What does it take for David to beat Goliath?

Perhaps the one thing that makes sports so interesting is that the old story about David and Goliath comes to live time and time again. When two teams or two individuals battle it out in the sports arena anything can happen. Swedish tennis player Robin Soderling tomorrow is in the final of the French Open at Roland Garros. Going into the tournament he was ranked in the mid 20s and certainly not thought of as a candidate for the trophy. When Rafael Nadal stood on the other side of the net Robin played like there was no tomorrow and beating the World no 1 was only one step along the way to where he now is. A few days later Federer will provide the opposition in the final and anything but a big win for the Swiss elegant would be sensational. Inspiration and determination can accomplish great things though and I would not count Robin out for one moment.

At Cherry Hills in Denver David beat Goliath as the European Team, on paper not even close to their US opponents in terms of combined World ranking positions, came out victorious, 13-11. Having had the opportunity to follow the team quite closely I can say that this was all about inspiration and determination. Dean Robertson was a fantastic coach and as he shared his knowledge and experience from playing with some of the world’s best, through the use of videos and storytelling, together with the watching eye of Mr Arnold Palmer who was present for the entire week there was nothing stopping the Europeans from believing that they could overcome their opponents. And after all, that is where it all starts.

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