What could go wrong?
tumbling, tramp, diving, acrobatics, circus, cheer, dance, martial arts, X sports …
August 22nd, 2014 — snow and ice
Candidate cities are bailing out.
… Of the four remaining finalists, two are in rough shape. The Oslo, Norway bid is falling apart. It was supported by a razor-thin margin in a September referendum, but public opposition has only grown since then. And on Sunday, the junior member of the government coalition voted against funding any Olympics. For them to go on, it would require an unprecedented alliance between the ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labour party.
The Lviv, Ukraine bid seems dead in the water with the turmoil and war in the country. “Currently our dream is on hold,” said the bid’s chief.
There are only two healthy bids: Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China. One’s an oil-rich state ruled by a president-for-life, and the other’s, well, China.
Deadspin – Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics
The IOC will make a decision July 31, 2015.
Looks to me it will be China.
The former gymnast paralyzed while training for the winter Olympics is not covered by her sports Federations.
Linked by Ivan Fernandes for WOGymnastika.
Google Translate from the original Portuguese story:
Lais Souza is quadriplegic, someone has to pay for it, and it’s not you.
… Our skier Lais Souza is quadriplegic. … The insurance paid for the operation and treatment. But it will not pay anything more. Because life insurance or disability contracted by the Brazilian Olympic Committee, and the Brazilian Sports Confederation … covers only accidents that happen during the competition, and not during training. …
What will help Lais is money, big money. Now the Brazilian Olympic Committee started a campaign asking financial assistance …
… Any idea how much it costs to be a quadriplegic? I’ll kick down a $15 thousand per month, U.S. $180,000 per year. Lais is 25 years old. …
The Olympic Committee is transferring the responsibility … Brazil invests billions in Cup stadiums, and billions more for the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and leaves a young quadriplegic …
… if you can do something for Lais, do:
Current Account: 0110490-0
Lais Souza da Silva
• her first interview (Portuguese)
March 9th, 2014 — snow and ice
Formerly a competitive gymnast, Surya Bonaly is famous for her backflip landed on only one blade.
At the 1991 World Championships, she became the first and only female to attempt a quadruple toe loop jump. Her jump was not fully rotated in the air and she had to complete the rotation on the ice, making it a triple and not a quadruple. Bonaly was never credited with successfully landing the jump …
At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Bonaly finished well out of reach of the gold medal following the short program. Believing she was unjustly scored, Bonaly decided to perform her back flip during the free skate to make a statement. The move, illegal in competition, caused a stir and resulted in a deduction but Bonaly was content with her decision. Bonaly then retired from amateur competition.
Bonaly toured with the Champions on Ice skating show for several years until it went out of business after 2007. She also performed in shows in Russia with Evgeni Plushenko and was a guest skater at Ice Theatre of New York’s December 2008 gala in NYC where she successfully performed her back flip. …
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
This is the enduring image of the Sochi Games:
Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova with her palms facing the ceiling, imploring the crowd to cheer her on during the women’s free skate. The home fans complied, helping to lift Sotnikova to a controversial victory over South Korea’s Yuna Kim. Take a closer look at that iconic photo, and you’ll see something else besides Sotnikova’s sly grin. The 17-year-old gold medalist is wearing flesh-colored fabric in three different places: on her upper torso, her hands, and her legs.
The International Skating Union requires that costumes “be modest, dignified, and appropriate for athletic competition” and “not give the effect of excessive nudity.” Griffies uses a stretchy, translucent fabric called nude mesh; he prefers it to the alternative, nude lycra, because it allows you to see a skater’s muscle tone. …
What about the nude gloves that Sotnikova was wearing? Griffies, who was a competitive figure skater before he moved into fashion, explains that most triple-toe-loopers wear gloves in practice to stay warm, as well as to prevent cuts and scrapes (which can arise from falling on the ice or grabbing your blade during a spin). It feels strange to compete without them, Griffies says, so many skaters go with flesh-colored gloves, which make them feel comfortable but don’t distract the judges. …
Sotnikova completed her flesh-colored look with a set of over-the-boot tights. Griffies hates that look—he prefers the classic feel of a bright white skate. (So does Gracie Gold.) Sotnikova and other skaters wear those “OTB tights” for a bunch of reasons: because they supposedly make their legs look longer …
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Medal standings:
David Wise (born June 30, 1990) is an American freestyle skier.
On February 18, 2014 he became the first ever men’s Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe.
Click PLAY or watch him training Tramp in an X Games promo on YouTube.
That Super Tramp is made by Max Air. The “original” version was made by Dave Ross at Rebound Trampoline.
(via Trampoline Pundit)
Sarah Jean Burke (September 3, 1982 – January 19, 2012) was a Canadian freestyle skier who was a pioneer of the superpipe event. She was a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005.
She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have the event added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was considered a medal favourite in the event. Burke died following a training accident in Utah. …
Burke’s memory lived on in Sochi with a tributes from volunteers who skied in a heart shape before the halfpipe finals.
via Mashable – 10 Inspiring Sochi Moments That Embody the Olympic Spirit
The 2018 Winter Olympics … scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9-25 February 2018. …
Swiss cross-country skier Dario Cologna won a gold medal and then waited 28 minutes to congratulate last-place finisher Roberto Carcelen of Peru at the finish line. …
related – NY Times – Appreciating Skating’s Spins, the Art Behind the Sport