As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I've become an advocate for my children on so many fronts, including their education. After all, when it comes to disability and inclusion, despite good intentions, many schools don't even know what they don't know.
What Olympic athletes also have in common, whether or not they win medals, is passion, desire, ambition, hunger, determination, confidence and grit. They're not afraid to dream big... Why, then, do so many of us limit ourselves, hold ourselves back, restrict ourselves to "modest" goals -- only to look back at our lives and wonder what might have been?
Given the economic damage inflicted on host cities and the way the Olympics are used to fortify the political power of oppressive governments, the refugee team is a shallow publicity stunt designed to obscure the fact that the IOC is driven by greed and graft.
Over the past two weeks, I have contemplated whether the Olympics have outlived their useful life and if it would be best for everyone involved to let the fire of the Olympic torch burnout forever.
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Katie Ledecky crushes the competition. She crushes her own records. She destroys world records. Everyone asks, "How does she do it?" She has nearly perfect form, with an imperfect body for swimming. She has great coaching. But the secret sauce is grit.
Building off of impressive swimmers such as Mark Spitz and Ian Thorpe, Michael Phelps has made swimming awesome.
Before the Olympic Games would become the most-watched sporting event around the world, broadcast in 220 countries, and bringing in an average of 950 million dollars in revenue... The Olympics were an event pulled out of the history books at the turn of the century, meant to bring the nations of the world together in a spirit of healthy competition and camaraderie.
I had not heard the name Penny Oleksiak before this week. A 16-year-old swimmer from Toronto competing at the Olympics. Her mom said in an earlier interview that Penny always goes for it right until the end of a race. Even when she is behind.
Through unrelenting determination and sheer talent, you finally reach the world's greatest theatre of athleticism -- a level of competition few ever reach. You are an Olympian. Then you see it: the headline describing your victory reads, "Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics."
Like with physical strength training, you can deliberately build Fierce Focus with mental strength training. Here are a few training tips.
Jen Kish looks tough. And she is tough. Tough on herself to perform at the highest level of athletics, and more importantly, to provide a positive role model for female athletes anywhere. As the captain of the bronze medal-winning Canadian Women's 7 Rugby Team, she is well poised to do just that.
"I want the next generation of athletes who advance through swimming's world rankings to feel safe and comfortable being themselves."
The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are poised to begin and the energy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is electric. As Canada's Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, I'm thrilled to attend the Games to cheer on our athletes. As a retired Paralympian, I know what the 314 Olympic athletes in Rio are feeling.
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