Olympians and the Physical Educators Who Primed Them for Success
As all eyes are on Rio for the
2016 Summer Olympics, some of our favorite Olympians look back at where it all started.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Chris Waddell, Shannon Miller and Lucinda Adams are high-performance athletes whose paths to achieving gold are as different as the sports they are known for. What do they have in common? Their journey to success in sports and in life started with a physical education teacher who
believed in them.
I was physically 'pointy' -- meaning I was extraordinary at some things and completely unskilled at others. Fortunately,
my PE teachers always made sure that I got the basic skills with really fun games.
Now when we set up the backyard net, people will say, 'Huh. You don't play
volleyball, do you?' But at least I can get out there and enjoy myself
- Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time gold medal swimmer
My PE teachers introduced me to a wide range of activities and the
culture of fitness came from my father, who happened to be a teacher. As fate
would have it, my commitment to fitness grew when I paralyzed myself. When things
became more difficult, it pushed me to do and try more.
- Chris Waddell,
the most decorated U.S. Paralympic sit-skier