Artículos de Sport

Man Rides a Bike on a Rope

Domingo, 1 Octubre 2017

Mountain bike trials is a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without setting foot to ground. Belgian mountain bike trials cyclist and world champion Kenny Belaey managed to bike across a sackline 120-metres above the ground while suspended between two mountains in the French Alps.

His first attempt at crossing the stomach-churning course was not successful, but he had another try with his safety harness.

Man Rides a Bike on a Rope

Fidget Spinner

Domingo, 14 Mayo 2017

How to make a Fidget Spinner.

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How it works.

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Adrienn Banhegyi

Martes, 1 Diciembre 2015

World-Champion Skipping Rope Performing Artist

Candide’s One of Those Days 2

Viernes, 4 Septiembre 2015

We might all start the morning as French pro skier Candide Thovex does – with a cup of coffee, a quick check in the mirror, and an appreciative pause to admire nature as we step outside our door to take on whatever challenges the day has to throw at us.

But what happens next in the world famous X Games champion’s morning is probably a bit more noteworthy than our lacklustre commute to work.

Filmed entirely on a head-cam, Candide’s One of Those Days 2 video lets us witness his journey around the slopes of Val Blanc in France first-hand. The whole mountain is the 32-year-old’s playground, with flips, spins and huge jumps where he sails clear over people on the piste below – all part of a day’s ski.

When not performing outrageous tricks one after another (without even pausing to “high five” someone in celebration of his great skills), weaving through incredibly tight gaps between trees and continuing to ski on grass when the snow runs out, he’s ducking through a dauntingly narrow tunnel carved into the mountainside. The best part of the clip is the finale – spoiler alert – when Candide ends the video in serious, unbelievable style. And yes, there may be a mountain restaurant and skiing into a lift involved.

Disclaimer: experiencing all manner of somersaults, twists and turns from Candide’s perspective may induce no small amount of motion sickness. You have been warned.

London 2012

Jueves, 2 Agosto 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known informally as London 2012, began in London, United Kingdom on 27th July and will continue until 12th August 2012. The first event, the group stages in women’s football, began two days earlier on 25th July. Around 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate. Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Lord Coe and the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6th July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris. London is the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. Construction in preparation for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, particularly themed towards sustainability.The main focus of this is a new 200-hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London. The Games also make use of venues which were already in place before the bid.

If you want to learn more about it, click on: http://www.london2012.com/  

Spain wins the UEFA Euro 2012

Lunes, 2 Julio 2012

Euro 2012: ‘Great Spain era’, says coach Vicente Del BosqueCoach Vicente del Bosque has hailed Spain’s “great generation of footballers” after their historic win over Italy in the final of Euro 2012. La Roja’s 4-0 victory in Kiev made them the first team to win three successive major international tournaments. “We’re talking about a great generation of footballers,” said Del Bosque. “They know how to play together because they come from a country where they learn to play properly. This is a great era for Spanish football.” Del Bosque the man, the manager

The 61-year-old added: “We have some great lads who play abroad, which was impossible before. We didn’t really have players abroad and now foreign clubs want our players. “To win three titles is almost impossible. Congratulations to the players. “It’s true we were lucky enough to play a great match. Everything worked for us. It was an extraordinary performance against a difficult opponent. “We played our own game. There were no real external influences - we were faithful to what we’ve done in recent years. “I didn’t really want to be the coach who wins but the coach who educates. I want to keep preparing them for the future.” Spain were at their scintillating best as goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres - who became the first player to score in two Euros finals - and Juan Mata helped them overpower the Italians by the biggest winning margin in a Euros final. They also retained the crown they first won in Vienna four years ago. Between these two, La Roja have also claimed their first World title in South Africa and have now constructed a compelling case to be classed as the best team in history. Sunday’s victory was also the perfect riposte to the critics who have suggested that Spain have abandoned attacking principles and are not entertaining to watch. Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas told BBC Sport: “It feels really, really amazing. It’s one of the best days of my life. “I don’t think we realise what we’ve done. In time we’ll see. Are we boring? People who think we are boring, I don’t think they understand the game.” Spain captain Iker Casillas, for whom Sunday’s win was his 100th from 137 caps said: “There will always be some criticism as we have set the bar so high. That’s what happens when you come down a step. It’s been four marvellous years. “You might think that a 4-0 margin against Italy means it was easy - but we have been gradually stepping up as the tournament went along. “We did a really good job in defence, but not only defence. We know we have a lot of quality up front. If you can have a clean sheet then it’s easier to score. “It was really important for Fernando [Torres]. I know he hasn’t had his best season. He had some problems and then didn’t play for Chelsea. He scored against Ireland and then he scored again in the final. “Are we the best ever? I don’t know. I think we have to keep winning and win more trophies. When we’re retired in 10 or 15 years then maybe we can look back and say we were really good.” Andres Iniesta was named man of the match and is one of four players - along with Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi - to have started all three final triumphs. “It’s very nice to have this man-of-the-match trophy but it’s especially great to be champions again,” the Barcelona midfielder said. “The team played a great match and all the players were at their top level.” Centre-back Gerard Pique added: “It’s a really special feeling. I think we have to enjoy this moment. This team is making history but we have to keep going and keep working hard. “There is a World Cup in two years. We’re going to enjoy this moment and then keep going.”   

 “We’ve seen a masterclass. Spain have been the best team in the world for the last four or five years. Italy gave a lot of effort, but unfortunately they’d played too many hard games. They felt the pace and Spain, with that superior technique and movement and talent on the ball have run out easy winners. The Spanish have been criticised but they are the best team in the world.” (Text from BBC Sport)

The heroes of the Dakar 2009

Lunes, 9 Febrero 2009

                                           

Celebrated like heroes

 The 31st edition of the Dakar, the first one in Latin-America, is now over and has seen the victories of Marc Coma in the bike category, Josef Machacek in the quad category, Giniel De Villiers in the car category and Firdaus Kabirov in the truck category. In total, 113 bikers, 13 quad riders, 91 car teams and 54 truck teams finished the rally-raid, that was notably marked by the exceptional enthusiasm the Dakar generated amongst the crowds in Argentina and in Chile. 

                                             

  BIKE RAID: COMA, THE VERY BEST ON TWO WHEELS

In the bike race, Marc Coma made the performance of the year by leading the rally from start to finish. A feat unseen since 1997 in a Dakar-Dakar when someone called Stéphane Peterhansel had taken command of the raid the moment he started it en route to Tambacounda. Headed for the Argentinian Pampa, Spain’s Coma hit hard right away. A true slap in the face for his adversaries who suffered because of tire problems: Coma stole 41’ to a desperate Despres, 1h01’ to a David Casteu in tears. Only Frétigné managed to limit the damage by “only” conceding 28’ to Coma. Two weeks and a few more rear tire problems for his contenders later, the tough Catalan won his second Dakar after a last stage where he just followed his main rivals from a safe but sure distance. At the end of a well-raced raid, Coma won wisely with a 1h25’ lead over Despres and 1h38’ over Frétigné. Three years after his first Dakar victory, the KTM-Repsol rider gave Spain his third victory on the rally-raid.Unable to catch up on the undoubted leader, Cyril Despres did however win 4 special stages - against 3 for Coma -, which brings his stage victory total to 20. Third of the Dakar, David Frétigné, riding his “small” Yamaha, had his best performance ever on the raid winning at the same time the 450cc category race. In the standings of this 31st edition, we will also note the presence of the best woman in the Dakar, Dutch female biker Mirjam Pol, ranking 53rd in the standings. Her countryman, Rob Van Pelt, 33rd wins the bike amateur standings that rewards those bikers who rode without assistance.In the quad race, Josef Machacek was the bravest of all 13 riders to finish the Dakar - there were 25 of them at the start. The Czech who is almost 52 years old was - once again - amazingly steady, winning 4 special stages and finishing the 10 others in the Top 3. The Yamaha rider wins here his fifth Dakar. He finishes 2h35’ ahead of local hero Marco Patronelli, second in the standings. The other top performer of the quad race is Elisabeth Kraft, who enters the history of the Dakar by being the first woman to finish the rally-raid on this funny machine called quad.

                                              

 CAR RAID: LEARNING TO BE PATIENT

If there are areas where chance is only a marginal factor, it is indeed the world of enduro racing and mechanics. The success of Volkswagen taught those who did not know it that victories are built in the long run, especially in a race like the Dakar. The investment of the German manufacturer, whose goal was to bring the first diesel engine to victory on the most demanding of all rally-raids, started in 2003. After hesitation, progress, confirmation and tough times, it’s in 2009 that the Race Touareg reached its goal by being the master of the race from the beginning till the end. If the dramatic turn of events of stage 12 - the fatal crash of Carlos Sainz - deprived VW of a Grand Slam, the three remaining cars finished the race in the Top 6 with Giniel De Villiers and Mark Miller ranking first and second. With 10 stage victories out of 13, the crews of Kris Nissen did not leave much to their contenders. This might seem a bit harsh for the others in the race but it responds to a firm will of preserving the whole team from the worst. By the way, the profile of the new winner of the rally corresponds perfectly to the demands of the Dakar. In his five previous participations, the South-African driver gave the impression of being steady and making progress at all times; his victory this year is also the victory of his patience.

And patience is also exactly what Team Mitsubishi must start learning. After an uninterrupted series of 7 victories and a track record with 12 titles in total, the Japanese team finished this Dakar with just one car out of four ranking fourth in the general standings. Since they arrived on the Dakar in 1984, the absence of the Mitsu drivers on the final podium only happened twice before in 1990 and in 1994. This year, Hiroshi Masuoka, Luc Alphand and then Stéphane Peterhansel all left the race prematurely. The last of the Mohicans at Mitsu, Joan “Nani” Roma did his very best to keep his place in the top 3 but collapsed in the stage of La Rioja. His proud reaction the next day when he got the best clock in the Cordoba stage is a very small consolation price for the team: indeed, in order to successfully convert the cars to diesel engines, the engineers and technicians still have a long way to go.

The race through elimination also touched the X-Raid team with the exclusion of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, when he was in the lead of the general standings. The level of performance of the BMW X3 had allowed him to win two stages but his lack of reliability forced his to drive around a line of dunes, which led to his exclusion from the raid. Argentina’s Orlando Terranova, who was starting to impose himself slowly upon the elites, had to withdraw from the race after a major driving error.

In the T2 category, Nicolas Gibon gives a new victory to Toyota in this category and also - more importantly - ends up in 14th position in the general standings, whereas the best vehicles engaged in the Production category tend to generally rank around the 40th position. His closest contender, Xavier Foj, also demonstrated the competitiveness of T2s as he finishes 16th of the rally-raid.

Finally, the only 100% female crew registered to start in Buenos Aires, with Florence Migraine Bourgnon behind the wheel and Clémence Joyeux handling the road book, managed to finish the raid and ranks 86th in the general standings. As to the last one in the general standings (91st!), he is also a winner in his own right in his category as Jose Manuel Salinero was the only one who drove the whole Dakar alone in his car.

                                                 

TRUCK RAID: KAMAZ GETS BACK WHAT WAS HIS

From the first to the last stage in the truck raid, the race was intense and there were many unexpected turns of events. From day one on, it was the Dutch participants who stood out. Van Vliet won the stage and became the first leader of this Dakar in front of De Rooy, while Chagin was only 7th. But the real turn of events of this opening went to Hans Stacey. A flat tire relegated him 39 minutes behind the pack and started the list of his setbacks. The leader of Team Man withdrew at the start of stage 8. Young De Rooy benefited from it to leave his mark on the early stages of this Dakar. Leader as of day 2, De Rooy stayed in the lead for four days and won a total of three stages. But the Dutch mark on the rally was going to fade at mid-raid and give way to the Russian trucks. Kabirov took the lead in the general standings at the end of stage 6, which opened a fascinating pursuit between the many-time winners of the Kamaz team. Chagin and Kabirov took turns at winning stages and at taking the lead in the general standings, and fought a spectacular fight with no mercy. The conclusion of this fight happened in the last special stage when Firdaus Kabirov finished just 30’’ ahead of Chagin and won his second Dakar, pushing Chagin back at 3’39’’ in the standings. Only Gerard De Rooy sort of stood his ground in this final stage and ends up getting third place on the podium, right in front of Mardeev. With 3 trucks out of 3 in the four first places of the general standings, this year, the Kamaz trucks were simply untouchable.

IOC to retest Olympic blood samples

Miércoles, 8 Octubre 2008

From Times Online

 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to retest all blood samples from the Beijing Games using a new detection system developed for the Tour de France.The unprecedented move is designed to search for a banned variant of EPO that was only recently detected during retesting of samples from the Tour de France. The IOC conducted more than 5,000 drug tests during the Beijing Games, all of which will be sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Lausanne.

The samples will be reopened and tested for CERA, a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. The substance boosts an athlete’s performance by increasing the number of oxygen-rich blood cells.

Emmanuelle Moreau, an IOC spokesman, said: “This is part of our normal procedure. We keep the samples for eight years and whenever a new test arrives we carry out new tests.”

The IOC disqualified six athletes for failing drug tests during the Beijing Games. They were Lyudmila Blonska, the Ukrainian heptathlete, her compatriot, weightlifter Igor Razoronov, Greek hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Isabel Moreno, the Spanish cyclist, and Thi Ngan Thuong Do, the Vietnamese gymnast.

Three other cases are pending, with Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, the Belarusian hammer throwers, having until October 17 to explain why they tested positive.

The IOC’s announcement comes 48 hours after re-analysed samples from the Tour de France using the new technology produced positive tests for Germany’s Stefan Schumacher, a double stage winner in this year’s race, and Italian Leonardo Piepoli.

Olympic Games

Lunes, 25 Agosto 2008

The Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event. The original Olympic Games were first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and were held until AD 393. Interest in reviving the Olympic Games proper was first shown by the Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem “Dialogue of the Dead” in 1833. Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. He paid for the refurbishment of the Panathenian Stadium for Olympic Games held there in 1870 and 1875. This was noted in newspapers and publications around the world including the London Review, which stated that “the Olympian Games, discontinued for centuries, have recently been revived! Here is strange news indeed … the classical games of antiquity were revived near Athens.”

The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 on the initiative of a French nobleman, Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. The IOC has become the heart of the “Olympic Movement,” a conglomeration of sporting federations that are involved in the organization of the Games. As the Olympic Movement has grown so have the profile and complexity of the Games. Participation in the Games has increased to the point that nearly every nation on earth is represented. With the proliferation of satellite communications, the Internet, and the continuing trend towards globalization, the Olympics are consistently gaining supporters. This growth has created numerous challenges, including political boycotts, the use of performance enhancing medications, bribery of officials, and terrorism.

Despite these challenges the Olympics have continued to thrive and flourish. Each successive Games attempts to add more events in order to keep up with the ever-evolving advance of athletic expression around the world. The 2008 games in Beijing comprised 302 events in 28 sports. The most recent Winter Olympics in 2006 featured 84 events in 7 sports. While the Olympic Games do continue to evolve, they also encompass many rituals that were established during their infancy in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most of these traditions are on display during the Opening and Closing ceremonies, and the medal presentations. For its part, the Olympic Movement has made considerable progress in fostering participation among as many nations as wish to compete, as well as focusing on the Olympic motto: Citius Altius Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger.

Wimbledon 2008

Lunes, 7 Julio 2008

July 7, 2008

Relentless Rafael Nadal stays strong for ‘dream title’

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

Rafael Nadal became a true giant of tennis last night as he won the Wimbledon singles title for the first time with an extraordinary five-set victory over Roger Federer that lasted nearly five hours.

The Spaniard defeated the five-time champion 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 in the longest singles final in the history of the All England Club. The match finished at 9.15pm after rain interruptions and no one in the grounds could remember seeing anything like it.

Nadal became only the third man in history and the first since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in succession and ended Federer’s chances of beating Borg’s record of five successive Wimbledon singles titles.

Federer, who called it his hardest loss by far, had hoped that Nadal might succumb to the pressure. “I thought maybe he was feeling it a lot, for the first time in his life,” the 26-year-old said, as he sought to be the first player since 1927 to win this grand title from two sets to love down. But his opponent would not hear of it.

Nadal observa el trofeo de campeón de Wimbledon