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RESPONSE TIME: Athletes' Blogs, Tweets, and More (3/11/12)

The Tweets, Web Posts, blog entries, and sound bites from the world of sports and fitness for the week of March 11th, 2012

Chad Ochocinco

BIG MOVES

@ochocinco “The next move can’t be smaller than the last.” —Chad Ochocinco (Professional football player) channels Sheldon Adelson for his off-season training inspiration.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

@monicaabott “This is hard but true: ‘Make your goal Progression, not perfection’ #live2bringit –Monica Abott (US women’s softball team) knows that it takes time to achieve your goals.

COACH PICKS

@36westbrook “Pick one thing today to get better at! When you get better at that, pick one more thing!!!!” —Brian Westbrook(Professional football player) knows that skills get built one at a time.

Hurculez Gomez

ABSOLUTELY OPTIONAL

@hurculezgChange is absolute, growth is optional. #writethatdownHurculez Gomez (American soccer player) may be quoting himself but it’s a good one.

INSPIRING DETERMINATION

“I hope, through my actions, I can inspire others to push themselves to greater heights. I may not have a foot, but I do have a desire to succeed and help as many people as I can in the process.”  —Jeremy Singleton (Men’s paralympic sprinter) knows how to overcome an obstacle. Singleton’s 100m and 200m races against rival Oscar Pistorius at the 2012 Paralympic Games will be one of the most anticipated track events in London this summer. While Singleton is the favorite going into the 100m, Pistorius will have confidence going into the event, having edged Singleton in the IPC Athletics World Championship this past summer. Both competitors are excited and ready to compete for the title of fastest amputee in the world—and inspire other handicapped. 

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

“We will do all we can to make every game this year a special experience for our seniors and fans.”  —Larry Fedora (Carolina Head Football coach) stays positive despite the ban that prevents the UNC football team from competing in post-season play for the 2012 season. The NCAA penalized the Tarheel program for participating in academic fraud, impermissible benefits and failure to monitor the football program. The program decided not to appeal the charges and is taking responsibility for the infractions.” 

MOURNING ZORICIC

US Ski racer, Ted Ligety. Photo by U.S. Ski Team.

“Skiing is a great sport that gives, but it also takes. Sad day to lose Nick Zoricic. You’ll be missed, bud.” —Ted Ligety (US Ski racer) mourns the loss of fellow Alpine racer, Nick Zoricic. The 29-year-old Canadian racer was competing in a World Cup ski cross event in Switzerland when he lost control of his final jump and went crashing into the safety netting on the side of the mountain. Zoricic was airlifted to the nearest hospital where he was pronounced dead from head injuries. Christopher Egger, president of the race organizing committee, said that despite being “experienced organizers” of the racecourse, “ski cross is a sport where four racers compete to win a race” and he recognizes the serious risk of this event. The Canadian team hopes to bring home a win in honor of their fallen teammate.

ON THE WEB

Pearltrees.com is a cool Web site that lets you collect and sort everything you find interesting on the web, and form relationships with people who share similar interests. Want to find cool new workouts that you can do on the go? Just type it in your profile, and instantly you’ll be sent to a ton of sites that match your interest. It’s a great, easy and portable way to find relevant information and share it with friends.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Ready to escape the office and head out into the wilderness? Outside Magazine, the source for wilderness fitness and outdoor activities, just profiled nine different trips that will change your life. The trips range from surfing to mountain biking, and highlight every part of the globe. Check out the great slideshow at outsideonline.com. Get ready to change your life!

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” —Darrell Royal (former American football player and coach) knows that you make your own luck through hard work.

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