Only in America

By Emily Beers

In CrossFit Games

July 30, 2011

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At the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, Canuck Emily Beers learns a few lessons from her American neighbours/neighbors.

I grew up believing—call it assuming, even—that the United States was the greatest country in the world. And I’m not even American.

As a child, I always thought of the United States as that friend you couldn’t seem to beat at anything.

I’m a proud Canadian; I really am. But there are two things I think we could learn from our neighbors that would make us more successful, as individuals and as a nation.

1. How to embrace athletics.

2. How to have self-belief.

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3 Comments on “Only in America ”


wrote …

I think this is because in America, we place a lot of value on winning and personal achievement. Well, that is, until recently we did. Hopefully we'll get over this rewarding failure mentality soon.

Anyway, to be fair, it's not just hockey. Canadians also support the UFC, or at least Georges St. Pierre in huge, huge numbers.


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I have to say that there is something special about Americans. I lived in many places in thew world.
The american way of thinking is very unique. Americans believe in dreams and dreams. they do have. Big ones,I must add.
When you are in a society where every one believes in dreams, thinkgs tend to grow fast.
Look at Crossfit and where it was just acouple of years ago and look at it now!!!
Americans are hardworkers!!! When you looka t some countries in the world whewre people go on strike to work less hours during the week. You wonder!!!
HARD WORK and BIG DREAMS in an environment where the system allows to flourish is a lethal combination.

I must also say that with properity and oppulence comes complacency and a false sense of entitlement. The youth today seem to get lazier and entitled.
Education is become weak and weaker in this country.
One cannot neglect the connection of BODY to MIND and MIND to BODY and how it is influenced by the epidemics of obesity in kids and adults.
This where CROSSFIT is revolutionary.
Just look at the games and how in shape those athletes are.
Who would not want to look that, be like tough mentallly like that?


wrote …

It is because of entitlement mentalities that belief in dreams, and more importantly- achieving them, is disappearing in America.

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