Thursday, February 25, 2010

Behind the Scenes in Vancouver (Day 3)

Another fantastic day here at the Olympics!

I had the opportunity to get a real behind the scenes look at speedskating. My friend Derek Parra, Olympic gold medalist and USANA Associate, is the US Speedskating national all-around head coach. We caught up for a few minutes and he spoke about coaching being a bit like parenting — you hope you raised them right and then you send them on and hope for the best.

When I walked into the Olympic Oval, I got chills watching the skaters glide effortlessly around the track. The sound of their skates on the ice makes an incredible sound — if “speed” had a sound that would be it.

The skaters were both extremely focused and relaxed at the same reminded me of our practices at the Olympics. It was not about hard work, it was all about focus and getting mentally ready. There is a universal feeling on the day of any competition — getting nerves under control to relax, focus, and do your best.

From there, I had the opportunity to meet a member of one of the greatest Olympic teams in history — Bob Suter from the 1980 USA Hockey Team!!! What a thrill for me and he was so incredibly humble!

Although it was another rainy day here in Vancouver, it continues to be an awesome experience!

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