Having the opportunity to represent the USA swim team at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games was, to say the least, amazing. Maccabi started in the early 1900’s, the idea being to bring Jewish athletes from around the world to compete and learn together. There are three main Maccabi games, the European games, the Pan American Games and the World Maccabiah games.
Just this past week, the Pan American games were held in Santiago, Chile, with over 3,000 total athletes representing 15 countries. With 22 sports offered, there was never any boredom at the games.
I spent most of my time swimming, but I managed to watch a few other sports such as soccer, futsal, and volleyball. Futsal was definitely the most interesting to me, having never seen it played before. It was exciting to see how fast paced it was and surprising that it got pretty physical. USA dominated the competitions taking a total of 133 medals, way ahead of second place Chile with 95. We were kept pretty busy so there wasn't too much time for sightseeing. We walked around the city once and I found it to be honestly kind of boring. There wasn't much to see, at least where we were.
Overall I was pretty satisfied with my performance, taking home 4 gold, 4 silver, and two bronze medals., a total of 10 medals out of my 11 events.
The weather is getting worse and so are the roads. In the winter with the cold and snow the community turns the key in order to get around town. The outcome of this is more cars on the road. Add in the snow and ice and you have a nightmare.
Here are some tips on driving in the winter weather. First of all, slow down. There is no rush to get anywhere. Next, if needed, leave a few minutes earlier. There are plenty of resources online where you can find road conditions and plan accordingly. Also, give more space behind the car in front of you. You may not be able to stop in time if an emergency occurs, and you increase your chances of causing an accident.
In the case that your car loses control and starts to spin, don’t try to turn the steering wheel the opposite direction. This will only increase the chances of flipping the vehicle. Just let the vehicle come to a stop on it’s own. It’s better to hit something than flipping your vehicle, which could possibly eject the occupants of the vehicle.
Because we live in Utah, we expect bad weather most of the year. But Utah also has a bad reputation of having some of the worst drivers in bad weather. If every driver in Utah just slowed down, there would be fewer tragic accidents. It would be a terrible feeling to have a loved one missing around the holidays due to a car accident which could have been avoided if the driver would have taken extra precautions on the roads.