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USA Olympic fever is heating up.

Go USA!  U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!!
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All eyes, at least the eyes of hockey fans, are on Team USA as they make their way to the Gold. As an American we are always hopeful and root, root, root for the home team. However, as Chicago Blackhawks fans, we are torn. Some of our favorite players were chosen to play in the Olympics for their respective home countries. Ten Blackhawks were sent to Sochi:

  • Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith & Patrick Sharp playing for Canada.
  • Patrick Kane playing for USA.
  • Marcus Kruger, Johnny Oduya, and Niklas Hjalmarsson playing for Sweden.
  • Marian Hossa and Michael Handzus playing for Slovakia.
  • Michal Rozsival playing for Czech Republic.

As we wish them well and cheer for the Gold, we might want to take a look at some previous "locals" that have brought precious medals home:

  • Kenneth Gould, boxer and 1988 United States Olympics Welterweight Bronze Medalist.
  • Ronald Merriott, Olympic diver and 1984 Bronze Medalist.
  • Janet Lynn Nowicki, Olympic ice skater and 1972 Bronze Medalist.

Past, present and future athletes are forever commended and supported at this international, world renowned event dating back to Ancient Greece. No other sports competition can compare to the extreme of the Olympic Games. While the opening, closing and victory ceremonies have remained the same, the modern Olympic Games have grown to more than two hundred participating nations with an International Olympic Committee overseeing all aspects of the Games.

Do you have a child that is a future Olympian? Let's face it, almost everyone imagines themselves on the podium, with a medal around your neck and your National Anthem playing for you. Watching the Olympics with your kids can provide an opportunity to discuss passions, doing something you love, goal planning and the rewards for a lot of hard work. Here are some key points to get them thinking while watching:

  • Ask your child, "what do you like to do?" Do they "love" a sport or activity shown in the Olympics?
  • Does your child think it is important to be recognized for doing well, or do they like the feeling you get when you do your best?
  • How about wishing you could do something and how would you go about making that something happen?
  • Why are the athletes looked up to, or why not?

The Olympics are very much a part of the American culture and have been in existence for a very long time. We should show our children our interest and support in the Olympic Games. They are another venue to instill a positive value and also a perfect time to promote "Go For The Gold" and "Go USA"!

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