Elite Deaf Athletes Have Their Own Olympics

Every four years, the world becomes caught up in the Olympics. During that short span of days, people who might never ordinarily watch swimming, skiing, tennis or a pantheon of other sports, sit entranced and watch them, just because it’s the Olympics. The drama, the medals, the emotions – it’s almost addictive. “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat,” indeed.

For athletes with challenges that prevent their participation in the Olympics, there are the Paralympics or the Special Olympics. In the Paralympics, spectators can see athletes with physical challenges who may compete in wheelchairs or with the assistance of other physical adaptations. Athletes with mental challenges can also experience the thrill of competition in the Special Olympics.

But where do deaf athletes fit in? Their deafness does not, in itself, prevent athletic participation. Deafness does not cause a person to run more slowly, swing a racket less skillfully, or make a poor turn at the end of a pool lane. Why do we not see deaf athletes competing alongside Kerri Walsh and Michael Phelps?

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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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