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Reflections on the London Summer Olympics 2012– The importance of your feet
Dr. Craig H. Thomajan
Sunday night’s closing ceremony brought an end to the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The dust has settled and once again our athlete’s have proven the United States of America to be the best country around. With a total of 104 medals awarded, 46 gold, 29 silver, and 29 bronze, our Olympians dominated in many events. Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever in this his last Olympics. While he struggled in early races, he ultimately added six more medals, four of them gold, obtaining his 18th gold medal in as part of the men’s 400 relay. With 22 career medals, he is the most decorated modern Olympian. This feat should not overshadow the multitude of other American Olympians. Not that there was ever any doubt, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won Olympic gold. Track and field athletes excelled at every turn. The women’s relay teams in the 100m and the 400m, Ashton Eaton decathlon, Allyson Felix 200m, and many other athletes we have failed to name took home gold. Whether it was shooting, boxing, swimming, judo, wrestling, water polo, soccer, gymnastics, rowing, cycling or other event our men and women displayed awesome athletic ability in winning their events.
All but one of these athletes had to rely on well conditioned feet and ankles. In our other blog, we previously wrote about Oscar Pistorius achieving his goal to compete in the Olympic track events as a double amputee. He wasn’t able to achieve a medal, but did make a big impact by focusing on his ability to compete despite his amputations. He and other challenged athletes will continue to compete in the Paralympics that begin August 29.
As for those of us who still have our feet and ankles, it is important to keep them healthy. You don’t have to be training for Rio 2016 to keep your feet in top shape. An early and frequent visit to your Austin podiatrist here at Austin Foot and ankle specialists is a sure way to keep on your feet for whatever activity to love.
Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy Austin!
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