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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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Intense Sports

Everyone would like to achieve something huge and trophy worthy in their lives. Finishing high school and entering college is just the beginning of that adventure. Professional athletes are our generationsí role models. The question is, how many of us are striving for Olympic dreams ourselves? Personally I have observed young athletes, such as my sister, who practice day and night to become better at their sport, and even make better times.

The most important thing to realize about dedicated athletes is the way their drive spills over into every facet of their lives. Such determination and constant stress really makes for a driven student academically. Professional athletes , and even great high school athletes are usually the least affected by peer pressure and bad decisions, unlike the rest of us. You canít reach a goal by letting others influence you, and that is what our generationís strongest athletes and leaders have learned very early in their careers.

It is mostly difficult to follow the mistakes of professional athletes, because their time revolves around a healthy lifestyle and good daily choices. It would be much more beneficial for me and my generation if the internet was covered with stories of how athletes practice and how they stay focused all year round. Although it is interesting to read about singers and celebrities who make mistakes and bad choices in their lives, because it makes us feel better about ourselves, we should probably be looking toward what successful people in the world can do.

My own Olympic dreams began with co-ed baseball, moved on to tennis, and ended with swimming. Sometimes athletic goals are not for all of us. Personally, I like to spend time in the gym and do Steph sized workouts, of regular person proportions.

Aside from some of the bad things we see, I know we would all love to be at the Olympics right now being covered 24/7 on the news. It could be the best time of the year for all of us because we can all take a break and look at the successes of our country, and praise some of our most driven athletes. I know that I would not be able to make a dent in my sisters swim record right now, considering Iím more like a goldfish in the water, rather than a dolphin, or Olympic gold medal winner.

I am quite happy sitting back and watching them make epic strides, while I work on my own expanding career outside of high school. We all have goals and heights that we would like to reach in our lives, and even if we are not looking to be in the Olympics, we can all look at these athletes and hopefully some of us realize that we should be looking towards them as our role models.


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