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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 July 10, 2020

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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