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Olympic games inspire future athletes in Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Every two years the Olympic games inspire future generations of athletes. 

Kids at Flynn Elementary School in Eau Claire spent the day Wednesday getting into the Olympic spirit. Students participated in events like bob sledding, hockey, curling and even the Nordic Combine. 

Ahead of the big games, fourth and fifth graders learned about the Olympics in class this month. School officials told News 18 there are plenty of important lessons to be learned, even for the students who aren't setting their sights on the 2030 winter games. 

"Having the opportunity to kind of step away, for a little while, from core academics and learn some other skills like cooperation, and sportsmanship, and problem solving. A special event like the Olympic games is really pretty special for all of us," said Adam Keeton, the principal at Flynn Elementary. 

Students seemed to really take those lessons to heart. 

"Try hard, don't worry about," fifth grader Parker Modl told News 18. "Yeah, do your best," said Brennan Heintz, Parker's best friend and fellow fifth grader. 

"Do your best, and don't worry about it, it's just for fun," Parker added. He also said he'd like to snowboard in the Olympics some day, but Brennan is holding out for the summer games because basketball is his sport of choice. 

The biggest difference between the Olympic games at Flynn Elementary and in South Korea - the weather

Some events in Pyeongchang have been postponed because of poor conditions, but it looked more like the summer Olympics in Eau Claire on Wednesday, with athletes ditching their winter gear as soon as the competition started heating up. 

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