O’brien picks up his pole and takes aim at ’96 “I kind of look at that,”He said,”And go, ‘yuck.'” He went from olympic decathlon favorite to nbc analystreebok spokesman and dave johnson supporter, but he came to barcelona anyway, going for the gold in dignity if nothing else. “I could have run a heck of a 1, 500 for $5 million,”He said yesterday. “Sometimes i look back and think, ‘this is just the pits.’ But that feeling only lasts 10 minutes at a time. ” Meanwhile, the commercials keep coming, and dan keephealing.His blown pole vault at the olympic trials was one of the most financially devastating moments in sports history, but he’s still only 25. He’s talking now about 1996, and he’s continuing his training oa practice track in the shadow of the olympic stadium.He isn’t yet sure of his exact duties for nbc, but it’s possible he’ll be down on the track for the decathlon, interviewing dave. L”Hopefully,”He said,”I’lLhave the best seat in the house. ” His reebok contract runs through ’93, and he’s expecting an extension through ’96.He proudly notes that he hasn’t lost any of his six other sponsors visa, juice bowl, fuji film, ray ban, mcdonald’s and chevrolet. Still. “It took a good week to get over it,”Dan said. “After a decathloni don’t do a lot except rest.I just sat around, played golf and thought about it.It was just unbelievable to me. “I didn’t know what to do with myself.I plannedon it so muchyou have to reassess your goals, pick up the pieces.I was even Saying, ‘after i win the gold, i’m going to do this, i’m going to do that.'” The crazy part is, he’s even more popular now.Dan wonderehow people would react when he failed to meet his hype, but he’s getting more fan mail than ever, the overwhelming majority of it positive. America loves a loser, a gracious loser most of all.And so reebok got lucky.Perhaps you’ve seen the new dan and dave commercials.A spokesman for reebok said they would not have been possible if dan had reacted bitterly to his loss. In the latest spot, he’s sitting in a lounge chair, under an umbrella, on a track infield.He’s clutching a bowl of popcorn, his cool drink resting on a table, as dave prepares frantically for barcelona. “C’mon dave, faster! “Dan shouts. A javelin lands at his feet. “Just kidding, dave. ” At the trials, he wept after blowing the pole vault, but stilcompleted the last two events of the decathlon.Later, when reporters hesitated to interview him, he broke the tension by joking,”C’mon, i know you guys have questions. ” “Growing up, my parents always taught me to be a good loser, dan said. “Losing for me was not difficult.Team that weren’t as good as me. ” He won the 1991 world championships in tokyo.He expected to become the first decathlete to clear 9, 000 points.But at the trials, he could not clear 15 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault, a height he exceeded by 10 inches at a recent meet in stockholm. Dan called it”A fluke, a mishap,”But nbc approached him almost immediately,”A pick me up right there,”He said.His spirits were further boosted when an enthusiastic crowd greeted him at the airport in his hometown of moscow, idaho. Athletes are glorious. But now dan is in barcelona. “I was watching gymnastics the other day,”He said. “Kizmeskal was competing in the floor exercise.I saw 50 cameras all getting ready.They were right on her. “I looked down there and had thoughts of tokyo, when all thcamera people were surrounding me.I’m going to miss it.You look forward to that.You’re competing for the crowd.You’re putting on a show. ” “As an athlete, you feel left out.As a person, you feel you didn’achieve your goals.But as a role model, it will make a great comeback story,”Dan said.
Pdx street style We may not be as big or have the prestige of new york or a european fashion capItal, but portlanders are resourceful and magnificent in their abilIty to express themselves.From the beginning, portland’s street style blog, urban weeds, has been a celebration of personal style.All ethnicIties, ages and genders are approached for their flair, their”It”Quality.It isn’t about where you are shopping or how much money you spend on your wardrobe.It doesn’t matter if you are a size 2, 4 or 24, personal style comes from the confidence of knowing who you are and respecting your own choices.I believe that people in portland are more willing to take creative risks because our community is so open minded and applauds creative self expression.This freedom and a great feeling of support has created an incubator for inventiveness, high self esteem and a hotbed of talent.I think local fashion designer, elizabeth dye hit it right on the nose a couple of weeks ago when she told me that she predicts,”We are going to have a crisis of success in portland. ” Photo lisa warninger”I’m a mom, so i like to be mobile.Jumpers are my favorite. ” “My original vision for this project was to show the world what is happening in fashion on the streets of portland.Everyone here has their own unique personal style and within the last few years, more and more people around the world have started to take notice.Lisa and rebecca have worked so hard and are doing such an amazing job with the urban weeds blog.The ladies were introduced by local ink peat shop owner and style blogger, pam zsori.Pam had known chelsea for a while and had hired her to assist on several floral projects for local weddings, but she had gotten to know lisa more recently, after she had strolled into ink peat one day.Lisa warninger, an accomplished upscale wedding and family portrait photographer, had wandered in and was immediately smitten with pam’s charming vignettes and beautiful merchandise.Lisa asked if she could snap some photographs around the shop and, shortly afterward, when pam saw the photos that lisa had taken, she was smitten too.Lisa had captured the mood and essence of her shop perfectly.It was on pam’s blog, housemartin, that chelsea first saw lisa’s work.She emailed pam to find out about the brilliant new photographer she was featuring on her blog. Not long after this, pam introduced chelsea and lisa.She had a hunch that they would get along swimmingly, with chelsea’s styling skills and lisa’s remarkable vision and ability to capture a moment, they would be a wonderful fit.After moving to portland from santa barbara, lisa, a graduate of the esteemed photography program at brooks institute, had been looking to branch out and find something more fashion related to work on.Chelsea’s street style blog sounded like the perfect way to stretch her creative muscle and getto know more fellow portlanders.Within a couple of months, the ladies were tromping the streets of portland and literally stopping stylish people in their tracks with the question,”Do you mind if we take your picture? ” “Everyone gets nervous about having their picture taken.The best advice i can give is to relax and trust that your photographer is there to make you look good, you should just concentrate on opening up and enjoying yourself.At weddings and other special events make sure you hire someone you feel comfortable with.Don’t be afraid to show your emotions and make sure to turn towards the camera.This always ensures the best results. “Warninger, photographer Straight out of the gate, urban weeds has been a hit.Word spread like wildfire from the word”Go”Because of chelsea’s savvy and loyal frolic!Readers.The ladies had started in the early summer when people are thrilled to be shedding the heavier layers and sprucing up their wardrobe for the season.There was a goldmine of innovative cosmopolites to be tracked down all throughout the city.Chelsea would act as style spotter and help coax them into a street photo session so warninger could work her magic with the lens. It was thrilling for Lisa and Chelsea and even more so for the transfixed Urban WeedsReaders around the world. TheReaders loved seeing the full length fashion shots combined with the subject’s personal style statement and a striking close up portrait photo that seems to peer into the person’s mind through their eyes.Everything was perfect.Then, one july day, chelsea dropped a bomb.An opportunity to travel to sweden for a little work and a lot of adventure had presented itself and she felt needed to take it.She would be leaving portland in august and wouldn’t be back until early october. View full sizephoto lisa warninger”Karl lagerfeld said,”There’s noChanel collection without black.It will never exist.Who can live without some black? “My thoughts exactly. “Westby, stylistjacket:From the binsbag:Chanel Sunglasses:Ray ban Ring:Wolfette by kimberly baker Watch:A gift from sister Pearls:From dad Not long before chelsea informed her of her travel plans, lisa had taken on a new intern at her photography studio.A bright woman with her eye on a career in wardrobe and set styling, rebecca westby had recently emailed chelsea and lisa, she was drawn to their accessible and beautiful work that she had seen online.She had originally hoped to break in to a career as a stylist through working retail and doing merchandising, but she quickly found out that the shop she had pinned these hopes on didn’t offer a road to what she ultimately wanted.After some bouts of frustration, rebecca turned to her fashion inspirations, regained focus and reached out to people in her community who she respected and could relate to.They met with her and welcomed her with open arms and lisa took her on as an intern.Rebecca would occasionally go on urban weeds shoots with lisa and chelsea and had started to develop a fantastic working relationship with warninger.A plan was hatched for rebecca to take over the stylist and style finder roll while chelsea was in sweden.Rebecca was excited to get her toes wet with urban weeds.
Ray ban sunglassesfor style and performance Since the classic rick jannard designed ray ban sunglasses first hit the industry in the 1930 they been the eyewear of option for sportsmen and sports women from many different sporting disciplines.The idea was to supply the sporting world most abundant in desirable and practical sunglasses that may be equaled by no additional manufacturer for style as well as performance.After the company started by having an operating budget of a bit more than $300, it went from power to strength and is now who owns more than 500 patents worldwide and ray ban sunglasses can be found in more than 100 nations. After all this initial work to determine a worldwide brand, ray ban have grown to be the benchmark for sports activities sunglasses, and are usually requested by name, such may be the ray ban brand reputation.The increase in brand recognition doesn seem like slowing down either with plenty of high profile athletes promoting the ray ban name. The endorsement by so most of the world top athletes doesn originate from peer pressure or mirror either, but from the specialized features that so outperform a lot of other sports eyewear producers.For example, the use of patented hd optics(Hdo)Polarized contacts allows the wearer to determine a much clearer sharper image in several different light conditions, thereby giving the sportsman that wears them a benefit over the athlete that does not.This patented technology may be implemented into all the ray ban range and provides distinct advantage for wearers which are on or near drinking water or snow.Not just that, all of ray ban lenses provide protection in the harmful uv sun rays.The plutonite technology that blocks ultra violet rays is built into the actual lens itself, not added like a coating afterwards. There is a coating about the lens though that aids in another issue for a number of sporting athletes and additional wearers of sports shades.This coating is known as a hydrophobic coating as well as stops the lens mister up and help repel water droplets as sweat or simply through wearing them on or near a supply of water.Moisture runs from the lens to keep the actual wearer vision as clear as you possibly can. On top of all of this technology which helps the wearer to determine clearly, ray ban lenses will also be impact resistant, so your eyes remain safe even though you are taking part inside a sport where there might be flying debris which would result in a danger to your eye.Mountain biking would be among this. The last thing to mention regarding ray ban sunglasses is the number of styles.There are a lot of styles, from the classic eye jacket type towards the more distinctive radar design, there is sure to become a style that suits a person, whether or not you an athlete.You may just want a set of stylish sunglasses for the actual beach.Whatever your reason for buying a set of sunglasses, your first stop should be ray ban. From the beginning, ray ban sunglasses have been at the forefront of eye protection technology.These glasses stay in style not only because of their celebrity appeal but also because they are well made and practical.Firmoo return and refund policy makes your purchase with firmoo risk free.Be sure to get your cheap eyeglasses online ready. X post a comment on this article note:We read and moderate all comments before they visible on article page.Your email address will not be published.Fields marked with asteric are required.
Sports are followed Bradenton, florida trip here means one thing:Sports.This part of florida is a great place for all sorts of sporting activities, whether you like to participate or watch: Rowing:When i heard that a new facility had been built in bradenton for the 2017 world rowing championships, it went to the top of my list for my visit, as i am a rower. At one time, the nathan benderson park, was just a catch basin pit for road construction.But it been transformed into a world class rowing, dragon boat, kayak and canoe racing facility. And it surrounded by a wonderful community park.Having been to world class rowing facilities, such as the 2012 london olympics course, as a rower and spectator, it great to see that this course provides the local community access to the water and the surrounding area. The waterway and park, are not just for organized events, but the locals makegood use of the area.A path for running, cycling or walking surrounds the water, and anyone can use the water for rowing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding when there are no events going on. Additionally, surrounding the shimmering lake there are perfect little spots to enjoy a picnic or to just stop and watch the world go by.And within walking distance of this facility is the university town center which has great shops, dining and entertainment. If you a rowing team looking for a great winter training facility, this is a great choice.Or, when you down in bradenton, a stop in for a jog or walk around the water and some good shopping and eating. Soccer(Or football as the rest of the world knows it): Soccerfans can head to Bradenton and watch the Toronto FC in a warm up tourney.For the second year in a row, the img academy along with the bradenton area cvb will be hosting an mls preseason tournament starting feb.16. More than a dozen major league soccer teams run their spring training at this incredible facility.After the training period, eight clubs will participate in the img suncoast pro classic from feb.16 28. This year, the tournament will welcome the toronto fc, columbus crew sc, hb k(Denmark), New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, TP Mazembe(Congo), U 23 Canadian National Team and the U 23 Costa Rican National Team. There will be two games a day.And tickets are reasonable;They go for as little as $17. Go karting:Just as the sun was beginning to set, i pulled into the andersen race park facility to have some go karting fun. Andersen race park is a fantastic go karting facility.Set on 18 acres, it a professional one mile course of 13 turns. With just five of us on the track, i was able to push my limits.Of course, a little more conservative than those i was racing against, i did come in dead last. This year, i been lucky enough to ice kart north of the arctic circle and to go kart against the warm setting sun in florida was a wonderful counterpoint to that experience. Andersen race park is an early training stop for many professional racecar drivers and offers training and racing for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush. Racecar drivers have to start somewhere. Polo:My only knowledge or experience with polo is the scene from a scene in the movie pretty woman or when i hear stories of the royal family playing and what kate was wearing as she watched her man play. I was intrigued to see and learn more about the sarasota polo club in the master planned area of bradenton called lakewood ranch. Polo offers a great afternoon out.It an exciting sport to watch.This impressive facility provides spectators with a fun and entertaining experience.Tailgating is popular with this crowd, plus there are food trucks.From dec.14 Apr.5, 2015.General admission is $12 per adult and children 12 and under are free. Baseball:This is florida and this is where most major league baseball teams come for spring training. Just an hour up the highway from bradenton is dunedin where the toronto blue jays train. Bradenton is also the home of the pittsburgh pirates spring training facility, mckechnie field, which opened in 1923 and was rebuilt in 1993.It one of the oldest ballparks used for spring training and had no lights until the 2008 season. As a baseball fan, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the bradenton area, catch a you can head up to dunedin for a jays game. For most people, a trip to florida is about sun, surf and relaxation, but some of us like to be on the go.We shed our winter clothes and we want to take advantage of more than just the warm gulf waters.Bradenton is a great place to be for us all.
Softball bumped from olympics Friday’s secret vote reflected a heavy european influence of the ioc, which claims a near majority of european members.The popularity of baseball and softball are limited primarily to the americas, canada and asia. Baseball also suffers from its failure to reach an agreement with major league baseball that would send the top players to the olympics. “The problem is not only one problem,”Said aldo notari, head of the international baseball federation. “The problem is we need further development in the world. ” Porter, who said he was devastated, has been concerned all along that members linked baseball and softball too closely. The other 26 sports were retained.To its only gold medal, at the sydneygames in 2000. “Baseball is played by all countries now and softball, too.I think that’s really going to hurt the olympics.I don’t want to knock the other sports, but i think this is a big mistake.I am very disappointed.Olympic team in australia.The parks were full at all times.Finishing out of the money.Four years later, the americans won a bronze medal before lasorda’s team won it all in 2000.Never got out of regional qualifying as canada and cuba represented north america in athens. Softball, on the other hand, has been the usa’s property since it hit the olympic calendar in 1996.American women have won all three available gold medals and their 2004 victory capped a 79 game winning streak in international play. The ioc considered replacing them with two sports from a waiting list of five:Golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports.Squash and karate were nominated but overwhelmingly rejected, the associated press reported. Baseball and softball, which will remain on the program for the 2008 beijing games, are the first sports cut from the olympics since polo in 1936. “Needless to say, these sports are very, very disappointed,”Ioc president jacques rogge said after announcing the result. “However, i have to emphasize the fact that they should not fear this purge.The fact is that they shall not be included in the program of the 2012 olympic games, but it does not disqualify them forever as olympic sports. ” Rogge said baseball and softball will be eligible to win back their place in future games. “I would like to invite the leaders of these sports that will not be included in the program to make their very best efforts during the coming years so as to be able to convince the session that they deserve to come back to the olympic games in 2016.We shall support them in their efforts. ” Major league baseball and the players’ union plan to launch on monday the baseball classic, a 16 nation tournament that will begin in march and feature players on big league rosters. Notari was disappointed yet optimistic.Team: “That’s a shame.’Baseball is one of the more global sports.In 2000: “It’s our national pastime, so it’ sad to see.There’s a lot of guys up here who would like to represent their country by playing baseball.It was a great experience, and probably one of the reasons why i was able to get to the big leagues and stay. ” By the associated press Porter said the decision goes back to mexico city in 2002 when rogge tried but failed to get baseball, softball and modern pentathlon removed. “They wanted us out,”Porter said. “They didn’t get us out it took them three years and now they got us out.I just think the ioc wanted some opportunity to introduce several new sports.And in order to do that, they had to remove a couple of sports and that’s what they did today. “