The poem “Nine Gold Medals” written by David Roth describes an inspiring incident of a race in which 11 differently disabled people took part. The race, however, turned out quite different from the ordinary ones because when one of the participants fell down, the others rather than running away helped him to get up.

Afterwards, all the participants moved towards the goal together. All of them win and they are rewarded gold medals for their sympathy for each other. The poem has been divided into 8 stanzas having 4 lines each.

Nine Gold Medals Poem Summary

  • Stanza 1

The athletes came to participate in Special Olympics from all over the country. They had come with the dream to win either gold or silver or bronze medal. All of the participants had undergone through months of practice of the event and it was the day to prove themselves.

  • Stanza 2

The spectators had gathered around the old field just before the game was supposed to begin just tTo cheer on all the young women and men i.e. the participants. The event was about to happen which made the people excited and eager.

  • Stanza 3

There were blocks in around the field and the participants were supposed to run for a 100 yards race. There were nine participants or racers who were on the starting line quite ready and waiting for the gun to be fired.

  • Stanza 4

As soon as the fire was shot, all the runners started running towards the goal. However, the smallest of them couldn’t walk and run and ultimately fell down on the ground made up of asphalt.

  • Stanza 5

In frustration, he raised a cry because his dream of winning the game was broken because of his lameness. The poet says what happened afterwards is as true as his standing there and narrating the story.

  • Stanza 6

All the other runners forgot the goal for which they had practised for months and started moving towards the ninth runner to help him. They pulled him up and helped him stand on his feet.

  • Stanza 7

All the nine runners instead of competing against each other joined hands and started walking towards the goal. There was a banner on which Special Olympics was inscribed. Special Olympics is a tournament in Olympics in which the participants are differently abled.

  • Stanza 8

All of the runners reached the endpoint together by holding each other’s hands.and the race ended with all of them as winners. They were rewarded with a gold medal each. All of them were smiling and their smile said more than the words could say.

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