How to train an everyday Olympian

17 Αυγούστου 2016Kelly Kennedy


Happy Olympics to you all!

The Olympics are a time of tremendous pride for us at Mozaik Education.  Not only are we proud of all the athletes representing Hungary in the games, but we are also reminded of how proud we are to have your support.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting us with your likes, comments, shares, and just for reading.
 

Linking History to Today
...Did you know?

… In the days of the first Olympics, not only weren’t women allowed to compete in the games, but they couldn’t even attend as spectators! It wasn’t until Paris in 1900 that the first women were allowed to compete. During this 2,676 year period, 3-time gold medalist, setter of world records, and Hungarian swimming phenom, Katinka Hosszú, wouldn’t have even been allowed in the pool!

… American, Michael Phelps, recently surpasses the record for most individual gold medals with 13. This record was previously set by Leonidas of Rhodes, with 12 individual golds, in 176 BC.  The record only lasted around 2,200 years… This means the next time it is expected to be broken will be around the 4,216 Olympic games (which will hopefully be held somewhere on earth... as long as we take climate change seriously in the meantime).

Practice makes perfect

On the surface, it would seem that a single moment in time defines “greatness” for Olympic athletes. However, the truth is, that this moment of truth is not a single moment, but the culmination of years of practicing and perfecting skills. This is precisely why we say people achieve greatness. We don’t say people are born into greatness or are given greatness.  In the Olympics, people don’t strike gold. They earn it.
 

Let’s Get Motivated!  

Training for the Olympics is a lot like preparing for a high school leaving exam, when you think about it.  Here is a list of 8 similarities that I’ve compiled to emphasize this point:
 

Leaving Exam

1) Occurs after 4 years
2) Measures progress
3) Tests cumulative knowledge/skill
4) Applies what has been learned
5) REQUIRES PRACTICE
6) Competitive
7) Pressure-filled (butterflies in the stomach)
8) Difficult to concentrate (too quiet)

Competing in the Olympics

1) Occurs every 4 years
2) Measures progress
3) Tests cumulative skill/knowledge
4) Applies what has been learned
5) REQUIRES PRACTICE
6) Competitive
7) Pressure-filled (butterflies in the stomach)
8) Difficult to concentrate (too loud)

 

The only real difference between the two is that during the Olympics, millions of screaming fans, from all over the world, are watching athletes compete and cheering them on. Whereas, in a leaving exam it will most likely be so quiet you can hear the clock ticking and your thoughts tormenting you.

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