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Lessons Children Can Learn from the London Olympics

August 13, 2012

1. It is never over until it’s over. Don’t drop your shoulders and certainly don’t give up. It isn’t over until the final siren has rung.

2. Natural talent isn’t enough. Dedication and practice is vital to performance.

3. It is preferable to choose mascots that don’t give children nightmares.

4. Jamaican’s are pretty fast!

5. The difference between winning and losing is sometimes only properly understood with a knowledge of decimals.

6. Handling disappointment is part of the test of a true athlete.

7. The equestrian sport known as “dressage” is best viewed in very short doses.

8. One day we will be making “most embarrassing parent in the grandstand” an Olympic sport.

9. You don’t need to have legs to be an Olympic sprinter.

10. If you are going to throw a bottle onto a sporting field make sure you’re not sitting next to an Olympic medalist in Judo.

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Who Would Want This Athlete Representing Their Country?

July 3, 2012

27-year-old athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad from France had just won gold in the European Championship’s 3000 metre steeplechase in Helsinki on Sunday. Guess what he did next?

a. Congratulate his opponents

b. Acknowledge the crowd.

c. Burst into tears of joy.

d. Walk over to the 14-year old championship mascot, smack a gift bag out of her hands and push her.

I’m afraid that if you answered a, b or c you are incorrect. It probably wouldn’t surprise you that it’s not the first time he has picked on a mascot.

Disgraceful behaviour! I hate to think how he would have acted had he lost the race.

I wouldn’t want him competing for my country.

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