Some Like It HotBy now we all know Lindsey Vonn isn’t competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, further diminishing a Winter Games that was already lacking star power. The absence of big names is just one of the reasons the Winter Games pale in comparison to the summer version, especially this year. The Winter Olympics gave us the Miracle on Ice and the delightful film Cool Runnings, for which millions are grateful. But due to its exclusive nature and unfamiliar events, I’m far more excited for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.We like sports to be objective, with clear-cut winners and losers. Team A scored more points than Team B. Runner X crossed the finish line before Runner Y. Too many winter events are determined by judges. Figure skating, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing are three of the more popular sports where the winners are decided by votes. In the summer, the gymnastics events are among the few that require judges. Big-time sports like swimming, track and field, and volleyball do not.Even in the sports where simple numbers (time or distance) decide the medalists, most viewers have no frame of reference. I have no idea what’s a good time for bobsledding or a respectable distance for ski jumping because I’ve never done them. The Summer Games—dominated by simple and inexpensive sports like swimming and track and field—don’t have this problem.Aside from speed skating, there are hardly any winter sports that provide a photo finish. Due to the nature of many events, competitors go one at a time. Viewers have to keep an eye on the clock instead of watch the athletes go head-to-head down the stretch. The incredible finishes we see every four years in the pool or on the track aren’t possible in the Winter Games.And lastly, because of the cost and the climate necessary to attempt many of the winter sports, a majority of the world is excluded. There are 146 countries that have won an Olympic medal: 145 have summer medals, but only 45 have winter medals. You need not only snow but money to train for many of the winter events.Good luck trying to distinguish between two well-executed triple lutzes and have fun watching a couple of guys push a hunk of granite down the ice with a broom. I’ll be counting down the days until the opening ceremony in Rio.Andrew Kahn is a freelance writer who blogs at andrewjkahn.com.Baby, It’s Cold OutsideWe can all agree that most Olympic sports are difficult, or at least require an above average level of specialization, practice, skill, and dedication. This is why millions of people tune in to watch Olympians perform, because they simply don’t possess the combination of natural talent and rigor of these genetic anomalies.But let’s split hairs for a minute: performing sports when it’s cold outside (see: Winter Olympics) is just plain harder, requiring more dexterity, more strength, and more pure nerve than the Olympics’ warm weather cohort will have you believe. Let’s discuss.No one likes the bitter cold. Beach volleyball or snowball fight? I can guarantee 98% of those considered sane by the federal government would pick a warm beach and a Corona in their hand. That’s why winter sports are that much more impressive—it takes a true athlete, a truly hardened individual to face extreme cold, much less ski down a hill at 60 miles an hour in it. Or jump 150 feet in the air on a snowboard. Or ice skate at 40 miles an hour on rock hard ice. Suck it, triathletes, and try doing what you do in a negative-5 wind chill.Ice hockey. Skiing. Snowboarding. Speed skating. Luge. Cross-country skiing. All these sports have two things in common: cold and intensity. Let’s take a look at some summer sports: table tennis, horseback riding, fencing. It sounds more like a country club getaway.Have you ever seen soccer players rip off their gloves, throw down their sticks, and start pummeling each other in the face mercilessly? No? Why, soccer players don’t even have gloves. Or sticks. And they’re not allowed to fight. Is there any sports story more glorious than that of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team? I rest my case.It would seem that Summer Olympians just want to take their shirts off, lounge around at the beach, and pretend at athleticism. If you’ve ever stood atop a mountain in 8-degree weather with 30 mph winds, crossed your fingers, and hoped your skis carried you safely back to the lodge, you can relate. If you haven’t, give it a try some time. If you don’t freeze to death first, you may just come to realize that the Winter Games are really the only sports the Olympics have to offer.Evans Prater is founder of DoNation, a non-profit dedicated to helping folks streamline their support of good causes locally and nationwide: jointhedonation.org.
Inside the self-contained man cave. The 812sq m property overlooks a Sorrento waterway.He added in a swimming pool and cabana, and a “man cave” which with its bar and retro interior currently serves that purpose, but could also be used as a guesthouse with its own kitchen, bathroom and airconditioning.“I always have people over, the man cave has the bar and people come out and hang out in there and have barbecues,” Mr Raso said.Pendant lights feature throughout. 30 Allawah Street, Bundall is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.ECLECTIC pendant lights, oak and sleekly dark stone floors, glossy statement tubs, a wall garden, and a bare brick bathroom.Welcome to this fully modernised Sorrento home, where a monochrome city render takes pride of place as a living room feature wall.A cabana adjoins the pool.“I liked that photo, the contrast of the black and white buildings was cool and that’s why I chose it,” said owner Alex Raso.Mr Raso and his builder brother “ripped everything out and brought the property back to its shell” about five years ago.“It just came naturally, I am from Melbourne, so I grew up with a different design sense,” Mr Raso said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoAn extensive renovation included a separate studio. The property has three bathrooms.“The house as a whole was really built to entertain.”That’s evident with a choice of the pool cabana, or outdoor area with pizza oven.The luxury design has also maximised water views.“My job day-to-day is not very creative so I like to have things I can create and design,” said Mr Raso.The property is on the market via expressions of interest closing on February 23.
Chelsea’s record-equalling winning streak is not significant unless they go on to claim the Premier League title, says manager Antonio Conte.Saturday’s 4-2 defeat of Stoke was the Blues’ 13th Premier League win in a row – equalling the record of successive victories in a single season set by Arsenal during the 2001-02 campaign.“They are fantastic and we are proud,” said Conte of his side’s achievement.“But we must concentrate on the second part of the season.”He added: “Numbers are not important if you do not win the title.”Chelsea has a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League, with Liverpool, in second, beating Manchester City 1-0 in Saturday’s late game.Conte, who became Chelsea boss in the summer, acknowledged it would be “difficult” for his side to repeat their run, which began on October 1.“The first part of the season was incredible for us but the next half will be very hard for us,” he said.“We started the season as underdogs and now we have the light on us, we must know this and work more to find the right solution to try to win in every game.”Chelsea twice lost the lead to a gutsy Stoke side – after goals from Gary Cahill and Willian – before Willian’s second and Diego Costa’s late fourth ensured another three points for the Blues.Conte praised his players for coping with the Potters’ aerial and physical threat.“They showed great character because it’s not easy when you take the lead and concede, and do it again,” he said.“I was a player so I know this type of situation. You look at the clock and see you don’t have much time to win the game.“It’s not easy because, after so many wins, you face teams who want to beat you for many reasons and we must know this.“When you have these type of players you can go to sleep happy,” the manager noted. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram