Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympics, 1960 and Today

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I've really been enjoying the Olympics this year. It brings back memories of my own days as an Olympic athlete.

The year was 1960, the place: Squaw Valley, California. My fellow American figure skaters were in top form...ecstatic to be skating on home soil.

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We practiced day and night in the Olympic Ice Pavilion...

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...stopping on occasion to take in the view of beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Those were the happiest days of my life.

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The thrill of competition, the agony of defeat. Pushing myself to the limit and never looking back.

And while I didn't win the gold, I took home something even better. The real prize was the experience, the friends and the moments I'd never forget.

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So, here's to you, 2010 Olympic athletes: may all your Axels be triples. I know mine were...