Education for athletes
New sporting formats
Sports that aren’t in the Olympic Program also got to showcase themselves at the Youth Olympics. There was a unique venue called the ‘sports lab’ where 4 sports all gave audiences demonstrations of what they do, sport climbing, wuushu, skateboarding and inline rollerblading were all part of this initiative.
My time in Nanjing
One night about 20 of us went out for dinner. Between us, there would have been 40 Olympic Medals. Someone asked us the question, "what 3 characteristics have made you the champion that you are?" It took awhile for us to come up with our answers, but these 3 topped the list.
- Being Competitive – you are born with this streak and being able to handle the pressure of competition
- Determination – hard work etc. – obviously to win you need to have a great work ethic
- Honesty - if you were a drug cheat you wouldn’t have been invited! If you aren’t honest with yourself or your coach, it makes it very hard to win!
A last word
Now, I have a question for you... have you ever done a similar thing for yourself? Have you ever thought about the characteristics that make you you? Why don't you have a go. Make a note of what you come up with. If you find this a bit of a struggle then in my next blog post I am going to share with you a strategy on how to identify some of your own characteristics. Until then...