“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
The victory and the agony frame the pendulum of storytelling in such a profound way! The Olympics kick off in South Korea On Friday, February 9th and run through Sunday February 25th. As you watch the competition, look for the stories behind the competitors. The quest, the adversity, the characters, the unity, the hard work and the past failures that sparked momentum toward the gold.
Here’s a story about Team USA hockey player Bobby Butler and his dad. He had an offer to play for the Nashville Predators, but he chose to sign a minor league hockey contract so he could play for Team USA instead. The NHL is not allowing it’s players to compete in the 2018 Olympics, so he took a risk to make the team when he already had an NHL offer. http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/news/winter-olympics-2018-bobby-butler-dad-video-united-states-usa-roster-senators/1oz1mfegw0ju1uh8p1k77lide
6 new events at this year’s Olympics in South Korea.
Malcom Gladwell calls it “the 10,000 hours rule.” If you do something for 10,000 hours, you can be considered an expert. What regular everyday task could you win a gold medal for since you do it SO OFTEN?
“If ____ were an Olympic sport, you’d win a gold medal.” (I make a killer grilled cheese with bacon that no one can compete with!)
What’s the task you’ve spend a ton of hours doing, but you still feel like a rookie? (Coaching kid’s soccer!)
If there was a medal for how long you’ve done the SAME routine thing over and over again just based on accumulated hours, what would you already have a GOLD in? #Vacuuming
If you want some connective breaks about the Olympics, tell the stories on the Olympians and their faith. Talk about finding fulfillment. Talk about adversity. Talk about protection. Here’s a story about 4 time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/inspiringathletes/2014/02/a-conversation-with-four-time-olympic-snowboarder-kelly-clark.html
Jordan Greenway is set to become the first African-American to play for USA Hockey in the Olympics. He’s a 20 year old who will break a color barrier nearly a century old:
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson felt like she failed America in 2008. “I felt like I had failed. I felt like since the world saw me as nothing else, that if I failed at being a gymnast, I had failed at being a human being.”
That feeling was seared into her memory when the person presenting her a silver medal at the games leaned in and said two words, “I’m sorry.”
Years later, she found freedom from this identity. Here’s her story
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