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Cricket Time!

13 Aug

garcia

by Danilo

Hello Everyone!

Danilo here to bring you the latest news on cricket.

England has regained the ashes! I repeat, England has regained the ashes!

If you’ve been following my posts, you must know the ashes are a series of 5 matches.
Last week England and Australia battled for the fourth time in the series at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire. England won the first and third matches and they needed a victory to regain the ashes and they didn’t disappointed. What a match!
I’ll tell a little bit about what happened.

England won the coin toss and decided to bowl first and something magical happened. Australia was dismissed for 60 runs in just 111 balls. It was the shortest innings in a Test match in history.
Stuart Broad took five wickets from 19 balls, the fastest five-for-in in history, he’s at the top with E. Toshack from Australia, 1947 at the Gabba.
Australia was out before lunch and England started batting. On day two, England declared on 391 runs for 9 wickets, it was time for Australia to bat again. With a target of 331 runs just to even the score, they had much (a lot of) work to be (get) done, but England bowled so well that they didn’t stand a chance. Australia second innings ended 253 all out and England beats Australia by an innings and 78 runs securing the ashes.

Here’s a link to a Recap of what happened – 3 min long.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02z3jhq

Highly recommended for people who wants to improve their listening skills 😉

Next and final match will be held at The Oval, London next Thursday, stay tuned.

See ya!

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Cricket Time!

8 Jul

garcia

by Danilo

Hello folks!

It’s summer in UK and that means: Cricket!
The cricket season started a few months ago, but this season is not just any season.

braceThat’s right, The Ashes started today at 7 am BR Time, the venue: Swalec Stadium, Cardiff city, Wales.
The last competition in 2013 went badly for England, ending in a 5-0 loss to Australia or a whitewash as it is called. Now, two years later, they’re playing again in England for the first series of 5 matches. The second and final series will be held in Australia during their (our) summer.
Will England get their revenge on last ashes whitewash? We’ll see.

More info on the topic on http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cricket/
See you later folks!

P.S: If you know jack about cricket and didn’t understand a thing about this post, check this out: https://tribalingua.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/cricket/

Formula 1 – It’s all about time

18 May

hemerson

by Hemerson

Hi everyone,

This is the first post of a series that I’m planning to present you, because definitely this is my favorite sport.

Are you ready? Fasten you seat belts and… 

“It’s lights out and away we go!”

[David Croft, Formula 1 commentator] 

Formula One or simply F1, had its first world drivers’ championship back on 13th of May, 1950. This format was planned in 1930 but it was shelved because of the World War II. One of the main goals of F1 at that time was to become a global sport, and since its beginning all the 7 rounds took place in some famous race tracks like Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and the United States. 

It’s important to say that this was the beginning of considerable technological advances from the greatest car manufacturers that we know today, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren, Talbot (Peugeot), Lancia and Mercedes-Benz.

f-one-retro

I can also mention that great drivers have performed historical races and battles along all these years. The first important name was Juan Manuel Fangio and, believe me, he was an awesome Argentinian driver. Some nicknamed him as ‘El Maestro’ or ‘The Master’. He dominated the first decade of Formula 1 by winning 5 consecutive World Drivers’ Championships. 

I have a big list of names here that I’m going to discuss in the following blog posts. This list includes Giuseppe Farina (the first Formula 1 Champion), Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Mika Häkkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

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Over the years, F1 changed its format, always trying to maintain the competition on track. There were times where the cars looked something like the pre-World War II supercharged engines defined by engine capacity, after Mercedes introduced the front-engined cars and later the British brought the rear-mid engined revolution: no one was able to beat this engine. 

The engine evolution continues until today, F1 also had turbo-charged engines, aspirated engines, active suspension, V6, V8, V10 engines… Every year manufacturers try to build the best new engine according to F1 regulation in order to get a higher performance spending a lower amount of money. 

Safety was always one of the major issues in F1. Fourteen drivers died in just one decade. Along with engine power, safety is important and crucial in a race. The last death was 21 years ago and since then teams, drivers and track owners put safety in first place.

The race schedule 

The race show occurs on Sundays but all the preparations begin on Thursdays of the same week. The first two days are for practicing only, Saturday is the qualifying day and it’s when each driver runs for the best lap time in order to get the pole position (first place on the grid). 

Finally, we have the race day. All the drivers run for the win and, I can tell you, starting in first position does not mean that the driver can win the race easily. The same applies when the driver starts in last position. Every race is unique! 

Today we have the competition between drivers and constructors, where the teams compete for best engine focusing on car performance, sponsorship and, of course, money for the next season. At the end of every race, the ten fastest drivers score points for them and their teams. These points vary for each position and every single one is crucial until the end of the championship. 

In the next blog posts, I will present you some new vocabulary, drivers, teams, rules & regulations, race tracks and every nice curiosity that is worth to say and mention for all of you. 

For me, this video explains what is a Formula 1 race. I hope you enjoy 😉 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvNdRwPbm0

Thank you all, have a great lap time and see you at the podium!

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Interesting Sports – Wife Carrying

25 Feb

Pamela_Gnutzmann

by Pamela

After months researching, I’ve finally chosen the next sport to present you: Wife Carrying.

There are many versions of how the sport was created and all of them include men stealing women from villages in the 19th century. But it was only in 1999 that was founded the ‘North American Wife Carrying Championship’, which is held annually in mid-October at Sunday River Resort in Maine.

I bet you are imagining something dumb, like some men running with their wives on their shoulders… And that is exactly what it is!

Of course there are rules about the competitors:

  • They don’t have to be legally married
  • Helmets are required for the carried by the World Championship rules – but not for North American rules
  • The carries may use a belt – this is the only special equipment allowed
  • World Championship’s rules set a weight limit of 49 kilograms / 108 pounds, and weight belts are used to make up any difference in weight. North American rules don’t limit the weight.

There are also some simple rules about the competition:

  • All the teams – carrier and carried – run the course two at a time. The two fastest qualify for a final heat, which defines the winner of the event.
  • If a competitor drops his teammate, they will be penalized with 5 seconds added to their time.
  • Team may not advance on the course without their wives being carries, otherwise they are disqualified
  • The man can carry the woman as he wish. The most popular way is the Estonian Carry, but the Piggyback and Fireman’s Carry are also commonly used.

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The course length is 254 meters / 278 yards. North American courses are usually run on an uneven ground with some level of elevation change, but the World Championships are run on a flat track. Courses usually include a couple of dry obstacles and one water obstacle.

Whoever had already carried someone like that for a few steps can imagine how uncomfortable it must be to run and cross obstacles with someone hanging from your neck.

Well, it’s like we say around here “There’s always a looney for everything in this world”.

That’s all Folks! Hope you enjoyed.

Mountain Bikes and Racers

19 Feb

wirth

by Wirth

Hi there, today I’m going to talk about some types of bike. The most used kinds are the mountain bike and the racer. 

Nowadays the mountain bikes are the most common. Their biggest advantage is that they can be used in a wide range of ways, for example in a park, on a highway or on a trail.

mountainbike

Racers are speed bikes for specific people. With slim wheels, they only go well on good streets. They are used in competitions, not by people who want only to ride for fun.

speedbike

Let’s ride! 🙂

How asthma can make you do crazy things

3 Feb

vanclei

by Vanclei

First things first, I’m talking about sprint triathlon. Yes, it has swimming, biking and running but in a very modest amount if you compare it to the Iron Man challenge. Now that I`ve made it clear, let me talk about one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

Well, I have asthma, not a big deal but sometimes it takes your breath away (badum tss), and at the end of 2009 my doctor advised me to take swimming classes to strengthen my lungs and cardiorespiratory system. It was a pain. I didn’t know how to swim and learning was boring. I mean, you feel like you’re in a hamster wheel at the swimming pool and I really wanted to quit. Fortunately the guys there enjoyed “open water swimming” competitions and it was my first step. Swimming in open waters is more fun, it is energising. After that I started to tolerate the swimming pool sessions.

jetski

Next step was easier, everyone knows how to walk so to start running you just have to speed it up. We gathered some friends and started training to “Interparques run” in Curitiba, just for fun. It was a race that had many parks on its track so it sounded nice to know them running. It was not a hard training, just once or twice a week during 2 months and we were there running. Keep in mind that we didn’t want to win the race, we just wanted to finish it with our dignity intact.

So that was it, I was swimming and running, not insanely, twice a week each one of them, just to relax no hard training. If you sum them all up it’s not more than 3hours per week (~45min swimming classes and ~40min running sessions). Also my lungs were doing pretty well, I didn’t feel any discomfort doing the training.

Finally in 2011 my girlfriend (my wife nowadays) had a wonderful idea “What if we subscribed for a sprint triathlon competition?” At first I thought she was crazy, I never pictured myself finishing a triathlon, but 5 minutes later I realized it was doable. A sprint triathlon is swimming 750m, biking 20km and finally running 5km, it’s half of regular triathlon (1,5km, 40km and 10km) and waaaaaay smaller than the Iron Man challenge.  We were running, swimming, why not ride bikes? Once in a lifetime, it sounded like something fun to do.

March 2012 I finished my first triathlon, it was amazing. The whole experience, from setting up your gear very early in the morning to finally seeing the red carpet and crossing the line, it’s something you can’t describe but you can feel, deeply.

 

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Again, although it does require some training (obviously), it is something that anyone can do. Two running sessions per week, you can run around your block if you prefer, two swimming classes (this one unfortunately will require a teacher if you don’t know how to swim) and once a week go visit your friends or some place new riding a bike, this is good advice especially here where the neighbourhoods are far from each other 🙂

The last question is, why? I’m going to use a clichê but, why not? It’s fun and it’s different, although is an individual sport there are plenty of people there you can talk and have a good time. In the future if you feel sprint triathlon is too short and you like the training you can try olympic (the “regular” triathlon), half Iron, Iron man or Ultra, who knows 🙂 So far I’m ok with sprint, finishing it in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 2013 I finished the olympic version and hope to finish more of them in the next years.

sk8

25 Nov

Rafael Demenech

by Rafa

Today lets talk about sk8, longboard sk8 and downhill.

I’m a beginner at this sport, but each day I’ve practiced, I´m liking it more and more.

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After the skydive, for a long time I was looking for some radical sport to feed me with adrenaline. Since I’ve lived here in Florianópolis, I’m surfing and loving it, but it’s a different kind of satisfaction, surfing in my opinion is great for relaxation.

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