Junior Golf: Olympic Adrenalin

In this Monday Mulligan we will visit some of the highlights of the Olympic results from this past weekend. So much to write about, so little space. (photo jennleforge.com)img_0135-1

There are many reasons or shall we say examples just from these 2 days of competition that are why we encourage you to record as much of The Olympics as possible. From the sheer competition in the events themselves, to the reactions of the athletes to being an Olympian, much less a medal winner and hearing the stories of how all of them have dreamed of participating in The Olympics their whole lives! It’s great!

So The Olympics had barely started Saturday and Ginny Thrasher won the US’ 1st gold medal in women’s 10-meter air rifle shooting with an Olympic record of 208.0. In the pure joy of medalling category is Cody Miller, Bronze Medalist in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke. You could hear him yelling in excitement when he saw he had taken 3rd place. In his post-swim interview he said his goal to win a medal in The Olympics had come true. His sheer joy was infectious, his lifelong dream was fulfilled!

Now for the pure adrenalin rush you can only get from head-to-head competition. The men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, 1 of The Olympics most exciting events had 4 legitimate contenders: the US, France who won in 2012, the favored Australians and the Russians who had the fastest time in 2016.

Now guess who’s swimming the 2nd leg for the US, yep, THE MAN, Michael Phelps. Apparently there was some discussion among the coaches as whether or not to include Phelps in this lineup, but he swam a 48.5 in a qualifier to get a spot because in Michael’s own words, “I really wanted to be on that relay!” You see, Michael loves relays!

You could feel the electricity in the air, even through the TV. All 4 top teams were in lanes 3-6 with the US in lane 5. Caleb Dresser, the fastest swimmer IN HISTORY, in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, led off. His time of 48.10 put him just barely behind the French when he handed off to Michael Phelps who took the lead with his entry. Then came the turn and Oh Man, did Michael make a turn! He rode under the wake for the full 15-meters which got him almost a full-length lead which he passed on to Ryan Held. And Ryan did a great job of keeping the lead for the US with his time of 47.73 and then he passed to Nathan Adrian to bring home the bacon! Now in fairness, Nathan was swimming against the fastest French swimmer, a great closer, and it was now a 2-team race for the gold. Nathan kept his lead and the French just couldn’t catch him and the US had1st place. Tons of excitement!image

When you ask, what is the heart of a champion, well, here’s 1 way to look at it. Remember that Michael swam a 48.5 to make the team for this relay. And, in this event he swam a 47.12, wow! Oh, did I mention that for Nathan Adrian to hold off the Frenchman, he swam a blistering 46.97, are you kidding me!!! The truly great athletes give great performances under pressure! So the 48.5 that Michael swam to make the team was nearly a ½-second slower than the slowest split time for our winning team. By the way, Mr Phelps time of 47.12 was his fastest split time ever and at the ripe old age of 31, in his 5th Olympics! And 1 of the US coaches said that Michael’s turn was the best underwater turn ever done in competition. Ah, the heart of a champion!

What does this mean to your junior golfer? Dream big, work hard, enjoy competition and expect to win! Please enjoy these Olympics!

See you on #1 tee looking like an Olympic Champion… Sam

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