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U.S. Olympic racewalkers John Nunn and Maria Michta were on the Today Show at the London 2012 Olympics, as instructors for the entire Today Show on-air crew — Matt Lauer, Ryan Seacrest, Meredith Vieira, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales — teaching them in a lively and amusing, but informative primer on how to race walk that was broadcast on Monday, July 30, 2012. A Twitpic is above and the video is below.
Racewalking has been an Olympic sport for more than 100 years. While sometimes misunderstood and ridiculed, it is a challenging, and physically demanding sport utilizing more muscle groups in the body than running. Nunn and Michta taught the two rules of racewalking — one foot must always maintain contact with the ground and the extended leg must remain straight upon contact.
I was very glad to see Today Show feature this segment. I took up the sport, joined a running and walking club that meets in New York City’s Central Park, and I have raced competitively in the past, both in local races in NYC as well as a few national races. After years of being a reluctant jogger I developed a passion for racewalking that continues to this day; it’s my aerobic exercise of choice and so I am happily bias in recommending it!
You can see more photos from the Today Show segment here. Read more about John Nunn in this feature article. He is the only U.S. athlete who will compete in the 50K race walk in the 2012 London Olympics. He’s on Twitter @johnnywalker04 Maria Michda will compete in the women’s 20K racewalk; on Twitter @MariaMichta
If you want to learn more about racewalking I highly recommend Racewalk.com which has numerous resources to help you get started.
Watch the full replay video below and let us know what you think about the Today Show segment on racewalking!
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