Michael Phelps Wins Record 11th Gold Medal – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday August 13, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“A great swimmer lives within me. Today that swimmer hits the pool.” (hear it)

Paavo Nurmi, Larysa Latynina, Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, and Michael Phelps each had 9 Olympic gold medals; until tonight that is.

This evening American swimmer Michael Phelps stands alone. He became the first athlete in Olympic history to win 10 gold medals by winning the men’s 200 meter butterfly in another world record of 1 minute 53.70 seconds. With the ease that has become his habit, Phelps bested a world-class field to claim his record-setting gold medal.

Less than 50 minutes later he snared gold medal number 11. He swam the lead off leg and led the U.S. men’s 800 meter freestyle relay team in obliterating the world record and the rest of the field by nearly five seconds. The U.S. men became the first team ever to break the 7-minute mark in the event.

In the process, Phelps also set his fifth world record in five events and surpassed Jenny Thompson as the most decorated swimmer in U.S. Olympic history.

His success is no accident. Throughout the games the media has talked about his commitment, his single-mindedness during the past four years in preparation for his day in the sun.

Tonight all that hard work paid off. Phelps has already secured his place among the immortals. Before these Olympics are over, Phelps may have enough gold medals to be in a class all by himself. The only question remaining is who will play Michael Phelps in the Hollywood version of his life.

Michael Phelps is proof that when belief, talent, and determination meet dreams come true.

Stay inspired!

Ray


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Why I Love The Olympics – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday August 12, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Learning helps me achieve my goals in life.” (hear it)

We are now headed into day 5 of these Beijing Olympics. As with every Olympics, there have been underdogs and upsets. The favorites have had their day as well.

Michael Phelps continues setting record after record. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are dominating on the volleyball court. China’s mens gymnastics won the expected gold medal. The world’s second most populous nation claimed its first ever gold when India’s Abhinav Bindra won the 10m air rifle title.

Meanwhile, the US men’s gymnastics team overcame adversity to win an unlikely bronze medal. Missing its two expected leaders – the Hamm brothers – the US men’s gymnastics team rallied around the near-perfect performance by team leader Jonathan Horton to surprise everyone.

What I love about the Olympics, though, is that it is all about the young people of the world pursuing their dreams with everything they have. In doing so, they are setting an example for us all. That more what our world should be about. 

We all have dreams. Your dreams may not involve putting in 16 hour days at the pool or in the gym. They may not mean going half-way around the world and performing while half the world watches.

However, they are there; within you. They come to the surface in those moments when you wonder if you are on the right track. They are what you imagine your life would be…if only. 

As you watch these Olympics over the next two weeks, let them fuel your dreams. Let them spark your determination not to be denied in your quest to live the life you are here to live.

Stay inspired!

Ray

 


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USA Men’s 4 X 100 Relay Team Overcomes – The Affirmation Spot for Monday August 11, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Determination. I push my limits and I achieve great things.” (hear it)

Even American swimming commentator Rowdy Gaines said they wouldn’t do it. “I’ve put this down on paper a million times,” said Gaines before the race, “and I just can’t see how they win it.” Fortunately, the USA Men’s 4 X 100 freestyle relay swimming team wasn’t listening to Gaines or their French counterparts.

Alain Bernard the french anchor swimmer – and world record holder in the 100 meter freestyle – previously told a reporter that the favored French team would “smash” the Americans. In the end, it was Bernard whose anchor leg could have backed up his promise. Instead, veteran US swimmer Jason Lezak swam the fastest split in event history to chase down the Frenchman and claim gold for the Americans.

The victory returned Team USA to the top of relay swimming’s glamor event after two consecutive Olympic losses to Ian Thorpe and the Australians. The win kept alive Michael Phelps’ dream of claiming eight medals in a single Olympics. The victory also marked the first time an African American swimmer has claimed gold at the Olympics, as Cullen Jones joined teammates Lezak, Phelps, and Garrett Weber-Gale in world-record time of 3 minutes 8.24 seconds.

Watch the video:

NBC Video of Mens’ 4 x 100 Meter Freestyle

Amid the celebration of this great triumph is a reminder for us all.  The experts and other people may not give you a chance. Yet, we always have the choice to give the performance of our lives when it matters and prove them all wrong. The power of your belief combined with your desire to reach a goal are an unstoppable combination.

Stay inspired this Monday and never give up!

Ray

 


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China Gets A+ for Opening Ceremony – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday August 9, 2008

Fireworks filled the Beijing skies Friday evening and the hearts of Earth’s most populous nation seemed to beat in anticipatory unison. As the much of the globe looked on, China welcomed the world’s finest young athletes to The Games of the XXIX Olympiad in a memorable opening ceremony.

The show was a vast as China, as new as today, and as ancient as this proud culture. The ghosts of Confucius and Mao were clearly walking the stadium floor as China put on its best face for the world. In short, it was a display of the great paradoxes that is China.

We witnessed twinges of China’s totalitarian government that crushes internal dissent, commits cultural genocide in Tibet, and denies foreign journalists access to Internet. Conversely, the powerful heart of that nation and its people was almost palpable – even on TV. The good-natured, easy-going spirit of the Chinese people that is almost cliche was abundantly evident.

The Chinese people welcomed the world with a smile and enthusiasm unbounded by their restrictive environment. I recently heard a story on National Public Radio (NPR) where a 75-year-old Beijing man had learned several languages to help tourists find their way during The Games. One police officer had mastered 14 languages for the same reason.

The national pride reached a crescendo when the Chinese team, led by NBA star Yao Ming and 9-year-old Lin Hao, entered the stadium. Lin Hao was a victim of the recent Sechuan earthquake. He attained the status of a national hero for going back into his school and saving classmates. His story and his presence added a very human element to the drama.

The opening ceremony was punctuated by a death-defying Olympic flame lighting ceremony. 1984 Chinese gold medalist Li Ning, attached to wires like Peter Pan, ascended to the top of the stadium and then “ran” around the top of the entire stadium and lit the flame signaling the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Clearly, the people of China are committed to sharing their friendship and their culture with the people of the world. Over these next few weeks, we will find out if China will rub off on the world or if the world will rub off on China through this experience.

I suspect it will be a little bit of both and that is probably a good thing. The rest of us can gain from the seemingly eternal optimism of the Chinese people and China’s government can reduce its paranoia and recognize that contact with and information from the outside world are not such a bad thing.

If those two things happen, these Olympics could have positive effects on the global dynamic long after the last medal ceremony.

To the millions of Chinese who worked to prepare everything that made these opening ceremonies amazing, I say thank you and well done!

Stay inspired!

Ray


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