Competing in the Olympics

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The Olympic Games

Sports enthusiast or not, you’re likely to feel something special in the air when the Olympic Games roll around. Whether you prefer to sit back on the couch and watch runners whiz around the track on TV or you feel compelled to see it all live, the Web sites we’ve collected will help you plan your Olympic experience.

What are the Olympic Games?

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History of the Olympics

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Lists and Rules of Olympic sports

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News Coverage of the Olympic Games

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Blogs and Forums for Olympic Fans

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Planning a Trip to the See the Olympics

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Competing in the Olympics

Ah, to compete in the Olympics—the prestige, the pride, the pain. Yes, pain. It’s not easy, by any means, to reach the skill level of an Olympic athlete. Physiology, training, nutrition, and mental strength all play a part in your success or failure. To learn more about what it takes (and whether you have it) consult these sites. You’ll find general advice and training information to help get you started on the arduous road to Olympic glory. If you decide to sink back into the couch and just watch instead, that’s fine, too.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Consult the official federation Web site for your chosen sport. You’ll find information about competitions, athletes, coaches, and upcoming events. Olympic.org, the official site of the Olympic Movement, provides links to sports federation Web sites.
  • Most Olympic athletes begin training at a very young age. However, there are endurance events, such as the marathon, that are led by older athletes. If you are 28 years old and want to be a gymnast, for example, your chances are rather slim. If you are considering a triathlon, however, you can likely train and improve, regardless of your age.
  • This New York Times article reveals the successes of older, more experienced female runners versus their younger counterparts.
  • If you want to train for the Olympics but are concerned about fitting it into your work schedule, Home Depot may be able to help. The company is the world leader in employing Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls. You can learn more on the company’s Web site.

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