Whatever It Takes To Win

I highly doubt the world of professional kayaking is one you follow closely. Sure, maybe we’ve seen a little bit when the Olympics are on, but that’s probably about it. Recently Japan held its 2017 national canoe sprint championships. The winner would likely secure a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. So, Yasuhiro Suzuki…

Don’t Follow the Leader

For you winter Olympics fanatics out there, you might recall a devastating turn of events back in 2010. The gold medal was on the line in the 10,000-meter speed skating event. In speed skating, the skaters are required to switch lanes throughout the race (outside lane and inside lane). Sven Kramer, the best in the…

From Thriving To Desolate

Less than a year ago, Rio was a thriving ground of athletic prowess. Now it’s abandoned, unprotected, looted, and in horrible disrepair. The soccer field and golf course are turning brown with chunks missing. Seats in the stands have been stolen, ripped out, or destroyed. Swimming pools and fountains contain putrid orange water from a…

Keeping The Flame Lit

The Olympics has a very long an illustrious history.  Strangely, there have been times when the winner was not the first person to finish.  The goal of one particular Greek race was not to come in first but simply to finish the entire race with the torch still lit (J. Stowell, Fan The Flame, Moody,…

Trying to Swim from Europe to the U.S.

Olympic swimming is incredibly exciting to watch.  Such as watching the young Missy Franklin come from behind to win the gold and seeing if Michael Phelps still has some speed left in him.  All of this swimming excitement has made some people (myself included) desire to jump in the pool and swim as fast as…