Olympic time doesn't come around every year, so use the opportunity to take some "rest time" and tune in for some nonstop action.

Deep Relief Athletes to Watch:
Julia Mancuso
:  There isn't much snow in Bejiing this time of year, so Jules won't be claiming any more gold medals until 2010.  Fortunetely, you can still catch her Olympic spirit on NBC and  She'll be doing small segments filmed around Bejiing and showing us what it's like behind the scenes at Olympic Village.  Check out her blog at

Kerron ClementHaving once broken a Michael Johnson 400m record, Kerron is capable of anything.  He's a favorite in the 400m hurdles at his first Olympics.  Samantha worked with Kerron when he trained at the University of Florida, where she was a Student Athletic Trainer.

Derrick AtkinsThis Bahamian sprinter is accompanied in Bejiing by his Athletic Trainer, Deep Relief mentor Kyle O'Day.  Derrick set a Bahamian record in the 100m in April 2007, so watch out for a medal run in his first Olympics.


The Ancient Olympic games were meant as a celebration of the human body; athletes competed nude and sometimes used olive oil on their skin for an attractive glow.



How many sports were included in the original Olympics?
a)      9 b)      11 c)      3 d)     1

Scroll to the bottom for the answer...


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See for more local sports activities"Volunteering on Vacation" offered by the Pacific Whale FoundationMondays at Hoaloha'aina
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answer key: (d) The original Greek Olympics only consisted of one event, the stadion, a straight footrace 400 "Herculean strides" long.  Later, other events were added including more foot races, boxing, wrestling, pankration, and chariot racing.

The Stadion

The Modern Olympics began in 1896 with nine sports:  athletics, swimming, tennis, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting, and wrestling.  Rowing was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The current Olympic games now consist of 35 sports with multiple disciplines and over 400 events.


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