Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Michael Phelps passed Larisa Latynina as the winner of the most Olympic medals on July 31, 2012. Fittingly, it was teamwork that made it possible.
He was given the honor of anchoring the 800m freestyle relay.
19 medals and counting... (15 Gold!!! 2 silver!! 2 bronze!)
Then what can I say about the USA Women's Gymnastics team?
They took my breath away! Fab Five indeed!
Congratulations to all the elite athletes who competed, who qualified,
whether they take home a medal or not.
Special thanks to the coaches, parents, fans and supporters.
We admire that competitive spirit and desire to do your best.
On a personal note, I was a little saddened reflecting on how the Olympics have changed in my lifetime. When I was a girl, watching the games, I could imagine competing in them. With the inclusion of professionals, the political overtones, and the social changes that have resulted in an obesity epidemic in the United States, I don't think kids today have that chance. Many don't even have regular physical education classes in schools anymore. I had to take my daughter to a private gymnastics facility when she was little, and most of these girls (they are only kids) had to leave home to train with the best coaches. I know some kids attend boarding school, but the idea of leaving your family is a sacrifice.
Then there's the financial aspect. I love volleyball, but the indoor team volleyball doesn't get a smidgen of the press that the beach volleyball teams receive. (And we know why...) Other than fencing and a few other competitions, we had exposure to many of the events. I was watching the show jumping today and fondly remembering riding my pony at my grandparents' farm.
So my hope is that going forward, Americans can remind ourselves of the importance of PLAY - both for health but also in learning how to work together for a shared victory.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The Olympics Workout Game (Modified from the DAILYSPARK BLOG)
WHEN YOU SEE THIS… - DO THIS…
(I'm including the very first time during competition I did this with date, but I continue to do the action any time I am watching)
A world record is set - 25 jumping jacks
(Ye 400 IM W in swimming 7/28)
CONGRATS TO WOMEN'S 4x100m Relay! 40.82
An Olympic record is set - 20 military presses with dumbbells
(in swimming 8/2)
An American record is set - 20 tae kwan do kicks
(USA Women's swimming relay 7/28)
Any mention of mom or family - 10 pushups
(Irish gymnast who had leg tumor as child 7/28).
(quickly realized I will NEVER get through the games at this rate!)
replaced with 10 Kegels ,
or if feeling extra good,
10 chest press with dumbbell (Phelps family interview 7/28)
TV cuts to a sport you don’t like - 30 seconds downward dog stretch
(Table tennis 7/30)
Flashbacks to previous Olympics - 30 seconds jogging in place
(Interview with gymnasts and Bella Karoly 7/28)
Shots of disappointed coach/athlete - 10 single leg hops
(Michael Phelps 7/28)
Sponsor mention - 50 crunches (not commercials!)
Crazy patriotic hairstyle - 10 walking lunges
(Japanese woman with face painted as flag women's volleyball)
Royal family sightings – 10 burpees
(let's try something else unless it's a live shot)
(Equestrian event 7/29)
Athlete montage - 10 dips OR dumbbell kickbacks due to shoulder pain
(Ray Lochte feature 7/28)
Retired star in stands – 30 seconds high knees
(John McEnroe as commentator 7/28)
“sacrifice” or “hard work” - 30 seconds faux jump roping
(interview with the fab five - they said these words over and over...7/31)
London landmark - 15 Supermans
(Tower Bridge & Beach Volleyball held in Horse Guards Parade grounds 7/29)
Mom crying - 10 bridges
(John Orozco feature 7/28)
MAN crying - 10 dumbbell shoulder press on ball
(Great Britain gymnast advanced team past China 7/28)
National anthem (USA) – 45 second wall sit OR warrior pose
(Ryan Lochte 7/28)
Bronze medal (USA) – 20 reverse crunches
(swimming event 7/28)
Silver medal (USA) – 60 second plank
(1st one in archery 7/28)
Gold medal (USA) - 20 burpees
(Ryan Lochte 7/28)
Foreign language I speak - 10 pushups
(Italian team in volleyball)
Perfect score - 20 pushups
They don't really have this anymore, unless it is in archery or shooting...
Gymnastics has added difficulty multipliers for their scoring.
False start or penalty - 20 bicycle crunches
(Buzzer sounded during swimming but competitor not penalized because it was official's error)
USA win in preliminary round - 10 crunches on the balance ball
(Archery beat South Korea, LOTS of these!)
Great Britain Gold Medal – Dance to “Moves like Jagger”
(twice on 8/1! )
Country’s first Olympic medal ever - Imitate “Rocky” to theme “Gonna Fly Now”
Grenada - 400m men GOLD!
Disqualification - corpse pose for 3 minutes
(bad badminton! 8/1)
Michelle Obama sighting - 10 biceps curls
(Men's basketball 7/29)
Call Me Maybe cover - 10 chest flyes
(every single day, I'm going to be so strong LOL)
“Wenlock” Mascot sighting - 10 woodchoppers
(web video with Hunter Kemper on Today Show)
Tie for medal - 50 squats
(not sure if it was judo, but saw four flags raised at medal ceremony for women 8/2)
Michael Phelps wins most medals ever - schedule a water aerobics class
7/31/2012 19 medals, 15 of them Gold! Michael's medal count continues to rise!
Running Medal Count
Gold Medal leader
Total Medal leader
CONGRATS TEAM USA!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Let the games begin! Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger!
Here is a link to several interesting facts about the Modern Olympics.
This includes the oldest and youngest male competitors and why the Marathon is the distance it is.
Some of my favorite Great American Summer Olympians:
Wilma Rudolph - polio survivor
Flo Jo - Florence Griffith Joyner 10.49
Sanya Richards Ross
Jesse Owens proved Hitler wrong
Babe Didrikson Zaharias - qualified for too many events to enter
Jim Thorpe - Native American acknowledged as the Athlete of the Century
Carl Lewis - most medals
Jackie Joyner Kersee - Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century
Mark Spitz - who can forget this poster?
Michael Phelps - going for gold in London
Al Oerter -Gold in 4 consecutive Olympics
Dick Fosbury - high jump will never be the same since the Flop
1992 Dream Team
Bob Beamon's Long Jump 1968 - 29 feet 2 1/2 inches
Nadia Comaneci - The first perfect ten was too much for the scoreboard!
Olympic Athlete's Oath
In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams
For more historical pictures
50 Great moments
20 most memorable moments
30 Great Highlights of both Summer and Winter Olympics
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The Derek Redmond Visa ad
Keri Strug Visa ad
Bob Beamon Visa ad
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I recently started listening to TED Talks (FYI, NPR has a TED Talks Hour show that is being picked up by my local station, and I couldn't be more thrilled) and this one caught my interest.
"When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life."
Here is the link:
With SP we are ALREADY doing many of these life extending daily activites, so thank you AGAIN SparkFriends for making my life better! We move to earn fitness minutes, we have a multitude of ways to use our brains for mental stimulation, we have the supportive community, and we keep focusing on the positive (and our NSV) to become more resilient.
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. Henry Ford"
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