Disney Princesses As Olympic Athletes

Disney Princesses As Olympic Athletes

Trade in those glass slippers for sneakers.

Growing up, many of us adored Disney movies and probably wanted to be our favorite character in the movies at some point in our lives. These princesses and princes, however, are rather difficult to relate to. Until recently, every princess wore a beautiful dress and heels and needed a prince to save them in some way, and every prince was expected to wait on the princess' hand and foot. When I was younger, I wasn’t running away from an evil stepmother and sisters, or spending my childhood in a forest with three fairy godmothers. I was doing what many young children do, exploring my interests. Being into sports caused me to be rather disconnected from the characters in these movies (besides Ariel since I was a swimmer). Below are a few of the most popular Disney characters reimagined as Olympic athletes.

Elsa: Figure Skating

Born with the talent of creating ice from the palm of her hand, Elsa decided to take up figure skating as a way to put her talent to good use. After all, the cold never bothered her anyway.

Kristof: Bobsled

Ever since he was little, Kristof was been riding his sled delivering ice to customers. What sport combines ice and sleds? Bobsled of course!

Mulan: Taekwondo

Even as a little girl I wished I knew how to do some of Mulan’s moves. Martial arts, though not an official Olympic Sport is similar to the already popular Taekwondo.

Cinderella: Curling

Cinderella spent her days cleaning floors for her evil stepmother. Once marrying the prince, she decided to take up the sport of curling. Cleaning ice and cleaning floors are not too much different.

Pocahontas: Diving

A 10-meter platform is nothing compared to the cliffs Pocahontas is used to diving from.

John Smith: Rifle Shooting

John Smith, a seasoned shooter, only seems fitting to join the Olympic rifle shooting team. Maybe instead of hunting he should stick to targets instead.

Belle: Equestrian

The beast wasn’t the only animal Belle loved. Horses soon became her new passion as she decided to join the equestrian team in France.

Ariel: Swimming

Last time I checked, the Olympics Committee did not have a rule against mermaids competing at the Olympics. Ariel's tail may give her a slight advantage in the 200 fly, maybe she will be able to keep up with Michael Phelps!

Beast: Weightlifting

The Beast’s large build and strong muscles allowed him to become a high-class powerlifter. With continued training and conditioning there's no doubt he will be the swole’st in the land.

Merida: Archery

Merida became a seasoned toxophilite (professional in the field of archery). Which is probably not a surprise since her shot is as straight as an arrow *pun intended*.

Tiana: Track and Field (High Jump)

Who has ever heard of a frog that couldn’t jump. While transformed as a frog, Tiana learned to jump rather well causing her to become one of the best high jumpers in the United States.

Rapunzel: Artistic Gymnastics

Dancing and spinning are some of Rapunzel’s specialties. After discovering the luminaries in Carona, Rapunzel decided to take up gymnastics. Look out for her in August at the 2016 Olympics in Rio!

Aladdin: Track and Field (Sprinting)

Being chased through the market and running all over town. Let's see if Aladdin can give Usain Bolt a run for his money.

Snow White: Rowing

Seven Dwarves plus Snow White herself make for an outstanding 8+, that is, if they can find themselves a coxswain.

Looking back through some of my favorite Disney movies, I found that a lot of these characters are much like children and young adults today. Although some may not be as clear-cut or as easily depicted, Disney princes and princesses all have their own unique qualities that remind kids to be themselves and to keep dreaming whether they are athletes, writers, or anything in between.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Dear Oklahoma, Please Take Care Of Jalen Hurts

He's one of the good ones, we promise.


Dear Oklahoma fans, coaches, and players, please take care of Jalen Hurts.

When Hurts graduated in December of 2018, everyone in the Alabama fanbase knew that a transfer was coming soon. After showing his distinct character and loyalty to the Alabama Crimson Tide by choosing to play the 2018 season, even though he would be second in line to Tua Tagavailoa, Hurts deserves this chance to make the best decision for himself. The selection process regarding where Hurts would end up this upcoming season was kept relatively private, which of course open the doors to countless predictions from fans and analysts.

However, I can confidently say that I was not the only one shocked at his choice, but I whole-heartedly support it.

Home to two Heisman-winning quarterbacks, Oklahoma is a more than a smart choice on Hurts' behalf. Within that program, he will be given ample opportunity to improve his craft in order to put himself in the best position for a successful career post-college. The Sooners obviously have an incredible program that leads players down the best paths to be as successful as possible, and that is all Alabama fans want for our beloved quarterback.

With all this being said, I, as an Alabama fan, just ask the Oklahoma Sooners to take care of Jalen and realize how special of a player he is.

With Hurts at quarterback, you will never have to question his effort or loyalty to his teammates. He will always carry himself with grace, no matter the situation. If you give him an opportunity to succeed, he will put forth all of his effort in order to take advantage of it.

Jalen Hurts is one of the most special players, and young men, to ever wear an Alabama Crimson Tide uniform. All that we ask is that you support him as we have these past three years.

Roll Tide.


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