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On Your Mark, Get Set for the 2012 Olympics

On Your Mark, Get Set for the 2012 Olympics

The Olympic torch is already well on its way through the epic relay tour of towns and cities to eventually arrive at this year's host location of London. It may seem like a long time ago that London won the Olympic bid to host the 2012 Olympics, but now they are just over a month away. 

What you need to know to get ready for this Summer's Olympics is that they begin July 27th and run until August 12th.  The schedule of events has already been published and can be seen on the official site London 2012.

There will be more and more advertising and commercial TV related to the Olympic games in the coming weeks, and now is a good time to start learning about the Olympic athletes in Team USA.  Soon sports reporters around the world will begin speculating on which country will win the most Golds and who the exciting athletes are to watch. 

But the Olympics does not have to be just about watching the games in London, it's an inspiring time to get up and do some sports. So to get you in the mood this week all you need to do is submit your favorite Olympic story in the comments below or share a pinterest board with your Olympic inspiration (that could be athletes, sports clothes, favorite excercise or the images you use to motivate you to get active).  The Gold, Silver & Bronze in this week's giveaway is 3 Switch2Health STEP Pedometers which have built-in motivation for every 10,000 steps.

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Need a little help with your entry?  We've rounded up some of our favorite videos of past Olympic winners below.

 

The Olympics begin on July 27th and run to August 12 in London. 

 

US Women’s Team Wins 1st Olympic Gold (Soccer): 1996 Atlanta Olympics

The first ever women’s Olympic soccer tournament drew in a crowd of more than 75,000 people for its gold medal game. American Tiffeny Milbrett scored a goal with 22 minutes remaining, which ended up being the winning goal, as Team USA took the first ever gold medal over China.

 

Carly Patterson Wins All-Around (Gymnastics): 2004 Athens Olympics

At just 16 years old, Carly Patterson delivered a poised and extremely difficult performance to become just the second US woman ever to win all-around gold, 20 years after Mary Lou Retton became the first.

 

Paul Hamm Wins All-Around (Gymnastics): 2004 Athens Olympics

Paul Hamm became the first American man to ever win the all-around competition, prevailing in its closest finish ever at the games. After a nasty fall during the vault competition, Hamm found himself situated in 12th place with only two events left to go. It was considered extremely unlikely that he would even get the bronze, but Hamm rebounded in what can only be described as one of the most incredible and improbable wins in gymnastics history.

 

Michael Phelps Wins the 100m Butterfly (Swimming): 2008 Beijing Olympics

Michael Phelps’ seventh race at the Beijing games proved to be his most dramatic in his hunt for eight gold medals. Phelps appeared to be swimming to a silver medal in the 100m fly until the very last stroke, when he out-touched Serbia’s Cavic at the wall by an imperceptible .01 seconds. It quite simply doesn’t get any closer than that.

 

Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings Repeat Gold Medal (Beach Volleyball): 2008 Beijing Olympics

May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings came into the Beijing games as the defending gold medalists, and they did not disappoint. The team scorched their way to the final match against China without dropping a single set. The final match was played in the driving rain, and when all was said and done, May and Walsh became the first beach volleyball team in history to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics.

 

US Men Win 4x100m Free Relay (Swimming): 2008 Beijing Olympics

Michael Phelps’ drive for eight gold medals was nearly halted at his second event, the 4x100m relay. However, in a remarkable anchor leg, Jason Lezak of Team USA closed a nearly full-body-length gap in the final stretch and overtook the trash-talking Alain Bernard of France for the gold medal.

 

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All entries must be submitted by 6pm EST on Monday June 11, 2012. This giveaway is for US residents only. Please be sure to update your SheSpeaks profile with your correct address to ensure we send prizes to the right place!

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  • cardreader By cardreader
    06.06.12  

    My favorite Olympic story was in 1980. My son was born, c-section, one day before the last game. of the Ice Hockey competition. As my roommate was brought into the bed next to me, she yelled," who won?" Forty Five babies were born in the twenty four hours, I had to wait for the surgery because fifteen c-sections were ahead of me. Every TV was on, the US Olympic Team took a gold medal.

  • Gigglez By Gigglez
    06.08.12  

    The unforgettable performances by the 'Magnificent 7' (U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team) in the 1996 Olympics!

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    06.09.12  

    I'm glued every Olympics, no sleep. So many great moments! The whole world coming together. I like the older athletes that compete and show they can do it. The athletes that have the strength to come alone to represent their country. The highs and the lows like 2010 torch incident and the luge, to Apolo Ohno. To each of the people that run the torch all those miles to the opening ceremony, to all the volunteers. To my friend that showed up to watch the Beijing Olympics in a Panda suit. All the way back to Mark Spitz I've been watching. Looking forward to London! Good Luck to all our athletes.

  • stef42678 By stef42678
    06.09.12  

    My favorite Olympic story is of the 1984 Olympics with Mary Lou Retton because I was actually there and she was so inspiring and it was amazing to watch.

  • jygriebel By jygriebel
    06.09.12  

    The Magnificent Seven (USA women's gymnastic team) who won the Team Gold Medal at the 2006 Olympics! Probably the most talented group of gymnasts ever put together, I like everyone of them but Shannon Miller is my favorite.

  • bbwife By bbwife
    06.10.12  

    Here is my pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/bbwife31/olympics-2012/ Maraina B bbwife

  • bbwife By bbwife
    06.10.12  

    Sorry this is my Pinterest board link : http://pinterest.com/bbwife31/olympics-2012/

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    06.12.12  

    Reminded of all the events I volunteered for when our city applied to have the Olympics held here. We didn't get it but it was a wonderful experience.

  • carolynlee By carolynlee
    06.14.12  

    2008 Nastia taking the Gold for USA- - her grace and beauty is unforgetable. The skills she competed is far beyond the gymnasts of the perfect 10 era.

  • NAvery1 By NAvery1
    06.14.12  

    I can't forget the 1984 Olympics. I was in school and did research projects. I had a pair of spandex pants that said 'Mary Lou'

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