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My Summer Playlist

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Here’s my list of songs that I’ll always associate with Summer 2012:

Good Time by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

While this song has been played over and over again, I can’t help but enjoy the catchy use of synthesizer which evokes a beachy, breezy feel that lets me relax and let loose. At the same time, I can’t help but want to get up and dance.

Home by Phillip Phillips

Partly because it was played under the promotional clips of the Fierce Five during the London 2012 Olympics and partly because the lyrics have become so meaningful to me. I’m not a huge fan of change and this song keeps encouraging me to stand tall and not let fear control my life.  Read the rest of this entry

From 7 to 5, The Most Memorable Women of Gymnastics

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Most of the world has sat glued to their TVs in anticipation of watching athletes from their home countries and elsewhere around the world compete in a variety of sports for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Women’s Gymnastics has always held a special place in my heart since I was a young 5 year old watching the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for the Women’s Gymnastics team. Naturally, I didn’t know at the time that the US winning gold in women’s gymnastics was so monumental for the sport that Russia and Romania had dominated in. All I knew was that these girls who were in their teens were capable of performing some amazing flips, twists, and tricks on uneven bars, beam, floor, and vault. I must have driven my poor parents nuts with my obsession with these talented 7 gymnasts, since they took me to a special touring event that showcased the skills of these “Magnificent 7” for a huge audience. Heck, I even remember trying to do some mock tuck and roll movements at home, dreaming that I could be as good as they were. (Sadly, I never pursued gymnastics as I got older.)

Fast forward to 2012 and I had only planned to watch swimming events when advertising for the Olympics started. (I missed the 2008 games due to a European music trip and came back too late to watch the events.) Then I heard lots of theories about the American team, possibly being the new “Magnificent 7”: Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Mckayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber aka the Fab 5. Oh really? Prove it! I thought after seeing these advertisements. Sure enough, I watched and began rooting for these girls as they performed and overcame nerves and pressure to bring home the first team gold medal ever since 1996.

It feels odd to be older than the Fab 5, all of them except for Aly have never seen the Magnificent 7’s performances. Yet it was a real privilege to be watching history take place.

Congrats for Winning Gold…Now We Want You to Pay Up

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With the US winning 53 medals so far in the 2012 London Olympics, taxes are the last thing one would associate with the games. To many, its no surprise that the medal winners receive a money prize in addition to the round medallion hanging around their neck, something that could be taxed once they arrive home to the US. But the recent outrage of medalists being taxed for their medals won is under fire. With gold medalists like the Fab Five and Michael Phelps facing about $9000 per gold medal, it seems a bit unfair to “punish” these Olympians for simply bringing a victory home to their country.

Marco Rubio began pushing for a bill to eliminate the tax on medals and medal money prizes. Many have shown their support for this measure, since the Olympics stand as a testament to the dedication, hard work, and successes of talented athletes all around the world.

What are your thoughts about this recent hot topic?