Robert Vinet

A​ Passionately Curious Bloke

Category: Sport (page 2 of 3)

Willie O’Ree is heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, is heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Why would anyone want to run ultra marathons?

From GoshDamn via Vimeo:

Ultra-running is one of those sports that takes everything. The training, the diet, the lifestyle, it all requires an immense amount of dedication if you want to compete seriously. Robbie Britton is taking it seriously.

Just what goes through the mind of someone who wants to be best, in one of the world’s most punishing sports?

Video: Watch Dutch Olympic speed skater Kjeld Nuis skate 93 kph (57.8 mph)

Speed skater Kjeld Nuis aims to become the fastest speed skater on earth! In the perfect conditions, golden medal winner Kjeld Nuis went faster than his usual racing speed.

Never Die Easy: The Dag Aabye Story

At 76 years old, Dag Aabye is a living legend. Existing entirely off-the-grid in the mountains near Vernon, British Columbia, and without the trappings of modern day society. He has no cell phone or email address. Yet he is closer to freedom than most could ever imagine. If that isn’t enough, Dag dedicates his life to living out his greatest passion, training for a 125km Ultra-Marathon aptly named the “death race, for which he holds the record for the oldest person to ever complete the race.

“Never die easy,” Aabye says. “To me, there is no age. Age is something other people put on you. You put a person in an old folk’s home, and this person’s gonna die pretty quick because you tell them, ‘You’re old now—you’re ready to go.’”

Video: How to run 100 miles

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In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my friend Jayson Sime. The race is a 102.9-mile ultramarathon with 20,000 feet of elevation gain, which is no small feat for a couple of guys who don’t know what they’re doing.

Jayson had talked me into it, and if I were to be completely honest, I’d say we were there to test out his life philosophy, which is basically that you can do anything you dream up, as long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. That ethic has worked for him in almost every other area of life, despite growing up in poverty, one of six children with no father, and dyslexia.

In the six months leading up to the race, we figured since we weren’t naturally talented runners, the best thing we could do is work hard. So we ran 50- to 70-mile weeks all summer, and went through a full range of feelings: fear, regret, sadness, FOMO, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, pain, and joy. And gluttony, which is not a feeling, but what happens after you run 20 or more miles.

Skating on Thin Ice

Please don’t try this without proper training and supervision. Thin ice brings with it many risks and dangers.

How Skating on Thin Ice Creates Laser-Like Sounds – Amy Rankin, National Geographic

The idiom “skate on thin ice” usually means: danger—stop what you’re doing, or else. However, skating on thin, black ice is exactly what Swedish ice skating enthusiasts Henrik Trygg and Mårten Ajne love to do.

To hit the ice when it has just begun to freeze, in its most pristine, dangerously thin state, is the ultimate thrill in “wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating.” It’s the “holy grail,” says Trygg. (Learn about the similar sport of backcountry ice skating.)

A photographer and filmmaker based in Stockholm, Trygg has made an art of capturing both the clear, black appearance of the ice, and the laser-like symphony of sounds created when an ice skater’s bodyweight passes over it. Ajne is a mathematician who has written books on the art and science of Nordic skating, featuring Trygg’s photographs. Both men have been skating for decades.

Video: How to ski powder

REI:

If you want to love powder, but you haven’t quite gotten the hang of skiing the deep stuff, we’re here to help. In this video, PSIA Alpine Team member Robin Barnes shows you how to get the most out of your powder days by maintaining your balance, using your legs to steer and maintaining your speed.

Short video history of the Olympics

Africa’s first ever bobsled team is already winning even before the Winter Olympics starts

Three Nigerian women are about to make history. When the Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month, they will become the first Africans to compete in the sport of bobsled.

Yomi Kazeem, writing for Quartz:

“For the athletes, their success has not come easy. All three used to be track and field athletes and pretty much had to learn the new sport. But participating in a sport that many Nigerians have likely never heard of or found interesting was always going to be a difficult sell. That much was clear when the team had to set up a national bobsled federation in December 2016 because, well, Nigeria has never had one.”

Also take a look at: Nigerian bobsled team enjoys ‘mind-blowing’ ride to Pyeongchang, by Steven D’Souza, CBC News

Watch: Pow Surf 101

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