Doug looked up at the now extinguished Olympic torch. After three tries, he had finally made it to the big show as an alternate. He never even got to compete.
Mostly, it was the same story his whole life. He was the second string quarterback in High School. Never got to play a game.
He was a bench-warmer on his championship college basketball team. Doug never seemed to quite make it to the top. First place was always just out of his reach. He was good at everything he did. He just wasn’t quite good enough.
This was it though. He was too old now. Whatever glory might have been his was behind him. That extinguished torch was him—over. Or maybe it was a turning point.
In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.
Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.
Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, October 2nd 2012.
On Wednesday morning, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.
On Friday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Best of luck to you all in your writing!
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