7 Love Lessons From Winter Olympians

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7 Love Lessons From Winter Olympians
Translating sports language into relationship language.

Sports and love, as evidenced by Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xu's gold medal in pairs figure skating last night, are closely related. The discipline, dedication and disappointments athletes experience for the love of a sport can easily apply to how they treat another person. That being said, check out what these Olympians have to say about sports—we might never learn how to speed skate or do the skeleton bob but, listening to these athletes, we did learn a thing or two about love:

1. Enter into new relationships without dragging in baggage from your old ones. "Just by having such a bad season now, I'm able to build off little things and take the good out of it and sort of start over and not even think about what's good for me, what people would say is a good result for me. I'm going into [the Winter Olympics] as a new person."  Julia Mancuso, Women's Skiing, USA [Washington Post] Get Happy Faster: 6 Breakup Behaviors To Avoid

2. Instead of feeling resentful of people who find love before you do, take heart in the possibility that you may be next. "It's an inspiration for me to see these Olympic champions, and what it takes is a lifetime of work and sacrifices, so we know there is still hope for us in the future." Amanda Evora, Figure Skating, USA, after she and Mark Ladwig finished 10th place in pairs skating. [Huffington Post]

3. Love may be dangerous, but you'll never win the gold medal if you don't give it a shot. "I'm a person who loves dangerous stuff. I like taking thrills. I'm interested in cars, I'm interested in motorcycles. I'm interested in scary things and taking dares." Mo Tae-Bum, Speed Skating, South Korea, after winning the gold medal in the men's 500 meter on his 21st birthday. [Reuters]

4. Love requires a lot of work and a little bit of luck. "Though I've watched a lot of Olympics since I was little, I think it's one of those competitions you really have to have luck.When other athletes who have been doing well have a bit of a collapse at the Olympics, it is probably from feeling pressure and because it's the most important competition." Kim Yu-Na, Figure Skating, South Korea [MGC News] Guide To Getting Lucky In The Lavatory

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