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LvlSlgr

From: LvlSlgr

Jul-21

Medals for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics are to be composed of recycled electronic devices, including discarded laptops and smartphones. The devices were proactively donated by the citizens of Japan as the material for the medals. Thanks to the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, a landmark recycling initiative which ensured that each one has been molded entirely from metal extracted from recycled consumer electronics. Under the theme “Be better, together – for the planet and the people”, TOCOG intends to make these the most environmentally friendly and sustainable Games so far. The project attracted donations and support from 1,300 educational institutions and 2,100 electronics retail stores across Japan. Signature yellow donation boxes were placed in post offices and on street corners all over the country, and a TOCOG partner company enabled the public to donate their used phones at 2,400 stores nationwide. With more than 90 per cent of Japan’s local authorities participating, a total of 78,985 tons of discarded devices were collected, a haul which included approximately 6.21 million used mobile phones, along with digital cameras, handheld games and laptops, all of which were then classified, dismantled and melted down by highly trained contractors. This meant that the final goals of 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze were reached by the time the collection cycle closed on 31 March 2019.

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  • Edited July 21, 2021 10:43 pm  by  LvlSlgr

That's cool..............what a way to recycle!!

Naked (If you’ve ever seen the depictions of ancient Olympians on pots, bowls, and in other artworks, you will have noticed that they competed in the nude. There are thought to be several reasons from this, ranging from a tribute to Zeus - whom they wanted to show their physical power - to drawing a distinction between themselves and their barbarian enemies, who were afraid to show their bodies. Whichever it was, nudity was a fundamental part of ancient Greek culture, and the athletes would show off their physiques during parades in the stadium. In addition, wrestlers also covered their bodies in oil to keep sand out of their pores, before dusting themselves with a fine powder to ensure they could be gripped. Men would also work out in the buff, and the word ‘gymnasium’ actually comes from the Greek word ‘gymnos’, meaning naked)

The ancient Greeks didn’t rely on good will to ensure fair competition during this often brutal period in history. Athletes who broke rules during the Olympics were publicly whipped. Whether it was a foul move in wrestling, or a false start in running, officials called ‘alytes’ had the power to punish any competitor they felt was trying to gain an unfair advantage. In addition to the floggings, athletes could also be slapped with hefty financial fines. (the guy with clothes on the right)

LvlSlgr

From: LvlSlgr

Jul-22

The Olympic torch is lit the old-fashioned way in an ancient ceremony at the temple of Hera, in Greece: Actresses, wearing costumes of Greek priestesses, use a parabolic mirror and sun rays to kindle the torch. From there, the torch starts its relay to the host city. It is usually carried by runners, but it has traveled on a boat, on an airplane (and the Concorde), on horseback, on the back of a camel, via radio signal, underwater, and in a canoe. The relay torch and the Olympic flame are supposed to burn during the whole event. In case the flame goes out, it can only be reignited with a backup flame, which has been lit in Greece as well, and never with a regular lighter!

Rio 2016: The Olympic flame was lit on 21 April 2016 at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, the traditional start of the Greek phase of the torch relay.

The relay ended in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August when the flame was used to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony.

Ok, after reading that I had to wonder how the flame is carried on a plane if it can't go out, here's the answer..........

It will be kept in a lantern, which has been allowed to go on a plane. It'll have two seats to itself, accompanied by a police officer who has been trained in firefighting.

Pankration (was a sporting event introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and was an empty-hand submission sport with few rules. The athletes used boxing and wrestling techniques, but also others, such as kicking, holds, joint-locks, and chokes on the ground, making it similar to modern mixed martial arts. The term comes from the Greek παγκρ?τιον, meaning "all of power," from π?ν "all" and κρ?τος "strength, might, power.")

The story of Arrhichion ("the most famous of pankratiasts") who died defending his championship at the 54th Olympiad......................

Arrhichion was one of the most famous of all pankratiasts. He was a three-time champion in the Olympic games, having won the event in 572 BC, 568 BC and 564 BC. His final victory was also his last game, because he died in the ring. But how is it possible to be a winner and be dead at the same time, when the rules of the game state that whoever was subdued in a Pankration match was automatically defeated? According to the story that has been told and retold for millennia, Arrhichion’s unnamed opponent had him in a literal death-grip by the neck, and was steadily applying pressure in an attempt to get Arrhichion to submit. However, Arrhichion would not concede, and continued to fight back as his opponent suffocated him. At that moment, Arrhichion’s trainer shouted to him: “What a noble epitaph you’ll receive if you do not submit—'He was never defeated at Olympia.’” These words gave Arrhichion strength, and just as he was about to pass out, Arrhichion inflicted a blow on his opponent’s foot, breaking his ankle. The pain from his ankle was so severe that Arrhichion’s opponent was forced to release his hold. Nevertheless, Arrhichion slumped to the ground dead. Philostratus gives a detailed account of Arrhichion’s last match. Accordingly the antagonist of Arrichion, having already clinched him around the middle, thought to kill him; already he had wound his forearm about the other’s throat to shut off the breathing, while, pressing his legs on the groins and winding his feet one inside each knee of his adversary, he forestalled Arrichion’s resistance by choking him till the sleep of death thus induced began to creep over his senses. But in relaxing the tension of his legs he failed to forestall the scheme of Arrichion; for the latter kicked back with the sole of his right foot (as the result of which his right side was imperiled since now his knee was hanging unsupported), then with his groin he holds his adversary tight till he can no longer resist, and, throwing his weight down toward the left while he locks the latter’s foot tightly inside his own knee, by this violent outward thrust he wrenches the ankle from its socket. The judges ruled that as his opponent had submitted, Arrhichion was the true victor, and crowned him such, making him the only Olympic athlete to win a title post-mortem. Although the story itself is true—at least we believe so—there has been a few debates on the manner of his death. Some believe that Arrhichion died from a broken neck and not asphyxiation, because before a man dies from loss of oxygen, he passes out, after which the choke hold has to be maintained for a sustained period to deny his brain of oxygen. Scholars point out that the referrer overseeing the match would have noticed Arrhichion’s limp body and stopped the match before the choke became lethal. Alternatively, if Arrhichion’s opponent released the hold after Arrhichion had broken his ankle, then Arrhichion’s blood supply to the brain would have been restored and Arrhichion would have merely become unconscious. Arrhichion’s death, some argue, must have been instantaneous, which is only possible if his neck broke. Another theory suggest that Arrichion died due to sudden cardiac arrest. After his death, a victor statue of Arrhichion was set up in the marketplace at Phigalia. It is one of the oldest dated Olympic victor statues. The statue is now at the Museum of the Olympic Games in Olympia.

What remains of the statue.....

PTG (anotherPTG)

From: PTG (anotherPTG)

Jul-22

Qieyang Shenjie, also known as Qieyang Shijie is a Chinese race walker. She was born in Haiyan, Haibei T.A.P, Qinghai province, and her family are herders. She won silver medal in the Women's 20 km walk race in 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She is the first ethnic Tibetan to compete and win a medal in the Olympics

Shijie QIEYANG | Profile

Rope Climbing (was an Olympic event from 1896 to 1932. The 1896 rope climbers were judged not only on how fast they made it to the top, but on the style with which they did it. Talk about subjective. All events after that judged on speed only, however, and whoever made it to the top of a 25-foot rope won. The most impressive win was probably in the 1904 St. Louis games, when American George Eyser, a gymnast, took the event, despite having a wooden leg. The first Olympic rope climbing event—appearing at the inaugural modern Olympics in 1896—was also the most intense. The rope was 14 meters high, just shy of 46 feet. It would never again come close to that height, with the next-highest Olympic rope climb ever contested coming in more than 13 feet shorter. The 1896 competition originally had to be postponed due to darkness, but when it was brought back the next morning, a whole five people showed up to compete. The Zhaoqing Challenge Cup vault final owes it so much. Only the two Greek competitors fully completed the rope climb, with Nikolaos Andriakopoulos taking first place in 23.4 seconds. Standings were supposed to be based on both time and style, but sadly the rules for how style was evaluated have not survived)

The 1986 event....................

Calling it a night.............................

PTG (anotherPTG)

From: PTG (anotherPTG)

Jul-22

Skateboarding is a sport that will make its debut in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. It is a sport that involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard.

The Skateboarding will perform both male and female in the park and street. The street will be designed in such a way as it will replicate the street skating with ramps, stairs, and rails. That’s how it will be a testing time for riders to utilize their tricks at the most. The game will permit athletes to skate individually on three-time runs. And thus, it will be analyzed and scored based on the difficulty of their tricks, height, speed, and ingenuity.

12-year-old Sky Brown is set to become Britain's youngest ever summer Olympian after being named in its skateboarding team for the upcoming Tokyo Games. Brown, who is ranked third in the world, will compete in the women's park event this summer as skateboarding makes its debut as an Olympic sport.

Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics: Pros and Cons – Action Sports Nomad

Skateboarding at the Summer Olympics - Wikipedia

Pita Taufatofua (is a Tongan taekwondo practitioner and skier who lives in Australia. Taufatofua became widely known after footage of his appearance at the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics oiled and shirtless went viral. He was flagbearer for Tonga in both the 2016 Olympics and 2018 Winter Olympics)

During the parade, he wore nothing but a ta?ovala (a Tongan mat which is wrapped around the waist), with his face and torso appearing noticeably shiny....................

Taufatofua learned cross country skiing in order to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.................

In April 2019, it was reported Taufatofua would attempt to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time in sprint canoeing. He told the BBC, "It's a sport that's close to my heart as it's what my ancestors did for thousands of years when they colonised the Polynesian islands." Taufatofua hoped to qualify for the one-man (K-1) 200-metre kayak event. At the World Canoe Sprint Championships in Hungary in August 2019, Taufatofua finished last in his opening round heat. In order to qualify for the 2021 Olympics, he would have had to win the K-1 200-metre event at the Oceania continental qualifier in February 2020. That attempt was unsuccessful. 

However, in February 2020, he qualified for the 2021 Summer Olympics for taekwondo, after winning gold in the M+80 kg, his second Olympic competition for the sport. 

It is unknown whether he will once again be the flag bearer for Tonga, tune in Friday, July 23 for the Olympics' opening ceremony to find out...........................

********Breaking news..........................Pita Taufatofua will be Tonga’s flag bearer again. This time he will not be alone, Malia Paseka (Tonga's first female Olympian to compete in Taekwondo) will be joining him..........

Taking a break...................

LvlSlgr

From: LvlSlgr

Jul-22

The United States is the only country in the world to have hosted the Summer Olympic games four times - 1904, 1932, 1984, and 1996. And it is scheduled to hold a fifth Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028. 

1904 St. Louis - Games of the III Olympiad

1932 Los Angeles - Games of the X Olympiad 

1984 Los Angeles - Games of the XXIII Olympiad 

1996 Atlanta - Games of the XXVI Olympiad 

2028 Los Angeles - Games of the XXXIV Olympiad

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