National Get Up Day 2024: Everybody trips and falls. What counts is how we get out of bed. That is the idea behind February 1st’s National Get Up Day. U.S. Figure Skating developed this motivational campaign in 2016. The USFSA states that “Get Up is about being fearless in the face of falling.” Like figure skaters, we all have our moments of falling. Rebounding is the hard part. National Get-Up Day celebrates this resolve. Prepare to recognize those who have been there, celebrate your own Get Up moments, and encourage others to follow in your footsteps.
National Get Up Day History
The US Figure Skating Association created a campaign with the theme “We all fall” in 2016, which is when this day first came to be. What counts is how we get out of bed. The following year, National Get Up Day spread to the broader public and ingrained itself into the figure skating community. In 2018, National Get Up Day was becoming more and more popular, and it was even observed right before the South Korean Winter Games.
One possible source of inspiration for the Get Up campaign’s theme was the well-known American figure skater and 1984 Olympic Gold medallist Scott Hamilton. Hamilton once said in an interview that he had counted the number of times he had fallen while skating, and the result was about 41,600. The most amazing part, though, is that this number also indicates that Hamilton stood up 41,600 times. In addition, he has survived cancer four times, which must be far harder to recover from than just a simple ice skating fall.
Since National Get Up Day is observed amid the bleak and chilly months of winter, it can serve as a helpful reminder to people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the winter blues that it’s important to simply get back up whenever things are going down!
Methods For Celebrating National Get Up Day
Use social media to spread the word and share your personal story.
It may be any instance in which you felt like a failure, yet you persisted instead of giving up. Make sure to include the hashtag #GetUpDay in any social media posts you make about your experiences.
Motivate others to Get Up
Make sure you encourage those in your life to keep going, whether that’s through social media posts, planning an event, or reaching out to pals who might use a little pick-me-up.
Take a skate on the ice!
It’s the ideal method to commemorate. Just keep in mind that it’s okay to fall; just get back up and try again!
Five inspirational moments in American Olympic history
- The 2016 U.S. National Men’s Figure Skating Champion battled back to secure a spot on the 2018 Olympic team despite suffering a shoulder injury the very next season.
- After being left off the 2014 Olympic team, this seven-time U.S. National Ladies’ Figure Skating medalist returned to secure a berth in 2018 and became the first American woman to land a triple axel in competition.
- During the 1980 Winter Olympics, the amateur USA hockey team upset the strongly favored Soviet Union 4-3 in a medal-round match. They would eventually take home the gold.
- This American speed skater won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Games after forcing himself to get up after falling multiple times in his first-ever Olympic final.
- After suffering an ankle injury during the 1996 Olympics, this American gymnast returned to assist in leading the U.S. squad to victory.
The Purpose Of National Get Up Day
It applies to every facet of life.
U.S. Figure Skating established National Get Up Day, but the general concept applies to all facets of life. Just lost your job? Put on a brave face and get to work looking for a new position. FAIL a school exam? Move on and put forth more effort in your studies for the next one.
It encourages a positive outlook.
People throughout the world are motivated to embrace a more optimistic mindset when confronting life’s challenges because of the abundance of Get Up stories available.
Whether you observe National Get Up Day as a figure skater or not
It serves as a reminder that errors, setbacks, and depressing times occur to everyone. After all, everyone is human, even the supposedly flawless skaters we watch on TV. Still, what matters most is how you handle these setbacks and move on.
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