ODF Olympiad http://odfolympiad.org/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:57:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://odfolympiad.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-150x150.jpg ODF Olympiad http://odfolympiad.org/ 32 32 Yukon skier on his way to the 2022 Winter Olympics https://odfolympiad.org/yukon-skier-on-his-way-to-the-2022-winter-olympics/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 21:38:50 +0000 https://odfolympiad.org/yukon-skier-on-his-way-to-the-2022-winter-olympics/

Whitehorse-born cross-country skier Dahria Beatty secured a spot on the Canadian Olympic team after placing second in the Olympic trials in Canmore last weekend.

“Locking in that selection is definitely a big relief. Now I can focus on doing everything possible to give the best of myself to the [Olympic] games, ”Beatty said.

This will be Beatty’s second time representing Canada at the Olympics. She competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

Beatty was second in practice last weekend behind Katherine Stewart-Jones, who previously qualified for Team Canada at the World Cup last December.

She said she knew she had to beat everyone except Stewart-Jones during practice, “so I just went over there and gave it my all and luckily that was enough and I could take 20 seconds ahead of the next competitor. “

Canada’s Dahria Beatty skis during the women’s cross-country skiing World Cup sprints in Canmore, Alta. On Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jeff McIntosh)

Although the skier from Yukon was able to carve out a place on the next team, she said she felt tired during the Olympic trials.

“The past week has been really stressful, but I was happy to be able to bounce back and play when I needed to,” said Beatty.

Alain Masson, head coach of the Yukon ski team that coached athletes in ski trials, told CBC News he was pleased with Beatty’s performance.

“I am always very happy when the athletes can do their best in their most important races,” he said.

A journey to the Olympic Games

Beatty started cross-country skiing at the age of three with the Jackrabbits program in Whitehorse.

She began representing Canada on the international stage in 2009 where she competed in the first of her three world junior championships.

In 2015, she made her debut at the U23 World Championships. Two years later, she returned and finished 12th in the sprint. That year, she also teamed up with Cendrine Browne for a 13th place in the team sprint and anchored Canada to a 10th place in the 4 x 5 km relay. This is Canada’s best result in the women’s relay since 2001, according to Canada’s Olympic website.

On her Olympic debut in 2018, when she was 24, Beatty competed in five events.

“I will try to take what I learned from the last time, which is to stay in the moment and not think too far as the matches progress,” she said declared.

Emily Nishikawa of Canada, left, and Dahria Beatty of Canada transition in the women’s 4 x 5 km cross-country ski relay at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday 17 February 2018 (AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press – Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Going to Beijing this year had been on Beatty’s mind for a long time.

“It’s definitely something that’s been circled on my calendar for many, many years,” she said.

The Canadian squad will be officially announced later today. Then, they will travel to Silver Star, B.C. for training camp before leaving for Beijing on Jan. 26, Beatty said.

The Winter Olympics begin on February 4.


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When it comes to fashion, figure skaters tend to be a bit additional. The sequins, the feathers, the SWAN HEAD.

As the U.S. figure skating team prepares for Beijing, we take a look back at some of the best skating costumes of all time. What skaters wear can get trendy – think Dorothy Hamill’s haircut or second skins and glitter who took to the track after the last Winter Olympics.

So, for a look back at the best figure skating costumes of all time, we’ve turned to someone who understands them best: Johnny Weir, two-time Olympian and NBC commentator.

Weir said TODAY that skaters go all out when it comes to the Olympics, the biggest audiences they have by far.

“I know we will be entitled to wonderful skating and excellence in sport, but also the most brilliant fashion show in the world,” he said.

Here are Johnny Weir’s favorite figure skating costumes:

Johnny Weir: the swan

Johnny Weir competes in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.Robert Laberge / Getty Images

“My personal favorite costume was my costume from the 2006 Olympic short program where I depicted a dying swan and it is so special because my dreams came true in front of the world on the Olympic ice for the first time in this costume. Plus, I wore a red glove that was supposed to look like a swan’s beak, so I always had a friend there. His name was Camille. ”

Elena Illinykh and Nikita Katsalapov: tutu drama

Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Clive Mason / Getty Images

“My favorite ice dance costumes belong to Elena Illinykh and Nikita Katsalapov from Russia who competed in their home Russian Olympics in front of millions of adoring fans, at” Swan Lake “and brought down the house and the tutu. ‘Elena has given me all the drama I have ever wanted. ”

Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov: simplicity on ice

Russian figure skaters Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Jean-Yves Ruszniewski / Getty Images

“My all-time favorite pair costumes were Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov at the 1994 Olympics. Their whole vibe on the ice was to skate together and their simple costumes made the performance so special because they were like watching a heart beat. ”

Oksana Baiul: The pink that makes you dream

Ukraine’s Oksana Baiul performs her free skate at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.Eric Feferberg / AFP via Getty Images

“My favorite woman’s costume was worn by Oksana Baiul in 1994. Her Olympic gold medal performances are the reason I started skating and her pink maribou lives free in my head forever because that was part of it. image that helped me dream of competing in the Olympics someday. Galina Yakovlevna Zmievskaya, who coached Oksana, also coached me and she always smiled when we talked about the pink suit and the brilliant skater who wore. ”

Tomáš Verner: No more pink! This time for men

Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic performs at the European Figure Skating Championships in Warsaw in 2007.Janek Skarzynski / AFP via Getty Images

“My all-time favorite men’s costume was worn by my competitor and very close friend Tomáš Verner from the Czech Republic. For the time in 2007, pink was a bold color choice for men and I just found out that it was one of those perfect moments when a skater’s personality is really reflected in their costume because it was classy and also humorous. ”


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China unveils new high-speed train ahead of Winter Olympics https://odfolympiad.org/china-unveils-new-high-speed-train-ahead-of-winter-olympics/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 15:36:34 +0000 https://odfolympiad.org/china-unveils-new-high-speed-train-ahead-of-winter-olympics/

China has launched a custom Fuxing high-speed train capable of traveling at a maximum speed of 350 km / h.

As part of its maiden voyage, the train took the high-speed railroad between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway will support passenger services for the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will run from January 21 to March 16.

This train would be the first bullet train in the world to feature a 5G live streaming studio, which can stream content using 5G.

The eight-car electric high-speed train (EMU) will accommodate more than 560 people, with one of the cars including a media workspace.

The train will also include air purification devices, lockers for ski equipment and wheelchair accessible spaces, as well as support for the BeiDou satellite navigation system.

According to Xinhua, deputy director of CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle Engineering Research Center Zhu Yan said, “More than 2,700 automatic inspection sensors in the train can collect real-time data and provide suggestions for ‘operation and maintenance after calculation.

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“With older train models, all air conditioning filters had to be replaced regularly. With the filter pressure monitoring sensors, the section with the most severe dust blockage can be targeted for replacement.

Passenger services on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed rail line began in December 2019 with the aim of supporting intercity traffic as well as trips between Olympic venues.

The route would be the first to achieve autonomous driving at a speed of 350 km / h.

By replacing human drivers, the autonomous driving system on the Zhangjiakou-Beijing route is expected to reduce energy consumption by up to 7%.

Last week, two metro tracks equipped with Thales SEC Transport (TST) signaling systems entered revenue in China.

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How Does a Cougar Cross a Washington Freeway? Their future may depend on the answer https://odfolympiad.org/how-does-a-cougar-cross-a-washington-freeway-their-future-may-depend-on-the-answer/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://odfolympiad.org/how-does-a-cougar-cross-a-washington-freeway-their-future-may-depend-on-the-answer/

Members of the Olympic Cougar Project work to replace the GPS collar of Lilu, a wild cougar, near Port Angeles, Washington, United States, December 14, 2021. REUTERS / Stephanie Keith

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA, Wash., Jan. 10 (Reuters) – Howling dogs picked up the scent of a cougar and led researchers deep into the forest, where steep hills were covered in cedars and ferns dusted with snow.

The dogs chased Lilu, an 82-pound (37 kg) cougar whose collar needed a new battery, up a tree. After being stung by a tranquilizer dart, the groggy cat climbed down and fell asleep. The team was able to exchange their necklace, examine Lilu, and then inject her with a drug to wake her up.

It was part of a day’s work for the Olympic Cougar Project, a partnership between a coalition of Native American tribes, a renowned cougar expert, and the Washington Department of Transportation.

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The project could lead to placing highway crossings so that stray cougars – also known as pumas and pumas – can find new places to breed, improving the environment at large. The same species of cat roams the land from Canada to Tierra del Fuego.

“Without a doubt, pumas improve the health of ecosystems,” said Mark Elbroch, one of the world’s leading experts on the Panthera Cougar, a wildcat conservation group that is part of the Olympic Cougar Project.

When a cougar kills a large mammal like a deer or moose, it cannot eat the entire carcass. In the Olympic Peninsula, the Supreme Predator leaves behind a meal for golden eagles, bald eagles, crows, crows and other birds; mammals such as bears, weasels, bobcats and coyotes; and a range of invertebrates, including all kinds of beetles.

Like bears, cougars catch salmon from rivers, helping to fertilize plant species in the woods.

The Lower Elwha Klallam, Skokomish, Makah, Quinault, Jamestown S’Klallam and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes of the Olympic Peninsula bring their traditional knowledge to the project, as well as the modern expertise of wildlife biologists.

“As an indigenous person, we are taught that we have to walk in two worlds, one in our traditional sense and the other in the modern sense,” said Vanessa Castle, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe who works for the project. “I think it changes the way these scientists think about these animals.”

Biologists say the big cats on the Olympic Peninsula have less genetic diversity than the rest of Washington state, as they are surrounded by Interstate 5 and cut off from natural breeding partners in the Cascade Mountains.

Part of determining where to build a wildlife passage – a practice used in habitat conservation – is to track cougars by equipping them with GPS collars that provide a wealth of useful data. Lilu is one of some 60 collared cougars on the peninsula. There is no consensus on the total population of elusive and large-scale animals.

“The necklace gives us information that we just couldn’t get otherwise,” said Kim Sager-Fradkin, a wildlife biologist hired by the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe.

Some 100,000 cars use I-5 each day, preventing cougars and other wildlife from crossing the other side of the freeway.

“It’s probably one of the worst obstacles for any species in the state,” said Glen Kalisz, habitat connectivity biologist at the Washington State Department of Transportation.

In Southern California, transit authorities will soon open a wildlife crossing over US Highway 101, used by 350,000 cars per day, in one of the last areas where there is habitat. natural on both sides of the highway.

As with the Washington project, the goal is to improve the genetic diversity of cougars.

The California Crossing and Project Washington I-5 both learn lessons from one of the largest companies of its kind, along a corridor of I-90 further north in Washington, which is mid -road of construction of 26 wildlife crossings along 15 miles (24 km) of highway.

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Reporting by Stephanie Keith in Washington State and Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California; Additional reporting by Jack Ferry in Los Angeles; Writing by Daniel Trotta; edited by Donna Bryson and Diane Craft

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US Women’s Open purse climbs to $ 10 million on legendary courses https://odfolympiad.org/us-womens-open-purse-climbs-to-10-million-on-legendary-courses/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:12:58 +0000 https://odfolympiad.org/us-womens-open-purse-climbs-to-10-million-on-legendary-courses/

Long considered the biggest event in women’s golf, the US Women’s Open now has cash prizes and future venues to match.

The US Golf Association (USGA) announced Friday that the stock market will almost double this year to $ 10 million, by far the richest in women’s golf and the best prizes in women’s sport.

The purse was $ 5.5 million when Yuka Saso won at the Olympic club last year.

The USGA helped make this possible with a major sponsor, PreMedica, an Ohio-based nonprofit integrated health organization serving 28 states.

With support from ProMedica, the US Women’s Open purse is expected to grow to $ 11 million and possibly $ 12 million over the next five years.

Along with a huge cash win, the USGA is sending women to some of the classic US Open models that have been welcoming men for decades. This list includes a return to Oakmont and Pinehurst # 2, as well as Riviera, Oakland Hills, Merion, Inverness and Interlachen.

The USGA said Pinehurst would host the Men’s and Women’s Open over the following weeks in 2029, just like on her very successful debut in 2014. Martin Kaymer won the US Open and Michelle Wie won her first major in the US Women’s Open the following week.

This is the USGA’s first major initiative since Mike Whan, the former Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) circuit commissioner, took over as CEO last summer.

“The USGA is proud to host championships that not only provide an incredible stage for athletes, but also give young players something to dream of,” said Whan. “For over 75 years, the US Women’s Open has been the one every little girl, in every country of the world, dreams of winning.

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Teqball World Championships Highlight Path to Olympic Inclusion https://odfolympiad.org/teqball-world-championships-highlight-path-to-olympic-inclusion/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 09:46:00 +0000 https://odfolympiad.org/teqball-world-championships-highlight-path-to-olympic-inclusion/ The sport is heading towards its goal of being included in the 2028 Olympics, and competition intensifies as athletes begin to take their Teq game to the next level.

In December, the best Teqballers from around the world traveled to Gliwice, Poland for the World Teqball Championships. Men and women had to qualify in specific categories in their home country in order to participate in the tournament.

To spectators, Teqball looks like an odd combination of football and table tennis, with up to four players circling a curved table, volleys, and swing the ball back and forth.

This year’s World Championships was an opportunity for a handful of athletes to defend their 2019 titles. For others, the cancellation of last year’s tournament amid the pandemic provided an extra year to train and aim to bring home their country’s very first Teqball title.

Throughout the four days of the tournament, which ran from December 8-11, the energy in the arena was at its peak as the athletes literally left their blood, sweat and tears on the field in front of crowds of up to 1,500 people, according to the official Teqball website. FITEQ.

READ: Meet BellaTeq, The First All-Women Teqball Team Hoping To Mark A ‘New Era’ For The Sport

The Teq effect

Curiosity makes people stop and watch a Teqball game at a table, but for those with a competitive spirit, the sport offers an irresistible challenge to jump in and play.

Those who do find it quickly that once started, it is difficult to tear yourself away from it.

Participants do not need to have previous athletic experience to play Teqball, but to achieve a competitive level, every touch and every attack requires precision and planning.

The complexity of the rules requires a combination of skill and strategy to be successful, and seasoned players spend hours at the table each day perfecting and refining their serves, smashes and returns.

Women in teq

This year saw the exciting launch of the women’s singles and doubles competitions, in addition to the men’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles competitions, bringing the total number of categories to five.

Out of 32 countries vying for the top five places, only three won gold: Hungary, Brazil and Serbia.

Hungary’s Anna Izsak became the first person to win the women’s singles event, beating Poland’s Paulina Lezak to win the gold medal. The match ended almost before it really started, with Izsak storming Lezak in a comfortable straight-set victory.

All eyes were on the highly anticipated women’s doubles final as the United States faced Brazil for a chance to make tournament history. American Carolyn Greco beat returning Brazilian champion Natalia Guitler for third in the singles competition the day before, but Brazil had revenge in mind as Guitler and partner Rafaella Fontes beat Greco and Margaret Osmundson in three. stormy sets for gold.

Guitler said the victory was a dream come true for her and Fontes, adding that they had worked hard all year to prepare, despite difficult conditions in Brazil due to a lack of Teqball structure.

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Guitler is the former mixed doubles world champion and the most recognized woman in Teqball to date. Fontes has proven to be an extremely formidable partner, as the 19-year-old has won numerous teqball titles in Brazil and is known for her success in Brazilian football.

Osmundson said the American duo were hoping for better results: “We realize this is our first competition so we’re thankful for the experience of being able to represent our country and ultimately come away with gear, but we’re always going to hunt more for. next year.”

Osmundson and Greco founded the world’s first all-female Teqball club in Los Angeles, the BellaTeq. They said they would go straight back to work when they got home, and Greco said their goal would be to continue paving the way for female Teqball athletes around the world.
Brazilians Natalia Guitler and Rafaella Fontes beat the United States to become world champions in the women's doubles

Global growth

Teqball is relatively new – it’s only seven years old – but the sport has seen tremendous growth across the world, according to United States National Teqball Federation President Ajay Nwosu, who said he there were thousands of athletes now playing in 118 countries.

The sport hails from Budapest, Hungary, and the founding country came out on top with three gold medals in men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles at the World Championships.

Ádám Blázsovics became three-time world champion in Teqball, with Izsak winning the first gold in women’s singles. Csaba Bányik and Zsanett Janicsek won gold in mixed doubles, beating Brazilians Leonardo Lindoso and Vania Moraes Da Cruz in a close match.

Serbia took first place in the men’s doubles with 2018 champions Bogdan Marjevic and Nikola Mitro beating Romanians Apor Gyorgydeak and Szabolcs Ilyes.

Although they are among the new faces of the tournament, the United States has been on the podium twice in the women’s events.

Nwosu said he was happy and proud of the USA team for the way they have performed this year: “We have grown a lot in the space of just two years since the sport was adopted in the United States. United. Next year certainly we hope to be back on the podium with a few more gold medals. ”

The 2021 teqball world champions

Vision for the future of Teqball

The Teqball federation calls itself the fastest growing sport in the world, according to their website FITEQ. Co-founder and chairman Viktor Huszár is quoted on the website as saying that Teqball is a “green tick” when it comes to the International Olympic Committee’s indicators for introducing new sports into the Olympic program.

The federation aims to have Teqball participate in the Olympics by the time the Games are held in Los Angeles in 2028. The growth seen in California and the United States over the past two years is a positive sign that the sport is going in. the right way. .

FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are among the many European clubs that have Teq tables. Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé, Roberto Carlos and John Terry are some of the current and former players who have their own personalized tables.

FC Bayern Munich hosted a competition between some of the club’s players, while David Beckham played a game against his son, Romeo, at an Inter Miami CF Teq table.

“You don’t need a lot of players, it’s not an expensive sport. All you need is a table. You can put it in the park, the beach, and it works.” , said Huszár.



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Olympians need to be extra careful to compete in Beijing Games https://odfolympiad.org/olympians-need-to-be-extra-careful-to-compete-in-beijing-games/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 23:08:06 +0000 https://odfolympiad.org/olympians-need-to-be-extra-careful-to-compete-in-beijing-games/

Everyone has had it with the news, restrictions and vaccination status wars regarding COVID-19. Find assets

But America’s Olympians have no choice but to continue to deal with this pandemic. It will require personal decisions of discipline and sacrifice between now and their flights to Beijing in less than a month. Visit nana? Have a haircut? Have this tooth checked by the dentist?

Anything and everything is a risk. If they test positive for the coronavirus, they could be down a river without a paddle.

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American speed skaters endured this lesson – and warning – firsthand here in Milwaukee during the U.S. Olympic long track speed skating trials. The skaters competed in the winner’s trials at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee as Wisconsin saw a record number of hospitalizations and positive cases.