By Guest Blogger Mila
I admire athletes for their hard work and extreme dedication to their sports.
They train hard and try to push their bodies to attain peak physical conditions. They also know that at anytime one serious injury can mean an end to their sporting careers. The Olympics showcase the world’s best athletes and bring them together to compete.
There are several female Olympic athletes who are in the spotlight and competing in this year’s Winter Olympics. I think they are awesome role models for all Alphanistas. I’ll be cheering for these two favorites:
Jacobellis is a snowboarder and well known for her 2006 Winter Olympics silver medal. She started snowboarding at age 11 and was first invited to compete in the X Games at age 15. If it had not been for a fall after attempting a difficult maneuver, she would have won gold. Settling for sliver at the time, she vowed to return to the Olympics and go for the gold. She is doing exactly that this year and hopes to be on that top podium. Today at age 24, Jacobellis loves snowboarding, but she also loves fashion, reading, and movies. Despite all her bulky snowboarding gear, she always tries to standout with a scarf in her hair or a colorful accessory. In a male-dominated sport, she has been dubbed the golden girl. She is definitely one to watch out for on the slopes.
Flatt is a figure skater and 2010 U.S. national champion. She began skating at the age of 4 and is known for her bubbly personality and her amazing performances on ice. MAC Cosmetics has also signed Flatt on an endorsement because she is stylish and always smiling. Oh, and by the way she is only 17. Yup, an Olympic contender, national ice-skating champion, and major makeup company endorsee at the ripe old age of 17. Vanity Fair recently interviewed her and asked what the hardest part of being a young athlete is. She replied, “In some ways being so young is a great advantage. You don’t have expectations, only goals based upon your training. It is difficult to go from relative anonymity as a figure skater to being in the spotlight. It takes time to adjust to that. My friends at school and at the rink keep me grounded!”
Mila is in her twenties and lives and works in New York City. She loves writing, running, and good music. If there’s a dance party, she’s there.