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