The countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is drawing near. The United States and countries around the world are finalizing their Olympic rosters and using these last couple of weeks to make last minute preparations before the opening ceremonies on Friday, July 27th. Many of you have mentioned having seen the USA Gymnastics Olympic trials held a week or so ago in San Jose, CA on television. It’s amazing when I hear athletes say they are now able to better appreciate the the strength, power, and control the gymnasts display in their routines because of their experience with recreational gymnastics we perform here at Intrepid. I’m not too proud to say that the skills we perform are ones that elite gymnasts mastered before they were teenagers. I recognize that everyone starts somewhere, just sometimes later than others (like most of us), and that just because we may have missed our windows to be top level Olympic athletes doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate and recognize the effort and skill necessary to achieve the opportunity to represent our country. Back in March, United States Weightlifting (USAW) held it’s Olympic trials in Columbus, Ohio where Sarah Robles and Holley Mangold earned the honor to represent Team USA in women’s Weightlifting (both lifters are in the 75kg+ weight class), but at the time of my post Team USA did not have a spot to award for men. It wasn’t until May when, at the Pan-American Championships, the men earned a singular spot and Kendrick Farris (85kg weight class) was selected for men’s Weightlifting.
Here’s a belated Congratulations to Kendrick Farris as we wish him and the ladies representing USA Weightlifting the best of luck in London! Kendrick is scheduled to lift on August 3rd, while Holley and Sarah lift on August 5th.
Best of luck to our gymnasts headed to London! The men’s and women’s events are scattered over many days but the schedule can be found here.
I don’t know about you, but I love the Olympic Games and this year NBC is planning on not only broadcasting some of the major sports via network television but also streaming all events on their website. So whether you want to catch our weightlifters, gymnasts, or any other sport be sure to tune in online.
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