

Hi Abhinav,
That day when you won the gold medal a message came in the class and everyone was clapping and everyone was feeling so proud on you. Today I was watching your press conference, an attitude of detachment was surrounding you and moreover you were so humble when everyone just wanted to know more about you. It is really hard to handle so much attention. But you seems the same Abhinav as you were before winning the gold (who is quite and just want to remain unaffected by the fame).
May God give you the inner strength to achieve more in your life and always be like this.

Iman Mukherjee said...

Gr8 work Buddy!!

We all wish some more Abhinav's come out of that village... for some glory and also to divide some media attention. That'll give you some rest! :)

Happy Independence day!!

Arun said...

While most of us (including myself)talk(ed) the talk, you walked the walk. I hope your first step paves way for more glory.
While what Phelps is doing in this olympics is great, I'd rather put your achievement on the top. And you are definitely right in saying, you got the monkey off...not just from your back, but the country as a whole.
Congratulations from Elkridge, MD.

ഷബീര്‍ || shabeer said...

we proud of u..

അജ്ഞാതന്‍ || sib said...

we proud of u abinav...

Priya Joyce said...

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO YOU

Aristotle said...

Hi Abhinav,

Firstly my hearty congrats on bejhalf of Bangaloreans.

Secondly, the most amazing thing which is still striking from the moment you won the GOLD medal is your body language....it is simply great. You and the whole world know that you have done something which was not done by anybody from last 100+ years...and after that you stand calm and not expressing out huge emotions.....where any other individual would have bursted out in great heights. I really admire and like your gutsy body language and character you have shown up to the outerworld. Not everbody can have those instinct in them and people who are mentally strong can only be in handling their emotions so well.

Hats off.....not only for your GOLD, but for your behaviour which is more than the GOLD.....Take care

shingini said...

This is the first time that i have visited any blog... it just to THANK YOU for wht u did..... Not only a sincere athlete but found u a good human too.... n appreciate your words "it is just as important to keep up the backing when we are not on top of our game." m not an athlete so not very much aware of the sport psycol. still always felt that whatever happens but all participants shd always be welcomed back with warmth ...
May God Bless You........ with more sweeter feelings for yourself and all.. forever..Keep it up.........

navneet said...

Hi! Abhinav
Welcome home
It must have been a busy day day for you, meeting all the VVIP's. But I m sure a special one as well.
You cannot imagine how much happiness you have given to us. I wept with joy seeing you riding the podium to collect the first every individual Gold Medal for India and national anthem being played in Beijing.

Thanks to you Abhinav for saving the grace of over 100 crore Indians! Heartiest congratulations to you over this historic fete.

God Bless you and your lovely parents.
May your golden shooting feat continues.

Rock On !

Pushan said...

Abhinav, all of us are very proud of you. You have set an example for each and everyone of us: that almost anything can be achieved with hardwork and sincere dedication. All I can say is that thank you for motivating a 100 crore people. Thank you for making us believe that impossible is nothing.

navneet said...

Happy Independence Day! Abhinav
You have made this occassion more special for all the Indians.

navneet said...

Happy Independence Day! Abhinav
You have made this occassion more special for all the Indians.

ALL THAT I AM said...

Hello Abhinav, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! U have done the best thing for India.i JZ LOVED UR BLOG...
do keep writing..its really gr8 to know wat goes on in ur life and ur routine...
esp ur dedication and calmness are so much worth saluting...
I wud try my best to inculcate these things so that i too can do my part for our countrY., though in a different field.. but i too wana mk India proud..
All the best for ur future..
I Salute u..

jetesh said...
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jetesh said...

Hi Abhinav,

You Know wat, when you won the gold, i felt great and feel proud to be an indian. Well i m webdesigner & want to design a website on you and your beijing olympics experience. plz give me permission.

Regards

Jetesh

genx3d.designer@gmail.com

bAPIN said...

Congrats Abhinav....

The mark of greatness is your calmness in such moment..

do4u said...

Thanks n congrats ! you really made us happy,
But matter of pity is that you are only the single such a guy who full filled our expection among world's secend largest populated country...........
looking forward........
anil!
THANKS AGAIN !

Vishal Pore said...

Abhinav, what an achivement it has been! Hearty Congrats! I am sure that this is just the beginning though. We as a nation have much more to achieve and I am confident, we will achieve it. One thing that stands out about you is that circumstances don’t change you, which is pretty much evident from the way you conduct yourself in the public. Your control over your emotions is phenomenal. Congrats again and be yourself as you always are. Will wait to comment on you next blog.

Vishal Pore

GEVINNN said...

Abhinav Bros,
Ur blog posts really mean a lot to us,, so keep posting on ur blog.. And I'm sure that ur comments in the media will make a change to the way sports are being considered in India -- probably will be a drastic change very soon.
Thanx,
Gaurav Singh

nishant said...

Hi Abhinav,

Congratulations!!!! You have made India proud!

divya said...

CONGRATSSS!!! :) ur the best!!!

Sanya Hariyani said...

Hey you have a mad mad mad number of posts and Congratulatory messages but just to feel the pride of extending HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS from every young Indian who does or does not Congratulate you..
The pride and happiness is beyond bounds.. for you and the nation.. isn't it great to see the nation rejoice in your victory!!
May you have many such victories and proud moments Abhinav!!
Rock on..
Sanya, Mumbai, India :)
Happy Independence Day guysss!!!!

tyro said...

Abhinav,

Congratulations!
It is very nice to read your posts. I do hope you can serve as a role model for everyone in our country especially the politicians who are trying to outdo each other in rewarding your success. Hopefully, we can all unite behind you as Swami Vivekananda had imagined almost 100 years ago. Maybe you will get the chance to read him sometime.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/
The_Complete_Works_of_Swami_Vivekananda

snigdha said...

congrats, Abhinav!
you've made the nation really, really proud....genuinely....
proud of itself and proud of you....
good luck for your future....
and most importantly, stay the way you are....
love ya....

Pawan Maru said...

Dear Abhinav,

I wonder if there is any word I can found ever to describe the great thing you did...
Everyone should better call you 'SIR Abhinav Bindra'. The generations will come and will going to feel proud about this.

Govt. of India should owner you with 'BHARAT RATNA' now.
Because you are the one who really deserves it. I want to appeal to every citizen of this country to support this movement to forward your name for Bharat ratna.

God bless you forever..

Thanks a looooooottttttt.....

King Bong said...

Dear Abhinav,

By the time you get to this comment, you might be through with the standard fare of congratulatory messages ... and I can't make mine any different.

All I can say that is that I was an ordinary Indian puffed up with pride, and all thanks to you. I was super-zapped to see that other guy crying ... he knew the time had come, India's time has come ...

The end you say ... I say its the beginning ...

Nagarick said...

Ref: http://groups.google.com/group/nagarick/web/nagaris-and-olympics

Ah, one more Independence day. Lack of diversity in sports (international) is another weak point we Indians have. Since our Independence, we have created four Indias by population(from 250 million to 1.1 billion), but haven't developed four international sports that have mass appeal in India and could compete consistently all over the world. We are still hanging on to pathetic sports like Cricket. The way we have created unnecessary diversity like casteism, we would have spent that time developing new sports.

roopa said...

Dear Abhinav Bhindra Ji

You have made the 25 millions of us NRI s from outside India be proud of our nation as never before after your feat.....

Dr Roopa Venktesh

United Kingdom

R2K said...

Must have been quite a trip...

tanuj solanki said...

ok dude...well done!

u will be a celebrity awlright...

enjoy it while it lasts...

it does last very long you know, the olympic respect...as I call it

Ask Paes or Rathore. :)

Rupa said...

You deserve the media attention and popularity for bringing success to yourself that many in India cannot even dream of. It needs lot of grit (especially in India) to be where you are today.
We will look forward to seeing you getting more medals for yourself and India for years to come and changing the course of sports …especially how sports is treated in India.
Let many parents feel proud by seeing your success and encourage their kids towards it.

Food for thought: Just by being sports person in India (barring cricket) do not give sports person a good status in society , they lack financial back up for their sports, also sports do not get money for them to run their homes, how then can one see India coming up in sports,…india just believe in producing engineers, doctors and lawyers, MAYBE india is still not mature yet to produce sports person. India as society believe in mental development and not on physical/sports development . It is considered waste of time whereas in other developed country it is about doing what you can do best and what you enjoy the most…. Society in Europe and States do not govern people’s decision….and the effect of this we see in international sports event where India is no where existing barring your medal.
Your dream to bring 20-30 international medals in sports will come true if sports people are valued and celebrated in India.

Damyanti said...

Thankyou.

Thankyou for working so hard, completely on your own, and then letting us all share in your glory.

The medal by rights belongs to YOU, not to the Indian government which is now running to felicitate you, nor the sponsors who are now homing in on you, nor to people like me who are feeling proud of being an Indian from overseas.

It is your individual effort crowned with success....I am just grateful, as each Indian should be, that you devoted your life to the medal, and as a consequence, we can all say that India won an individual gold medal at the Olympics!

You gave me a whole day of unadulterated joy and pride, and for that I am endlessly thankful:)

http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/writing-about-sports-and-winning/

Amith said...

Hi Abhinav Bindra

We are really proud of you..All the best for your future Olympics

Cheers
Amith

Raghu said...

I must say this - it is an humbling moment of sorts for me to see out tricolour hogh above others (especially China :-). I have felt goosebumps *every* time I have watched this on TV.

Congratulations - on the Gold medal of course, but also on the way you chose to handle media afterwords.

Really proud of you.

ojos-de-cielo said...

LOL, more daunting than shooting?
But, oh, well, you'll get used to it, you'll see.
We'll never actually know how much praise is enough, because this is a first for all of us.
Oh yes, we absolutely deserve more!

akku_best said...

congratulations abhi!

i m a 12 year boy inspired from you.i want to become like you. will you plz give me some information about shooting
i know that you have received many comments but plz look inside the matter as i m serious.

akashbalhara.blogspot.com or
akashbalhara@gmail.com
bye!

VASANTHI VASUDEVAN said...

Abhinav,

Congratulations on your brilliant achievement. The country is proud of you.

Hope this is the first one of many more!

Aboo Nafiaa said...

NOt only the medal, presents and the welcome that our nation gave you , makes me jelous. Forgivable jelousy. We, all jelous people should work hard in thier own way to make our INDIA proud and high in this world.

jothiek said...

Congrats, Abhinav!!

rohit said...

hello Abhinav,
my comment is more of a request,
i am also a rifle shooter
im frm rajasthan and do not have a coach
even though last year i managed to qualify fr the NSCC on my own
i have a rifle
my parents cannot afford any further
i am 110% dedicated to shooting
and aspire to achieve what u have
even though u have broken 1 dream of mine
of gettin the first gold for INDIA
but u also made my will stronger
hope u could help me in some way
thankyou
ill keep writin to u everyday
until i dont recieve a reply frm u

LoonyTalk said...

This may be the end of your 2008 Olympics journey, but I hope it will be a new beginning for the future of shooting in India, given that we have got two medals in this sport in the two recent Olympics. :)

Dedeepya said...

Hi Bindra
This is dedeepya from Hyderabad
Congratulations for bagging goldmedal in Olympics and you really made us proud.

Sureshwar said...

Dear Abhinav,

First I would like to congratulate you for achieving the Gold Medal in 2008 Olympics.

I hope this inspires so many indians.


Your's
Sureshwar Reddy.G

Jeena said...

Thank You for making India proud.

பொது ஜனம் said...

hard work never fails...

a m said...

Abhinav,
I fully agree with you. maybe we should invite large business houses to ADOPT different sports and come up with their atheletes and teams for the next olympics. This can be a very comprehensive talent search without the drawbacks associated with the government machinery. CONGRATS !!! You have really made us proud. ASHISH MATHUR

sony said...

Dear Abhinav,
You have done something great.
Evey one can proud of you. Let all of your dreams come true. All the very best.

cheths said...

hi Abhinav the golden finger as I call you :) was so happy when i was watching your event i jumped out in joy :) its the medal you deserve for your hard work :) keep going on I surely wish you all the Luck in the world and do concentrate more and win more medals for yourself and also fot the nation :)

I shall follow your blog :) as soon as i saw your feat in the television i immediately blogged this
http://chethstudios.blogspot.com/2008/08/india-wins-gold-abhinav-bindra.html

would you please mind replying a comment so that i shall be happy and show it off to the world that the Olympics Gold Medalist himself signed here :)

shreya shukla said...

hi it's shreya
i saw ur interview . u were looking so cool .i liked ur attitude hope u remain so for ever. well i heard u have too many GF's hmmmm some one is jealous now.
bye

Abhishek Raut said...

abhinavvvvvvv u hav done it mannnnnn

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SANU said...

" The Finest still has to go through hotest fire " You prove that

Aravalli said...

Hi Abhinav,

Congratulation and thanks for doing ur duty for our nation .
I'd like our Indian flag flutter high up between the clouds.

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