Olympics? What Olympics?

Most of those responding to a McDowell News online poll said they were tuning into something other than winter Olympic coverage over the past couple of weeks.
[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

UN environmental agency hails Torino�s �green� Winter Olympics

Contrary to suggestions that the Winter Olympics were held too far from the mountains, Torino may in fact have shown the way towards even �greener� games, the head of the United Nations environmental agency said today.

�Indeed locating more and more Olympic events away from sensitive rural areas and into city centres with good access to public transport – especially if this contributes to urban renewal and renovation of redundant buildings and structures – may be an environmentally sound step forward for future games,� UN Environment Programe (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer added.

Seeking to lessen the adverse ecological impact of major world sporting events, UNEP has in recent years signed several agreements with host countries and cities to promote environmentally friendly games.

�By locating in the city centre several key events, such as figure skating or ice hockey, along with accommodation for athletes and the media, the organizers have dramatically increased the likelihood that these buildings and structures will be sustainably used in the future for sports, other leisure activities and housing,� Mr. Toepfer said of last month�s Winter Olympics.

The director of UNEP�s Division of Communications and Public Information added: �We have been most impressed with the environmental measures and commitments made by the TOROC (the Torino organizing committee) from their climate change initiatives and dedication, to the use of local stone and wood up to their adoption of �green� environment management systems.�

{ 0 comments }

Winter Sports Coming Soon!

March 2, 2006

3/1-5 BOWLING: PBA Pepsi Championship, Fairlawn, Ohio 3/1 FREESTYLE SKIING: World Cup, Jisan Forest, Korea 3/1 SNOWBOARDING: Nokia Snowboard World Cup, Shukolovo, Russia 3/1 SOCCER: International Friendly 3/1-5 EQUESTRIAN: Wellington Open, Wellington, Fla.

Read the full article →

Water Skiing: (Feb. 22)

March 2, 2006

USA Water Ski announced that it has entered into a partnership with Azura Capital, a marine lending specialist, to create the official USA Water Ski Financing Program.

Read the full article →

Wrestling: (Feb. 22)

March 2, 2006

Wrestlers from the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) at Northern Michigan University competed in the 2nd Annual Olympic Challenge – International Edition on Feb. 20 at the Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich.

Read the full article →

Taekwondo: (Feb. 27)

March 2, 2006

For the third consecutive year, Taekwondo’s Steven Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Sullivan Award, presented annually to the USA’s top amateur athlete. Ballots for the Sullivan Award were sent to AAU officials, U.S. Olympic Committee members, college sports information directors and others. Fans can vote at [...]

Read the full article →

Sailing: (Feb. 27)

March 2, 2006

Nick Scandone (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) were named as U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.

Read the full article →