The Olympic Difference
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS... 1/100th of a second is the difference between winning Gold and coming in 2nd place. Relatively speaking, being an Olympic athlete, in and of itself, is an amazing accomplishment. Most Olympic athletes will follow that statement with an obvious, "But I'm here to win Gold." It blows my mind to think that one slight misstep or lack of extension coming off a turn or a serve into the net can mean the difference between pure bliss and a 'what if?'.
Today marks the 6th day of the 2012 London Olympics. I don't know about you, but I've been glued to the NBC prime time broadcast of the major events - swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, and diving. I've also downloaded the NBC London 2012 Live Extra App in case I need a fix of live competition during the day. I scan Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after every broadcast trying to get a sneak peak into the life of the athletes in the Olympic Village. You never know if one of them will sneak into Buckingham Palace to take a picture of their gold medal with the Queen, right?
Here are the Olympic stats from just yesterday.
- 100-meter Men's Freestyle Swim - USA's Nathan Adrian beat the favored Australian, James "The Missile" Magnussen by 1/100th of a second.
- 200-meter Men's Breaststroke Swim - Hungary's Daniel Gyurta came crashing into the wall to beat Great Britain's Michael Jamieson and to have a World Record time of 2:07:28. Jamieson came in at 2:07:43. That is 2/100th of a second.
- 200-meter Women's Breaststroke Swim - USA's Rebecca Soni broke the World Record with a time of 2:20:00. The previous World Record was 2:20:12. Again, a difference of 1/100th of a second.
All of the close races and breaking of World Records makes me think about the effort we all put forth in our own lives. How often to we push ourselves to be the best we can be? Do we often get lazy and seek shortcuts? What if we made one more healthy food choice today? What if we stayed out for a run a minute longer? What if we took a few more seconds to understand a project at work? How would our lives be different? Experience The Olympic Difference in your life today.
Here's a little bit of awesome to hold you over until tonight.
Kristen Lutz, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute - Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.
Clients benefit from Kristen's approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women's volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.