Bad behavor from Iker Casillias to a small child, during APOEL – Real Madrid

Usually elite football players like European and World Champion Iker Casillas sign autographs to young children. Look what he did to a small kid, during his visit to our country Cyprus, for Uefa Champions League match Apoel – Real Madrid. I used to like Casillas,  but definetly not any more, as no one else from Cyprus is


Famus Ultrarunner still missing

Posted:   03/30/2012 06:38:00 PM MDT


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Search and rescue team members prepare to search… (Courtesy Photo by New Mexico Search and Rescue)

SILVER CITY —- Search and rescue teams continue to scour the wilderness surrounding the Gila Cliff Dwellings for Micah True, the famed runner from Boulder, Colo., who was reported as missing on Wednesday afternoon.Fourteen search and rescue teams — including three dog teams, five horse teams, a National Guard helicopter and a Civil Air Patrol fixed-wing aircraft — began searching Friday morning after Thursday night’s search was suspended at 11 p.m., according to Incident Commander Frankie Benoist. Benoist said that teams expanded the search Friday and covered previously searched areas in order to increase the probability of detection, which is the estimate of probability that the subject is within a specific area.

“We’re expanding our search to farther areas,” said Benoist. “We’re going as far as a 15-mile radius from Incident Base (the Gila Visitors Center).”

At press time, Incident Command Staff reported that although searchers had found a couple of clues Friday afternoon, including a pair of sunglasses and a hat, nothing panned out.

“We thought we had something, but it turned out not to be,” said Dave Kuthe, section chief with New Mexico Search and Rescue. “We talked to close associates of the gentleman and the articles didn’t match.”

Benoist said that a dog team picked up a scent during the afternoon as well, but Kuthe said that it “didn’t prove productive.”

If nothing else is found before sundown, Kuthe said that the search would be suspended for the

night and pick back up today by 7:30 a.m.

Search and rescue teams in the area Friday included Grant County Search and Rescue, Luna County Search and Rescue, Dona Ana County Search and Rescue, Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue, Organ Mountain Technical Rescue Squad, Southern New Mexico Search and Rescue, BORSTAR, Alamogordo Search and Rescue, White Mountain Search and Rescue, Cibola Search and Rescue, New Mexico Mountain Search and Rescue, Chaves County Search and Rescue, the Forest and Park services, the National Guard and Civil Air Patrol.

True, a 58-year-old “ultra-runner,” is the race director of The Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a 50-plus mile extreme race that took place in Urique, Mexico on March 4 and has been featured in the magazines “Running Times” and “Outside.” He was the central character — known as “Caballo Blanco” — in the New York Times best-selling non-fiction book “Born to Run,” by Christopher McDougall.

He was staying at The Wilderness Lodge near the Gila Cliff Dwellings when he went for a run on Tuesday morning, according to Brian Fuller, Incident Commander of Thursday’s search. When True hadn’t returned by Wednesday morning, Jane and Dean Brummer, co-owners of the Lodge, contacted State Police and the search was initiated. They said he had a water bottle and was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and running shoes when he left.

“He left his car and dog here and he ran up the road to where the trailheads are,” said Dean, who helped search on Wednesday and Thursday. “So they don’t know which trail he would have taken. He didn’t tell anybody where he was going and it’s a pretty big wilderness out there. We’ve looked in all the obvious places, and a lot of the not-so obvious.”

Aaron West can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803

It’s time for open water swimmimng

Open water swimmer

Open water swimmer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the last week or so Europe has been experiencing an amazing warm and sunny period that is scarcely believable for March. Μany of you who are digging out your wetsuits and going for the first swim of the season at your local open water swimming venue. It’s great to be able to do this so early in the year but watch out because the water’s still very chilly and this can be a bit of a shock to the system.

If you’re a little anxious in open water then the number one thing to remember to do is to exhale into the water continuously with a big long stream of bubbles ‘brrrrrrr‘! Our natural reaction is to hold our breath when feeling anxious, building up CO2 in the body. This further heightens feelings of anxiety and so creates a vicious circle leading to the possibility of a panic attack.

Splash some cold water on your face for 10-15 seconds before getting in and when you start swimming simply focus on blowing those bubbles into the water. If you’re breathing every three strokes you can use our famous mantra bubble-bubble-breathe to help you tune into this technique.

This sounds like very basic advice but focusing your mind on something as simple as exhalation is powerful. Blowing bubbles is directly under your control so that you start to settle down and feel more relaxed after a few minutes. Worrying about things not under your control (e.g. waves, the cold, what else might be in the water) will make you more anxious, so focus on something that is under your control (blowing bubbles) and block everything else out.

Have fun out there and be sure to swim at a safe venue with other swimmers and proper life saving support.

Olympic Games won’t be the same anymore.

China vs. Austria in Olympic Beach Volleyball....

China vs. Austria in Olympic Beach Volleyball. The Austrian team are sisters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This morning has been a sad morning for me. Even though it started so well, with our successful  training session, the news i read later at Yahoo sports  have ruined my day.  I saw an article called :

Women beach volleyball players don’t have to wear bikinis at Olympics

Why are you doing this to us? Women beach volley is a highlighted event, especially for men fans. Sitting at my couch, drinking a beer and watching beautiful girls with perfect bodies wearing bikinis and rolling in the sand was something i was waiting for during every Olympic Games. Hopefully the players won’t follow this instruction, otherwise will be the end of an era. Here is the article:

Women beach volleyball players won’t have to wear bikinis at the 2012 London Olympics. A new rule announced Tuesday says that participants in this summer’s beach volleyball competition can wear shorts and sleeved tops.

Athletes in the event have exclusively worn bikinis since the sport was introduced at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Competitors could also wear bodysuits in cold-weather events.

The change was made to reflect cultural conventions of various participating countries.

“Shorts of a maximum length of [1.18 inches] above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops,” will now be allowed, according to the new IOC ruling.

Since the Beijing Olympics, most beach volleyball competitions have changed rules to allow for more modest uniforms. It’s an attempt to broaden the diversity in the sport, which tends to be dominated by athletes from Europe, Brazil and the United States. Allowing shorts and shirts can encourage participation from countries with more modest cultural beliefs.

As the AP reports, the field at London’s beach volleyball competition won’t be dictated by world rankings, as in Olympics past. Qualifying tournaments on various continents will fill the 24-team draw.

Armstrong to Race in Galveston Half Ironman

By Ironman

Armstrong to Race in GalvestonCycling star Lance Armstrong (pictured racing at Ironman 70.3 Panama) will be racing an Ironman event again this weekend as he takes on a stacked field at the Ironman 70.3 U.S. Professional Championship on history Galveston Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. Fresh off a solid win at Ironman 70.3 San Juan, Kelly Williamson will take on a competitive women’s field.
Armstrong had an impressive runner-up finish in Panama last month as he tries to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona in October. The seven-time Tour de France champion was only passed by Olympic silver medalist Bevan Docherty in the last mile and a half of the run in Panama. Armstrong had trailed Chris Lieto (the defending champion in Galveston who is reportedly not racing on Sunday) at the start of the run, but took the lead shortly after the first mile and almost held on for the win.

Sunday’s race in Galveston promises to be even more competitive than Panama, though. The men’s pro list includes numerous Ironman 70.3 and Ironman champions, including two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert. Another late entry is Marino Vanhoenacker, a six-time champion at Ironman Austria who recently won the shortened racae (to 70.3 distance) at Ironman New Zealand. American Timothy O’Donnell, who won Ironman 70.3 San Juan a couple of weeks ago, will also be on hand. Five-time Ironman Switzerland champion Ronnie Schildknecht, who became the first man to break eight-hours for a full distance race in on American soil in winning Ironman Florida last year, is also in the field. Other Ironman champions racing include Paul Amey, Bryan Rhodes and Jozsef Major. One 70.3 champ to note will be Sebastian Kienle, who has managed to best Michael Raelert a couple of times over the distance.

While defending women’s champion Catriona Morrison isn’t back for this weekend’s race, the women’s field is also impressive. In addition to the fast-running Williamson there’s an abundance of Ironman and 70.3 champions in the field. Last year’s third place finisher in Kona, Leanda Cave, went on to win Ironman Arizona to finish out the 2011 season in style and is likely to be keen to get back to racing after having to pull out of the Abu Dhabi International event a few weeks ago due to sickness. Two-time Ironman Cozumel champion Yvonne Van Vlerken has a runner-up Kona finish on her resume to go along with numerous 70.3 wins. Other Ironman champions in the field include Caitlin Snow, Amy Marsh, Nina Kraft and Heather Wurtele.

As the Ironman 70.3 U.S. Professional Championship, Sunday’s race offers a $75,000 prize purse, which includes a $5,000 bonus for the first U.S. professional male and female finishers. The race is also one of only four Ironman 70.3 Championship events worldwide that carries a P-1,500 point allocation, which means it will serve as an important event for qualification for both the Ironman and the Ironman 70.3 world championships.

The race is set at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center and includes a 1.2 mile swim in Offats Bayou followed by a flat, but typically very windy 56-mile out-and-back bike course and a three-loop 13.1 mile run.

Age group athletes will follow the same course as part of Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas.

Now what?

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