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What do Peyton Manning and Jeremy Abbott have in common?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

While Manning is well known to more people, makes a lot more money and is a Sunday fixture on TV from Sept Ė Jan, Abbott and others like him come into our national consciousness only every 4 years.

Manning is on his way to the Super Bowl and Jeremy Abbott is on his way to the Olympics to compete in figure skating.

Manning wears a helmet and pads while Abbott performs in an outfit more suited to his activity. OK, sometimes it even glitters.

Manning has 10 other guys to help him perform well. If those teammates donít do their job, Manningís results will suffer. Abbott is out there on his own.

So what do they have in common? Theyíre both extremely talented, incredible athletes.
Both have overcome injury and adversity and Iím a fan of both.

We have a similar situation on SP. I recently read a blog by a sparker who participates in competitive table tennis. We all have different ways of getting ourselves up and onto our feet. They key is to get out of our chairs, find something we like/love to do, and actually do it.

The Olympics or Super Bowl are not in our future. No one will offer us money or endorsements, but thatís OK. Each day that we enter an activity in our fitness tracker, we are all athletes. Not at the same level of those we watch on TV, but athletes nonetheless.

We are runners or walkers or bikers or swimmers, or practitioners of yoga, aerobics, Zumba or even table tennis enthusiasts. Weíre working our bodies athletically and thatís what defines success to me.

Figure Skating is often broadcast opposite important football games. TV executives reason that comparatively few viewers are interested in both. Unfortunately, Iím in that minority. Fortunately, technology has solved the problem and my DVR gets lots of use.

At least I wonít have that problem in February. On Feb 2nd Iíll be glued to the TV for the Super Bowl. The Olympics begin on Feb 6th. (Actually the new figure skating team competition begins on the 5th). Iíll have to plan my own workouts accordingly.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WILSONWR 1/22/2014 9:59AM

    Great blog! I've always pushed myself by try to better my own personal records. They may not be world-class times or efforts, but any improvement means I'm doing things right for myself.

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MARYJEANSL 1/21/2014 10:24PM

  Well, an athlete I'm not, but I am a fan of the Olympics, especially figure skating, and, to a lesser degree, football. I'll be right there with you watching. Cheers!

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2014 8:10PM

    Very interesting point of view. It's great to think of ourselves as athletes too! I do feel that way when XC skiing!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/21/2014 7:51PM

    emoticon emoticon commentary. We are all athletes, we're built to move... stay psyched for those Winter Sports and all those Olympic circles!

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STRIVERONE 1/21/2014 5:21PM

    Good points and a nice ego booster included! Thanks. Does this make SparkPeople the world's largest athletic organization?

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DIANNEMT 1/21/2014 3:06PM

    Great blog!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/21/2014 2:24PM

    I also love to watch the Olympics.
Lol. I'm an elliptical athlete?

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RACEWELLWON 1/21/2014 12:13PM

    Great blog - absolutely ! Just do it - what ever it is and fun doing it !! Hugs k

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LEWILL1982 1/21/2014 9:56AM

    Excellent points, well said!

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LINDAKAY228 1/21/2014 9:31AM

    I love the way you compare their similarities and differences. But most of all I love how you call each of us an athlete, no matter how big or small our accomplishments are. And you are so right!

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CELIAMINER 1/21/2014 9:03AM

    I'll keep your words in mind next time I feel defeated by an injury or just a sore joint. There are other athletic endeavors I can turn to.

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PHOENIX1949 1/21/2014 8:54AM

    The following applies to each of us striving to become more fit:

Maya Angelou 2008 Olympic Poem ďAmazement AwaitsĒ

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KANOE10 1/21/2014 8:12AM

    I love sports also. Those two men are inspiring athletes. I iike your comment, "we are all athletes." You have to exercise to maintain weight loss.

I will be watching the Super Bowl but will probably be cheering for the team opposing Manning. It will be a great game.

Here's to athletics and the winter games!

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GINIEMIE 1/21/2014 7:53AM

    What a GREAT reminder that we don't have to have GREAT athletic abilities to go out and make our bodies GREAT for each person's own abilities and likenesses.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I don't care about football, but I do enjoy watching skating.
I'm already planning my walk today, opened the shades to see a neighbor braving the 45 degrees for her walk. I'm waiting for slightly warmer temperatures. Thank You very much.
Have a wonderful day.
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