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    Michelle in Athens/Special Olympics

    Brief Video of Michelle in Athens. Mathman she is looking very beautiful.


    http://gamutnews.com/20110624/35745/...-olympics.html

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    She looks absolutely gorgeous! I love her hair like that!

    Michelle's such a remarkable woman! I just adore her!

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    Thanks for the clip and Michelle looks and sounds great.

    I couldn' help notice her message that Olympics are about "teamwork."

    Obviously an experienced Intl competitor like Michelle knows what representing your country is all about.

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    ^Hernando I knew you would pick up on the word "teamwork" in Michelle's interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demarinis5 View Post
    ^Hernando I knew you would pick up on the word "teamwork" in Michelle's interview.
    And I knew you would pick up on me picking up on Michelle's words

    It's typically pretty safe at GS to agree with Michelle and even mathman might feel pretty geeky contradicting the Kween.

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    ^ Touché

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    !!!! I feel honored!
    I cant watch the vid, it doesnt load!Only the pic! Is she really in Athens? Cause either you are in Greece or not the background they put you is always the same!
    Imagine I was in Athens now and was walking the center and saw Michelle Kwan passing. I would think I have the GS syndrome and would go to the first ophthalmologist I d find! I hope she visits the islands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando View Post
    Thanks for the clip and Michelle looks and sounds great.

    I couldn' help notice her message that Olympics are about "teamwork."

    Obviously an experienced Intl competitor like Michelle knows what representing your country is all about.
    How do you jump to the conclusion that "teamwork" = "what representing your country is all about"?

    Besides team sports, almost all elite athletes these days work with their teams, from coaches to all kinds of physical and psychological specialists and supporters. Such teamwork is definitely essential for those with physical challenges.

    The Special Olympics especially celebrate human spirits and athletism, as well as teamwork, over nationalism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorita View Post
    !!!! I feel honored!
    I cant watch the vid, it doesnt load!Only the pic! Is she really in Athens? Cause either you are in Greece or not the background they put you is always the same!
    Imagine I was in Athens now and was walking the center and saw Michelle Kwan passing. I would think I have the GS syndrome and would go to the first ophthalmologist I d find! I hope she visits the islands
    I couldn't watch it either. Alas! But isn't it exciting that the Special Olympics is being held in the original home country of the Olympics. What a wonderful idea that movement is--and it all started because of one woman, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It just goes to show you that it is possible for individuals to make a difference in the world. (I'm not contradicting your idea of teamwork, Hernando...I'm just saying that one person--or it could just as well be a small group of people--can bring about change.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorita View Post
    !!!! I feel honored!
    I cant watch the vid, it doesnt load!Only the pic! Is she really in Athens? Cause either you are in Greece or not the background they put you is always the same!
    Imagine I was in Athens now and was walking the center and saw Michelle Kwan passing. I would think I have the GS syndrome and would go to the first ophthalmologist I d find! I hope she visits the islands
    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I couldn't watch it either. Alas! But isn't it exciting that the Special Olympics is being held in the original home country of the Olympics. What a wonderful idea that movement is--and it all started because of one woman, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It just goes to show you that it is possible for individuals to make a difference in the world. (I'm not contradicting your idea of teamwork, Hernando...I'm just saying that one person--or it could just as well be a small group of people--can bring about change.)
    Try this link that was posted over at MKF, hope they don't mind. I am not sure why the link in my previous post is not working.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2CTuTNlmUA
    Last edited by demarinis5; 06-25-2011 at 08:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I couldn't watch it either. Alas! But isn't it exciting that the Special Olympics is being held in the original home country of the Olympics.
    honestly i dont know, it is a double edged sword, from one point the days are very hard now in Greece for hosting something like this, on the other hand it is a breath of fresh air and something worth watching tv for. I have many friends who are volunteers now and i m little jealous.

    thanx for the link!

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    I considered Greece's difficulties before I wrote my response, but I think it's generally a good thing to have an event like this even in tough times. Remember how so many Japanese GS posters said that watching the Japanese team at Worlds lifted their spirits. I hope the Special Olympics will bring in revenue from outside that can help a bit, and the games might also attract more tourism. Every little bit helps, I think. I think of you every time I hear the news about the economic situation. Really tough to hear about.

    If your friends who are volunteering tell you anything about the proceedings, I hope you share with us! Maybe some of them will even see Michelle, at which point I will share your jealousy.
    Last edited by Olympia; 06-25-2011 at 05:43 PM.

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    Just a few days ago, maybe last week, I came across a re-broadcast of a Canadian comic recounting his experience in Beijing Special Olympics last year. It was both hilarious and inspirational.

    He was sent there because he had an artificial leg. After his initial puzzle at the perfuntory and nonchalant manner he was waved through at the airport metal detector despite he own hesitation, he suddenly realized "it's the Special Olympics! You're not so special, Princess!"

    At a swim event, there was a Chinese man completely armless, without even a little stump. How the hell was he going to do his breast stroke? Turned out he was the fastest. Then of course the comic wondered how he was going to turn at the other end. Next the swimmer had to do the butterfly - it was the Medley event! The armless swimer fell back to 2nd and then 3rd. But the last style, the freestyle, was his specialty! He started surging ahead, passing the other swimmers ahead of him. Near the end of the pool and the race, his head was in front of the next competitor's. But he ended up second because the other swimmer had half an arm which he used to touch the finish wall first!

    "Where else can a man think to himself, 'my half an arm sure came in handy!'"

    Special indeed.
    Last edited by SkateFiguring; 06-25-2011 at 07:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demarinis5 View Post
    Brief Video of Michelle in Athens. Mathman she is looking very beautiful.
    She does look beautiful and her hair is really long. I'm glad you warned Math, you know his heart, poor old guy!!!

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    Well, if anyone deserves a lifelong fan club, it's Michelle. I'm proud to be a member also, though I'll have to root around on YouTube to find a video of her there that I can open.


    Edit: I found a YouTube file!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2CTuTNlmUA

    She does indeed look lovely, and she's very enthusiastic about the event. She says that despite the current problems in Greece, there are 25,000 volunteers for the Special Games. Wow! That is an impressive feat by Greece.
    Last edited by Olympia; 06-25-2011 at 11:04 PM.

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