2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver Opening Ceremonies

2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver Opening Ceremonies

17 days of inspiration, motivation, and personal success

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics started off with sadness only hours after a luger from the country of Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili, was killed in a horrific training-run crash at Whistler. His death represents the motivation, hard work, and the personal success story which include the incredible risks some of these athletes take in order to be the best in the world.

The opening ceremonies, holding 60,000 people in BC Place Stadium, had several pauses during the ceremonies to pay respects to the luger and was dedicated to Kumaritashvili.  Jaques Rogge urged all athletes to compete in Kumaritashvili’s honor stating, “May you carry his Olympic dream on your shoulders and compete with his spirit in your heart.”

I was able to watch some of the opening ceremonies and marveled at the unbelievable presentation and was engrossed by all the personal success stories that many of the athletes carry with them. The planning, the effort, and the money spent to produce such a remarkable night was evident. Four top Canadian athletes lit the cauldron with the greatest Canadian hockey player, or Canadian athlete for that matter, as one of them – Wayne Gretzky.

I am looking forward to the games as I love the personal success stories and the athlete’s motivational quotes on hard work and perseverance. This is truly an inspirational event, an event that brings countries together, and an event that we should all cherish and take time to watch.

Let the games, and the athlete’s determination inspire you as it does me. Post their inspirational quotes here, as I will be taking notes and sharing them these next 17 days as well.

Here is a motivational quote I pulled from a commercial last night from J.R. Celski, a US Male speed skater coming back from injury. He said, “Everyone will face challenges. What defines you is how you face them.” His personal success story was one where he was never to skate again. And where is he? In the 2010 Winter Olympics!

From self improvement and motivation to personal success in any area in your life, there will be challenges. Its how you carry them on your shoulder and what you do to move forward is what counts.

And of course Wayne Gretzky, many years ago gave us this motivational quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Please enjoy the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with me, share some inspirational stories that motivate you, and lets act on the inspiration and motivation that the games will provide!

Go Team!

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