By Christine Williston, B.A., FPSC Level 1®
In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, our nation set out to “Own the Podium.” That program is still delivering the results as the recently concluded PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games aptly demonstrated.
What an amazing two weeks of athletic competition. It’s impossible not to be proud of our Olympians. A record medal haul of 29 – 11 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze. And so many stories of triumph and sportsmanship.
“Our athletes have made history at these Games,” Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith said. “From a country chasing the powerhouse nations, we are now proudly in the top group growing in strength and contending for No. 1. And we’ll keep going.”
The side of Olympic glory that we don’t see
The moments of glory are electric and inspiring, but what we don’t see on the Olympic stage are the years and years of training, the tired muscles, the setbacks, disappointments, sacrifices and deep commitment to a goal. In the moment of triumph the athlete stands alone on the podium, but the path to the podium is paved by supporters and coaches. Becoming an Olympic calibre athlete starts with a personal dream, but also requires a great deal of financial resources for equipment, practice space, travel, physical therapy, and many other sport specific costs.
What’s your dream?
You may not be an aspiring Olympian, but you probably have your own Olympic sized dream: Continue reading