Trauma Tuesday: Cyclocross Fail Edition

first_imgSo, for some reason, cyclocross season is a winter sport. There is no real explanation for this that I can find, other than the “origins” of the sport were basically off season training for road cyclists in Europe. The other reason is that cyclocrossers love pain, punishment, and hardship and each of those things is amplified when it’s cold, rainy, snowing, sleeting, or otherwise terrible outside. Being miserable is part of the sport, and nothing is more miserable than riding a skinny-tired bike across mud and obstacles when it’s 25 degrees and wet.We kick things off with the amazing cyclocross fail video above. This guy is hauling ass and has no time for messing around when it comes to those pesky barriers. He comes barreling in at full speed, but forgets the crucial move at the crucial moment: lifting the bike and himself over the barrier. This could be one of the reasons that cyclocross is raced in the winter, it’s so cold and miserable people just forget what they are doing right in the middle of doing it. You have to have a hook if you want to be a spectator sport. Baseball has the long-ball, football has the violence, hockey has the fights, cyclocross has full speed barrier collision explosions. What I don’t quite understand are the physics of this accident. Why does this guy go flying through the air?Here’s another great example of things going horribly wrong during a race:Well, they go horribly wrong for the racer, they go horribly right for the people watching the carnage.last_img read more

Chilean security forces maintain public safety after earthquake and tsunami

first_img Thanks for this news, I have a brother there, in the northern Santiago de Chile. We feel more at peace now. Excellent, the world needs new policies that guarantee peace and security for all the people in the world. This is good This helps a lot of people, I agree with it, excellent ♥ !!!! Security forces responded to the earthquake and the tsunami warnings in an “exemplary” manner, said Jaime Baeza, a security analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile. “The level of coordination between civil and military authorities was impeccable,” Baeza said. “The Armed Forces and the police responded immediately and their performance has been excellent. Chilean military forces have extensive experience in dealing with earthquakes. After a February, 2010 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 500 people and devastated wide areas of central Chile, the government deployed 14,000 Amy and Navy troops to the affected areas and assigned relief efforts to military authorities. The military forces won praise from the population for arresting looters and restoring order to the area. The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth happened in Chile – a magnitude 9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people and brought tsunamis to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines and the U.S. West Coast. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this report. Chilean military and security forces moved quickly to protect lives and maintain order after a massive offshore earthquake rocked the northern part of the country on the evening of April 1, 2014. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck just before 9 p.m. local time 95 kilometers northwest of the city of Iquique, about 1,800 kilometers north of Santiago. It was followed by a series of aftershocks registering as high as 6.2. The earthquake was felt most strongly in the regions of Arica, Tarapaca and Antofagasta. The temblor caused landslides that blocked roads, knocked out electrical power and started fires. Six people were killed by falling debris or after suffering heart attacks, authorities said. Shortly after the earthquake struck, the Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service issued a tsunami warning for the Chilean coast. Security officials ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from coastal areas. A surge of water more than two-meters high struck the coast in the Iquique area about 45 minutes after the earthquake, Navy officials said, but there were no early reports of significant flooding damage. Peruvian security officials also started evacuating communities in the southern coastal region of Ica as a precaution against a tsunami. Tsunami advisories were also issued for coastal areas in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and for the Hawaiian Islands. By Dialogo April 02, 2014 Security forces maintain order State of emergency Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, and sent a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft with 100 military Special Forces police from Santiago to the northern area. The Special Forces officers joined local police and 300 Army and Air Force personnel assigned to the area to assist evacuation efforts and prevent looting. President Bachelet ordered Army and Air Force personnel to “take control of public order and prevent … looting and disorder” in the affected areas. Army Brigadier Gen. Miguel Alfonso Bellet, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade “Cuirassiers,” was assigned command in the Arica region and Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino Núñez, chief of the Joint Command North, was assigned command in the Tarapaca region. Police and military security forces took control of gas stations and provided perimeter security for supermarkets in Iquique, a major port city of about 180,000 people, according to press reports. Attempts to loot stores and homes in Iquique were prevented by security forces, authorities said. Security forces also began rounding up several hundred inmates who escaped from a women’s prison in Iquique during the earthquake. About two dozen escapees had been recaptured within twelve hours after the earthquake, authorities reported. last_img read more

Whistleblower who exposed Russia’s doping scandal fears physical threats

first_imgIn exile in the US since 2016, the chemist turned whistleblower’s revelations turned Putin’s Russia into an international sporting outcast and continues to be used in cases against athletes along with data from his former laboratory in Moscow.’End of doping control’It has not deterred him from documenting his life story in “The Rodchenkov Affair: How I Brought Down Putin’s Secret Doping Empire,” revisiting how he conspired with his country to corrupt sports and then tries to show contrition by turning star witness.Rodchenkov was the brains behind a cocktail of anabolic steroids and a cover-up that turned Russia into a medal machine at the home Olympics in Sochi in 2014, topping the standings with 13 gold medals before disqualifications. Russian spies ensured the steroids would not be detected in doping tests as its secret service agents used a hole in the wall of the Sochi laboratory to swap out the dirty samples with clean urine at night. COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND President Vladimir Putin, he says, separates opposition in two ways — enemies and betrayers. “I am falling in the betrayers’ category and all betrayers should be beheaded, cut, dead. So there is no doubt that he wants me to be dead,” Rodchenkov told The Associated Press. He said he has got physical threats to be assassinated by supposed Russian agents. The whistleblower highlights that now since Putin has comfortably extended his reign over Russia following constitutional changes allowing him to run for two more six-year terms, in 2024 and 2030, no one can have faith in anything coming out of Kremlin. “Until 2036, no trust.”Rodchenkov notes that only whistleblowers can understand what is really going on inside sports, but in corrupted countries like Russia, “you have to escape and we need to be preserved.”For him, that means living a life constantly in fear of being recognised as happened on a train in the U.S. “It was a student,” he recalled. “I told him, ‘Forget you are meeting me, yes it’s me, don’t tell anyone.’ … I disappeared again.”(With inputs from AP)READ | As Russia Announces COVID-19 Vaccine, Delighted Netizens Say ‘RIP Corona’READ | AIIMS Director Responds To Russia’s Covid Vaccine: ‘Need To See If It’s Safe & Effective’ First Published: 12th August, 2020 19:57 IST WATCH US LIVE Digital Desk 4 weeks ago Pro wrestling star James ‘Kamala’ Harris dies at 70 The doping cover-up extended beyond the Winter Olympics, into the Summer Games, Paralympics, world athletics championships and every major sport. Some Russians were barred from competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games as the International Olympic Committee remains opposed to blanket bans on countries.So Russian athletes can still compete on the international stage if they can show they are clean, despite a four-year ban from major international sporting events being imposed on the nation last year for a fresh cover-up, including tampering with data gained from Rodchenkov’s former lab in Moscow.READ | Russia Dismisses COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Concerns, Medics To Get Doses In Two WeeksREAD | Scientists Sceptical About Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine, Cite Lack Of Evidence For Efficacy’You cannot trust Russia’Grigory Rodchenkov is of the opinion that sport is a part of President Putin’s politics and showing to the West — Moscow’s traditional foe — how good Russia is.  “For me, it was the end of doping control,” Rodchenkov said. “If we can do it, why others cannot?”center_img LIVE TV Written By FOLLOW US Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory, who exposed a Moscow-sponsored doping scheme leaves in fear in an undisclosed location in the United States. 4 weeks ago Rodchenkov lives in fear after exposing doping “You cannot trust Russia. You cannot trust the certification authorities, and [anti-doping] laboratories cannot be allowed to be restored within the foreseeable future,” he said. Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 19:58 IST Whistleblower Who Exposed Russia’s Doping Scandal Fears Physical Threats Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory, who exposed a Moscow-sponsored doping scheme leaves in fear in United States 4 weeks ago Kiermaier, Margot lead hit parade as Rays beat Red Sox 8-7 4 weeks ago McCullers throws 7 scoreless, Astros beat Giants 6-4 4 weeks ago LEADING OFF: Blue Jays debut in Buffalo; Clevinger outlast_img read more