1The athletes had come from so many countries
2To run for the gold, for the silver and bronze
3Many weeks and months in training
4All building up to the games.
5All round the field spectators were gathered
6Cheering on all the young women and men
7Then the final event of the day was approaching
8The last race about to begin.
9The loudspeakers called out the names of the runners
10The one hundred metres the race to be run
11And nine young athletes stood there determined
12And poised for the sound of the gun.
13The signal was given, the pistol exploded
14And so did the runners on hearing the sound
15But the youngest among them stumbled and staggered
16And he fell on his knees to the ground.
17He gave out a cry of frustration and anguish
18His dreams and his efforts dashed in the dirt
19But as sure as I'm standing here telling the story
20Now it's a strange one, but here's what occurred.
21The eight other athletes stopped in their tracks
22The ones who had trained for so long to compete
23One by one they turned round and came back to help him
24And lifted the lad to his feet.
25Then all nine runners joined hands and continued
26The one hundred metres reduced to a walk
27And the banner above that said "Special Olympics"
28Could not have been nearer the mark.
29That's how the race ended, with nine gold medals
30They came to the finish line holding hands still
31And the banner above and nine smiling faces
32Said more than these words ever will
33Said more than these words ever will.