LASD’s Junior Olympics

Posted on April 19, 2012 by  
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Los Altos School District students are training to compete in the 52nd annual Junior Olympics April 28 at the Mountain View High School track.

District physical education instructors are working with students on an array events, including relays, hurdles and jumping rope.

More than 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from seven participating Los Altos elementary schools will compete in events ranging from the serious to the not-so-serious. And, of course, families, friends and neighbors will be there to cheer them on.

Events scheduled throughout the day include 400-meter relays, 75-yard dashes, 60-yard hurdles, chin-ups, jumping rope and basketball hoops (12 attempts). Some events require tryouts and a rigorous training process that extends over many weeks. For others, the training is not as tough.

Performance is important to the young athletes, who take pride in practicing skipping, shooting baskets and doing chin-ups to perform their best in the competition.

Each athlete may participate in three events. The variety of activities offers something to suit all athletic skills and interests. The goals of the Junior Olympics are to promote good sportsmanship, emphasize the importance of healthful competition and encourage participants to strive for their personal bests.

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