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WOW! I met an Olympic Gold medalist!

Monday, March 01, 2010

The kid's school had a book fair tonight, and to pull people in, they usually ask a guest reader to come in and read to the kids. This year, they had an Olympian Gold medalist come in. She won Gold in the 1994 winter Olympics, and a Silver in the 1992 Winter Olympics. She looked at the books that they had for her to read, and decided that the kids would be more interested in hearing about her journey to Gold. Boy, was she right. The kids loved it! I loved it! The other adults present loved it!

One of the things that she said really hit home for me. She said that the Olympian athletes practice everyday, 3 times a day. They fall, a lot, but they get back up and do it again. They go to classes, usually gymnastics, to teach them to fall, so they don't hurt themselves.

Sounds kinda familiar. A lot like many of our journeys here. Every day is a new day to practice, and we will stumble or fall, but we get back up and try again. We use Spark people and other resources to teach us what we need to do to lose the weight successfully and in a healthy way.

To end her session, she brought out her Gold and Silver medals. She told us about the medals, and I really had not known about how they were created before. The country hosting the Olympics get to design the medals, and they design them with something unique to their country. The gold medal she won, had granite in it from the stone that they blasted away to make the arena for the games. How cool is that. The silver she won, had crystal in it that was unique to that country.

I actually got to touch and look at both of the medals. What an inspiring evening it was!
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CERIUSLY 3/9/2010 6:02PM

    What a great experience for children of all ages. I'm curious to know who she was and what her sport was. Thanks for sharing this and as always thanks for your support.

Ceri

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STARTSPARKING 3/4/2010 5:54AM

    What an amazing experience to meet a medal-winning Olympian! Kudos to her for visiting schoolchildren to inspire future leaders. Thank you for sharing your awesome day!

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NORLANA 3/4/2010 4:41AM

    "the Olympian athletes practice everyday, 3 times a day. They fall, a lot, but they get back up and do it again. "

THank you for sharing her inspirational words!

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EDWARDS1411 3/3/2010 10:28PM

    That is pretty darn cool!! But you've whetted my curiosity - who was she and what sport did she win her medals in?? Please, please, please!!!

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CRUISEBOUND2014 3/3/2010 11:39AM

    Thank you for sharing! Never thought of our journey in that light! emoticon emoticon

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PEDAL-PUSHER 3/2/2010 10:14PM

    That sounds so neat............info I did not know! How cool for the kids of all ages!

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SCRAPPY_RN 3/2/2010 9:29PM

    That sounds so awesome! I never knew they took gymnastics to learn to fall - how cool

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 3/2/2010 8:48PM

    That is just way toooooooooo coooooooool!! What a neat treat for the kids!! And parents!! And an inspirational reminder for us all!!




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AREBMAN 3/2/2010 5:37PM

    WOW!

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SEYSARAH 3/2/2010 4:37PM

    What an opportunity and loved learning about how the medals are made..had no idea...inspiring and fun for all..so happy that these athletes take time out to visit with kids...and of course the adults in their lives...every little bit makes a difference to us all, including you passing on the story..Thanks!

Nan

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AXISLADY 3/2/2010 3:44PM

    You didn't mention what sport she won in???

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SAHMWICH 3/2/2010 3:26PM

    that is so amazing!

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PAPASNAPDRAGON 3/2/2010 11:36AM

    That is very neat . I would like to touch a real olypic metal . emoticon

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GRAMMABENJI 3/2/2010 10:19AM

    that is really cool. I never knew that. it would be fun to have some olympic trivia on our team losing and playing.

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JEN169 3/2/2010 9:06AM

    That is just too cool! I am inspired reading your blog. We do keep falling on our journey through not just weight loss, but life. We do have to keep on getting up and continue practicing. We will get there though! Thank you so much for sharing about your evening. I didn't know that medals were made that way either. It is always worth going to kids book fairs and such because you do learn a lot, don't you?

Peace and Blessings Friend!
Jen

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SHARKAR02 3/2/2010 12:40AM

    That meeting had to be a great surprise. I didn't know that about the medals either, I figured they were made in mass somewhere. So cool!

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