DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The end came sooner than expected, sooner than she and her faithful following of fans had hoped.
Danica Patrick’s final ride in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was in a golf cart — to and from the infield care center at Daytona International Speedway.
The towering scoreboard provided slight content if not context — Patrick finished 35th in the field of 40. That she’d run as high as 13th in Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 while avoiding early incidents was left unsaid.
“Tony Eury Jr., my crew chief, did an awesome job,” Patrick, uninjured, told reporters soon after departing the care center. “The whole team did a really good job.”
The first half of her Danica Double, which will conclude with a return to compete in the Indianapolis 500 later this year, came together quickly, she noted, adding “that’s a tall order to get a car ready for a superspeedway that’s competitive.”
“But it was [competitive],” she stressed. “But it just wasn’t meant to be today.”
Proof of that sat inside the garage, her garish green Go Daddy-sponsored No. 7 Chevrolet parked perhaps 300 yards away. It looked every bit like a car that had just been swept up in a multicar collision at nearly 200 mph. It was bent and spent.
Crewmen surrounded the vehicle while fans milled about nearby, hoping for a glimpse of Patrick or perhaps a piece of sheet metal history to take home.
Eury, stepping away from the cutting and sawing, said the team’s goal had been to finish the race. “A solid top-10,” he said, “would be great.
“A win, that would be a story,” he said, grinning.
“The whole deal coming down here was we were going to have fun, we were going to try to run the best we can. [Danica] had a lot of confidence I would bring her a good Daytona car.”
Eury and the team did just that. Patrick had a carefree week prior to Sunday, competitively speaking. She posted the 28th-fastest speed overall seven days earlier in time trials, finished 14th in her qualifying race on Thursday and her practice times on Friday and Saturday were steady if not spectacular.
Speed is relative at Daytona, where restrictor plates rob engines of horsepower and rob drivers of the ability to pull away from each other. Here, the slowest can be fastest under the right circumstances and with the right drafting partners.
The week wasn’t without fanfare. New beau and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers surfaced on Thursday prior to Patrick’s qualifying race and was on hand here Sunday as well, spending time on the team’s pit box while Danica put in the final laps of her NASCAR career.
Earlier, in the Sunday morning drivers’ meeting, officials noted Patrick’s final start and Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR, thanked her publicly for her contributions to the sport. Drivers and officials gave her a rousing round of applause. Fans did likewise when she took the stage during driver introductions.
The end came hours later, playing itself out just past the halfway point of the 200-lap race as the field headed into Turn 3. Patrick, running midpack, found herself with nowhere to go when others in front slid this way and that, bounced off walls and off one another.
Her car was one of seven involved.
“You just don’t expect the guys up front to be wrecking,” Eury said. “That’s the whole deal.”
Exiting the care center afterward, Patrick seemed disappointed but determined. That, perhaps more than anything else, has summed up her stock car racing career. Some things never change.
It was determination that helped her make the transition from open-wheel racing, where she had become the first woman to win an IndyCar race, to the heavier, harder-to-handle stock cars of NASCAR.
There were two years of combination competition (2010-11) as she ran both open-wheel and NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. By ’12, she had begun her foray into Cup.
In 2013 she had won her first Cup pole, gained a huge fan following and brought interest to the sport from a sector not previously heard from in large numbers.
Youngsters, particularly but not exclusively female, seemed taken by the smallish but fiercely competitive Patrick. That didn’t change when Go Daddy, sponsor of her No. 10 ride at Stewart-Haas Racing for four of her five years in the series, stepped aside at the end of 2016.
Competitively, Patrick established records for female drivers in NASCAR — she’s the lone female pole winner with a No. 1 starting spot in the 2013 Daytona 500. Her eighth-place finish in that same race is best in the series by a female racer as well.
She closes her NASCAR career with seven top-10 finishes, another high-water mark, in 191 career starts.
“I’m thrilled,” Eury said of the opportunity to have worked with Patrick under such special circumstances. “That just shows me that I made an impact on her driving career in NASCAR and it makes me feel really good.”
The pair had come full circle — Eury served as crew chief for Patrick early in her career when she began the transition to NASCAR during her tenure at JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series.
There will be those who will note Patrick failed to win a race, that she was not competitive in top-notch equipment provided to her by SHR.
No, she did not win. It’s worth noting, however, that others have had mixed results with similar equipment.
The fact that she had the talent and ability to compete at the top level of NASCAR for more than five years says as much about her as any statistical comparisons.
Her departure will be NASCAR’s loss.
As for Sunday?
“It was competitive. That’s all you can do,” Patrick said. “That’s the gamble about Daytona. It can go so well and it can go so awful.”
Much like her NASCAR career, it seems.
Kenny Bruce is a freelance writer who has been covering motorsports for more than 35 years. He is a three-time George Cunningham Writer of the Year Award winner and recipient of the Henry McLemore Award for continued excellence in journalism.
Trump Mocks LeBron James’s Intelligence and Calls Don Lemon ‘Dumbest Man’ on TV
President Trump lashed out at the basketball star LeBron James in a scathing attack on Twitter on Friday night after Mr. James criticized the president in an interview on CNN.
In a wide-ranging interview with Don Lemon, an anchor on CNN, Mr. James spoke about a school for at-risk children that he recently helped open in his hometown, Akron, Ohio, in a partnership between his philanthropic foundation and the city’s public schools. During the interview on Monday, he also said Mr. Trump was using sports to divide the country.
The interview was aired again on Friday night, and Mr. Trump responded on Twitter shortly after, insulting Mr. James’s intelligence and that of Mr. Lemon.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Mr. Trump wrote. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
The reference to “Mike” appeared to be Mr. Trump’s way of taking sides in the debate over who is the greatest basketball player of all time: Mr. James or Michael Jordan.
Through a representative, Mr. Jordan told reporters: “I support L.J. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
Mr. Trump has often heralded his own I.Q. and has questioned the intelligence of others, including Jon Stewart and George W. Bush.
His tweet about Mr. James and Mr. Lemon came days after he declared at a campaign rally that Representative Maxine Waters of California, a Democrat who is black, had a “very low I.Q.”
The latest attacks, directed at prominent black people, appeared to widen the racial divide that Mr. James spoke about on CNN.
“I would like to know why he considers these two successful black men ‘dumb,’” Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, said on Twitter. “I know why.”
Mr. Trump made his comment a day before a scheduled appearance on Saturday night in Ohio — home of the Cleveland Cavaliers and many LeBron James fans — to campaign for Troy Balderson, a state senator who is running in a special election for the House of Representatives.
Mr. Lemon came to Mr. James’s defense on Saturday morning, tweeting: “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?” He added the hashtag #BeBest, a reference to an initiative by the first lady, Melania Trump, that aims to help children.
Stephanie Grisham, Ms. Trump’s communications director, said in a statement: “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the first lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today.”
Ms. Grisham added that Ms. Trump would be open to visiting Mr. James’s new school in Akron.
During the CNN interview, Mr. James said conversations about race had “taken over” in part because “our president is kind of trying to divide us.” “Kind of?” Mr. Lemon said, followed by a chuckle.
“He is,” Mr. James said. “He’s dividing us.”
Mr. James said his involvement in sports was the first time “I ever was around someone white,” adding, “And I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me, and we became very good friends.”
Mr. James has been critical of the president in the past. Last September he called Mr. Trump a “bum” after the president appeared to disinvite the N.B.A. championship-winning Golden State Warriors from a traditional White House visit because one of their stars, Stephen Curry, criticized Mr. Trump.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” Mr. James wrote on Twitter. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
In June, before Mr. James left the Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers, Mr. Curry and Mr. James united during the N.B.A. finals to say that they would boycott the White House.
“I know whoever wins this series, no one wants an invite,” Mr. James said at the time. Afterward, Mr. Trump announced that neither team was invited.
On Monday, the same day as the CNN interview, Mr. James told ESPN that he felt compelled to speak out about the Trump administration.
“For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?” he said. “Sport has given me everything I could ever ask for. I couldn’t let that happen.”
Mr. Trump’s tweet on Saturday was swiftly condemned by many on social media, including Dan Rather, the former CBS News anchor, who said the president’s words were racist.
“This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime? It’s a disgrace. It’s racist. And it’s the product of petty but dangerous hatreds,” Mr. Rather wrote. “I repeat this is the PRESIDENT??!?”
Numerous current and former N.B.A. players also denounced the president’s tweet.
As of Saturday morning, Mr. James remained silent on the matter.
By late Saturday morning, the president had moved on, and was wishing the Coast Guard a happy birthday on Twitter.
More Than 100 Former Ohio State Students Allege Sexual Misconduct
The university at the time required that athletes submit to a physical, administered by Dr. Strauss, before being allowed to compete, “which meant that systematic sexual abuse from Dr. Strauss was inevitable,” the lawsuit said.
Wrestlers who have spoken about the abuse have said that the doctor’s conduct during physicals was an open secret in the locker room, with athletes referring to him as “Dr. Jellypaws.”
The pair of lawsuits collectively detail three separate episodes spanning two decades in which athletes spoke out about the doctor’s conduct: The captain of the wrestling team complained to another doctor at the student health center; another wrestler complained to the head coach; and two wrestlers confronted the athletic director.
The head coach at the time, Russ Hellickson, has denied that he knew about the abuse, but he said he did confront Mr. Strauss about lingering too long in the showers with the wrestlers.
News reports cited in the lawsuit also detail how the facility where wrestlers practiced, Larkins Hall, was home to a “cesspool of deviancy,” in which men affiliated with the university would ogle athletes in the showers.
Stephen Estey, a lawyer representing four former wrestlers who have filed a lawsuit against the university, said on Friday that he was getting “inundated” with calls from people saying they had been abused by Dr. Strauss. He expects that an additional 20 to 25 plaintiffs will join the lawsuit, and that hundreds of former students will eventually come forward.
“There were many red flags that O.S.U. ignored,” Mr. Estey said, pointing to reports that athletes at the time complained about the doctor’s misconduct. “By not taking any action at the time, O.S.U. exposed hundreds of kids to his abuse.”
Mr. Jordan and his ardent denials of misconduct have thrust the tight-knit Ohio wrestling community into the national news media, and into disarray. Eight former wrestlers, including a former Ultimate Fighting Champion celebrity, have publicly accused Mr. Jordan of knowing about the abuse, but a platoon of former wrestlers and coaches has come to his support, drawing battle lines among some members of the community.
10 Of The Most Beautiful Female Golfers In a World
Many more think it is to become a bit slow or dull to look at on Television though some people love watching tennis on the lazy weekend. Through the years we’ve seen several qualified players with friends or gorgeous wives, but it is possible to find some hot female players too when you browse around a little. All heard about Natalie Gulbis, and Paula Creamer has become more of the family name lately.
This list contains several female players who mightn’t get lots of events, along with a large amount of these girls are simply starting out out within their jobs. As the most of these girls mightn’t create a lot of cash or become renowned and wealthy like a professional player, when they enter performing or modeling and use their beauty, they could certainly create a good living for themselves.
Danielle Montgomery isn’t an excellent player. The English born player currently lives in Australia and her greatest state to fame was her photo shoot for that 2009 Ladies of Professional Golf Diary where she seemed naked in a tub filled with baseballs (a tribute to Australian player Jan Stephenson who did an identical present in 1986). Pro turned in 2007 and it has not gained something to talk about. This blonde bombshell rests by shopping or having a warm bath. She hardly makes anything like a skilled, but looks good doing this.
9. Sharmila Nicollet
Sharmila Nicollet it has also displayed her home-country in international competition and increased and was created in India. She used golf at 11 yrs old and gained her first event at 15. At 18 she turned the newest Indian player to actually be eligible for the Ladies European Tour and chose to turn pro. She it has 11 victories on that visit and won the 2009-10 Purchase of Value about the Women’s Golf Association of India. You might not get to determine a lot of Sharmila enjoying tennis on Television, but she’s truly worth searching for on the web.
8. Maria Verchenova
Verchenova contains the difference to become the initial European participant to become a fulltime person in the Ladies European Tour. She’s gained Slovenian Amateur Championships, and European, Austrian, Latvian. Betty joined Moscow State University of Activity and started golfing at 12 yrs old. Verchenova finished tied for next in the HONMA Pilsen Golf Masters in 2013. Nancy was once offered as saying “I usually prefer to provide anything extra special towards the course if I’m wearing sexier fashionable things like perhaps a good football or a shorter dress – individuals and style gown notice People noticed.
7. Demi Runas
Expert in 2015 turned, which means you might not have heard about her yet. Demi began golfing when she was just four years of age and played in the age of eight in events. Runas practices yoga retain in shape and to assist her round of golf. Demi says that her only tennis superstition is transforming her basketball every six holes. Under $15-thousand she gained only in her rookie year, so she might want to consider supplementing her career with modeling.
6. Cheyenne Woods
No, Cheyenne Woods isn’t Tiger’s new spouse; she’s really the famous golfer’s relative. Cheyenne’s father Earl is Lion Wood’s half brother, and her first tennis instructor was her grandfather Earl Woods. She it has gone onto get over 30 amateur tournaments and played tennis at Wake Forest University. Woods made pro in 2012 and won the ACC Tournament in 2011. She joined the LPGA Tour in 2015 as well as the Ladies European Trip in 2013, getting only the sixth African American girl to do this.
5. Valeria Ochoa
When she was five years old Ochoa was created in Colombia and moved to Florida. Just six years of age she decided she won the South American Championship and she desired to be considered a professional player. After having three kids Valeria worked as an instructor and chose to consider the sport back-up after which started and served because the representative of the junior golf school. Ochoa was presented on Big Break VII and on the truth Television series The Big Break III: Ladies in 2005. In 2008 she launched an attractive tennis schedule, and Ochoa has become the revenue tennis director at Turnberry Isle in Miami.
4. Sandra Gal
Sandra Woman might have a dull title, but your regular woman is truly isn’ted by her. Sandra starting golfing just five years old and was created in Germany. Woman won four occasions and played golf in the University of Florida and was called an All American. Sandra won the Kia Classic in 2011 and joined the LPGA Tour in 2008. Woman finished 3rd in the U.S. Women’s Start in 2012 and was ranked #33 that year.
3. Blair O’Neal
When she was signed up for a junior tennis center with her brother Blair got her start at 11 yrs old. At 13 yrs old she began playing for that American Junior Golf Association. Professional in 2004 turned and arranged her first modeling work round the same time. O’Neal won the reality Television series Big Break: Dominican Republic and it has broadly been identified on her beauty. Brooke was presented within the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model 3 times.
2. Meghan Hardin
Hardin isn’t a well known player, but she played about Big Break NFL and the reality Television series Big Break Atlantis. She was really the newest player about the sequence just 19 yrs old. Meghan was the first woman to create her senior school men’s tennis team. She became chief of the cheerleading team and of this group in the same time. Hardin it has had sponsorships with Tiffany Shades and Ralph Lauren and has performed about the LPGA Symetra Visit as well as the Cactus Visit. She also operates like a broker in Lake Arrowhead, California and was the 2014 Calendar Woman for Wilson.
1. Kathleen Ekey
Kathleen Ekey and tennis played at the University of Al as well as Furman University. Last year she joined the Futures Tour and turned professional. Ekey completed first about the money list in 2011 and was the Tour’s Person of the Entire Year. Kathleen has gained about $88 thousand pounds over her profession but can generate much more if she experienced modeling or maybe hosting a display About The Golf Channel. Ekey lives in Tuscaloosa, Al and includes a close connection with her mom.
The Best Nutrition For Young Athletes
The success of a player with the sport specific skills like endurance, strength, speed and power are necessary for accurate and rapid performance. With this a balanced diet will help the body to perform the physical activity at its best.
Nutrition for injured athletes
Poor nutrition can lead to conditions that increase the risk of injury. But injuries are often an unavoidable aspect when participating in physical activity. An injury can be particularly distressing for the eating-disordered athlete. Psychological support is important. No change in diet is necessary when a quick recovery is expected.
There is a need in modification of food intake when an injury limits activity for less than a week. The need to reduce food intake is necessary to meet lower energy needs, if recovery is expected to take longer than a week.Long-term recovery may require an absoulte reduced diet.
Surgical trauma, fever, or infection requires dietary changes. In these cases, protein intake should be increased during the early stages of recovery, because protein repair damaged tissues.
Protein is important for immune function. If a slow recovery is expected, the injury might cause significant emotional stress. Fear, anxiety, and anger are all typical reactions to injury. These emotions can increase the secretion of epinephrine (adrenaline) from the adrenal gland. This in turn can cause a series of metabolic changes that result in increased loss of nitrogen (protein) through the urine.
In general, the importance of psychological support for injured athletes varies depending on length of recovery and injury severity. Anxiety about the injury might lead to increased food cravings, more free time and less structure in the daily routine can lead to boredom and increases opportunities to eat more and it may result in weight gain. Some injured athletes simply do not adjust their energy needs and continue to follow their typical training diet.
Nutritional need while travelling
Maintaining good nutritional practices while traveling to and from events may affect an athlete’s health and athletic success.
A slightly lower carbohydrate and higher protein intake for strength athletes (40–48% carbohydrate, 20–26% protein, and 34% fat),stress the importance of eating natural and whole foods.
Sports nutrition experts recommend that athletes should have multiple small meals per day (five or six feedings). Traveling with snacks helps to insure that caloric needs are being met, despite unpredictable travel delays. Fresh vegetables and fruits, fruit smoothie, energy bars, nuts, bagels,and raisins are suggested to carry while traveling.
Strength Sports [weightlifting, powerlifting, throwing events, 100-200 m sprints, body building]:
- Intake of a surplus of carbohydrate to support levels of high lean mass, not excessive amounts of protein (20-25 g) soon after resistance workouts.
- Consume low fat food to avoid unnecessarily risk rather than unsaturated fat. Adopt a suitable method if weight loss is required to achieve the targets.
- For athletes participating in throwing and sprinting events it’s better to keep them hydrated with adequate fluids if time between events exist. Always it’s cautioned to take the advice to supplement use.
Endurance sports [Marathon, triathlon, road cycling]:
- Consume adequate carbohydrate, high quality protein and fluids for rehydration to promote muscle adaptation and support during the prolonged training sessions.For events lasting longer than 90 minutes, consider carbohydrate loading over the 2-3 days prior to the race.
- Can start with a pre-race meal,hydrate during the race. Take care for specialized training phases such as altitude training, it may have fluid loss and iron requirements. Consult the nutritionist for the use of sports food and supplements to take forward the goals to be achieved.
Power sports [Middle distance running, track cycling, rowing canoeing/kayaking and swimming]:
- Supplements that power athletes might go for being intracellular (ß-alanine) and extracellular (bicarbonate).
- Better to consult the expert before taking the food supplements. If there are heats and finals in the events and competing in more than one event, then suggested to access with fluids and foods between races.
- To meet the energy expenditure take high quality protein over the day so that you maximize your ability to meet nutritional goals.
- Go for weight and body fat goals that are achievable and support long-term health and performance.
Exciting Activities for a Successful Duck Hunting Trip
In order to explore things and relieve your stress, you should always try new activities in life. Hunting ducks has become a source of recreation but does not require skills to succeed.
Duck hunting New Orleans area is an exhilarating experience and can be enjoyed by elderly as well as young people. If you want to seek adventure and experience different activities, New Orleans duck hunting trip is one of the things that you should pursue.
Though hunting as a sport requires patience, duck hunting charters in New Orleans will provide an extremely exciting experience. Duck hunting New Orleans area can be done in water and on the field. The success in hunting duck on land is lower than in water as ducks are found in ponds, lakes, rivers or oceans. So, if you are comfortable in going in middle of the water, you will be mesmerized with this wonderful experience. New Orleans duck hunting trip involves waterfowl hunting which is one of the most trickiest form of hunting. It requires proper tools, equipments and license. So if you are a beginner and don’t have any knowledge about hunting and shooting, you should take assistance from duck hunting charters in New Orleans.
The best part duck hunting charters in New Orleans is that you can enjoy it even if you have no experience or prior knowledge about duck hunting. While duck hunting New Orleans area, you will come across many species such as gadwall, widgeon, redhead, bufflehead, mallards, pintails and more. New Orleans duck hunting trip can also include fishing as a part of it and includes coastal fishing for redfish, speckled trout, flounder, drum, sheep head and bass. It also involves hunting on boat and on other water transports that will create a lifetime experience. So, New Orleans duck hunting trip will help you learn about hunting, fishing and shooting in a most effective way.
Duck hunting charters in New Orleans offers you a customized hunting experience with giving you memories that you will keep for life. Duck hunting New Orleans area will escort you to the wilderness, experiencing the beauty of nature and also get you know your inner hunter. Inshore, offshore, bow fishing, red fishing and also guided duck hunts are the specialty of duck hunting charters in New Orleans. You will also come across variety of fish and sea creatures on your trip. Whether you are looking for company or guidance or getting involved in most attractive outdoor activities, duck hunting New Orleans area is what you should look for. So as to have a thrilling and spectacular adventure, New Orleans duck hunting trip will surely fulfill your dream.
Tips To Make Dragon Boating Super Thrilling
Dragon boating is fast gaining popularity among the water sports lovers. First, the game was played to ward off the evil spirit but now people play the game for enjoyment and fitness.
Dragon boating is fast gaining popularity among the water sports lovers. First, the game was played to ward off the evil spirit but now people play the game for enjoyment and fitness. The game is useful to gain fitness by burning lots of calories during the game. It is a good exercise for the upper part of the body and also involves stomach and legs. During the racing, the paddlers need lots of energy to paddle at the regular interval to win quickly. In the game, the riders learn important values of life like teamwork, coordination, and make life-long friends. This is why the game not only promotes excitement but increases the fitness of the body.
Training to Prepare for the Dragon Boat Racing
In the dragon boating festivals, several teams participate in the game. To be successful paddlers, it is essential to practice for the game before to increase stamina and energy level. It requires a good amount of exercises in the gym to acquire the desired stamina. The instructors offer advice and training to prepare mentally and physically for the game.
Good practices are essential for developing expertise in paddling a dragon boat. It requires good teamwork, coordination, and practices for developing the stamina. Before the race, the paddlers need to practice in the dragon boating to develop skills of paddling effectively. The practice can be done on flat water, seas and other water bodies.
Use of Paddles for Rowing the Boat
Paddles are used in rowing the dragon boat by the riders. In dragon boat, many people sit in a pair to propel the boat in the forward direction. There are sports paddle manufacturers available in the market for the riders. But, it is essential to buy the paddles looking the qualities nicely in the market.
The paddles are used in rowing the boating during the racing. The paddles are made from different materials but not all aren’t good for the paddling. The common materials used in the paddles are aluminum, woods, glass fiber, and carbon fiber. But, the paddles made from the carbon fiber has become the favorite for the users these days.
Ideal Dragon Boat Paddles
Dragon boating needs lots of energy and stamina for the riders. Using a heavy paddle in the rowing tires the arm during the game. It is essential to choose a light, strong, and stiff paddles to use in the paddling effectively. This is why users need to buy dragon boat paddles after observing these qualities increase enjoyment during the paddling. The paddles made from the carbon fiber are considered the best in quality and used to make the game thrilling. It is essential to select the paddles with the good shaft length to make the paddling the easy and less tiring.
Top Accessories of Dragon Boating
Safety of the participants needs to be taken special care in the dragon boating. The game is injuries prone but can be made safe using good accessories. Buy dragon boat accessories analyzing the qualities and use in the game. The main accessories used in the boating are paddle cover, blade and it covers, leg cell phone cover, dragon guard, rowing machine seat, and dragon boat seat pad. Buy top quality accessories from this portal at affordable prices of the market now.
Dragon Boating Culture and Health Benefits From This Water Sport
Dragon boating is the fastest growing international water sports today played in teams. Every year, dragon boat races are held in Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States. Dragon boat racing is a team sport which promotes socialization of participants and offers great fun. It is a sport that permits mass participation of people to get enjoyment in the game.
Dragon boating is an integral part of Chinese culture. It represents patriotism and group integrity for Chinese peoples. In ancient time, Chinese peoples used dragon boating for religious purposes as a way to appease the rain gods. Hong Kong tourist association in 1970’s staged International dragon boat event to promote Hong Kong, and in 1991 International dragon boat federation (IDBF) was formed. Since then, federations like (EDBF) and (ADBF) were formed which are governing dragon boating in 60 countries presently. With the formation of IDBF, the sport has rapidly spreading all over the world.
Dragon boating is the fastest growing international water sports today played in teams. Every year, dragon boat races are held in Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada and United States. Dragon boat racing is a team sport which promotes socialization of participants and offers great fun. It is a sport that permits mass participation of people to get enjoyment in the game.
Dragon boats are generally 40 ft long and are made of fiberglass or plywood. The boat is ornamented with a dragon’s head and tail. Each boat holds up to 20 paddlers sitting side by side. There is a sweep who steers the boat and a drummer who beats the drum. Race distances are 250m (short race) or 500m (standard race). Crews are divided into various classes including juniors, premiers, and masters.
Dragon boating is a water sport, thus requires comfortable clothing (shorts,3/4 pants, T-shirts), shoes (thongs, surf shoes), sunglasses for a person to enjoy the sport. Along with such items a paddler also needs to buy dragon boat accessories like dragon boat seat pad, dragon boat paddle bag, paddle blade cover, dragon guard, dragon boat seat pad, and so on. All these accessories are used to make game comfortable while providing safety to riders.
With the rising popularity of this sport, dragon boat clubs have been formed in many countries. They provide necessary training and conducting dragon boat events for people. Participants must have to buy dragon boat paddles and life jackets to participate in the water sport. Beginners can use such equipment and uniforms provided by a boat club. Dragon boat clubs provide dragon boats to each of their group. People need to register themselves with a dragon boat club for enjoying the water sport. For safety on the water, they also need to follow the instructions given by their coach during the training period.
Apart from fun and enjoyment, playing dragon boating delivers many health benefits. Some of the benefits are increased fitness, help in bridging the communication gap, a team works, and build strong supportive relationships for a lifetime.
It is a demanding physical sport that combines upper body and trunk exercises. Besides the sport being a demanding and exhilarating work, it’s a fun for the participants. Racing in a Dragon boat increases work dynamics, a motivation of paddlers, and boosts self-confidence.
As the water sport is catching its popularity at a fast pace, sports paddle manufacturers are offering cheap and affordable accessories to their customers. Customized paddles with beautiful designs and colors can be easily found in the market. Paddles here are made up of carbon fiber with a T- grip at the end which provides a comfortable grip to paddlers. Buy beautiful paddles or other accessories from this portal at affordable prices.
Are You Ready For The Daytona 500, This Sunday?
The Daytona 500: what is there to say?
Some things are built to stand the test of time.
The Arc de Triomf.
Strangely enough, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, although time will tell on that one.
And, after nearly six decades of show-stopping performances and record-breaking attendance, we’d say it’s safe to add The Daytona 500 to this list. As the world-famous event makes ready for its 59th incarnation this Sunday, we thought it would be nice to put the Daytona 500 under the microscope, and remind you of what it is that fills up the Daytona Speedway’s stands, year after year.
As if you needed the reminder.
The Daytona 500: A Brief History
So-named after the 500 mile Daytona International Speedway on which it is run, the Daytona 500 actually has its origins on much shorter tracks, run in the area in the 1950s.
Earlier events featured stock cars on 200 mile course on a Daytona Beach Road Course, partially across sand and partially along the highway. The move to the nearby 500 mile Daytona International Speedway took place in 1959, and this Daytona NASCAR race became the second such race, after the Southern 500.
In the nearly 60 years since its inception, the Daytona 500 has become a staple in local tourism, and an event with international pull. Teams race to qualify for a spot on the field in the weeks preceding the event. NASCAR champions are given special spots on the field, if they choose, and local businesses open their doors to thousands of out-of-town holiday makers over the weekend, every year.
Television crews flood the city. Celebrities both from and outside of the racing industry pour into Daytona, and the air becomes alive with the excitement of mass tourism. As an official NASCAR 500 event, the support is there, but it’s the sheer size of the Daytona 500 that really makes it shine out.
So there’s the obvious pull of having a major sporting event hosted in your city. What else is it that makes the annual Daytona 500 a special event?
Daytona 500 Facts
With 59 years under its belt, it’s no wonder the Daytona 500 has amassed some fascinating stories, facts, and figures.
Every big event needs an impressive location. The Daytona International Speedway is the largest lighted sports facility in North America. Featuring over 2,000 lights, it’s a sight to see at night, and plays host to thousands of (well lit) spectators, every day.
It’s also huge, overall, being able to fit two full-sized Disneylands within the speedway’s 180-acre inland.
1979 marked the first televised fistfight taking place at the Daytona 500. While organizers may want to distance themselves from images of rowdy brawling, there have been incidents. The first live broadcast of the 500 featured an unfortunate fist fight between Cale Yarborough and Donnie and Bobby Allison.
One of the more fun modern additions to the Daytona 500 event is the Rolex 24 pre-race all-day drive. In 2009, Roy Ogletree set a record for jet ski travel, lapping the lake 900 times during this event.
It’s also the location of the 2001 accident which took the life of legendary NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Organizers used this as an opportunity to overhaul safety standards for the event, but it hung heavily on fans.
Hit The Track, At The Daytona 500
Some events transcend the run-of-the-mill yearly norm of professional sports.
With thousands of onlookers, racers, tourists flocking to Daytona Beach, this weekend, the Daytona 500 leads the NASCAR industry.
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Top 10 Most Amazing Stadiums Around The World
Ten Most Amazing Stadiums Around The World Which Every Sports Lover Should Know.
What is the most amazing architecture’s category in the world? The answer to this question would vary from the person to person, and everyone will give the answer according to its own preferences and likeness. However, the answer of a person who eats and breathe sports would be the “sports stadiums”. Even in a general perspective, the stadiums are a very strong candidate to be the wonders of the architecting.
You cannot find the immensity and the energy that any sports stadiums possess in itself anywhere else. Moreover, every sports stadium has his own stories to tell. The stadium experience every type of emotion at every game. In a nutshell, every day in a stadium is itself a story to tell, and every sports lover should know these stories.
I am writing this article for those who believe that they are the real sports lovers and know everything about the sports. Read this article till the end and find out either you are good enough sports lover or not because, in the next lines of this article, I am going to tell you the ten most amazing stadiums around the world which every sports lover should know.
- AT&T Stadium:
It is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The AT&T Stadium is the home ground of the fourth biggest team in NFL and the largest column-free room in the world. Moreover, it also has the world’s biggest retractable glass end-zone doors which are 180 feet wide and 120 feet high. They are also the largest operable glass doors in the world. The fans of the Dallas Cowboys love this stadium as it is and technically they called it a room. This stadium is also famous because it used to have the biggest Jumbotron but the neighbors of the Dallas, Houston has smashed this record. With the capacity of over 80,000, this stadium is a must know for every sports lover.
- National Aquatics Center:
This is the same stadium where Michel Phelps won its eighth Olympic gold medal in 2008. The National Aquatic Center is situated in the capital of China. Beijing and it has the crowd capacity of 17,000 which is a lot as far as the aqua games are concerned. Because of its cube-like structure, it is also called as “The Water Cube”. It was built by the Sydney based firm PTW architects in four years from 2004 to 2007. This was opened in 2008 and get closed just after the Olympics. The half of its interior is turned into a water park which was opened in 2010. Moreover, this ground is also going to be the host of the curling 2022 Winter Olympics.
- Panathenaic Stadium
The Panathenaic Stadium is in the city which can be called as the mother of sports and stadiums. The Athens and Greece has a vibrant history in sports and has some of the world’s most ancient stadiums even from the times of medieval. However, the Panathenaic Stadium is the wonder of the most advanced infrastructure methods. It is the jungle of the marble with the capacity of over 45,000 people; it also has a unique U-shape structure. It is reported that this stadium is built on the remaining of the same stadium which was used in 330BC Panathenian Games. However, the joggers can also job in this stadium from 7:30 am to 9:00 am daily.
- Allianz Arena:
The Allianz Arena represents the pride of Germany in sports. It is the home of the best team of German Bundesliga Bayern Munich. This stadium opened in 2005, and it is one kind of its own. The exterior of this stadium can turn into the colors of the teams which are going to play in the stadium. With over 75,000 human capacity, the stadium is famous as the “Schlauchboot” in Germany which means an inflatable boat. The museum of the Bayern Munich is also located inside this building.
- Sapporo Dome:
Situated in the Sapporo a city of Japan there is a heaven for sports lovers and the players. This Dome is not one but the home of two sports team and the stadium for two different sports. This is one of very few stadiums in the worlds which are full-time operational for two sports. It is the home ground for a Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters which is one of Japan’s baseball team and also a home ground for Consadole Sapporo which is a football club. The capacity of the stadium depends on the sports, but it is more than 40,000 for both.
Many of the veteran football lovers would know about this stadium. This stadium with the capacity of over 70,000 is situated in the Munich Germany which has a long history of hosting some of the world’s biggest sporting events. Starting from hosting the 1972 summer Olympics to 1997 football European Cup Finals, this stadium has witnessed a lot of things which cannot be explained in just a paragraph.
- Ericsson Globe:
The Ericsson Globe may be known by very few, but it is the largest hemispherical stadium in the world. This wonder of architecting is situated in the Stockholm the capital of Sweden and famous as the national indoor arena. It has the diameter of 110 meters and inner heights of 85 meters which used as a field for ice hockey. This also a home of different ice hockey teams in Sweden.
- National Stadium of Taiwan:
The Taiwan doesn’t have any rich history in the sports. You may hardly find Taiwan in any major sports individual or in the team. However, its National Stadium is something which is quite different from the rest of the world’s Stadium. This is a football stadium officially with the spiral shape which looks like a giant dragon. The thing that makes it different from other stadium is that it is fully powered by solar panels. This stadium only uses solar energy technology for all its needs with the help of the solar panels covering external face of the stadiums.
- Soccer City:
A stadium with over one hundred thousand of human capacity. A stadium named as Soccer City is situated in the Johannesburg, South Africa. For your memory, this is the same stadium which hosted the football World Cup 2010. The external of this stadium is inspired by the African pottery. At every night, this stadium looks like a ring of lights due to its beautiful setup of the lights.
The Wembley Stadium is the second largest stadium in entire Europe. Everyone knows about the Wembley Stadium, and it is the wish of every football player in Europe to play in this humongous stadium under the cheers of more than 90,000 spectators. This stadium has a partially retractable roof with a 134-meter high arc. The Wembley has the circumference of 1km which is enclosed in 4,000,000 m³ inside walls.
Spirit Wear Shows Your Pride
Who doesn’t take pride in the team or school that one supports or attends? There are many ways in which a person can show their support for their team or school but one of the best ways to show that support is through wearing spirit wear.
I don’t know about a lot of people but I, for one, own at least twenty types of apparel in support of my favorite NFL and NBA team. Although my teams may not be the most elite teams I still love wearing my gear to show who I support. Not to mention it becomes a conversation piece as well which can be fun.
Wearing your favorite team or schools apparel shows how much pride you have in your choice. When you wear your apparel you are telling everyone, “this is my team/school/group and I love them no matter what you say.” Even if your team is not one of the most popular of team you don’t care because it is your team and you were able to make that choice. No one can tell you who you can or can not support. Wearing your favorite team, school or group apparel can make you have a sense of confidence because you know it was your choice whether people like it or not. The positive affect that has on your mental health can be immeasurable.
There are many types of apparel you can purchase in support of your team or school or group. There are of course t-shirts and hats which are the most popular that you can purchase from a store right off the shelf or even from an online vendor but did you ever think about designing your own spirit wear? There are many things you can do in keeping within the trademark guidelines in designing your own spirit wear. Designing your very own sublimated t-shirt or hat or jacket could be lots of fun. The options are unlimited in what you can design. You can contact an online vendor who specializes in custom uniforms and apparel that will be happy to help you in designing your own sublimated spirit wear. Most online sellers of sublimated apparel have an art department that will work with you in designing something that is your very own. Maybe you even have a group of people at work or at school that might like to join in which would help the cost be even more affordable. You could own something that is uniquely your own that no one else has. It doesn’t even have to be just a team or school how about a bowling league that you are in. Designing your own team shirt would be lots of fun. The reasons are endless in deciding what you want to sublimate.
Just think, you could be walking around in your newly custom sublimated spirit wear and have people walk up to you and ask, “Where did you get that? That is really cool!” Tell me that wouldn’t make you feel pretty darn good. There’s no doubt that wearing any type of spirit wear shows a lot of pride but to wear something that you custom designed in support of your team or school? Now that is making you stand out among the rest.