Olympic Athlete

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To take the challenge of an olympic athlete is a rewarding experience. The sacrifice they take to achieve this journey is immeasurable, but the lessons will guide their whole life. Athletes from all over the world have trained for many years so that they may all come together every four years to compete in either the winter or summer Olympics. The Olympic Games don’t just bring in the competing athlete’s, but it also brings in the family members and the fans from all over the world to enjoy the competition of all the sports. Athletes come in hope to win a gold, silver or bronze medal, but they also come to honor their country. What makes olympians a culture you might ask? Well, it’s the fact that every four years people from every nationality, …show more content…
How much training does one really need for the Olympics? An athlete has to put in a lot of time, effort, and dedication as well as focusing daily on their mind, body, and soul. Depending on the sport, most will have at least two sessions per day and each session lasting around two hours. This gives them little time to have much of a life outside of training. Several athletes choose to live at the training facility because of the valuable time spent there. The olympian has to train his/her body for recovery. Some of the swimmers and divers will stand under a warm shower or sit in the hot tub before and after a dive. This helps to loosen the muscles and relax the diver. Every athlete needs proper nutrition, hydration, and sleep. Sometimes the sleep portion is easily overlooked. Beginning training at a younger age is easier than when one is older. Another good component would be to have a good coach. Thousands will train for the Olympics, but only a few will actually live the …show more content…
When looking at Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, or Simone Biles they are great athletes but how they got there took so much more effort than just waking up one morning and deciding to try out for the olympics. Take Michael Phelps for example, he has finished a career that spanned five Olympics with twenty-eight medals, twenty-three of them gold. No other athlete in any sport has more than nine gold medals. Wow, He’s a rock star right? He might be, but let’s not forget the trouble he encountered after the 2012 Olympics; he was caught on camera with a bong and lost all his sponsors. He tells his coach he wants to come back and train for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and says he is ready to do things different; however, he was caught and fined with his second DUI in ten years. This upset his coach, dad, girlfriend, and a longtime friend Lewis. Lewis helped Phelps out by checking him into Meadows, an institution that helped Michael find his inner self again. Upon completion at the Meadows he patched things up with his father, who hadn’t been in his life since he was nine years old, made things right with his girlfriend and started training for the 2016 Olympics. Phelps’s career started out at a young age when his mother took him and his sisters to the pool for swimming lessons. Phelps is engaged to be married to

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