January 28, 2022
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FROM THE LRC
February 4th, 2022 is the Opening Day ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Olympic Games, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, have been held once every four years since the first inaugural Games took place on April 15th, 1896 in Athens, Greece. Only men were allowed to compete and only a single event was held that year, a foot race! You can find tons of information and news stories about this year’s events at this link: BEIJING 2022
Today’s Olympic games have an ever expanding list of events and and an incredibly talented and diverse group of athletes. This year, we are proud to see one of our very own North Stars is competing as a Long Track Speed Skater. Austin Kleba, a 2017 graduate, began skating at 3 ½ years old on hockey skates. Eventually, an ongoing shoulder injury convinced him to transition to speed skating in 2014. You can find a list of Austin’s impressive achievements at Austin Kleba’s Olympic page.
Speed Skating made its Olympic debut at the Winter Games at Chamonix, France in 1924. Below are some historical facts about this sport - you can find more at: Speed Skating 101: Olympic history
The first skates were made 1000 years ago from the polished shank or rib bones of animals. People in the Netherlands used them to cross frozen rivers.
In 1850, E.W. Bushnell made the first pair of all-steel skates.
Women’s speed skating was first contested at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Jeanne Ashworth was the first American woman to win a speed skating medal; she won bronze in the 500m in Squaw Valley.
In 1998 the clap skate made its Olympic debut - the heel of the blade is not attached to the boot, and the toe of the blade is affixed to the boot with a hinge. As the skater picks up her foot, the blade briefly disconnects from the heel of the boot, keeping the blade on the ice longer and increasing the skater’s pushing power.
In 2014, Dutch speed skaters owned the Sochi Olympics, winning eight out of 12 available gold medals
Good Reads Beijing 2022
The Olympics long and amazing history is filled with incredibly exciting competitions and fascinating athletes. You can lose yourself in wonderful books that tell thrilling tales about particular Olympians or key moments in Olympic history. We know there is at least one book below that you will enjoy!
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
by Wayne Coffey - “The Story of the Greatest Sports Moment of the Twentieth Century. Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach, and they engineered what Sports Illustrated called the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. Their “Miracle on Ice” has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable.” Read the full review here: GoodReads
Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando “In Dare to Make History, the Lamoureux twins chronicle their journey to the pinnacle of their sport, their efforts along with almost 150 other hockey players to start a new professional women’s hockey league, their training to come back and make another national team after giving birth, their tireless efforts to advance the interests of disadvantaged communities in closing the digital divide, and their ongoing contributions as role models championing the dreams of future generations of girls in sports, education, and the workplace.” Read the full review here: GoodReads
FROM THE PTO
CALLING ALL SENIORS!
North PTO scholarship applications are available on the CCR Naviance site. We offer two $1000 scholarships; applicants' families need to be current PTO members (you can pay current year membership dues of $30 prior to submission of application on PushCoin or the PTO website). All applications are reviewed by an independent, external panel of three and the deadline is March 17, 2022.
FROM DISTRICT 303
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