Jake Kaminski Olympic Archery

Leaving the archer’s bow, an arrow travels at over 200 feet per second and seeks a circular bull’s eye the size of a compact disc 70 meters away.  To say that there isn’t much room for error in Olympic Archery is a gross understatement. And as you construct a mental image of a target 70 …

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Amanda Carr BMX Rider

21 year old Amanda Carr is without a doubt a gifted athlete.  During high school she earned an incredible 17 varsity letters in sports such as golf, track and field, weight lifting and soccer, all while maintaining a 3.84 GPA.  But at this point in her life Amanda has narrowed her focus and is dedicated …

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Brianna Glenn: Ready for Takeoff

As I contemplate my own goals for athletic achievement, it is difficult for me to imagine what it must be like to pursue an Olympic dream. Olympic athletes make enormous sacrifices (physical, financial, social, and emotional) all with the hope of representing their country and competing against talent that has taken a similar path. Brianna Glenn …

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Amy Yoder Begley Practices Perseverance

When American middle distance runner Amy Yoder Begley talks about preparing for the Olympics, she knows what she is talking about.  In 2008 she qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 10,000 meters by crushing the last 800 meters.  However, her performance at the Games left her unsatisfied.  And, given her aspirations for London, in …

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Christmas Abbott: Finding Her Purpose with CrossFit

Last Updated: July 25th, 2016. Are you living the life you meant to live?  Are you doing the thing that makes you happy?  Are you having a positive impact on others? A few weeks ago, I spent some time with Christmas Abbott, owner and coach at CrossFit Invoke in downtown Raleigh, and I am 100% …

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DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

When I started CrossFit, I experienced the joy of something called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). And it wasn’t the run-of-the-mill type of DOMS, but rather this is the “I can’t walk up the stairs” or “I can’t straighten my arms” kind of sore. For me it was a workout that involved 150 barbell back …

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The Scientific Process

At its essence, science is rooted in human curiosity:  asking questions, challenging assumptions, and discovering truth in spite of our preconceived ideas.  In the words of the acclaimed author and scientist Carl Sagan: “Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions. It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses …

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