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Historic day at the Olympic Games

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!)
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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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    2076 days ago
    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.
    2090 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I am so proud of our Americans in the Olympics!
    2090 days ago
  • 4EVER21B
    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!
    2090 days ago
    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.
    2090 days ago
  • TMCK-40
    It was a great night last night. Thanks for the thoughts. So true.
    2091 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    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!
    2091 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    Those gymnasts sure are emoticon !!!!!!!
    2091 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    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!
    2091 days ago
    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.
    2091 days ago
    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
    2091 days ago
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