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Let The Olympics Bring Out The Best In You

February 3, 2010

On Dec. 17, 2009, I watched the Olympic torch make its way down Yonge Street in Toronto.  As I cheered and pumped my fists into the air with delight, I was filled with a sense of excitement I hadn’t felt in years – 30 years to be exact.

 

When I was 16, I was bundled off to Lake Placid with my family for the last weekend of the Olympics.  I didn’t know much about the games or the athletes except that I was madly in love with one speed skater named Eric Heiden*.  Being the devoted fan and potential paramour, I knew everything about him from his favorite movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the rainbow colored touque he wore everywhere (conveniently ignoring the fact that it was made by his girlfriend). I dragged my family all over the Olympic village – and I mean all over – searching for any sightings of him.

 

When I finally did see Eric, he was in action on the rink.  I was in the stands with my mother as he won his fifth gold medal of the games. I cheered, yelled and jumped up and down as he won and also broke an Olympic record. The energy in the arena was electric; Eric was the darling of the winter games.

When the weekend ended and we headed back home, I was a different person.  I was touched by the magic of the Olympics. Eric and the other athletes’ commitment, dedication and sacrifice inspired me to bring my best to my sport, swimming.

A few motivated weeks later, I joined a swim team and soon after brought home a first and second from my first meet.

 

As you watch the 2010 games in Vancouver, think of what areas of your life need greater commitment or dedication.

Since it’s a often a challenge to stay the course, here are some tips:

1. Have a visual reminder, like a picture, quote or memento, displayed close by to remind yourself of that goal.

2. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you in your dream.  Telling someone else about your goals can help you achieve them especially when they can help you stay the course when times are tough.

3. Remain focused on your dream despite all obstacles and challenges. Imagine yourself in that dream as if you were actually crossing the finish line or getting that promotion. Use all your senses as you step into that dream; what do you see, feel, hear, taste and even smell?

 

 

* Heiden is the only athlete in the history of speed skating to have won all five events in a single Olympic tournament and the only one to have won a gold medal in all events. In 1983, he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

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On Dec. 17, 2009, I watched the Olympic torch make its way down Yonge Street in Toronto.  As I cheered and pumped my fists into the air with delight, I was filled with a sense of excitement I hadn’t felt in years – 30 years to be exact.

When I was 16, I was bundled off to lake placid with my family for the last weekend of the Olympics.  I didn’t know much about the games or the athletes except that I was madly in love with one speed skater named Eric Heiden*.  Being the devoted fan and potential paramour, I knew everything about him from his favorite movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the rainbow colored tuq he wore everywhere (conveniently ignoring the fact that it was made by his girlfriend). I dragged my family all over the Olympic village – and I mean all over – searching for any sightings of him.

When I finally did see Eric, he was in action on the rink.  I was in the stands with my mother as he won his fifth (check) gold medal of the games. I cheered, yelled and jumped up and down as he won and also broke a world/Olympic record (check). The energy in the arena was electric; Eric was the darling of the winter games.

When the weekend ended and we headed back home, I was a different person.  I was touched by the magic of the Olympics. Eric and the other athletes’ commitment, dedication and sacrifice inspired me to bring my best to my sport, swimming.

A few motivated weeks later, I joined a swim team and soon after brought home a first and second from my first meet.

 

As you watch the 2010 games in Vancouver, think of which areas of your life need greater commitment or dedication.

 

* Heiden is the only athlete in the history of speed skating to have won all five events in a single Olympic tournament and the only one to have won a gold medal in all events. In 1983, he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

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  1. April 2, 2010 10:14 pm

    What a lovely post =P
    I really like the pictures you found to go along with it!

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