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What’s That Olympic Sport Called?

What’s That Olympic Sport Called?

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    Every two years the world gathers around their televisions to celebrate our best athletes. The Olympics are a spectacular show of solidarity for every human regardless of where they come from across the globe, uniting us all through sport. But it can get confusing remembering the names of all of the events, particularly in the Winter Olympics. You may not sound so sporty if you refer to the luge as “feet-first-slidey-tea-tray-slope”, but unless you know the name that’s pretty much as close as you can get to explaining it. So here’s a list of a few Olympics sports so you know the difference between the pentathlon and the steeplechase.

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    Winter

    Biathlon: Created in Norway, the biathlon is skiing broken up by shooting with a rifle. This event is split into two different events depending on distance and gender; 10km and 20Km for men, and 7.5km and 15km for women. Athletes must shoot targets the size of golf balls from 100m metres twice in the smaller distance and four times in the larger one. Athletes must shoot five targets either prone or standing.

    Bobsleigh: Athletes compete with either 2 or 4 team members in the sleigh and must complete the intricate icy track with the best time. If you’ve ever seen Cool Runnings then it’s the thing in that.

    Luge: This event is very similar to skeleton, however competitors lie on their backs facing feet-first. This event takes place in both single and double events and athletes manoeuvre the course using just their calf muscles and shoulders.

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    Skeleton: This is an event similar to luge where individuals lie on their stomachs, face forward, using their heads to steer.

    Curling: Although the infographic describes curling as “chess on ice”, it’s actually more like bowling. Teams must sweep granite stones and aim to get them as close to the centre of a target as possible.

    Summer

    Modern Pentathlon: This event has five parts and is meant to re-enact the experience of 19th Century cavalry soldiers. It involves fencing, swimming, show jumping and combined running and shooting.

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    Dressage: Although particularly fancier than most other events, dressage takes a lot of training and skill. Horses and their riders must perform accurately gaits, transitions between gaits and pirouettes.

    3000M Steeplechase: This is a lot like an obstacle course where there is 4 obstacles that athletes can jump over by any means possible and 1 water barrier around a track.

    Trampolining: It may look like simply bouncing up and down on a trampoline but it’s actually very complicated. Trampoliners (trampolinists? trampolinerists?) must make contact between the trampoline and their feet, seat, front and back whilst remaining as close to the centre as possible.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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