I'm watching the finals of the men's halfpipe in the 2018 Winter Olympics and American Athlete, Shawn White, lays down one of the most amazing runs I have EVER seen, period.  I'm not saying I'm such a snowboard rat that I watch every single snowboard competition out there or looking in all the magazines.  But he was completely on another level than the rest of the field.  Shawn is 32 years old and in his 4th Olympic Games.  He has a colorful Olympic history where he smashed the field in his first Olympics, again took the gold in in his second, and then wasn't on the podium at all in his third.  It was a blow to him obviously and one of the things that any athlete feels when something like this happens is that maybe you are"getting old" and it's just not your time anymore.   He comes back this year and I feel the general thought was "well it's cool he's back because he's been such a name but who will be the next big name that wins it!?"  And after all that, he goes into his final run in second place and needs to hit a 95.5 to win.  Basically, he needs to go big and hit everything.  The current leader from Japan had a great run but then bails at the end.  He gets a 43 but still has his leading 95.0 score.  The 3rd place boarder also goes for it but bails at the bottom.  Shawn sets up, visualizes his moves, you can tell he is pretty amped and anxious.  He goes out and SMASHES each and every trick.  There wasn't even a wobble or bobble anywhere!  He gets to the bottom and is fired up.  He waits for the scores and after, what seemed like forever, and gets a 97 and winning him the gold!!  Shawn is back on top!!  He is so overjoyed and is in tears hugging everyone around him.  Someone runs up to him and gives him the American Flag so he can wave it around.  It's up overhead and he is still crying.  At some point he dropped his arms and his board and the flag hit the snow.  And for a split second, I wondered if anyone was going to say something about that.  And low and behold........some did.  They said he was being disrespectful t the flag and to the country.  Come on people!!  WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH US??  First, he is showing disrespect??  he just won the event for the county.  Second, he is showing disrespect to the flag?  The sporting field of play is like the battlefield.  So if a flag touches the ground, there isn't ANY disrespect shown.  It's WAR!  And finally, why is it that all everyone wants to do nowadays is to complain about morality and tolerance about everything, but yet can't even follow their own words??  Really??  You just wanna bitch huh??  Here is a great moment for America and a great moment for him and instead of being stoked on that, they want to focus in on something that honestly is not the situation and completely idiotic.  Shawn White, I'm super proud of you brother!!  To the flag complainers, what great things have you done for this country???  Oh yeah just leaving your comments on facebook.  GREAAAAAAAAAT!!!! .   :)

FEEL THE BURN!! 

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INFERNO WARM UP X 2

Complete the following:

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Technique Thursday

.......Take 15 min to work on Mobility.  Anything and everything is available.

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then...

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12 min AMRAP:

.......16 reps Single Arm KB Thrusters (53/35, wt to get 16-20UB)

*Do 8 reps on rt arm then 8 reps on left arm.

.......4 reps Bar Muscle Ups (2:1 Chest to Bar)

.......20 reps Single Arm OH KB Weighted Lunge

*Do 10 steps with KB OH in rt arm, then 10 step with KB OH in left arm.

**HAND NEEDS TO BE AT SHOULDER LEVEL FOR THRUSTERS. NO BALL SITTING ON SHOULDER!!

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MWOD:   Foam roll lats, kb external shouder rotation