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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?


Video: Lindsey Vonn Works Out

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Ever wonder what Olympic athletes do for basic conditioning and strength training? Check out this exclusive Under Armour Workout video of U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

Personally, my favorite exercise in there is the medicine ball toss she is doing with her trainer while lying on her side. That exercise engages so many of the lesser used, but very important core muscles that Lindsey needs for making split second lateral adjustments as she is racing down the slopes. The other exercise that she has in her workout that looks so hard but perfect for her sport is the skier squats she is doing on the large balance ball towards the end.

It is always fun to get a behind the scenes look at our favorite athletes! Thanks to Lindsey and Under Armour for sharing this with all of us.


Winter Olympic Word Search

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I have multiple web sites, and one of my other sites is dedicated solely to kids printable activities. In celebration of the upcoming Winter Olympics I just created a Winter Olympic Sports Word Search and of course, I had to share it with my Sports Girls Play readers, too!!

Winter Olympics Sport Word Search

Click on the image to get the printable version of the word search or go to for even more sports printable activities for kids of all ages. And if you are looking for Team USA gear to wear in support of your favorite winter olympic athletes, click here for a great selection of Winter Olympics gear.

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