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Winter Olympics

Week 4 – February 2010

It has been a spectacular few weeks watching the highlights of the Winter Olympics.

I don’t think the Olympics are even about sport, they’re about the dream, they’re about the power of the human spirit.
Ruben Gonzalez – Four time Olympian

For all the athletes that compete, it is a never ending search for excellence, even if you have already won a gold medal.

Australia’s most successful ever winter sportsman, Dale Begg-Smith,
I see so many ways for me to continue to improve, so many little technicalities…

I have always encouraged my athletes most importantly to make sure they enjoy their journey and I think gold medalist in the snowboard halfpipe, Torrah Bright epitomized this well. Going into her final run, she was placed 11th out of 11 having had two falls in her previous run but before the final run, she said

“When I was standing up the top I looked down at the crowd, saw all the Australians in the crowd and thought to myself: ‘Let’s have some fun’,

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well: “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.”

To your success, always doing your best


Ann Quinn, Ph.D

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