Olympics 2012: The Best Inspiring Us To Be Our Best
What a memorable first week at the Olympics! Here at Fitbie's headquarters, we've been been glued to NBC's online feed of the Games and blogging about it all week. Read on for our favorite moments so far and how these Olympians can inspire you to be your best.
On Tuesday, we were inspired by McKayla Maroney's near-perfect performance on the vault to help the United States secure gold in the women's all-around team competition. (What shocked you more: when the judges managed to deduct almost three tenths from her score, or when powerhouse Jordyn Wieber failed to make it to the all-around finals? Tell us on Facebook) Then, on Thursday, we watched Maroney's teammate, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas, earn gold in the individual all-around competition. She made history by being the first woman of color to stand atop the podium in this event.
The Ryan Lochte-Michael Phelps showdown played out like a movie. Lochte beat out Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley early on in week one. Then Phelps came back to edge out Lochte in the 200-meter IM at the end of the week. In between, the two combined for a pair of silvers and one more gold on three different relay teams. Phelps isn't done yet, but he'll already leave these games as the most decorated Olympian in the history of the Games. (Read what keeps Phelps motivated to compete).
American cyclist Kristin Armstrong won gold in the women's time trial at the age of 38, defending her title from 2008 and coming back from the birth of a child two years ago and a broken collarbone earlier this season. (Here are a few more Olympians who overcame the odds).
But beyond the medals, the lessons we learn from these athletes about motivation, nutrition, exercise, and striving to be your absolute best will resonate long after the closing ceremonies. Fitbie editors spent a good amount of time in the run up to the Olympics talking with competitors from a variety of different sports to find out what it takes for them to be their very best. What do they eat? How do they train and stay motivated? What about weight? Turns out, keeping it off can be hard for the world's best too. This advice from Ryan Lochte, Misty May-Treanor, Abby Wambach and many more can help you go for gold every day of your life.
Plus, let our infographic help you figure out which obscure Olympic sport is up your alley.
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