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Olympic Lessons

Peter Katevatis - Aug 18, 2016
After 1992, the Summer and Winter Olympics started alternating, therefore, exposing fans to this massive athletic spectacle every two years instead of both Summer & Winter Olympics in one year.  I am born in Canada, but with two Greek parents the Oly

After 1992, the Summer and Winter Olympics started alternating, therefore, exposing fans to this massive athletic spectacle every two years instead of both Summer & Winter Olympics in one year.  I am born in Canada, but with two Greek parents the Olympics holds a special place in our Hellenic heritage.

 

 

 

The ancient Olympics were a time of peace (all wars were paused) and a chance to celebrate excellence in human physical achievement.  The modern Olympics were conceived by Pierre de Coubertin of France and were re-started in 1894.

 

The official principles of Olympism combine the whole qualities of body, will and mind.  The goal is to blend sport with culture and education to celebrate effort, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.  I feel the Brazilians said it best in the opening ceremonies “Let’s look for similarities and celebrate our differences!”

 

As the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio come to a close a few things have stood out for me:

  1. Penny – Canada has rid itself of the penny as an official form of currency, but we have a new champion our country can be proud of… Penny Oleksiak
  2. Americans are Good – They have swagger and bravado and they earned it, check out their medal count
  3. Sometimes it’s worth watching – Phelps always wins, Bolt always wins, Biles is a lock, etc… but in 20 years you will be able to say, “I saw that live”
  4. We work hard in our lives for our passions, when you get the chance to display your efforts, don’t hold back

The human body can do amazing things.  Your limits can always be challenged and changed if you have the drive and courage to do so

Whatever your memories of Rio 2016 are, let them inspire you.  Let those memories give you the motivation to push yourself into uncomfortable situations.  If you don’t stretch the envelope once and a while, you never know what you are capable of.

 

Now stop reading this… and do it!