Roselle Students Go for the Gold in Their Own Olympic Games

By Sneller, Beth | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 23, 2000 | Go to article overview

Roselle Students Go for the Gold in Their Own Olympic Games


Sneller, Beth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


To win a gold medal, they have to have persistence, teamwork and above all, a winning attitude.

But they don't have to go Down Under to Sydney, Australia - they can stay right here in Roselle.

While thousands of athletes are competing in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, children at Spring Hills School in Roselle are participating in their own Olympics.

Last Friday, the same day as the opening ceremonies in Sydney, gym teacher Bob Winkler conducted his own opening ceremonies in a schoolwide assembly, lighting a cellophane torch that will burn throughout the games.

"I try to keep it as close as I can to what's really going on," he said.

The Olympic theme song reverberates throughout the halls of the elementary school as Winkler leads students through many of the same events found in the real Olympics - on a smaller scale, of course.

For example, next week the children will participate in his own version of a 1000-meter swimming race by lying belly down on scooters and using their arms to propel them forward.

This week, they had a hurdles race, a soccer game and an equestrian race using stick horses Winkler named Cochise and Little Davy after two horses he once knew. …

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