I’m an Olympic Overachiever

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Kellogg’s. While the thoughts and opinions are mine, and all of the gushing over the Olympic athletes is obviously from my heart, I like to let you know whenever my posts have a sponsorship attached. You can learn much more in my full disclosure policy here.

It’s hard to believe, but the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are just about a year away a few months away (edited for bad month counting in a previous version of this post)!

(Random: Is anyone else excited that Sochi rhymes with mochi? I love those little chewy nuggets of goodness.)

I have to admit, when it comes to meeting Olympic athletes, I’ve had a pretty good run. About a week ago, I was basically bowing down to Summer Sanders at the Runner’s World weekend:

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It was a thrill, especially when she signed a copy of her cover photo with a special message just for me.

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I’m going to add it to the autographs that Rowdy Gaines and DeeDeeTrotter gave me recently when they appeared on the national TV show that I produce:

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In addition to Rowdy, I’ve met Hunter Kemper, Dr. Dot Richardson and some others…all of them have been kind, inspirational and very level-headed.

So as you can imagine, I’m SUPER excited for the Sochi Games.

Kellogg’s is introducing us to some of the athletes that will be a part of the competition and coverage, through its Great Starts program. Some of the names are familiar (Ted Ligety, Gretchen Bleiler, Meryl Davis) but some are new to me…and I’m really inspired by their stories.

For example: Amy Purdy (@AmyPurdyGirl), who lost both legs, her kidney and her spleen after she got meningitis. Her dad actually donated her new kidney and (get your tissues out) the first time she put on her new legs, the two of them danced. She and her boyfriend competed in “The Amazing Race” and she’s one of the biggest reasons that adaptive snowboarding is included in the Sochi Paralympics. She’s hoping to make the team.

And Jim Craig (@JimCraigUSA), who like me, is from Massachusetts but lives in Florida. He was a hero of the 1980 Games, a former goalie for Team USA Hockey. His kids play college hockey and he’s a motivational speaker.

Then there’s Noelle Pikus Pace (@NicolePikusPace) who is younger than me but has many, many more medals and awards in the sport of skeleton. She came in fourth in the 2010 Games and looks to made the podium in 2014. She’s also married with two kids and speaks Spanish…something she picked up on a mission trip. (Way to make me feel inadequate, Noelle.)

All of these athletes are inspirational in so many ways — both the current competitors and the legendary men and women that have kicked butt in the past. I really can’t wait to watch! (And the videos that I embedded above are just a few…I watched most of them on YouTube and they’re really well done.)

P.S. If you want to chat with snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, she, Kellogg’s and FitFluential are hosting a Twitter chat today (Monday) from 2-3 p.m. ET. You can learn more here!

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Kellogg’s. While the thoughts and opinions are mine, and all of the gushing over the Olympic athletes is obviously from my heart, I like to let you know whenever my posts have a sponsorship attached. You can learn much more in my full disclosure policy here.

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    RITR says

    Aren’t the Winter Olympics in 4 months? Or am I totally losing it thanks to marathon training, grad school and work?

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