100 Days to Sochi

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Kellogg’s.

You want to hear something crazy? It’s 100 days until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Crazy right?

I love the Olympics. Yes it’s about the incredible athletes, athletic feats and the competitions. But for me, it’s also about the stories.

I’m in awe of professional athletes and what it takes to compete on that elite level. I want to know about their training, support systems, and nutrition. I want to know about how they got their start – what sparked their passion and interest and what it took to get them to where they are now.

To celebrate 100 Days to Sochi, Kellogg’s is sharing a series of inspirational Start Stories that bring to life the unique journeys of nine Team Kellogg’s athletes. The best part? I’m get to meet some of these athletes today! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for live updates from the event!

The videos are truly inspirational. Here are a few of my favorites.

If you watch any of the videos, you should watch this one. It’s the story of Amy Purdy, one of the top adaptive snowboarders. She contracted bacterial meningitis and within 24 hours of her first symptoms, she ended up in the hospital on life support with less than a 2% chance to live.

She lost both legs, spleen, kidneys and hearing in left ear. And she had to start over again. “What do you do when you’re 19 years old and you lose both of your legs. You can either give up on life or you can live it. I chose to live it.” Amazing. She’s now training for the Sochi 2014 Paraolympic Games.

I’m in awe of Noelle Pikus-Pace. She’s the mom of two kids and her sport is Skeleton. You know, the one where you lie down on your belly on a thin sled and willingly fling yourself down an icy race track head first? Yeah, that one.

You have to watch this video and hear about her comeback from a near career-ending injury before the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. She was hit by a 4-man bobsled and sent flying 30 feet in the air. With the support of family and friends, she is back to being one of the top skeleton competitors in the world.

I love what Gretchen Bleiler says in this video about the journey of being an athlete. She says that when you’re so focused on the end goal, you’re missing the whole journey of getting there. And that journey? The getting there? That’s where the real stuff happens.

That’s what it’s all about for all of us right? The journey? The decision to start and the support that keeps us going?

I can’t wait for the Winter Olympics to start.

What’s your favorite Winter Olympic event?

Be sure to check out the other Start Story videos from Kellogg’s.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the winter Olympics–getting exposure to those smaller sports we’d not otherwise know about is fun. Like skeleton–yes, that’s some insane stuff!

    When I was in Utah last month we stopped by the venues and got to watch the freestyle skiiers practicing their stuff. They were landing in a pool at the time. It was so amazing to watch them–could have stayed all day.

    Enjoy your day today!
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    • says

      Can you believe that the Olympics are only 100 days away? That means that 2014 is just around the corner (YIKES!). My favorite part about the Olympics are the stories and these were some amazing ones. I wish that the Paraolympics got more coverage though because they are some incredible athletes.
      Christine Yu recently posted..100 Days to SochiMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks Eli! It was so great to meet some of the athletes yesterday and to hear more of their stories. It will definitely make watching the Olympics more exciting knowing how much and how hard they have worked to get there!
      Christine Yu recently posted..100 Days to SochiMy Profile

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