Paralympic Athletes Are The True Definition of Athletes – featuring Khamis Zaqout and Paul Callahan

The London 2012 Olympics had plenty of unforgettable moments. Michael Phelp has officially become the most decorated Olympian of all time, as well as the U.S.A. teams have won the most gold medals, silver medals and total medals (london2012.com).  Now, the Olympics are all over and the summer is also about to be over, but we can’t forget about the London 2012 Paralympics! The Paralympic games take place from August 29 to September 9. The athletes will be competing in sports which many people can never imagine the athletes with disabilities would be able to play such as Swimming, Powerlifting, and Football.

David Weir, British GoalBall T54 1500m racer. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

This year, the Paralympic organizers are very enthusiastic about making the Games what nobody has ever seen. According to Ros Dumlao, a writer of DenverPost.com, “the United States Olympic Committee announced it will provide its own broadcast and online coverage of the Games, focusing on the U.S. Paralympic Team” (Dumlao, 2012). American viewers are expected to watch the Paralympic Games more than ever.

As they have already been known to have the potential to win the medals at the London Paralympics, athletes such as David WeirSarah Storey, Khamis ZaqoutJonnie Peacock and Lee Pearson have been widely featured by the media. Wheelchair-bound Khamis Zaqout from Gaza will be competing in the shot put, discus and javelin. Zaqout mentions, “We have crawled to the Paralympics. I have achieved an Asian record with the simple means that we have.” Ala Shataly, a Palestinian Paralympic Committee member, is, especially, rooting for Zaqout for this year’s Paralympics and says with confidence that “Zaqout is definitely going to win a medal, “We have always been competitive at the Paralympics where we strive for achievements and we have reached a stage where we cannot go backwards.”

Paul Callahan, a quadriplegic Paralympic Sailor and CEO of Sail to Prevail, slipped on a wet floor and hit his head and shoulder on a hard surface, breaking his neck in the process when he attended Harvard University. He was only 21 then and now he is 56. Callahan has also left some inspiring and enthusiastic messages before his Paralympic competitions. “First, you have to have the will to win and then you have to have the will to share that victory and those wins,” Callahan said. “It’s important to do that by leveraging your victory and your journey to other disabled people. It helps you manufacture time” (NECN.com).

Those athletes with disabilities might have lost some of their physical abilities, but they still possess the strong young power. The Paralympics officially start in two weeks. DON’T MISS IT!

Working With Photos

This is the Spartan Stadium 2012

This is the Spartan Stadium 2012
Who else can’t wait for another epic season to start?

Motivation from Gatorade

Motivation from Gatorade
I wonder how many college students get motivated by Gatorade while studying. Hydration at its finest!

The Wrigley Dream

The Wrigley Dream
Those red neon lights are overrated. The Wrigley Field looks perfect from N. Sheffield Ave at night.

Don’t let the London Olympics make you forget about the 2012 College Football Season. Go Green!

If this is your first time checking out my blog, you might expect for my blog posts to be all about the 2012 London Olympics. The Olympics are great. They keep getting all of our attentions. However, I never forget that the 2012 college football season is a month away. As a senior student at Michigan State University and a huge Spartan fan my whole life, I cannot wait for another epic season for MSU Spartans to start.

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According to Tim Staudt, a reporter of Wilx, MSU’s football players will be officially reporting to campus this Friday that their first practice will be set for this Saturday, April 4th. “Media day is set for Monday and then preparation begins in earnest toward the season opening game” against Boise State, which starts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st at home. “Mark Dantonio begins his 6th season as head coach” (Staudt, July 2012).

Ever since Dantonio started being a coach, not only have the Spartans won more games than any other Big 10 team (24 games in the past 4 years), they have won 22 games since the 2010 season, which became the highest two-year total in program history and they became the seventh best among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Teams (FBS).

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“Andrew Maxwell is ready to take over as Michigan State’s starting quarterback in 2012 (MSU Football Official Website).

This year, Dantonio is aiming even higher achievement of the team and states, “Really what we’ve got to do is try to build on what we’ve accomplished thus far, and I don’t think that ever stops. I think you have a vision for where you want to go, a vision for the future, and you’re trying to get there. Really, you continue to build. That’s what we’ll always do here” (Dantonio, July 30)

After Kirk Cousins left the team for a professional team, Andrew Maxwell (20),  a Junior Quarterback, took over the role played by Cousins, a third-year-starter. Needless to say, the biggest game to pay attention to is the Spartans vs. University of Michigan, Wolverines at the Michigan Stadium on October 20.  On July 27, ESPN’s Joe Schad talks about Maxwell’s ambition for this MSU vs. UM game in this season on Twitter.

Bleacher Report

In addition to the Wolverines, the teams that you don’t want to miss are University of Wisconsin, Badgers (The Spartans and the Badgers’ last two meetings have made them a notable rivalry), Northwestern, Wildcats (They find a way to beat a ranked team in the Bowl Championship Series every year), as well as Nebraska, Cornhuskers (Taylor Martinez, a Junior Quarterback, is expected to be a large part of the team’s strong offense).

With the new season around the corner, if you know which athletes and what games to pay your extra attention to, you can enjoy and be more knowledgeable about the games! Be excited for the 2012 College Football Season!

“Just Do It” is obsolete. Now it’s “Game On, World.”

We have all heard a trademark of Nike, “Just Do It.” This single-slogan has not only motivated many people around the world to be active, but also gave Nike $18.5 billion business and changed its marketing strategy since 1988. However, people now demand Nike to not just say ‘Just do it,’ but to say ‘Help me just do it.’ Let’s see what Nike has been offering as a major part of its marketing strategy.

Pay attention to Ryan Lochte at the London Olympics

With the 2012 London Olympics right around the corner, what game and athlete are you most excited to see compete this summer? The very well-known names like LeBron JamesMichael Phelps and Usain Bolt are who we hear over and over again, but this summer, make sure to keep your eyes on our fellow American swimmer and a 6 time Olympic medalist, Ryan Lochte. Believe it or not, Lochte is expected to dethrone his teammate and rival, Michael Phelps this summer in London.

Lochte calls himself a ‘trouble-maker‘ who has had many injuries during his athletic career. He has suffered from a knee injury from break dancing, a fractured foot from skateboarding, a bruised knee from a scooter crash, as well as a sprained ankle while playing with his dog. But what made big news was a groin injury he got in July, 2010 that forced him to back off his training and a few IM meets he was already scheduled for (Woronoff, 2012).

That old Ryan Lochte, who has always finished second or third to Michael Phelps, is all gone. Four years ago, he completely changed his diet and broadened his training. He got a large attention from the media; the TV commercials and the magazine covers started featuring Lochte. Gillette Commercial is an example. Lochte cut his hair very short before the U.S. Olympic trials last month when Phelps arrived with a so-called, “dirty uncle mustache“. Lochte was clean-shaven as he was trying to get more attention from his female fans.

Lochte is a fun-loving, laid back swimmer with a unique fashion style, who just wants to go nuts twenty-four seven. However, the fact that Phelps acquired eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics fueled Lochte’s fire for competitions and he won six gold medals at the 2010 Pan-Pacific Championships, as well as four in 2009 and five at the 2011 World Championships.

He was able to change not only because he got bigger and faster, but also he got healthier.  His favorite food was McDonald’s and he was never serious about what he ate while training and competing. He can be such a big and good-looking swimmer, but he did not know how important it is to care about what he puts in his body. His Olympic Head swim coach, Gregg Troy totally changed his unhealthy behaviors. What made him even bigger and faster was Gatorade and proper nutrition while training.

Surprisingly, even Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman mentioned that “Michael’s breaststroke wasn’t bad…It’s obviously pretty good competition,” but “Lochte’s breaststroke is better”. “Lochte was the best swimmer in 2010,” Bowman continues.

At the interview with the NBC Olympics, Lochte says, “I could be having the worst day, but once I step foot in that pool everything just disappears. And I’m a very competitive athlete. I just love racing; I think that’s what keeps me going day to day in practice and going to swim meets”.

Lochte will have to win gold medals at the 200-meter backstroke and freestyle. This will help the U.S. team win medals at the 4×200 freestyle relay, where he will be paired with Phelps to compete.

Ryan Lochte, who will be turning 28 on August 3 during the Olympics, is more prepared for these Olympic meets than any other meet he has had before. Now, you know why you should pay extra attention to this world’s next swimming legend in a few weeks.

YouTube video: Ryan Lochte World Record: Win From Within

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What’s Your Passion?

In today’s competitive marketplace, making yourself almost as unique and creative as Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs is the most important key to success.

To be unique and stand out from everyone else, you need to have an extensive passion about a certain thing. It does not have to be something too professional or very well-known, but in order to promote and sell yourself in the marketplace, you must show that you are very passionate about something you like.

My passion is sports and advertising.

Sports entertainment has been such a large segment in the media and many people seem to talk about “last night’s sports games” rather than any other types of TV show at their workplace or school. Every sports organization like the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball has the marketing department to manage ticket sales, as well as sponsorship to seek large amounts of advertising-dollar support.

There are also many sports brands that create their own products like Nike, Adidas, Puma and Gatorade and employ professional athletes to promote their brands.

Out of all these well-known brands, what I have found the most successful and has got my complete attention is Gatorade.

Everywhere I go, I bring two 32 ounces bottles of Gatorade. Every time I get on Twitter, I check their tweets and pictures to see what athlete Gatorade is featuring before or during their athletic activities.

What makes it different from other sports drinks such as Powerade and Vitamin Water? The answer is its persistent advertising campaigns.

From Michael Jordan to Sidney Crosby, Gatorade is consumed by the largest amount of professional athletes out of all the sports nutrition brands around the world (Gatorade UK). During the 1997 NBA Finals “Game 5”, Jordan suffered from 103 degree fever and he constantly hydrated with Gatorade. It gave him the fuel and the will to win, and consequently, he had one of the most epic performances of his basketball career.

Here is the video of the 1997 NBA Game 5 that will make you shed tears of joy.

Gatorade came up with the strap line from this historical moment called “Win From Within”. This slogan indicates, “Once you have everything for the outside, it’s time to start thinking about what you put on the inside. Sport is driven from the inside out” (Win From Within – Gatorade Program)

Gatorade is an example of why you need your own unique brand to stand out from all your competitors.

If you would like to learn more about the importance of developing a personal brand, read this brief article with some tips in it! “Rock Your Personal Brand Like Mark Zuckerberg”

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