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David Epstein » Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

 

Updated » List of diplomatic boycotts grow for 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China due to genocide and other human rights “atrocities”

On 2021.12.06 the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”

Countries are boycotting to send a message over to pressure Beijing over abuses against the Uyghur community (which has been declared a genocide by some), a crackdown on pro-democracy free speech protests in Hong Kong, China’s recent aggression toward Taiwan, pursuit of hypersonic weapons, and its secrecy surrounding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House is looking to send a “clear message” that the human rights abuses in China mean there cannot be “business as usual.”

Athletes from these countries are free to participate in the games. But in light of China’s threat that countries will pay a price for this, athletes, journalists, tourists, and others must be hesitant about attending.

» Two-time Olympic luge champion – Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger – may skip Beijing Games over athlete mistreatment in China » CBC

The following countries have announced they will not be sending diplomats or officials to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing »

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Damian Warner crowned Canada’s top athlete of 2021 with Lou Marsh Trophy

Decathlon champion Damian Warner broke the Olympic record en route to gold medal in Tokyo

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Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner was voted Canada’s best athlete of 2021 on Wednesday.

Warner, 32, collects the Lou Marsh Trophy after his record-setting performance at the Tokyo Games, where he led after all 10 events to become just the fourth person ever to break the vaunted 9,000-point mark. He is the first Canadian to win the Olympic decathlon.

The London, Ont., native was later named Canada’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony.

Warner, who won bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio, set an Olympic record and a national record with 9,018 points in Tokyo.

Warner tied his decathlon world mark in the 100 metres in Tokyo and set Olympic decathlon records in the long jump and 110-metre hurdles. He cleared a personal best 4.90 metres in the pole vault.

Paris is investing €250 million to become one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world

Paris wants to become one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe.

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As of this year, Paris already has more than 1,000km of safe cycle paths including around 52km of “coronapistes” that were temporarily introduced during the pandemic. It now plans to make these permanent and add another 130km of safe paths to encourage people to cycle in the city.

Paris officials are hoping to make it easier to get across the city on a bike by introducing routes that cross the city and go out into the surrounding suburbs. Places where cyclists are put in danger by crossing busy roads and key entry points into the city centre will also be made more secure.

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Tour de France for Women has been announced

Fred Dreier, Outside Magazine »

The event broadcasted the details of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes, the highly anticipated new stage race for pro women. The eight-day Tour de France Femmes will replace the old La Course by le Tour de France, which was a single-day event held in various locations across from 2014 until 2021.

For years, critics have blasted Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for not building La Course by le Tour de France into a stage race on par with the men’s event. After all, there used to be a women’s Tour de France that ran from 1984 until its demise due to financial difficulty in 1989. And these days, other race promoters operate multi-day events for pro women, such as the Giro d’Italia Donne, which is ten days long.

The race packs in 640 miles and plenty of climbs as it traces a route from Paris, across northeastern France, and into the Vosges mountains, where it concludes with back-to-back climbing stages.

The race kicks off on July 24, the final day of the men’s Tour de France, with a fast and frenetic route on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The peloton then tackles a series of hilly and flat stages across northeastern France, before heading into the Vosges.

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