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Homeschooling helps Olympians

Now that the 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to a close many people are looking ahead for the 2016 summer Olympics in Brazil followed by the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. The Olympic Games are fun to watch because they give the public an opportunity to see sports that would otherwise be obscured from prime time TV. For instance, the Winter Olympics showcased odd sports like curling and the Summer Olympics includes events such as trampoline jumping. Yet the Olympics offer more to homeschoolers than merely a chance to view unusual sports; since many Olympians are homeschooled the games are a chance to see fellow homeschoolers achieve incredible goals.

A few of the many Olympic sports that homeschoolers might take part in.
A few of the many Olympic sports that homeschoolers might take part in.
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Homeschooling enables Olympians to continue both their education and their training.
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In many Olympic sports the contenders for medals are under the age of 18 and, therefore, are still technically students. However due to the rigorous demands of training many Olympians opt to homeschool as a means of attaining their education while still holding onto their Olympic dreams. Hence, the Olympics gives homeschoolers a chance to see those in similar programs attain extreme success and this portrays homeschooling in an excellent light.

Among the list of homeschooled Olympians are Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia, diver David Boudia and swimmer Katie Hoff. Gymnastics stars Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Danell Leyva are all homeschooled as is basketball player Moriah Jefferson. As online learning grows more accessible and popular it is likely that the list of homeschooled athletes will grow.

Anyone who has a child who is interested in going the distance for a sport or an endeavor like the circus (or another such time-consuming hobby) should seriously consider homeschooling as a way of getting the best of both worlds. The decision to homeschool is one that must be made with care since it requires a lot of self will and determination on the part of the student but, when implemented correctly, it is incredibly rewarding.

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