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Historic day at the Olympic Games

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

YES!
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!)
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Then what can I say about the USA Women's Gymnastics team?
They took my breath away! Fab Five indeed!
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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. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/15/2012 4:10PM

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SLJWATTS 8/2/2012 9:18AM

    My daughter trained from 5 AM to 7 AM in the morning and from 4:30- 7:30 every day during the school year- with only Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Easter off, and for 5 hours every summer day (can I tell you how happy I was sliding to the pool in my car during ice storms? and yes EVERYONE was at practice)- she left the day after Christmas for winter training in Florida...all day training sessions... from her teens to college- she used to cry about leaving her Christmas to train, but just say don't train and the tiger came out. She was never in contention to go to the Olympics- it is a lot of work and only a few make it- but if you have the talent you will go- the talent level is just so high. For swimming School sports will not do it- most Olympic contenders can't swim in college because the college rules limit their training time and they can't do the sport and stay in shape for international competition. That said I am all for putting sports back into school.. I am so excited for Michael- he is am amazing swimmer breaking records in Maryland since he first got in the pool. I am cheering him on... and the Fab Five- are amazing- as are so many of the others who have trained to compete in so many sports... thanks for this blog... it made me smile.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/1/2012 4:58PM

    I am so proud of our Americans in the Olympics!

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4EVER21B 8/1/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and so on!! Everyone is a winner! The world benefits from the games!

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DETERMINEDJANET 8/1/2012 1:07PM

    Very well said about how the even has changed over time. I wish they would spend time highlighting ALL the different events for us people that don't have a paid provider for TV. Can't stream them live.... can only see what is offered on the ol' network channel.

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TMCK-40 8/1/2012 11:55AM

  It was a great night last night. Thanks for the thoughts. So true.

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SPARKLE1908 8/1/2012 10:17AM

    I am very proud of all of our TEAM USA athletes because they look like they are truly ENJOYING themselves at the games...all of the athletes deserve our respect, regardless of their home country, because they are showing some true sportsmanship conduct...(well minus a few exceptions...LOL)

The Russian gymnasts had me crying last night but I was soooo proud of THE FAB 5!!! They earned that gold!

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STRINGI719 8/1/2012 9:06AM

    Those gymnasts sure are emoticon!!!!!!!

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BEFIT014 8/1/2012 6:29AM

    The way my daughter runs she could be on the Olympics one of these days! A mom can dream...

I am really enjoying the Olympics, tho!

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LBLYKOWSKI 8/1/2012 1:06AM

    I agree... I saw the 1984 Olympics and saying I would win Gold in gymnastics. I was very short sighted as I didn't realize how much money that would mean to my family but that never stopped me from trying. I was in recreational gymnastics classes until I was 14 when I moved to cheerleading. I can't say my kids will find that motivation the same way I did but I hope they can learn to dream.

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JOANOFSPARK 8/1/2012 12:19AM

    I was rooting for Michael Phelps......and love that he got his Gold...some really great events.....fun to watch but you're right....out of reach for most of our children....but not impossible....after all, nothing is impossible if we set our minds to it........:) emoticon emoticon

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My running checklist for The Olympics Workout Game (with modifications)-updated daily

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) emoticon



emoticonA world record is set - 25 jumping jacks
(Ye 400 IM W in swimming 7/28)
CONGRATS TO WOMEN'S 4x100m Relay! 40.82 emoticon

emoticonAn Olympic record is set - 20 military presses with dumbbells
(in swimming 8/2) emoticon

emoticonAn American record is set - 20 tae kwan do kicks
(USA Women's swimming relay 7/28) emoticon

emoticonAny mention of mom or family - 10 pushups
(Irish gymnast who had leg tumor as child 7/28). emoticon
(quickly realized I will NEVER get through the games at this rate!)
replaced with 10 Kegels , emoticon
or if feeling extra good,
10 chest press with dumbbell (Phelps family interview 7/28) emoticon

emoticonTV cuts to a sport you don’t like - 30 seconds downward dog stretch
(Table tennis 7/30) emoticon

emoticonFlashbacks to previous Olympics - 30 seconds jogging in place
(Interview with gymnasts and Bella Karoly 7/28) emoticon

emoticonShots of disappointed coach/athlete - 10 single leg hops
(Michael Phelps 7/28) emoticon

emoticonSponsor mention - 50 crunches (not commercials!)
Chobani yogurt... emoticon

emoticon Crazy patriotic hairstyle - 10 walking lunges
(Japanese woman with face painted as flag women's volleyball)
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emoticonRoyal family sightings – 10 burpees
(let's try something else unless it's a live shot)
(Equestrian event 7/29) emoticon

emoticonAthlete montage - 10 dips OR dumbbell kickbacks due to shoulder pain
(Ray Lochte feature 7/28) emoticon

emoticonRetired star in stands – 30 seconds high knees
(John McEnroe as commentator 7/28) emoticon

emoticon “sacrifice” or “hard work” - 30 seconds faux jump roping
(interview with the fab five - they said these words over and over...7/31) emoticon

emoticon London landmark - 15 Supermans
(Tower Bridge & Beach Volleyball held in Horse Guards Parade grounds 7/29) emoticon

emoticonMom crying - 10 bridges
(John Orozco feature 7/28) emoticon

emoticon MAN crying - 10 dumbbell shoulder press on ball
(Great Britain gymnast advanced team past China 7/28) emoticon

emoticonNational anthem (USA) – 45 second wall sit OR warrior pose
(Ryan Lochte 7/28) emoticon

emoticon Bronze medal (USA) – 20 reverse crunches
(swimming event 7/28) emoticon

emoticon Silver medal (USA) – 60 second plank
(1st one in archery 7/28) emoticon

emoticon Gold medal (USA) - 20 burpees
(Ryan Lochte 7/28) emoticon

emoticon Foreign language I speak - 10 pushups
(Italian team in volleyball) emoticon

emoticon 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.

emoticonFalse start or penalty - 20 bicycle crunches
(Buzzer sounded during swimming but competitor not penalized because it was official's error) emoticon

emoticon USA win in preliminary round - 10 crunches on the balance ball
(Archery beat South Korea, LOTS of these!) emoticon

emoticon Great Britain Gold Medal – Dance to “Moves like Jagger”
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emoticonCountry’s first Olympic medal ever - Imitate “Rocky” to theme “Gonna Fly Now”
Grenada - 400m men GOLD! emoticon


emoticonDisqualification - corpse pose for 3 minutes
(bad badminton! 8/1) emoticon

emoticon Michelle Obama sighting - 10 biceps curls
(Men's basketball 7/29) emoticon

emoticonCall Me Maybe cover - 10 chest flyes
(every single day, I'm going to be so strong LOL) emoticon

emoticon“Wenlock” Mascot sighting - 10 woodchoppers
(web video with Hunter Kemper on Today Show) emoticon

emoticon Tie for medal - 50 squats
(not sure if it was judo, but saw four flags raised at medal ceremony for women 8/2) emoticon

emoticonMichael 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! emoticon



Running Medal Count

Gold Medal leader

USA 46


Total Medal leader

USA 104



CONGRATS TEAM USA!


  
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TEENYNE 8/29/2012 11:45AM

    I love this! I'm sorry I'm just discovering your page blogs!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/1/2012 2:42PM

    LOL! You're more exhausted than the athletes, I'm thinking.

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CATIATM 7/29/2012 3:19PM

    Love it!

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STRINGI719 7/28/2012 7:11PM

    Too funny!
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TISTEN23 7/28/2012 3:44PM

    Sounds like a great workout!!! If I only had time to sit and watch the olympics!!!!

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    Good luck with your quest. I'm sure you can do it! emoticon

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ECOAGE 7/28/2012 3:42PM

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I like your modifications. (Especially fond of the "Michelle Obama sighting"!)

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My running checklist for The Olympics Workout Game (with modifications)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Olympics Workout Game (Modified)

When you see this… Do this… (First time during competition I did this)

A world record is set - 25 jumping jacks

Any mention of mom or family - 10 pushups

TV cuts to a sport you don’t like - 30 seconds downward dog stretch

Flashbacks to previous Olympics - 30 seconds jogging in place (Interview with gymnasts and Bella Karoly)

Shots of disappointed coach/athlete - 10 single leg hops

Sponsor mention - 50 crunches (not commercials!)

Crazy patriotic hairstyle - 10 walking lunges

Royal family sightings – 10 burpees

Athlete montage - 10 dips

Retired star in stands – 30 seconds high knees

“sacrifice” or “hard work” - 30 seconds faux jump roping

London landmark - 15 Supermans

Mom crying - 10 bridges

National anthem (USA) – 45 second wall sit OR warrior pose

Bronze medal (USA) – 20 reverse crunches

Silver medal (USA) – 60 second plank (1st one in archery 7/28)

Gold medal (USA) - 20 burpees

Foreign language I speak - 10 pushups

Perfect score - 20 pushups

False start or penalty - 20 bicycle crunches

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”

Country’s first Olympic medal ever - Imitate “Rocky” to theme “Gonna Fly Now”

Disqualification - corpse pose for 3 minutes

Michelle Obama sighting - 10 biceps curls

Call Me Maybe cover - 10 chest flyes (every single day, LOL)

“Wenlock” Mascot sighting - 10 woodchoppers (with Hunter Kemper on Today Show)

Tie for medal - 50 squats

Michael Phelps wins most medals ever - schedule a water aerobics class

To be continued…

  
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KINEPS 7/28/2012 4:43PM

    WOW!!!

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PATTIE441 7/28/2012 3:55PM

    Oh I love this girl! Thank you so much! Awesome! I hope it is ok, I would love to copy this for my SP Class Team. We have a thread on the Olympic Games! You rock! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Tribute to the Olympic games (LOTS of links and some of my favorites)

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.
factsofolympics.blogspot.com/


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

Allyson Felix

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
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEt_Xgg8dzc
Nadia Comaneci - The first perfect ten was too much for the scoreboard!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m2YT-PIkEc

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
www.guardian.co.uk/sport/series/50-s
tunning-olympic-moments

20 most memorable moments
www.sfgate.com/olympics/slideshow/To
p-20-most-memorable-Olympic-moments-46
521.php#photo-3238676

30 Great Highlights of both Summer and Winter Olympics
www.olympics30.com/

* Inspirational VISA Go World Ads *
Injured but brave
The Derek Redmond Visa ad
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU3jfbb172E
Keri Strug Visa ad
www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=yYSacT1
iHi4&feature=endscreen

Bob Beamon Visa ad
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscr
een&v=pG35D9Ty6Do&NR=1

Dick Fosbury
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RO1e9BwBys
Paul Hamm
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscr
een&v=Dy6w4w1qk30&NR=1

Cheer - Go World
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscr
een&v=KOOoPOtckpU&NR=1

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 7/28/2012 3:12PM

    WOW you do love the Olypics! So do I! emoticon

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XRSIZE18 7/28/2012 1:43PM

    I love the Olympics! How can you not be inspired in your fitness life after watching them? lol

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NUMD97 7/26/2012 5:36PM

    Thanks for posting. Very well done, indeed.

Let the games begin!

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STRINGI719 7/26/2012 9:56AM

    Love that oath!!!
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DMF2012 7/26/2012 9:11AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SUNSET09 7/26/2012 9:11AM

  Thank you for this walk down memory lane: past and present! Go emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 7/26/2012 9:09AM

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BEFIT014 7/26/2012 7:38AM

    WOW! That was GREAT! I'm excited for the Games!

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BTWCOACH 7/26/2012 7:30AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!


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APACHESTEVE 7/26/2012 7:02AM

    If I remember correctly didn't the messenger who ran the first "marathon" collapse and die after delivering the news of the victory?

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TATTER3 7/26/2012 6:33AM

    I think they'd appreciate this!

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SuperBetter

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:
www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the
_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years
_of_life.html


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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SHAKINGTHETREE 7/9/2013 11:19AM

    I JUST searched through SparkPeople to see if anyone else was using SuperBetter - just watched the TEDtalk about it on NetFlix, and I've downloaded the app on my phone. So far, I really like it - it's a fun addition to what I'm already doing here. :)

Glad to see others have seen this TED talk - amazing what people are figuring out nowadays to help us learn to live happy, healthy, adventurous and more enriching lives!

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ADRIENALINE 7/25/2012 12:59PM

    Thanks for sharing. I don't think our NPR has this show but i'll find out.

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HEALTHYLISA 7/24/2012 9:29PM

    Watched all 19:31 minutes of it ! Even replayed part of it ! Thanks for sharing !

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 7/24/2012 8:54PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I had never heard of TED before, but I also found their podcasts on iTunes, so I'll be able to hear them while I'm out walking. Thanks!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/24/2012 5:01PM

    That's great!!

God bless,

Dee

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/24/2012 4:51PM

    Good stuff!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/24/2012 4:28PM

    Love TED and Jane McGonigal rocks as well. I came across her awesome video in my last grad school class. Amazing stuff.

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BOGUSANNIE 7/24/2012 1:11PM

    I have never heard of Ted Talks...must look in to it! Thanks :)

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JILLITA55 7/24/2012 12:09PM

    You are fabulous!

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