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Breathe in and breathe out the cold in the air,
The glare off the ice, so bright, it’s a sin.
No time for weakness, nor fear, just a prayer.
Skates so abused yet no worse for the wear
Five in the morning and time to begin
Breathe in and breathe out the cold in the air
Glance in the mirror. Smile. Check the hair.
Time to pop pills and wrap up the bruised shin.
No time for weakness, nor fear, just a prayer.
Enter the ice, hope the judging is fair.
Better land the axel and hold that spin.
Breathe in and breathe out the cold in the air.
All eyes are on me, but I do not care.
Hungry for gold, but I need to be thin.
No time for weakness, nor fear, just a prayer.
Wear the medal, be happy if you dare.
Nothing even matters if you don’t win
Breathe in and breathe out the cold in the air
No time for weakness, nor fear, just a prayer.





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