Incredibly outer worldly impressive is one way to describe an occurrence when you are the only one on earth who can break your own record.


Another gorgeous blonde in Sweden’s crown jewel of fair haired lovelies, Sarah Sjostrom is far more than just another pretty face. article, Worl_771335a photo credit

According to, “Sarah Sjostrom became Sweden’s first female swimming gold medalist when she won Olympic gold in the 100m butterfly in 55.48 seconds on Sunday, a new world record.”

Sarah is an example of another stellar female athlete that continues to grab the world by the shoulders and shakes her broad beautifully muscled ones to get our attention.

In the larger picture here is why.

On 7 August 2016 Sarah won the gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics, setting a World record with a time of 55.48.

Then she went on to win silver and bronze medals in the 200 and 100 meter freestyle races and in doing so became the second woman in history and the fifth swimmer overall, following Mark Spitz (1972), Kornelia Ender (1975, 1976), Matt Biondi (1986, 1988) and Michael Klim (1998), to win medals in both the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle events and the 100 meter butterfly at a single Olympic Games, or World Championships.

Is that outer worldly enough for you? article, photo credit

What has led up to this? Why don’t we perform a reverse at the pool wall, push off and swim into Sara’s past. It’s very impressive.

Born on August 17, 1993 in Stockholm County Sweden, Sarah is a sprinter and multiple World Record Holder. 

A versatile swimmer, Sarah specializes in the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, but she’s primarily known for her butterfly races.

At the 2008 European Championships Sarah won her first international gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly event when she was just 14 years old.

At the youthful age of 21 years old, SM Sjöström was a five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic swimmer. She’s currently training to make her third Olympic Team in Rio 2016.

Since she started swimming in 2003, Sarah has been training with the club team, Södertörns Simsällskap.

Arena is her professional swimming sponsor. article, photo

Arena is a brand of competitive swimwear created in 1973 at Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany, by its former president Horst Dassler.

It was then sold to Adidas in 1990. The brand now represents two unrelated product lines.

With its headquarters in Tolentino, Italy, the Arena brand has a presence in 103 countries around the globe. With direct representation through wholly owned subsidiaries in Italy, France, Germany, and the USA, the group also employs a network of qualified business partners in 86 countries, while the Japan-based Descente Group owns and manages the brand in 11 countries of the Far East.

Sarah is outer worldly. article, euroaquatics photo

We know that we already said that but we can’t help ourselves. She just is.

It’s understandable that the brand she represents is stationed around the globe.

She’s earned numerous honors including the Newcomer of the Year at the Sports Gala 2008, the 2009 Year’s Performance at the Sports Gala, and the Best Female Swimmer in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Who raised this golden super star goddess?

Femcompetitor Magazine will typically research and relate the highlights of a region to you but this time were going to allow someone who has actually been there to speak to Stockholm’s virtues.

As the expression goes, you had to be there.

William Arthur Ward (1921–March 30, 1994), is one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.

More than 100 articles, poems and meditations written by Ward have been published in such magazines as Reader’s Digest, This Week, The Upper Room, Together, The Christian Advocate, The Adult Student, The Adult Teacher, The Christian Home, The Phi Delta Kappan, Science of Mind, The Methodist Layman, Sunshine, and Ideals.

He was once quoted as expressing, “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”

Sarah? We appreciate what you are doing and look forward to watching you continue to break records.

Stockholm, Sweden article, Azamara Club Cruises photo credit

By Hannah Rollmaker

No other city in Sweden comes close to Stockholm in terms of importance and grandeur, and it isn’t just because a syndrome is named after the city having to do with hot nurses. Stockholm is both the capital and the most populous city in Sweden. In addition, Stockholm is considered the cultural, economic, and political center of the country and the two million-plus people living within Stockholm’s reach are all too happy to be a part of one of the most industrious and cleanest cities on the face of the Earth.

Let us not forget how beautiful Stockholm is, though. Curiously situated on fourteen different islands at the edge of Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is seen as a Nordic Venice of sorts, and its beautiful waterways and pristine architecture attracts over a million visitors a year, making it the most popular tourist spot in all of Scandinavia. The reason that Stockholm is so clean has a lot to do with the fact that there is nearly no heavy industry in the city at all. Almost ninety percent of the workforce in the city has to do with service, so there is little to no pollution or unsightly factories and foundries. The city has always been on the pioneering edge of technology and international giants like IBM and Ericsson use Stockholm as their European headquarters. This pure, beautiful city must be the picture of perfection when one looks out their office windows and sees the many inlets and channels glistening against the cool, gentle Scandinavian sun.

If cleanliness is a virtue in Stockholm, education would be seen as a top priority. Advancement of the mind has always been important to the Nordic people and Stockholm is that sentiment personified. Ever since the 1800s, when distinguished academies like Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology were formed, Stockholm has been known for producing brilliant, efficient, forward-thinking minds. The Royal Institute of Technology can be seen as the shining beacon of the city, as its thirteen thousand strong student body makes it the largest school of its kind of Scandinavia. It isn’t just academia that Stockholm can boast, though. The city has also had a longstanding reputation for cultivating the creative and artistic side of the mind as well. The Royal Swedish Academy of Music, for instance, has been considered one of the most prestigious music schools in the world since its inception in 1771! Similarly, the Royal University of Fine Arts goes as far back as 1735 and has been the stepping stone for many a great European dramatist.

Stockholm has earned its rightful place as one of the most impressive and most beautiful cities in all of Scandinavia but it wouldn’t be a stretch to place Stockholm on the running for the most impressive city worldwide. From its gorgeous waterways to its enviably clean and efficient cities to its dedication to education, Stockholm is a shining example of what a city can become with proper leadership and national pride. If we can’t afford to visit Stockholm, we should at least try to take some of its virtues and implement them into our daily lives, wherever we are.

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