MARQUETTEUnited States Olympic Education Center weightlifters participated in North Star Academy’s Olympic-themed education week last Feb. 18.
            The kindergarten through sixth grade classes reenacted the Olympic opening ceremonies. Each class represented a different country and walked in with their flags. The highlight was the 1996 Olympic Torch from Atlanta, which the weightlifters carried in and lit with paper flames.
            USOEC head coach Andy Tysz and weightlifters Robin Feuerman (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and Andrew Vrabel (Highland, Ind.) demonstrated and explained Olympic lifts and answered questions about their Olympic dreams.
Tysz said “the kids were jazzed up about the athlete’s demonstrations and inspired by their goals.” He was glad to be able to show students at North Star Academy that Olympians are real people chasing their dreams.  
            Feuerman and Vrabel enjoyed the experience with the students. Both shared their dreams of making it to the Olympics someday. Vrabel said that he “hoped to motivate students to grab life by the horns.”
            North Star Academy CEO and Principal Karen Anderson noted that she was excited to see the children’s involvement. “The weightlifters really got to them and tied them much closer to the Olympics. We really appreciate the time and effort the weightlifters put into this event.”
            The USOEC plays host to the 2010 USA Weightlifting National Collegiate Championships on April 16-18 at the Berry Events Center at Northern Michigan University, which Anderson said she hopes to have the students attend as a field trip.            

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Laura Niemela
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