Go for the Gold! 7 Olympic Sports Your Kid Might Be Secretly Great At

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1. The Triathlon
If your child is an all-round great athlete, then he/she would love this sport because it consists of running, swimming, and cycling in long distances. It's one ... more 
Photo by: Shutterstock
1. The Triathlon
If your child is an all-round great athlete, then he/she would love this sport because it consists of running, swimming, and cycling in long distances. It's one of those sports that's perfect for the athlete who has incredible endurance and skill in a variety of areas. Many cities have triathalon clubs, so if you notice your child likes to swim and run, it may be worth seeing if they can bike, too. less 
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Fri, Jul 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT
I look forward to this every two years: gearing up to the Summer or Winter Olympics! It's by far my favorite thing to watch during the two weeks the games are on, and it's something that my kids seem to really get into as well.

Now that I'm a mom, my interest in the games goes beyond just watching the competitions and the incredible athletes. My mind now wonders about the the work behind it all, and the family.

I wonder what these athletes were like as children; what makes them the best at what they do? What sparked their love of their sport and how did they get there? I'm a big believer in encouraging your kids to be the best they can be, and these athletes certainly are examples of that. I want my kids to find what they love, hope to pick up on their skills and gently guide them to a love of being active - without being too pushy about it.

Here are 7 great Olympic sports your child could be great at with a little encouragement!

- By Devan McGuinness

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