Tuesday, January 5, 2010

38 Days to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games !

Last week I went to the Broadmoor Skate Club pre-Olympic Skating exhibition. This was the first time I have seen some of the skaters skate and I do see them often working out at the Olympic Training Center. Let me say I was INCREDIBLY impresed !!! My two favorite Olympic Hopefuls from this program are Rachel Flatt and Ryan Bradley. (Of course my favorite hopefuls for the pairs skate is Rockne Brubaker and Keauna McLaughlin as I posted last year!) Next week USA Figure Skating's National Championships will be in Spokane, Washington January 15-24 and the team Olympic team will then be determined. Good luck to Rachel, Ryan, Rockne, and Keauna ! (A short video of Ryan Bradley)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Honoring the 1980 Olympic Team

Today marks the 30 year Anniversary of the announcement by President Jimmy Carter of the potential boycott of the Olympics by the American team. It was not until January 23 several weeks later the final decision was made that the U.S. would not send a team, 60 other countries also made the same decision. I do not want to talk about politics with this situation or get into an argument, I only want to recognize those athletes, both U.S. and foreign, who were unable to fulfill their dreams of competing at an Olympic Games. You are and will forever be an Olympian ! I want to recognize the athletes in my sport of Olympic Weightlifting for their athletic accomplishments and contribution to the sport.
1980 US Olympic Weightlifting Team Mark Cameron, Guy Carlton, James "Butch" Curry, Michael Cohen, Brian Derwin, Bob Giordano, Jerome Hannan, Michael Karchut, Luke Klaja, Joseph Puleo, Callen Schake, Kurt Setterburg, and Thomas Stock. (www.lifttilyadie.com/Results/OlympiansByName.htm)