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As You Watch the Olympics......



As You Watch the Olympics......
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 9
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     challenging words:    athletes-many, medal-respectfully, record-breakers, camaraderie, athleticism, best, contenders, earning, achievement, elite, podium, accomplishment, literally, extremely, sportsmanship, dedication
     content words:    Olympic Trials


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As You Watch the Olympics......
By Beth Beutler
  

1     The Olympics (Summer and Winter) are major events that bring together athletes from around the world. These sporting events unite people around the celebration of competition, goal setting, citizenship, and achievement. As you watch Olympic events, here are a collection of thoughts and observations to consider.
 
2     Records and Medals: It is exciting to watch someone athletes earn a gold, silver, or bronze medal for their country. They stand proudly on the podium and--for a gold medal-respectfully listen to the national anthem of their land. Additionally, the Olympics often provide an opportunity for the setting of new records for different events. Some records stand for a very long time, while others are broken regularly. As time goes on, athletes seem to be able to accomplish more and more in their sport, perhaps because of more sophisticated training techniques and understanding of how the body works. And, speaking of work...
 
3     Hard work: Have you ever considered what an Olympic athlete goes through in his or her attempt for a medal? Sometimes I think we forget that most of an athlete's life is dedicated to pursuing that dream. Each version of the Olympics is only held once every four years; there are only a few chances for someone to earn a medal, and even less chance of setting a new record. Athletes literally spend years of their lives in training, practicing, and polishing skills for that one attempt to compete. They are extremely dedicated and may not pursue other interests because of the hours of practice that it takes.

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