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February 10, 2018

Sport Sunday: Skating and Calcio. plus Netherlands' Sven Kramer

In Italy, Serie A Soccer has their 24th game day today.  Whereas many other leagues spread the games through the weekend, Serie A is often completely held on Sundays.  Today Sassuolo meets Cagliari, in an early game, and then at 3 p.m., local time, Chievo meets Genoa, Inter meets Bologna, Sampdoria meets Hellas Verona, and Torino meets Udinese.  Roma meets Benevento in the last game of the evening, to be enjoyed after Supper.

Napoli, and Juventus are far out and ahead in the standings, with Napoli leading Juventus by one point. Rounding out the top five are three teams, separated by two points, but far behind the  leaders. They are Lazio, Inter Milan, and Roma. 

In the Olympics today, men compete for gold medals in the biathlon (10km sprint), speedskating (5000m) and cross-country skiing (skiathlon). 

Team USA's Lowell Bailey is a challenger in the 10km sprint, an event dominated by Norway in previous Olympics.  Incidentally, if the trivia master asks you which country has the record for greatest number of medals in Winter Olympics, that answer would be Norway.  They took home the Biathlon Gold in Sochi.  

Today the men's luge singles finals will also be contested in Korea.    Medals are on the line in speedskating (men's 5000m), biathlon (men's 10km sprint) and men's skiathlon. The Dutch are favorites again in the 5000m, having swept the podium in 2014.

Sven Kramer is hoping to repeat past successes this year.  Readers of this space will be familiar with Sven Kramer.  Despite the Norwegian first name, he competes for Holland.    He is a Dutch long track speed skater who has won an all-time record nine World All-round Championships as well as a record nine European All-round Championships. He was the Olympic champion of the 5000 meters in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 and won a record 19 gold medals at the World Single Distance Championships; eight in the 5000 meters, five in the 10,000 meters, and six in the team pursuit. Kramer is the current world record holder in the team pursuit (alongside Jan Blokhuijsen and Koen Verweij), and broke the world records in the 5000 m and 10,000 m three times. 

By winning the 2010 World All-round Championship, Kramer became the first speed skater in history to win four consecutive world all-round championships, and eight consecutive international all-round championships. He has been undefeated in the 18 international all-round championships he participated in since the 2006/2007 season. From November 2007 to March 2009 he was ranked first in the Adelskalender, but despite his dominance as an all-round skater has since been second on that list to Shani Davis by 0.15 to 0.3 points (seconds on the 500 m).  He will again be a joy to watch in these Olympic Games. 

The figure skating  team event is new in these Olympic Games and have provided many enjoyable hours of viewing so far.  They consist of couples dancing and men's and ladies' free skates, and the progression through the entire competition have included elimination.   Gold is up for grabs among the fifteen remaining teams in tonight's competition. 

1 comment:

Xersex said...

Thanks for your tribute!

happy sungay!!!