Maybe I don't stand a chance against Michael Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle, but I'm pretty sure I could give him a run for his money in a speed putting contest. Thanks to the International Olympic Committee, now I have a chance, and so do you. The Best of Us Challenge takes Olympic athletes out of their usual areas of expertise, shows off their other "talents" in a series of videos, and asks you to try to beat their "records." For instance, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is a master hula-hooper — she can hula for 30 seconds. (It's a good thing she can fall back on snowboarding.)
Other Olympians' feats seem even more attainable for us average humans. Jamaican track and field star Asafa Powell thinks he can balance a stick on his foot longer than you can. U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson touched her ears 54 times in 30 seconds while standing on her hands. (Probably need to watch the video to understand that one.)
Michael Phelps, wearing flip flops and putting on a gym floor, nailed 12 five-footers in 60 seconds.Putt better than Phelps and you could win a trip to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Entering the competition? Leave us a link to your video so we can check out your speed-putting skills. Now off to practice…