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Sean Burns competes in Czech Republic Olympics

Sean Burns, Junior

In August Sean Burns went to the Czech Republic to compete in the Olympics. Sean first became involved in sports when he was four years old and has been doing different sports ever since. His trip was a total of 12 days; Sean spent his first six in Prague sightseeing and the remainder in Olomouc for the competition. On Sean’s second day in Prague, he visited a concentration camp called Terezin, where Sean saw the cell blocks where the prisoners used to be held. After visiting the camp, Sean was able to have a more enjoyable time when he sat down to eat a medieval dinner that night. During his trip in Prague, Sean visited the Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Konopiště, a castle which was owned by Franz Ferdinand. He spent his days resting because he knew once he got into Olomouc; he would be training and working hard. Sean’s first day was filled with practicing, followed by classification in the late afternoon. Sean continued to practice his second day as well, and on the third day the competitions began. Sean competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m track events as well as swimming, the Javelin, the discus, and the Shot Put. He received a bronze medal in the Javelin, a gold medal in the 200m, a gold medal in the 400m, and a bronze medal in the Shot Put. Sean also placed first in the 100m as well as the 800m. Upon receiving his medal in the 200m, Sean was given the honor of standing on the medal stand to accept his gold medal and hear the United States national anthem playing throughout the Stadium. He said that hearing the anthem was his favorite part of the trip and he was excited when he won his first gold medal. When asked what he thought of the trip, he replied "It was awesome. I liked going to the Czech Republic and being able to compete in the Olympics." Sean Burns

Written by: Emily Hock, Senior
Posted: Oct 21, 2010 by Cheryl Edwards

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