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Snowboarder Torah Bright Out of X Games

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Torah Bright out of X GamesAustralian Olympic snowboarder, Torah Bright, has withdrawn from the 2010 Winter X Games after hitting her head on the ice in training and suffering yet another concussion.

According to The Australian,

Bright was training in the half-pipe at Aspen, Colorado, yesterday to prepare for this weekend’s Winter X Games, when she missed the landing on one of her standard tricks, a switchback 720 (double spin), and struck the back of her head on the ice floor of the bowl.

She was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for precautionary scans which cleared her of any serious injury, but she has withdrawn from the X Games, which was to have been her last competition before the Olympics.

Bright played down the mishap as “a bit of a fall” and said it would not affect her preparation for the Winter Olympics.

Let’s hope she has a speedy recovery with no long term effects from that fall and can show off her crazy new skill, the “double cork” in Vancouver later this month.

Here is a great documentary piece on Torah Bright for Roxy where she talks about riding the “White Wave”, her hopes, dreams and her worst snowboarding injury.

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Favorite Quotes

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While cleaning out my office today, I found one of my favorite quotes scrawled on a piece of paper:

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
-Joe Paterno

It goes right along with one of my other all time favorite quotes:

“A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Enjoy your weekend!

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Although Sasha Cohen failed to make the US Womens Figure Skating Olympic Team by finishing 4th at this past weekend’s national championships (well, technically she is the second alternate), the one thing she brought to the competition was extreme grace and flexibility. In addition to her ice skating training, Sasha has years of ballet experience and in the past three years she has added yoga to her list of off-ice training methods.

One of the benefits of yoga according to Sasha is injury prevention thanks to the additional core strength and increased flexibility she has gotten from yoga training. She says she does yoga 4-5 days a week whether she is traveling or not.

If you are interested in incorporating yoga in your conditioning program or just giving it a try, check out any of these DVDs for a start:

  • The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility, and Focus
  • The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus
  • Yoga For Families: Connect With Your Kids

What’s your workout plan for today?