Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Olympian Goes For Hopscotch Gold

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One Olympic gold medalist is a hop, skip, and a jump away from achieving a world record.

Tomorrow (May 7), gold medal decathlete Dan O’Brien will be in New York attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest game of hopscotch, which currently stands at one minute and 23 seconds.

O’Brien has teamed up with Crayola and is going for hopscotch gold to promote outdoor activity amongst kids and help eliminate childhood obesity.

The Guinness hopeful has been training like crazy, playing hopscotch at least a dozen times a day and says throwing the stone in the right spot is the toughest part of the game.

He says, “I like the challenge. The serious athlete wants to come out of me, and I’m going to do this to the best of my ability. It’s just in me to achieve.”

Though hopscotch seems like merely child’s play, O’Brien assures it’s a real workout that often leaves him winded.

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