I had a quick conversation recently with someone who worked with me psychology-wise a while ago. He congratulated me for my Olympic qualification and I said that I was grateful for the part he's done in that. He answered that it was a long time ago and he is right, it was so many years ago. I've worked with another sport psychologist since but everything we worked together on was part of the foundation that I built on during those years.
I came up with an analogy to explain to him how I saw his help in my journey. It does not matter how small or old a brick is in a wall, take it out and the whole wall will be holed, shaky and weaken on that spot. Even if you put new high-tech perfect bricks on top to finish the wall, if the foundation is not there or not solid, the last brick is not the last, the wall is not that solid, or it will literally crush down.
So with that in mind, I would like to thank everyone who had the smallest or biggest influence in my life so far for what I've become and accomplished. If you met me at some point, said to me couple of words, thought me anything, encourage me, challenged me, sponsored me, beat me up in training or tournament, trained with me, coached me, being coached by me, had an argument with me, ANYTHING: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I could not have done it if any detail of my life would have been different or if any brick would not be there.