Snowboarding and the Rise to Olympic Competition

Snowboard competition in the recent years has been gaining popularity among all winter sports. By reflecting back on the past history of snowboarding, we can view the process of how the sport gained popularity and even an inclusion of an Olympic game.

Roughly around the mid nineteen sixties, Sherman Poppen is believed to have started the snowboarding revolution. By nailing skis together for his kids, Poppen saw the marketing potential of the boards, decided to sell them. Production was underway and the revolution was put in order.

The very first snowboarding event/competition took place in 1982. This event was the precursor for the International Snowboarding Federation. Eventually as the years passed by, more and more competitions were held and more and more snow boarders appeared on the slopes. Many began to take notice of the rise of popularity and began to try out snow boarding for themselves.

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The Olympic Games and Business

Nothing on earth can bring humanity together than the Olympic Games. It also applies that nothing can bring global business together than the quadrennial meet.

Last weekend, the mountain city of Turin, host to Italy’s industrial revolution and the holiest relic in Roman Catholicism, became host to more than 2,000 athletes from some 88 participating nations.

The twentieth edition of the Olympic Winter Games, like other Winter and Summer Olympiads, also brought in a host of businesses. These companies collaborate with the local government of the host city with guidance from the International Olympic Committee to ensure a successful staging of the sports meet.

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Kiteboarding Knocked Out of The 2016 Olympics

Kiteboarders around the world have been left stunned by the decision to exclude the sport from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In this article we take a look at the decision and the likely effect on the sport.

At a meeting in Ireland of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) on November 10th the earlier decision to include Kiteboarding in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio was dramatically reversed. Kiteboarding, which is currently the fastest growing watersport worldwide, had been chosen instead of Windsurfing.

In November 2011 an evaluation group was appointed to examine kiteboarding formats with the board events for Rio 2016 defined as ‘windsurfing and/or kiteboarding’. The Evaluation Group recommended that kiteboarding be included in the ISAF Event family, including the ISAF Sailing World Cup and the ISAF Sailing World Championships, but Council went one step further and selected Kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 OlympicSailing Competition as well.

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Football and the Olympic Games

Football at the Summer Olympic Games is not what some of us would assume it is. Football is another name for ‘soccer’ which is the sport played at the summer Olympics. Soccer has been included in every set of Summer Olympic Games except for the dates 1896 and 1932. Women’s football was later added with the 1996 Olympic Games.

Soccer was in the early days of development during the first Olympics in 1896. Soccer was not on the Olympics program guide for the event but there have been some sources which claim that an Olympic tournament was held during the first Olympic Games.

In 1900 Soccer was included in the Olympics. Although there have been soccer games during every Summer Games FIFA does not accept or acknowledge soccer as an official Olympic sport even today. The first proper tournament was organized by the Football Association in the London Games of 1908. This featured six teams which were increased to eleven teams during the 1912 Olympic Games.

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Equestrian Sports at the Olympics

The ultimate competition in any sport is, of course, the Olympic Games where Equestrian Sports are one of the oldest categories. The horse’s involvement in the Olympics dates back almost 3,000 years. Horse sports were incorporated into the Olympic Games shortly after their initial inception when the four horse chariot race was introduced. In fact when you think of the Olympics, the huge stadium or hippodrome is one of the most powerful images. The word “hippodrome” which describes an open air sports stadium with a track around the edge, comes from the Greek word “hippos” for horse and “dromos” for racecourse. The equestrian events are made up of three disciplines – dressage, show jumping and the three-day event which includes both the other disciplines together with a grueling cross country ride over testing jumps. Each of the disciplines has both an individual and a team competition.

Dressage is often referred to as ‘horse ballet’. It is a training method designed to develop a horse’s natural abilities and responsiveness to instructions from the rider. The original intent was to train the horse to make it easy to ride in any circumstances, and to enhance the horse’s natural gymnastic abilities. The earliest roots of modern dressage go back to very clearly defined sequential training methods used by riding masters in Europe and classical dressage techniques are still viewed as an important part of the sport today.

Show jumping is probably the most commonly recognised of the principal equestrian sports – who has not tried to mentally lift a horse over a huge jump when watching it on TV? Competitions vary in style and type but basically the horse and rider have to follow a prescribed path around the ring, jumping each of the obstacles in turn. Most exciting are the Puissance events where the fences grow ever higher round by round, or the mad dash around the shortened courses when more than one horse has had a clear round and a winner has to be found.

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