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How the Olympics can inspire us all

March 2, 2010

After 16 days of spectacular events, it was time to become unglued from the television. The Olympics seem to have a way of inspiring us all. Especially the Winter Olympics, sporting events we can really relate to here in the Northland!  It brings out our national pride (GO USA) and also showcases so many different nations from around the world and we learn athletes stories that you can’t help but root for them!

Now that the games have concluded I got off the coach and went on a search to find Olympic inspiration in my own community and I urge you to do the same in yours!

I found a “Learn to Curl for Free” event in town at the Duluth Curling Club. Thank you for the lesson! I enjoyed myself but don’t think I could make the 2014 team, it’s much harder than it looks. The free lesssons filled up fast, so I know there were many inspired folks in town.


After Curling, I went out to search for another Olympic event. I found the Chester Bowl Ski Jumps. No longer regulation, these ski jumps are no longer used for competitions but every year Chester Bowl offers free ski jumping lessons to carry on the rich tradition to our local youth. As you can see the jumps are pretty high up there, so I passed on strapping on ski’s and giving it a go and moved on to the next Olympic venue I could find, which was Nordic Skiing. I went home, strapped on my X-C skis and headed out for an Olympic workout. Well first off, I didn’t look like an Olympian without a one piece spandex suit, but I gave it my best shot. I have a long way to go before I would make any Olympic team so I headed out to find anything else Olympic related. Low and behold I found the closing ceremonies for the Duluth Snowlympics. Complete with all the local kids skiing down the hill after the torch for the lighting ceremony. Yes, we even had our own “Olympic” torch! The festivities concluded with a spectacular fireworks display. I hope the Olympics has inspired a little bit in all of us, to get up, get out, and enjoy!