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It’s happy Friday, and what sport would you like to do in your weekend?

How about go to swim? Today, I would like to show you top ten amazing swimming pools. Hope you can enjoy your sporting life.

No.1 Joule hotel

Joule hotel in Dallas. The pool extends beyond the building, out over the sidewalk above the 1500 block of Main Street!

Joule hotel

Joule hotel

No.2 Nemo 33

Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. The portal is located in Brussels, Belgium. Its maximum depth is 34.5 metres (113 ft).

Nemo 33

Nemo 33

No.3 Shaw House

Shaw House by Patkau Architects. Check out this amazing transparent glass bottom pool. The Shaw house is located on a narrow waterfront property on the south shore of English Bay, Vancouver, Canada.

Shaw House

Shaw House

No.4 Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso, Italy. The sublime infinity swimming pool.

Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso

No.5 Chile’s monster pool

The world’s largest swimming pool. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

Chile's monster pool

Chile’s monster pool

No.6 Guitar Shaped Pool

Guitar Shaped Pool. This amazing swimming pool shaped like a guitaris designed and built by Canadian Aqua-Tech Company.

Guitar Shaped Pool

Guitar Shaped Pool

No.7 Ocean Dome

Ocean Dome – The biggest indoor swimming pool in the world. Located in Miyazaki, Japan. It’s 300 meters long and 100 meters wide, and it’s located 500 meter from the sea.

Ocean Dome

Ocean Dome

No.8 The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort. One of Thailand’s finest boutique hotels.

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

No.9 Skypark Swimming Pool

Skypark Swimming Pool. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has recently offered a unique swimming pool in the world. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, this pool placed at 200 meters high above the three buildings of the hotel impresses by the view it offers with a rich decoration.

Skypark Swimming Pool

Skypark Swimming Pool

No.10 Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel, Bali a man-made attraction. The most striking of the hotel’s design features is a large, multi-leveled infinity pool, with curves that are said to copy the shape and beauty of the hills nearby. Guests can swim at the edge and enjoy peaceful vistas of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple, located on the opposite hillside. Decks adorn the pool, offering visitors a chance to relax in the sun, while contemplating. Taking full advantage of the setting, the resort was built on wooden pillars among the steep rice fields of Ubud. This way, each of the 38 luxury private pool villas is perfectly integrated in this scenic environment.

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

(source: http://www.letmebeinspired.com/10-amazing-swimming-pools/)

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The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges

The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges

While obesity rates soar in the developed world and we live an ever more sedentary lifestyle, the flip side to this health time bomb is the paradox that more and more amateur athletes are taking on extreme endurance challenges.Running a 42km marathon is still considered a huge achievement, but “weekend warriors” have now turned in their droves to Ironman Triathlons.

For the uninitiated, that’s a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle race and the marathon to finish.

And the more offbeat the challenge, the more entrants seem to be attracted.

In Telford, England each year thousands of people take part in an eccentric event called the Tough Guy Challenge, which involves a 12km run and assault course in freezing winter conditions.

Just to make it more interesting, the organizer sets fire to parts of the course and puts in barbed wire fences and muddy bogs. Yet they come back year after year to be subjected to this torture.

Worn out just thinking about it?

The Tough Guy Challenge is a relative breeze in comparison to an Ironman race in Norway with arctic temperatures for the swim in a fjord, biking through a mountainous range, then finishing the 42km run at the top of a 1,880m peak.

That’s the challenge awaiting competitors in the Norseman, one of 50 events featured in a book, the World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges, by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore.

Triple Ironman

Despite the pain and the hours of preparation, such endurance events are strangely addictive.

Briton Mark Kleanthous has competed in 34 Ironmans — including the most famous of them all in the blistering heat and brutal winds of Hawaii — two double Ironmans and one Triple Ironman.

Since the mid-eighties, the 51 year-old has finished over 450 triathlons, making him almost certainly the record holder in that respect, not to mention the small matter of 75 mere marathons.

“The longer the event, the more the mind takes over, in a marathon it is probably only 10% mental in a Triple Ironman, with sleep deprivation, it must be at least 40% mental strength to continue,” Kleanthous, who now coaches and mentors athletes who take on these challenges, told CNN.

Kleanthous took just under 46 hours of continuous action to complete his solitary Triple Ironman attempt.

“After swimming, cycling and running a total distance of 521 miles I had no facial hair growth for 10 days,” he said. “I think it was my body’s way of saying I am shutting down.”

But there can be a darker side to this type of challenge.

In the footsteps of Scott

In the footsteps of Scott

Sleep deprivation

“I have known ultra endurance athletes to commit suicide within months of finishing sleep deprivation events,” said Kleanthous.

“In events lasting days with no sleep for one or two hours per day athletes have hallucinated and believed they have seen friends or family cheering them by the side of the roads.

“One competitor believed he saw his parents and it was only after the race he realized he had hallucinated because his parents were dead.”

Despite these warnings, it does not stop the rush to compete in events like the Marathon des Sables, which is also featured in the 50 challenges.

It is a near 200km run in the blazing temperatures and freezing nights of the Sahara Desert — with a two-year waiting list to compete.

Many competitors are inspired by the exploits of superstar endurance athletes such as four-time Hawaii Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington of Britain.

Mind games

“Of all the body parts we train, none is more important than the mind,” she told CNN.

“There is an obsession in triathlon with tracking how far and how fast we have gone in our latest session. People think that if their training log is in order, then so must be their preparation.

“But it’s when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all,” added Wellington.

Not all the most famous endurance challenges are multi-sport events, but swimming the English Channel or cycling the near 5,000 km in the Race Across America are still grueling tests.

Extremes of temperature also play a part from the Four Deserts Marathon challenge to the South Pole equivalent at -40C.

High altitude is the enemy in the Yak Attack, a mountain bike race through the Himalayas, while a head for heights is required in the Red Bull X-Alps where competitors paraglide and trek from Salzburg to Monaco across the European mountain range.

Celebrities have also begun to embrace the idea of sporting endurance challenges.

Charitable aims

British comedian David Walliams swam the English Channel for charity and topped that by completing the 224km of the River Thames in eight days.

Olympic gold medal winning rower James Cracknell finished 12th in the Marathon des Sables, and then attempted to swim, cycle, run and row between Los Angeles and New York before he was hit by a petrol tanker in Arizona.

It nearly cost him his life, although he has returned to adventure and endurance challenges to raise money for good causes.

Kleanthous is full of admiration for anyone who finishes just one of these events, but then really threw down the guantlet:: “What if someone attempted to do all 50 of the challenges? ”

(Source: CNN, by Paul Gittings)

Talking about the sports all around the world, there are thousands of sports with varying popularity in different countries. Sports like Basketball and American football in are most popular in America, Cricket in India, Australia and soccer in UK. Some of sports are local and some are global. The top sports that have dominated in terms of popularity around the world are football, cricket, tennis and others. So the top ten sports are:

Top 10 sports in the world

1: Soccer

Soccer

Soccer

Among all the globular sports named as the King of Sports football is the most popular sports in the world.Especially its popularity is high in Europe,Asia,Africa and South America.With around 5 billion viewers around the world Soccer is the highest viewed most popular and top sport among the top 10 sports in world.

2: Cricket

Cricket

Cricket

After football the sports after which peoples are more crazy is cricket undoubtly. Especially in Australia, England, Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and India craze of cricket is very high. Players like Sachin Tendulkar have expanded the popularity of cricket with their huge contribution. With around 4 billion fans around the world cricket is the second popular game among top sports after football.

3:Tennis

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis is another famous sport in the recent world. The prestigious tournaments like wimbledon, Australian open, French open, Shanghais Open and many others. The great players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, and William Sisters are the icon for tennis. With around 2 billion viewers around the world it is 3rd most popular sport in world after cricket and football.

4 : Hockey

Mainly famous in European, Asian and Australian Countries Hockey is the fourth most popular sport in the world with around a billion fans over the world. There are many formats in hockey played like ice hickey, air hockey and field hockey. It is played between two team consisting 11 players each.
5 : Volleyball

Volleyball is the game played between two teams separated by a net with 6 players in each team. It is famous all over the world.With about 800 million viewers all over the world volleyball is 5th most wanted sport in the world.

6 : Golf

Golf is the longest of all the sports in world.It is played by individual players which includes spotting the ball into the hole by the golf bat.Players like Tiger Woods has expanded its glory all over the world.With around 600 million viewers it is ranked as the 6th most popular game in the world.

7 : American Football

American football is the game played between two teams with 11 players each team.It is mainly popular in U.S.A and other American countries. With around 400 million fans around the globe it the 7th highest most popular sport in the world.

8 : Basketball  

Basketball is on the rapid increasing in terms of popularity. Especially among the teenagers of world its the most wanted game. Basketball is also a game between two teams with 5 players playing in court. It is most popular especially in American countries.With around 350 million viewers and fans it is the 8th among the most popular sports.

9 : Table Tennis  

Table Tennis named as TT is the game played between two player in the tennis board with net between two players.It is world widely most famous especially among the youths and school students. With around 300 million total viewers and fans it is the 9th most wanted game of the world.

10 : Baseball    

Baseball is also one of the most popular games played around the corners of world.It is also the game played between two teams consisting nine players each.It mostly popular in America and Japan.With more than 200 million fans around the world baseball is 10th among the list of most popular games played all around the the world.

(Source: http://www.sportapex.com/2011/05/top-ten-sports-in-world.html )

Which sport is your favorite? No matter what sport is, remember ”Enjoy your Sporting Life and sports for life“.

I want to introduce a fun video game, it’s Wii Sports.

Wii Sports

Game Overview

Bundled with Wii, Wii Sports introduces a whole new way to play your game.

Features

  • Play Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing in the comfort of one’s living room. No ball boys scurrying about, no oil from the alleys to get players dirty and no rain to keep anyone from a day at the court, park or course. Use the Wii Remote controller to mimic the actions of swinging a racket, bat or club, roll a ball down an alley or bring the left jab.
  • Players can use their own Mii caricatures in the game and play them against their friends’ Miis for a more personalized experience. As players improve, their Miis’ skill levels will increase, so that they can see exactly how much better they’ve become.
  • People of all skill levels can pick up and play any of the games in the unprecedented Wii Sports package, making this truly a title for everyone!

Sport Game Details

Tennis (1-4 players): Players grab the Wii Remote like a racket and swing – the game registers forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast the user swings and at what angle. Don’t worry about moving around the court to get to the ball – the game automatically moves players into position.

Baseball (1-2 players): Players grip the Wii Remote like a bat and swat fastballs out of the park, or fire a fastball over the plate with a flick of their wrist. Timing and bat speed will make all the difference between going yard and whiffing, so keep an eye on the ball and swing for the fences. In the two-player game, one player pitches and the other bats – all fielding and running is automatic, so that players can focus on the action.

Golf (1-4 players): Step up to the tee, hold the Wii Remote like a golf club and swing naturally to smack the ball onto the green. The harder players swing the club, the farther the ball will fly. Be careful, though – if players swing too hard, their ball will fly out of control, so they should be sure to take some practice swings before going for the pin. After reaching the green, line up putts carefully, practice the stroke and try to hole out.

Bowling (1-4 players): Players raise the Wii Remote in their hand just like a bowling ball, and then swing their arms to roll the ball. The speed of the swing and the angle at which they release the ball affects the ball’s spin, so it will take some practice to master control over the ball and knock down the pins.

Boxing (1-2 players): Using the Nunchuk controller as one glove and the Wii Remote as the other, players dodge, weave and punch their opponents. Players hold their hands high to guard their faces or low to block their torsos. They punch high to hit their opponents’ faces or low to get under their guard for a body blow. Swing both arms left or right to sidestep oncoming blows and move into position for a devastating knockout.

This is what video games should be: fun for everyone. Wii Sports offers five distinct sports experiences, each using the Wii Remote controller to provide a natural, intuitive and realistic feel. To play a Wii Sports game, all you need to do is pick up a controller and get ready for the pitch, serve or that right hook. If you’ve played any of these sports before, you’re ready for fun!

Galaxy star says he’s not ready to retire, won’t elaborate.

David Beckham will announce the next stop in his soccer career near the end of the year. Until then, he’s focusing on winning one more trophy with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham said Tuesday he has several “exciting opportunities on the table” to continue playing after he leaves the Galaxy next month, capping a six-season U.S. career with Los Angeles’ second straight appearance in the MLS Cup on Dec. 1.

“I still feel that I have something left in me as a player,” Beckham said at the Galaxy’s training complex. “I still feel like I have one more challenge in me as a player. Even at 37 years old, I still can play at a high level. Where that will be yet, I haven’t decided.

“Right now my focus is on the final,” he added. “Once that’s out of the way, we have an (exhibition) tour to deal with, and then it’s Christmas, which we always spend in London, so I’ll be there and I’ll make the decision then.”

The English midfielder wasn’t specific about where he might end up next, deflecting questions about every destination from Australia and China to France and Britain. While discussing his future in the most oblique terms, Beckham only confirmed he won’t move to New York or any other MLS team.

“There are options, and I’m very lucky at my age to have options,” Beckham said. “People have talked about my retirement, people have mentioned will I retire, and I actually don’t feel I’m ready to retire yet.”

After two strong MLS seasons largely free from major injuries, Beckham says he’s leaving Los Angeles only because he reached every goal he set for himself in his landmark move stateside in 2007. He agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Galaxy last January after completing his initial five-year deal, but revealed the second year of his deal was a mutual option.
From Greg Beacham| The Associated Press

The Board of Directors for Snow Sports Industries America (SIA) has announced a shift in SIA Snow Show dates to an earlier mid-January time slot beginning in 2013. The Snow Show will begin on Saturday, January 12th and run through Tuesday, January 15th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The On-Snow Demo will follow the Show at Winter Park Resort and Devil’s Thumb Ranch on January 16th and 17th.

In 2014, the SIA Snow Show will follow the same mid-January pattern and begin on Saturday January 11th through Tuesday, January 14th followed by the On-Snow Demo on January 15th and 16th. This mid-January/Saturday start will be used for all future Snow Show dates. SIA will be working closely with buying groups, regional rep associations and retailer associations to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The Board’s decision came after analysis of the industry’s current buy/sell cycle, changing production lead times, as well as date conflicts with major holidays and trade events including an overlap with ISPO beginning in 2012. Given all of the factors and constituencies SIA’s Board had to consider, the goal was to provide Show dates that would benefit the majority of the industry.

”In 2002, the SIA Snow Show was moved from March to January with the goal of creating a national show to kick off the buy/sell cycle where retailers could truly ‘See it, Try it, Buy It’. With the increase in private line previews, regional and national trade shows, the Board of Directors felt the Show needed to adjust to changes in the marketplace,” commented David Ingemie, SIA’s president.

The SIA Snow Show, January 31- February 3,  2013  at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, will deliver the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry. It will be the first time globally that the styles, technologies, innovations, culture and energy of snow sports for 13.14 will be presented. Industry professionals will meet to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars to feel the true essence of snow sports.

 

SIA SNOW SHOW

Thursday, January 31 — Sunday, February, 3 2013
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado USA

Thursday, January 31
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Sunday, February 3
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Get more show information, click “here“.

It’s happy Friday.

Let’s get something funny.

This is a funny sport video from internet.

 

 

So be careful when you are sporting, don’t forget Sports Protective Gears.

 


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