Be prepared for Olympics remorse

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With the Sochi Winter Olympics now the final weekend of competition, many people are probably feeling a little intimidated by now.

Seeing all these elite athletes zooming down hills or across ice surfaces makes us think that maybe some of us should have strived towards such goals.

To be an Olympian takes sacrifice when you look at all the hours that these people put into it, some training for as many hours as most of us work each day. There is no doubt that it takes true commitment and talent.

There is also sadness when you see a person work so hard and be so dedicated, only to lose out from being on the podium for a medal by hundredths or even thousandths of a second.

Then you hear the announcers talk about all the injuries some of the competitors have or how he or she has undergone a number of surgeries throughout a career.

It seems to be an accepted fact that broken bones come with getting to this level.

As most people age, healing seems to get harder and harder and the fear of slipping on ice and being out of commission for a long time is a reality most don’t want to face.

Part of the Olympics is to encourage young people to get involved, to see their heroes basking in the glory that goes along with it when they win.

Unfortunately, for a lot of young people, this is out of reach because it’s a costly venture and something that takes great determination.

This year, many eyes in this province were on the only competitor from Newfoundland and Labrador at the Winter Olympics in Sochi — that of course being figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond and just having her there has to be a big boost for her sport.

She is proving that if a person wants something bad enough that they can go after it and hopefully her participation in the Olympics will spur on others in this province to compete at that level.

Sadly though, the Olympics may be having an adverse affect for some people — instead of getting outdoors and into winter activities, many are glued to their televisions for the 18 days.

Nothing wrong with being proud of our Canadian successes and a decent medal count, but on Monday there will be Olympics remorse.

Even though some people are getting tired of it now, those battles on the hills and in arenas will be missed when they’re gone.

Geographic location: Sochi, Newfoundland and Labrador

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