Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Most Successful Winter Olympians In History

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The Winter Olympics are filled with very tough, physically demanding, and dangerous sports. Many of winter sports involve harsh conditions and break-neck speeds. Here are some of the most decorated Winter Olympians in history.

Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie 

Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie is the most decorated cross-country skiers in history. Between 1992 and 1999, he won six Nordic World Cups and was second place in 1994 and 1998. His incredible achievements resulted in 29 medals in the Winter Olympics and World Championships.

Ole Einar Bjørndalen

Ole Einar Bjørndalen is also known as “The King of Biathlon,” and for a good reason. He has 13 medals in the Winter Olympics, the most out of any Winter Olympian. His 44 medals in the sport of biathlon make him the winningest biathlete in history. Incidentally, those 44 medals are double the number of medals of any biathlete in the world. He won the World Cup 95 times and is the all-time leader in the Biathlon World Cup. He has six title victories in the Overall World Cup. In this respect, he is only equaled by the record-holder in the women’s division, Magdalena Forsberg.

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Claudia Pechstein

Claudia Pechstein is a speed skater from Germany. She won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics five times, the silver twice, and the bronze twice. He nine medals make her the most medaled speed skater at the Winter Olympics for both men and women’s divisions. Pechstein won medals in five straight Winter Olympics, the first female to achieve such a feat.

John Kasper is currently in medical sales. He was an Olympian in the 1998 Winter Olympics, participating in the sport of bobsledding. To learn more about Kasper and the Winter Olympics, visit this website.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How To Train For Bobsledding

Bobsledding can be a great recreational hobby. But to participate in the sport competitively requires a great deal of training. The event in Winter Olympics reflects the combination of speed and power needed from the crew to navigate the sled through narrow, twisting, banked ice tracks in the fastest time possible.

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To launch off the starting line, the two- or four-man crew needs to push a 500-pound bobsled as strongly as possible to reach speeds of at least 90 miles per hour. As the sled races down the track, the weight should be as light as possible with the least possible wind resistance.

The athletes need to have a lean body to ensure this. A huge upper body – shoulders and chest – can become a wind sail, which will significantly slow down the sled. Riders that are smaller and more flexible can provide better aerodynamics. The reason bobsledders do upper body workouts is solely to maintain overall body balance.

The most basic exercises that bobsledders do are power cleans, squats, jumps, and deadlifts. These routines focus on strengthening the lower body muscles to develop burst and speed capacity. Other explosive lifts, such as the Olympic lift, can help but only when done moderately to make sure that muscles do not become massive.

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John Kasper previously competed in the Winter Olympics back in 1998 as a member of the US bobsled team. His experience as an athlete had helped groom him to become determined and assertive in his latest venture in the sales, marketing and business development field. For more interesting read about the sport, connect with this Google+ page.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Building a Career On An Olympic Foundation

A member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Bobsledding team, John Kasper has since built up a flourishing career with work experience in several companies in various sections of the healthcare industry. He derives his style of strategic business management from his background in athletics, utilizing the same goal-oriented focus to deliver effective results.

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Prior to entering his career in healthcare operations development, Mr. Kasper has had a storied career as a professional bobsledder, culminating in his participation in the 1998 USA Winter Olympic bobsledding team. He attained gold medals in the National Championships in 1996 and the World Push Championships in 1995, as well as a silver in the World Cup in Nagano, Japan in 1997. The sport of bobsledding, which requires a focused team effort to achieve the momentum needed to win in a competitive environment, is a crucial factor in Kasper’s style of leadership and management.

Today, he has more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and strategic business development. and has built a stellar reputation in leading highly profitable regions and territories. Throughout his career, he has utilized out-of-the-box approaches in the training and development of employees to foster team unity and reach set goals. He also displays a keen eye on detail and retains the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
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Currently, Mr. Kasper serves as the director and solution executive of TriZetto, where he is responsible for creating effective marketing strategies and drafting plans to increase sales, capitalize on growth opportunities, and maintain profitable business operations.

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