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Donating Old Ski Jackets to People in Need

22 Jun 17

In United States, resorts are donating old ski jackets in charity to provide warmth to needy people. The National Ski Areas Association’s Sharing Warmth Around The Globe (SWAG) has delivered around 265,000 jackets and various other things for the good causes. They did this worldwide from Tanzania to Tibet.

The person behind this idea is Cheryl Jensen whose husband ‘Bill’ became the CEO of Vail Resorts in 1999. Vail took out 12,000 of its outdated staff uniforms that included ski jackets and trousers. The very first round of ski jackets was donated to displaced families in Kosovo in the year 2000. The next step by Cheryl was to list out all resorts that could donate for the project. The NSAA coordinated with the resorts around the USA for the collection of ski jackets.

This program helped 24 different countries and benefitted a lot of people. A social care foundation in Poland and rangers in Mongolia’s national parks were helped by providing old ski jackets.

Content: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Acroski or Ski Ballet

18 Jun 17

Initially known as ski ballet, Acroski is a winter snow sport in which athletes on skis carry-out different choreographed schedules. Until 2000, it was considered as a freestyle skiing discipline, but now, it does not fall under competitive freestyle skiing.

The schedules performed in Acroski are choreographed and consists of rolls, jumps, spins, leg-crossings and flips. The complete schedule is carried-out on a smooth slope, while background music is being played.

Only in the mid-1970s, the music concept was introduced to Acroski. The competitions in this sport are held for individual performers only. In the mid-1980s, pair competitions were held for a short while, but this practice was discontinued later.

Each schedule in Acroski is performed for 90 seconds. A panel of judges is appointed to judge these schedules. They judge those on the basis of features including artistic display, technical execution, and style.  Each feature is judged by individual judges, and each feature carries a particular weighting in the total score. The highest scoring athlete becomes the winner.

In the 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympics, Acroski was introduced as a demonstration sport. But gradually its popularity declined, and it has now become a dying sport. 

Content: Wikipedia

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11 Jun 17

Abseiling or rappelling is a renowned adventure sport technique which climbers use when they are on a steep slope, cliff, bridges and buildings. It involves sliding down a rope under controlled conditions. The term Abseiling is derived from "abseilen, a German word," which means "top rope down."

As there is no competition involved in this activity, abseiling does not fit a real sport’s definition. But it is listed under sports because of the similarities it shares with sports like canyoneering, rock climbing, kloofing, ice climbing, etc.

The Jean Charlet-Straton, a Chamonix guide, pioneered this climbing technique in 1876. Equipments used for safety and protection during abseiling are ropes, anchors, helmets, boots, knee pads, gloves, and an auto block knot.

Abseiling can be quite dangerous. An estimate says that 25% of climbing deaths occur while abseiling. So, it should not be attempted by inexperienced individuals without the guidance of climbing instructors or skilled climbers.

Abseiling is popularly performed in Ireland, Australia and several other countries. Apart from being used for sport, this climbing technique is also followed by rope technicians for accessing difficult-to-reach regions from above for different industrial applications like inspection, maintenance, construction and welding.

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04 Jun 17

Sailing as a sport includes different competitive sailing formats which are sanctioned through several yacht clubs and sailing federations. Various racing event disciplines include match racing, fleet racing, wave riding, speed sailing, team racing, etc. The matches are held between a pair of sailing craft, a fleet within it, or among various teams.

Further, specialized competitions which include speed records setting are also there. There are the point-to-point contests and closed courses conducted on the open ocean, coast-wise or sheltered waters.

Sailing competitions are held among multiple vessels is referred to as a regatta. It generally consists of several individual races, in which the best performing boat crew in the series of races becomes the overall winner.

A variety of boats including catamarans, small dinghies, large yachts, cursing boats, and race boats are used for sailing competitions.

The conduct of windsurfing, yacht racing, model boat racing, kite surfing, dinghy racing, etc is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing. The International Sailing Federation is the governing body for World Sailing (WS).

At the competitive level, sailing is mentally and physically challenging. At the elite level, sailors have to be supremely agile, highly fit, mechanically aware, and tactically conscious.

Content: Wikipedia

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High Jump: History and Current Changes

28 May 17

The high jump was contested at the World Championships in Athletics and IAAF World Indoor Championships. It is common occurrence at track and field meetings. The high jump was among the first events gauged acceptable for women, having been held at the 1928 Olympic Games.

The high jump is a track and field event in which competitors must jump independently over a horizontal bar placed at measured heights without displacing it. In its modern most practiced format, there are several rules of the game such as; a bar is placed between two standards with a crash mat for landing.

The modern time has brought many changes in the classical game of high jump. Today, athletes run towards the bar and use the Fosbury Flop method of jumping, leaping head first with their back to the bar. Performed since ancient times, competitors have introduced increasingly more effective techniques to turn up at the current form.

According to the history the game of high Jump came into existence in 19th century. The first recorded high jump event took place in Scotland. During the practice the early jumpers used either an elaborate straight-on approach or a scissors technique.

Presently, the bar was approached diagonally, and the jumper threw first the inside leg and then the other over the bar in a scissoring motion. Around the turn of the 20th century, techniques began to modernize.

Source: Wikipedia



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