„It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere — one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know.“

Jesse Owens, Champion Athlete (1990)

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Varianta: Because I knew even then how rare that kind of love is. Only the luckiest people get to experience it at all.
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