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    Not sure if there's any interest in basketball here, but the NBA is heading towards the West- & Eastern finals

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    Gymnastics looks great and I really like it.For a serious career, it has to start at the age of 5. My parents withdrew me from training, before the age of 6, just because I had bruises on my legs, but even if I didn't manage to start it, I miss it. I love performance more than the competition anyway.

    But if I call perseverance, talent and passion in this, among many, I have only two examples.

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    The NFL 2020 started on Sunday.

    American Football is one of the few sports that's almost exclusively played in one single country. (USA)
    They've tried to start an American football league in several European countries, but their was such little
    public interest in this sport that this attempt failed completely.

    A Dutch guy I used to play soccer with moved to America with his parents and became a professional
    Football player. He was a 'kicker', meaning three or four times during the game he gets on the field, kicks
    the 'ball' inbetween the two posts of the 'goal', and goes back to the bench.
    $ 5.000.000 a year he made.

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    Kings Xi Punjab - Mumbai Indians (Match 13) – October 1, 2020 (17:07)
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    . . . . .
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    More cricket — an astonishing piece of athletic catching, which some unbelieving commentators in this recording and elsewhere said was the best they'd ever seen. (It's the best I've ever seen, too.) This happened just a few days ago, in India.

    The guy at the end of the clip standing applauding is legendary retired South African Jonty Rhodes, famed as the best fielder the game has ever known, and now a coach. He was impressed.

    This might interest baseball fans... but the catching rules are different. In this incident, the batter hits what would have been a home run (in cricket, called a 'six', because it counts as 6 runs) — the criterion being that the ball has to clear the boundary markers clean, with no bounces.

    What happened was that fielder Nicholas Pooran, a West Indian, flew horizontally across the boundary like Superman to catch the ball, and then, just before he landed, threw it back into the field of play so that the ball never actually hit the ground outside the boundary (and nor did Pooran while he was touching the ball).

    So the 'six' (the 'home run') was denied. (And it wasn't a catch to dismiss the batter, either, because if he'd held on to it he'd have landed outside the rope.) I've never seen anything quite like that.

    Watch this all in slow motion.

    The original in HD is on this page, but here's the extracted short video:

    http://projectavalon.net//That_U.N.B...ooran_save.mp4


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    . . . .
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    This is a video of a Polish lunatic known as BNT (or the Silesian Spiderman) climbing the second tallest skyscraper in Paris: the 689 ft (210 m) Tour Montparnasse. The video is a lot of first person GoPro footage mixed with drone footage and all of it got my hands appropriately sweaty. It's 35 minutes long and I watched it from beginning to end, occasionally pausing to make sure I was mentally prepared to watch somebody die (spoiler: he doesn't).

    Also, if climbing without any safety equipment wasn't bad enough, at 21:00 an emergency worker abseils down to try and attach a safety harness to BNT which he patiently and politely refuses. The "rescuer" basically shadows BNT for the rest of the climb, which I can only imagine made things way worse. It's nightmarish enough trying to climb a skyscraper without a rope let alone having some dude right next to you constantly bugging you to stop being so insane. It felt like a nightmare scenario for BNT, and I wished the guy on the rope would've realized how much more dangerous he was making the situation and just backed off. It'd be like trying to race a rally car while your co-driver keeps asking if you have your seatbelt on.

    Worth putting on the subtitles for his comments and thoughts

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    I think this has to be on this thread.

    (This is the famous, ultra-tight, 4th set tie-break. The 4 hour video of the whole match is here.)


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    And one for soccer fans. This is Roberto Carlos' ridiculous, impossible free kick for Brazil vs. France in 1997, claimed by many to be the best of all time — an act of pure sorcery that appeared to break the laws of physics.

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    Quote Posted by Le Chat (here)
    Worth putting on the subtitles for his comments and thoughts

    Several times while watching this I found myself saying Christ, that's absolutely unfathomable. Christ, that's absolutely unfathomable.

    I think I need to lie down in a dark room.
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    Several times while watching this I found myself saying Christ, that's absolutely unfathomable. Christ, that's absolutely unfathomable.

    I think I need to lie down in a dark room.
    I just bumped this thread:
    That's Alex Honnold solo climbing 3,000 foot high, plumb-vertical El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with no ropes or protection, a feat which even his elite climbing peers said was "Unrelatable", "mind-bending", "so far out in front of conventional reality", "terrifying", and "incomprehensible."

    The documentary, in the library here, presents the climb itself in the last half hour. It's hard to watch, even when you know he succeeds just fine. There's one point, at the very hardest section, when the long-lens cameraman in the meadow below, himself a professional climber, just turns his head away. It was quite something, and might never be repeated in our lifetime.



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    I think that is the best word for it: 'unrelatable'.

    I expect you slightly better relate to it Bill, being a climber yourself, but for non-climbers, for those enterrored (a word I just invented because a new word was needed) by simply the idea let alone the feat of scaling ridiculous heights especially without safety gear, it is utterly unrelatable.

    If I think about it a bit more deeply, it's not heights that we as humans fear (or most of us). It's gravity. If we were placed for example on a low gravity planet where falling from perhaps just 10 or 20 feet isn't potentially fatal, I'd imagine that fear would evaporate.

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    And one for soccer fans. This is Roberto Carlos' ridiculous, impossible free kick for Brazil vs. France in 1997, claimed by many to be the best of all time — an act of pure sorcery that appeared to break the laws of physics.

    A truly special goal, but I put his hit against Tenerife above that. This is still for me the most awesome, beautiful strike in open play, from distance, and from such an absurd angle, I have ever seen. It has since been called 'the Impossible Goal'. Some interesting analysis in the second vid.



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    The MLB baseball league (extended) highlights of the semi finals and final can be found here
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    Epic! - Oct. 23, 2020- (26:56)
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    With no apologies at all for any political incorrectness, this might be one for the ladies. But I doubt if any Avalon members have heard of this man, a legendary iconic hero in the world of rock climbing.

    Wolfgang Güllich lived a generation before the explosion of social media, and was a generation ahead of the next-best rock climbers of his day. Like athletes such as Roger Bannister and Usain Bolt, he established new standards, again and again, that no-one thought could be achieved.



    He was Sylvester Stallone's stunt double in the movie Cliffhanger. Here he is in Yosemite, climbing with no rope, in what might easily be a scene from the film.



    He was a humble man who everyone loved, respected and admired. After his death, he became a legend. He fell asleep at the wheel of his car in 1992 and veered off the autobahn. Aged just 31, he never regained consciousness; and climbing lost one of its very finest.




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    My post above was about Wolfgang Güllich, a pioneering, greatly loved and universally respected climber, now elevated to iconic, legendary status after his tragic early death in a car crash at the age of 31.

    In contrast is the story of Slovenian mountaineer Tomo Česen.



    In mountaineering, especially when climbing alone with no companions or witnesses, it's sometimes hard or impossible to prove what one claims one has done. The world of climbing is traditionally one of mutual respect, honor, and trust — in every way — so it's de rigeur that if someone announces they've climbed something, they're believed and duly congratulated.

    In 1990, Česen staggered the mountaineering world by claiming a solo, 46 hour ascent of the extremely difficult and dangerous South Face of Lhotse, the 4th highest mountain in the world and right next door to Everest.

    The face, shown in the photo above and a full two miles high, had never before been climbed. Most regarded it as almost impossible to do without a heavily equipped team, maybe something for a future generation.

    He was already known to be a fine mountaineer, so after this new climb he was immediately lofted to superstar status. He gained sponsorship, money, media deals, and a great deal of fame, especially in his own country.

    But then his story began to fall apart. He published photos of his climb in a magazine — that another climber was amazed to see were not Česen's, but in fact his own which he'd lent Česen for a few days some time earlier.

    And one of the things Česen had claimed was that at the summit, he could see a great view of a feature of Everest called the "Western Cwm", but that he had neglected to take a photo.

    Soon after, a highly organized and able Russian team of 17 climbers managed to battle their own way to the top of the same face of Lhotse, where two of them reached the top. It took them many weeks, and there were several casualties from the extreme conditions. They reported that the Western Cwm couldn't be seen from the summit at all.

    Česen fell into disrepute. Leading climbers, angry and dismayed, denounced him as a narcissistic cheat and a liar. And the official narrative now (very politely!) states that his ascent is "doubted" and "controversial".

    No-one now with any knowledge of what happened believes he told the truth. He still sticks to his story.... but then, as many point out is the case with all fraudsters, he just has to.
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    . . . .
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    In contrast is the story of Slovenian mountaineer Tomo Česen.
    Wow. If he lied – why would a person do that? Money? It doesn't seem worth it. I mean, I get it, we all want to be well thought of ... its hard to imagine a person of intelligence and accomplishment making the decision to make such an announcement. He was evidently already respected within the community. As any cop can tell you, if they did it once they'll do it again. Is there anything in his past to indicate character one way or another?
    Yes: money, media attention, celebrity, awards, admiration, fame. We've seen this before! It goes with the human condition — sometimes.

    And yes, you ask a very good question. He'd made unprovable claims earlier about solo climbs, but they weren't so extreme and near-impossible that anyone looked carefully to check it all out.

    Here, what he claimed was so extraordinary that it inevitably attracted everyone's attention. That's what undid him in the end.

    He brought it all on himself. It was bound to come undone. There was too much scrutiny.

    At first he was believed and widely congratulated, because that's the default of trust and honor within the community. But after his photos were shown to be someone else's, and his claims about what he could see were discredited by impeccable witnesses (the heavyweight Russian team who he'd never have imagined would repeat his route just a few months later), he was slam-dunk exposed.

    It was like he claimed he'd run a 3 minute 30 second mile all on his own with no witnesses, but timed it himself on his Casio watch. That's just a little too much of a stretch.

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