Just heard an awesome story on the NBC Olympic coverage. Michael Phelps alternated between watching Olympic coverage and the movie Hoosiers for motivation last night, prior to his record-extending 23rd Olympic medal, and 19th gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro tonight.
Hoosiers has always been one of my favorite movies. And growing up a Midwestern basketball player, in the heart of Illinois, with an entire family of Hoosiers and Indiana connections, it’s always been my favorite sports movie. Hands down. I grew up as a kid with a framed Hoosiers movie poster on my wall. (My mom was a cheerleader for the 1975–76 Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, led by Bobby Knight, who went 32-0 and won the National Championship.) My entire family went to IU (except for me).
Hoosiers has always been an inspirational movie for me. It goes without saying that it was pretty cool to hear that Phelps used it as motivation. If you haven’t seen the classic from David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo, I highly recommend it.
Go Team USA.
Against all media warnings of a disastrous 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Zika, thieves targeting tourists, infrastructure not being ready, general corruption, general crime, general safety issues and half the PGA Tour dropping out of the games), I’ve decided to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite all of the media reports, I booked my trip back in May and have, hesitantly, continued to plan for the trip. My motivation for going is simple. I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics, I’ve never been to Brazil (let alone South America), and I need an extended, international vacation. I haven’t really taken a vacation in over 2.5 years in my current role.
I can’t really tell you why I’ve ignored all the media reports, but I have. And, of course, I’ve been doing some research. If you happen to be heading to Rio this month as well, here are a few resources I’ve found useful:
- Remember that Visa requirements have been suspended for this summer for U.S. Residents, so you do not need to obtain a Visa prior to travel.
- I found National Geographic’s “Rio de Janeiro Travel Basics,” simple but useful.
- TripAdvisor’s Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide
- CNN’s recent segment, Rio Olympic transportation slowly coming together
- Amazon Prime
- Mosquito Repellent Wipes
- Insect Repellent
- Power Adapter for Brazil
- Bug pants (Yup.)
- Common sense
Looking forward to the trip. If you have any more advice for me, I’ll take it.
Now, here’s an incredible photo of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue: