Al Oerter is often used as an example of Olympic excellence. Not only did he win gold in the discus throw in four consecutive Olympics, but he was also an artist who focused on the true Olympic ideal. “Oerter’s Passion: Melding Art & Sports” in the Spiritual Herald says: The Olympic star often said that in the ancient games “the athlete was not only expected to excel physically, but also be well versed in art, poetry, literature and music to make him a complete and well-rounded human being. That
Here’s some word art from a quote by Al Oerter, an American discus thrower who was the first track and field athlete to win a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympics – 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968. Oerter said: “I didn’t set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.” Word Art Freebie for Anytime: To download word art (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .” Image
There’s a natural excitement that comes with the Olympics. You can use that excitement to encourage positive learning experiences and give your child the chance to explore new interests and activities. Here are 5 ways to help your child get the most out of the Olympics: 1. Watch the Olympics together. Watch your child’s favorite event or events and maybe an event that’s new for your child. For toddlers and older preschoolers, you could have some Olympic-inspired activities set up on shelves in the room where your family watches
With the 2012 Olympics starting soon, I’ve been reflecting on the experience of raising elite athletes. I always thought it was ironic that I raised two figure skaters who competed internationally. Will made it twice to the Junior Grand Prix Final in pairs, and Christina competed at Worlds in ice dance. I was actually a “band geek” with very little interest in sports or games. I didn’t like competition in general, and before I had my own children I was a Montessori teacher who didn’t believe in tests or
For families with athletes, it’s easy for sports to become a primary focus. I think involvement in sports is wonderful. Figure skating was obviously a huge part of my family’s life. Yet, it’s important to remember the words from the movie Coach Carter: These…are student athletes. “Student” comes first. As much as athletes would like to compete in the Olympics and be at the top of their sport, that may or may not happen. Injuries could stop or hinder an athletic career – or the highest level of success
It’s the start of a new Winter Olympic cycle, and athletes of all ages are renewing their Olympic dreams. But how many athletes actually win the Olympics? Is it alright for your child to have such dreams even if they don’t come true? I think the Olympic-dream question could be answered with Randy Pausch’s words: “Dream big. Dream without fear.” Pausch, who was a computer-science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an award-winning teacher and researcher, would seem an unlikely choice to answer a question about having Olympic dreams.