Writing Challenge #16: Postcards for 2010 Olympic Athletes

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The Olympic Games are coming to my hometown of Vancouver and I am on my way there! Though I currently live in Ontario, Canada I was born in Vancouver and spent a third of my life there. With the mountains and beaches and forests it is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. I am excited to have the privilege to be in Vancouver for part of the Games.

Though the Winter Games do not receive as much attention as the Summer Games, they are a very important event for athletes and fans around the world. This month I am going to challenge you to write postcards to Olympic athletes. You can write postcards to athletes in your country or to athletes you spot on TV (or online) during the Games.

There is a large list of athletes to choose from below. Even if you don't know any athletes, please write a postcard to at least one athlete!

Your Task
1. Review this list of athletes (or choose an athlete you know or see while watching the events)
2. Create a new blog post. Use the Title: Writing Challenge #16: A Postcard for (name of athlete).

3. Write your message. Here are some possible things you can write:

a. Introduce yourself
b. Wish the athlete luck or offer prayers
b. Offer suggestions for success, motivation,
c. Ask questions about their sport
d. Discuss the topic of using English at a world event
e. Provide an inspirational quote

4. Add a picture of your hometown or country! (This is a postcard after all!) If possible, please use a photo that you took yourself (and provide a label). Make sure you have a right to use the photo and give proper credit to the photographer.

5. Come back to this blog and add a link to your postcard in the comments. We all want to read it! (You could also search for the athlete's website and try to send a link to your post. I'm going to send one to Emily.)

My Postcard Example:

Lake Ontario

Dear Emily Brydon,
As an Olympic hopeful on Canada's Alpine Ski Team, you must be getting very excited about the Olympic Games. I just read your latest blog on your website. Your thoughts on preparing for the Games remind me a lot of our English learners, especially those who have to take difficult exams like TOEFL. They too work long and hard on "fine tuning" their skills and "gaining confidence". For you and for English learners, success is based on how hard you work and how much you believe in your goals.

Emily, my Olympic wish for you is that you remind yourself of your own good advice as you take to the world stage. You have already done the hard work! The rest should be a breeze. (I just learned about some of your events while creating a page for EnglishClub about different types of skiing (like slalom and Super G). Wow!

I'm actually on the way to the Olympic city myself. I'll be in Vancouver for a few days to celebrate my Grandmother's 100th birthday. Talk about an Olympic victory! If you're interested in doing an interview, please leave me a comment.

Make Canada proud, Emily!

Tara Benwell
"All things are possible, except for skiing through a revolving door." ~Author Unknown
(My Image: Lake Ontario)

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Comment by sau gerald on February 28, 2010 at 15:53
Dear Tara actually i 'm not realize the sports competed in your cold country as well as dancing skiing,hockey,and many other skiing but like it all,i espacially interest is foot ball,vollyball,badminton,tennis and golf.like for me my self every in the morning i'm doing walking exercise then golfing an hour,my doctor advice me i should doing exercise at least two hoursevery day for reduce my weight.So i want to suggest all of myEC friends when you in young careful your daily living life,now i was retire ,many of physical problems trouble me but i relieved them by any exercises what i can.If you can do as i say you will get a great success ,motivation.Some say life is shot but i want to say we all can long our life by doing exercise with our own knowledge.Some say all things are possible but i want to say every is better to just do it now be happy.Some say money and wealthy very important in life but i want to say healthy is very precious than money and wealthy.As for me my self i welcome any olympic athlete,any games ,any soprts becaues these are may be effect our human body.
We can do our exercise for healthy how we can not need, like an athlete one,because they are professional.Some make a joke if you make walking exercise one day you will be long live one day.Some time we can see some of olympic athlete or sport persons ,they are involve and related with bribery scandal,we are very disappointed for them.I hope and i wish all of the athlete or sport persons should be clean and fair and endeavour in their professional to success and achieve their goal,may God bless you all ,thanks for all.
Comment by Tara Benwell on February 8, 2010 at 19:01
Kamel! It's not even cold in Vancouver. They are trucking in snow for the mountain events. Check out Ruzan's postcard for a cold photo to inspire you. http://my.englishclub.com/profiles/blogs/writing-challenge-16my
Comment by kamel Adas on February 6, 2010 at 12:30
Hi Tara,

Actually it's too hot in Dubi ! so i can not imagine how we have another places which have rain, snow and cold weather.When i phoned my Mum in Jordan two days ago , she told me that there was a rain and cold there.I felt something like a dream and i asked myself " Is there something called "winter" that's really strange!". I started to forget the winter ,rain ,snow and cold ! Since i forget those meanings , Words like "winter Olympic games , Skiing , Ice skating will be meaningless.Sorry Tara i'd like to write but i can not feel that.Can you give me any advice?
Comment by Ruzan on February 6, 2010 at 8:40
Hello Tara,
I just added my postcard for Armenian athletes.

Thanks for this challenge.
Congratulations for your grandmother:-)
Comment by Tara Benwell on February 6, 2010 at 2:09
Thanks Expector! If you want to read an article about how she lived to be 100, check it out: http://www2.canada.com/abbotsfordtimes/news/community/story.html?id...

Comment by Expector Smith on February 5, 2010 at 23:32
Hi Tara,
I just added my 'postcard'.
A good opportunity to practise sports English. Learners could use a little help to be familiar with names of some events. Sports English could be a challenge to learners.
BTW, happy birthday to your grandmother!
Comment by Atika on February 5, 2010 at 17:16
great ideas TARA as usual,even if i will not post something ,i will follow this writing challange.thanks
Comment by Zahra on February 5, 2010 at 16:13
Hi dear Tara ...

As always unique ideas by you ...
Here is the link to my postcard ...

Have a great time
Comment by Tara Benwell on February 5, 2010 at 3:39
Here is a link to M. Adaway's postcard to a biathlon Olympian. Check it out!
Comment by Amjad Ali on February 4, 2010 at 10:08
It is a great idea. I shall try it.

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