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Friday, August 19, 2016

164th post

Most people spend most of their day preparing food, eating food, peeing and

pooping food and water and they use 80% of the world's water supply in

doing it. Let's say, on the average, they spend 5 hours doing what I just

said, 10 hours sleeping (at least the old folks do), 5 hours watching TV,

(couch potatoes) reading books and 2 hours weeding flowers and mowing

the lawn. That leaves only 2 hours left and if it takes more time in straining

to poop (or if you're like me and have to wait awhile before the peeing

starts) or they spend more time at the kitchen table eating then what's

accomplished?

Nothing.

I 'll tell you about my time doing things this evening.


Christ the Redeemer:

Thanks to BBC News.

"For those who live in the Santa Marta favela nearby, the monument is

constantly visible.

“I’m aware of it every day – it’s a nice thing to have on the landscape,” says

Silvana Castro da Silva. “It’s beautiful at night when it’s all lit up.”

Santa Marta favela

A mile away, as the crow flies, the figure of Christ appears like a white

cross gleaming on the hill top. Or on special occasions it may be illuminated

in a coloured light – lilac for Mother’s Day, pink for a breast cancer charity

or blue for an autism awareness day."


The Olympic flag.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"....The Olympic flag was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914.

The Olympic flag ... has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the

center: blue, yellow, black, green and red ... This design is symbolic ; the

five colors are those that appear on at least one of all the national flags of the

world at the present time united by Olympism.

—?Pierre de Coubertin (1931)....

Specific flags....

There are specific Olympic flags that are displayed by cities that will be

hosting the next Olympic games. During each Olympic closing ceremony

in what is traditionally known as the Antwerp Ceremony, the flag is

passed from the mayor of one host city to the next host, where it will then

be taken to the new host and displayed at city hall. These flags should not

be confused with the larger Olympic flags designed and created specifically

for each games, which are flown over the host stadium and then retired.

Because there is no specific flag for this purpose, the flags flown over the

stadiums generally have subtle differences, including minor color variations,

and, more noticeably, the presence (or lack) of white outlines around each ring.

Antwerp flag

The first Olympic flag was presented to the IOC at the 1920 Summer Olympics

by the city of Antwerp, Belgium. At the end of the Games, the flag could not

be found and a new Olympic flag had to be made for the 1924 Summer

Olympics in Paris. Despite it being a replacement, the IOC officially still

calls this the "Antwerp Flag" instead of the "Paris Flag"[15] It was passed

on to the next organizing city of the Summer Olympics or Winter Olympics

until the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway when a separate Olympic

flag was created to be used only at the Winter Olympics (see below). The

1924 flag then continued to be used at the Summer Olympics until the

Games of Seoul 1988 when it was retired."


BBC Sport Rio 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Laura Trott & Jason Kenny - Britain's golden couple

By Tom Fordyce
Chief sports writer in Rio

"Laura Trott and Jason Kenny's relationship came to public attention when they

sat behind David Beckham at the beach volleyball during the London 2012

Olympics.

One relationship, 10 Olympic gold medals.

You might forgive Laura Trott and Jason Kenny for leaving Rio rather full of

themselves. Five competitions between them, five golds won. As of Tuesday

night, had the couple been a country they would have sat 13th on the medal

table, above Jamaica, Kenya and Brazil.

That would be to misunderstand what makes them tick. This is a couple who

got engaged while on the sofa watching an episode of EastEnders.

You might think too that it would get competitive around the breakfast table

in the cottage they share just outside Knutsford in Cheshire. Kenny now has

six Olympic golds from three Games, more than Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir

Bradley Wiggins. Trott has four, more than any other British woman, and from

one fewer Olympics.

That would be to misjudge their relationship. Cycling superstars on their own,

together they can be almost ordinary, almost invisible. After the gold rush,

after their tearful embrace in the Rio velodrome with the world watching on,

that may be about to change.....

"The difference in their characters is what makes it work for them," says

Trott's father Adrian. "Until he gets to know you, Jason is a little bit shy. He's

quiet and understated. Laura is bubbly, chatty, just as you see in her interviews.

"If they were both like Jason, God only knows how they'd talk about anything.

And God forbid having two Lauras in a household!"

The relationship between the two began in the build-up to London 2012, with

Kenny about to come out of Chris Hoy's muscled shadow at his second

Olympics and Trott about to experience her first.

"I remember seeing Laura at the velodrome years ago," says Kenny's mother

Lorraine..... "I said to my husband, 'Flipping heck, you need to watch this

young lady.' She was in the elimination race, only a tiny thing, and she kept

sprinting over the top of everyone. She was amazing. "The first time I knew

something was happening between the two of them was when Jason phoned

me up and said, 'I'm bringing Trotty home for a bacon butty.'

"I said to him, 'Is she your girlfriend?' 'No, she's just a friend.'

"She made herself at home straight away. Into the house, sat down, feet up

on the sofa. "We liked her from the off. She's a girly girl, so I can talk make-up

and clothes to her. It's such a treat - having had two sons, I've had years

of remote-control cars and standing out in the rain, and at last I can talk to

 someone about posh shoes."

Trott and Kenny are not the first couple to both win Olympic golds.

Some (Steffi Graf, ladies' singles 1988, Andre Agassi, men's singles 1996)

have carried more global renown. Others have also won gold in the same

sport at the same Games, most recently triathletes Jan Frodeno and Emma

Snowsill at Beijing in 2008. But no-one at a summer Games has more.

No-one else gets even close."

Neither has the British duo finished. Trott is 24, Kenny 28. The next Olympics

in Tokyo are in their sights.

"When I first met Laura, what stuck in my mind was how she was on what she

wanted to achieve," says her agent Luke Lloyd Davies."She said to me, 'I want

to be the most decorated British Olympian of all time'. I remember thinking,

for a 21-year-old to have that determination is remarkable.

"She reminds me of [former England rugby union player] Jonny Wilkinson -

that same dedication, the way nothing will faze her in competition. Off the

bike she is a really sweet 20-something. She likes getting dressed up, she

dreams of Mulberry bags and Prada shoes. But when her peers are out

partying, she is burying herself in training."

And there is nothing glamorous about the sessions each put in at the

velodrome at Manchester's Sportcity each day. Lap after 250m lap, staring

at the black line and scuffed boards, round and round, lactic in the legs,

fire in the lungs.

"It hurts so badly," Trott once told me. "It's like your legs are getting

squeezed. You try to fight against it, but it's horrible, and they're just

getting tighter and tighter. You're going slower and slower."

Kenny may have more Olympic gold medals but Trott leads the world titles

count.

Nothing has come easy. Born six weeks premature with a collapsed lung,

Trott spent the first weeks of her life in intensive care. As a child she suffered

serious asthma; at the exact moment she first sat on a bike, aged four,

her big sister Emma - who would go on to race professionally for the Dutch

team Dolmans-Boels - was crashing and breaking her leg at the bottom of the

same hill."  TO BE CONTINUED.


 This is day 14 of the XXXI Olympiad.

From CBS Sports olympic medal tracker

USA:                       35 gold, 33 silver, 32 bronze for a total of 100.

Great Britain:          22 gold, 21 silver, 13 bronze for a total of 56.

China:                     20 gold, 16 silver, 22 bronze for a total of 58.

Germany:               13 gold, 8 silver, 11 bronze for a total of 32.

Russia:                   12 gold, 14 silver, 16 bronze for a total of 44.

 The USA has now won a total 100 Olympic medals.

The medal standings has not changed since last evening. Japan, like Russia,

has 12 gold medals, but they have only 6 silver medals and and need to go

ahead by one gold medal to move into the top five.

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