Willed to Swim

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 25th, 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympics have come to an end, but moving stories of life, achievement, and persevering just keep rolling in…

Natalie du Toit is a 24-year-old South African amputee, who fell victim to a life-changing motorcycle accident. With a prosthetic leg and a lot of courage, du Toit went out to contend for a medal in the marathon swimming games (Yes! And, she actually did it after removing the prosthetic.). Now, she didn’t win (came in 16th), but she was excited about actually just doing it. She said she left it all in the water.

She didn’t focus on her disability, rather she just went into the open water and sojourned. Best of all, she was an Olympian.

Go Natalie… can’t wait to see you in the 2012 Olympics in London!

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Thinking Back…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 21st, 2008

Do you have a Gold Medalist moment?…

We all do. What’s yours?

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What Cha Watching?

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 18th, 2008

Now that we’re in Week 2 of the 2008 Summer Olympics, I’m looking forward to the Track & Field games… which are you tuning in to see?

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Categories: Olympic Favorites

Selfless Mike…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 15th, 2008

While watching Michael Phelps continue to make Olympic history, I heard a story about him that made me say ‘hmmm’…

In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Phelps beat out his, then, rival Ian Crocker in the 400 meter medley (a.k.a. they switch swimming styles of each leg). As a rival and teammate, Phelps chose to forfeit his spot in the finals (Yes, the finals is where he would’ve picked up his gold!) for Crocker so he would have a chance to redeem himself. And guess what? Crocker brought home the gold… (Mike is something else, huh?… I may have had to think on that a bit more. LOL!).

I brought this scenario closer to home as I thought on times when I was in a position to be selfless. Sometimes it just isn’t that easy… You know, the type of selflessness that really costs you something. Well, I thought about Hubby and how someone once told me to wake up every day asking myself how I can put him first (You know, above my own selfish tendencies…)… Wait!… (I am actually cracking myself up because, Honey, some days are better than others. LOL!).

Anyway, sometimes you can find an opportunity within your relationship to give up your goals-big or small-for the one you love most. It’s a priceless feeling that builds as you await the next opportunity.

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Phelps Looks for “That” Face

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 12th, 2008

Isn’t Michael Phelps, a forerunner in Men’s Swimming, showing such skill and passion in Beijing as he competes at the 2008 Summer Olympics? It is so exciting to watch how committed he is to his sport and to his teammates. It speaks a great deal about his character and quest for gold.

Karen Blaha

What also caught my eye was how Phelps, after winning and standing there at the three-tiered podium (on the top tier of course), scanned the stadium seats for his mom. No matter what was going on, you didn’t see comfort in his eyes until he spotted “that” face.

It was the face that raised him, that encouraged when trouble was all around him. It was that face that he could rely on to be at every meet and to say just the right thing that would console him after a defeat. It was the only face that he looked for and could you blame him?

A mother’s love is as empowering as it is powerful. Go moms (And, oh, yeah, go for the gold, Mike!)!

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You’re Gold!

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 8th, 2008

Today is the opening ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. So,…

If your were competing in the Olympics, in which event would you win gold?

What! (Who me? You’re asking me?)… I would seriously win the gold for sleeping (The Long Sleep would be the category!).

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Too Much Manny?

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 5th, 2008

Manny Ramirez, a recently traded leftfielder from the Boston Red Sox to the L.A. Dodgers, has been receiving a lot of coverage-and it hasn’t all been too good.

Ramirez, a future Hall of Famer, appears to be (let’s say) an attention grabber. He has, especially in recent weeks, made some fans, teammates, and management a bit frustrated by his on-the-field antics (Yes, using a cell phone is on this antics list! And yes, jogging [instead of running] to first base.). But, along with his clowning around, Ramirez has proven to be one of the best at his position (And, he knows it!).

I’m a little in between on this because the man is a beast on the field and that’s undeniable… But, how far is too far (as far as performing in order to get reactions)? He hasn’t hurt anyone (Uh, well, except that fight in the dugout, which involved another teammate and staff member.)… So, do you get a pass just because you’re gifted and talented? I mean, I guess sometimes that is how things seem to go (Obviously!), but should this be the case? Is it such a big deal? For me, (along with, of course, balance) I’m all about embracing one’s personality and like Hubby so eloquently said the other day, he wouldn’t want to kill someone’s spirit.

So, big deal or not such a big deal at all?

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Categories: Baseball, Life Insights

Olympic Faves

Posted by VeRonda Wicks August 3rd, 2008

Hubby and I were discussing our favorite Olympics’ events. He said his fave was swimming, which was actually a surprise to me. Hubby admitted his fascination with how fast these people could swim-often time really looking like fish. Mine would definitely be track and field. Those events are crazy… running, jumping, throwing… What could be better than that?

With the 2008 Summer Olympics right around the corner, what is your favorite event and (of course), your significant other’s pick, too?

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Let’s Play Again, Please!…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks July 30th, 2008

Carlos Zambrano is one of baseball’s best… Positioned as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, he is (like a great number of professional athletes) tremendously skilled. And, for this great skill, he has won the Silver Slugger Award (This is the “you’re really great at what you do” award.). Along with being very calculating in his play, Zambrano is also very much known for his-let’s say-excitement for the game. A little display of emotion never hurts, right?… You know, a little exuberance with a win (By the way, they won over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night) or a little frustration after a loss.

Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano

I, for one, am a bit competitive (I think growing up with four older brothers didn’t help much, either…) and emotional when it comes to winning and losing… (Uh, no Honey, I don’t want to share that time during Scrabble when I completely lost it!). Sorry-I’m back… Anyway, I really like winning (Doesn’t everyone?), so I can definitely relate to Zambrano’s need for speed out there on the field!

When it comes to winning and losing (both are reality), are you a laid back or an overly exuberant winner or loser? How about your significant other?… And, of course, it doesn’t have to be just about sports, y’all!!

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Categories: Baseball

Wouldn’t Trade a Moment

Posted by VeRonda Wicks July 27th, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympics

Surprisingly enough (or maybe not that surprising), there are a lot of families participating in (or extensive family support throughout) these 2008 Olympics in Beijing. I believe (especially if it’s feasible) that there are plenty of memorable times that can be made even more special when there is family involved.

What special times can you remember (maybe long time ago or just today) that involved you and a family member? And you know what?… It can be big or small, sports related or not. What matters is that it was special to you!

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