Gold Medalist Speed Skaters Share Their Love of Olympics With Team USA Golfers

Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair’s families were friends before either one of them were born and they will be forever linked together in Olympic history.

Jansen and Blair grew up speed skating and competing together.  They trained as teammates as, both, established their names in the Olympic history books.  Years after the Lillehammer Olympic Games in 1994, where Bonnie Blair Cruikshank won two more golds to add to her total of 6 medals and where Dan Jansen was able to prevail and win his gold medal in the face of incredible adversity, they still remain close friends and continue to help inspire other Olympians.

Recently, they both were invited by the United States Olympic Committee to help introduce Team USA golfers (Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson and Gerina Pillar) to the Olympic process. Part pep talk, part media training, part shopping spree, Dan and Bonnie spoke to the golfers about how much the Olympics mean to them and what the golfers should expect during the games as the athletes were outfitted with Team USA gear.

“Not sure they really knew who I was…Lexi wasn’t even born until the year after Lillehammer, but I could tell they are really excited and looking forward to the games,” said Blair, who is one of the most decorated Olympians of all times with 5 gold medals and 1 bronze medal.

We all know who you are and appreciate you both for all you have accomplished.  Thanks for continuing to inspire.

Congratulations Team USA-Winners of International Crown

Congratulations to Team USA for beating out the Korean team to win the Crown for the first time.

The United States team of Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller and Cristie Kerr won the 2016 UL International Crown with a total of 13 points, accumulated over the 4-day event at the Merit Club. Team U.S.A. started the final session of play with 7 points, tied with Team Chinese Taipei and trailing Team Republic of Korea (8pts) and Team England (9pts).

Lexi Thompson Golf-Fitness-

Lexi Thompson is one of the most entertaining golfers that I have seen in a long time.  She bombs her drives and is skilled around the greens.  I love the way she wills her wedges with her body to get the ball close to hole.

Lexi is a proponent of golf-fitness working on strength and flexibility.  She works on her core strength along with flexibility to maintain her long  and powerful swing.

Click her to listen to Lexi as she explains what muscles she thinks are important for her game.

 

 

Ladies to the Fore-Meet our United States Women’s Olympic Golf Team

Golf returns to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904 in Rio. Players on both the men’s and women’s side of the game will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Format

Players will compete for their country in a 72-hole individual stroke play competition. In the event of a tie for first, second or third place, a play-off or multiple playoffs shall be conducted to determine the gold, silver and bronze medal.

Qualification System

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has restricted the International Golf Federation (IGF) to an Olympic field of 60 players. The Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will be used to determine the Olympics golf rankings. The top 15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top 15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15. The qualification period ended July 11, 2016.

Meet our United States Women’s Olympic Golf Team

Are You Wasting Time at the Practice Range?

Hitting balls before your round of golf may be a waste of your time.  Your muscles are not warmed up to be taken through their full range of motion.  If you are tight in any muscles or joints, then you may compromise your swing technique to get the ball up in the air, risking injury and forming bad habits.  What should you do instead?

If you have ever participated in a sport or some form of exercise most likely you performed some type of regular warm up before competition.  So why wouldn’t you warm up before a round of golf or a practice session?

You need to Actively Warm Up before you play and practice, so that involves more than just swinging a golf club and hitting a few balls.

The point of a warm up is to increase your blood flow, which brings needed oxygen to muscles and joints, so that your muscles can move freely.  You have to do an active warm up to increase your heart rate. For younger players, the ideal is to break a sweat; for older golfers, it’s to become slightly winded.

Hitting balls does not increase your heart rate or take your muscles and joints through full range of motion. Dean Maddalone, CSCS, director of the Professional Athletic Performance Center in New York says, “Your warm-up should get your heart rate to at least 60 to 65 percent of your max heart rate (aim for 120 or up). This will increase your core body temperature and get blood and nutrients to your muscles so you’re primed for your workout, he says. If you don’t increase your heart rate or break a sweat, you’re wasting your time,” he says.

I have developed a Pre-Round Warm Routine to help warm you up and it target muscles that are typically tight in golfers.

Professional golfers now know that a proper warm up is essential for peak performance.  Most recreational golfers quite haven’t caught on with the trend, they typically hit a few balls on the practice tee to loosen up, but that doesn’t actually help you get loose and it may make your muscles tighter and then you wonder why you don’t hit a solid shot until the 5th or 6th hole. No matter what level of player you are, a proper warm up can help you play your best golf and prevent injuries.

Visit Cardiogolf.com for more information about a pre-round warm-up routine.

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