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How to be a Paralympian

Our superblogging, internationally shredding Paralypmian Nicole Roundy is back from Sochi - with an insider's guide on how to do the Paralympic Winter Games like a pro.

WEAR LOTS OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE
The Team USA swag was quite steller. Our hookup came complete with a style app that guaranteed you'd look amazing for every activity. Our ceremony swag wouldn't have disappointed in Paris. I hear the sweaters are selling for $300 on ebay.

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Photo: Nicole Roundy

CHANT "U-S-A!" AND BRING COWBELLS TO CHEER ON YOUR TEAMMATES
The Russia vs USA Hockey games were sold out. For that matter, almost all of the events were sold out but the U-S-of-A fan base was highly outnumbered. That certainly didn't prevent us from making a racket. Step one: Aquire the largest cowbell available. Step two: Spread out in the stands. Step three: cheer, clap, scream and make as much noise as possible when a USA Jersey is present.

EAT THE SAME FOOD EVERY SINGLE DAY
This might seem ridiculous but it's no laughing matter. Smoked Salmon, Potstickers, fried potatoes, eggs, iceburg lettuce and something considered pizza is the "new" diet of champions. Follow it diligently for everything else is questionably edible.

DRINK POWERADE BY THE GALLON
The more salt you add to drinking water, the more water you have to drink. Sales gimic perhaps? If you're still dehydrated after 30 bottles of water, this could be a likely explanation. Lucky for you, Coca-Cola will save the day. Powerade. Orange and apple juice are also optional candidates.

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Photo: Nicole Roundy

ACQUIRE A MASSIVE PIN COLLECTION
Unknown to me, pins are basically currency. Back in the year 1200 you could trade anything for just about anything. In Sochi, pins are the modern day anything. Its a toss up to who won the pin trading contest but I believe Keith Gabel and Megan Harmon can add "professional pin trader" to their resumes. 

CRY EVERYTIME THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS
I can be particularly emotional over the words "land of the free, home of the brave." Maybe it had something to do with the humidity but I suspect it had more to do with the whole stars & stripes thing, and being chosen to represent them. If there is any chance that the national anthem will play, it's best to bring large amounts of tissues.

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Photo: Nicole Roundy

On a more serious note, no two competitions or Paralympic experiences are exactly the same. I'm proud that I had the opportunity to represent my country and my sport; although it wasn't my greatest competitive moment. Several members of Team USA brought home hardware and I couldn't be prouder of what they achieved. Congratulations to all of the medalists. It was an honor to be there with you and watch your dreams come true. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of that. I hope to see you all in Pyeongchang 2018.

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