Nathan Chen won the US Figure Skating Championship this week and landed 5 Quad jumps in one routine. He is only 17.
What’s amazing about this story is he kind of came out of nowhere and jumps into the national scene. All this with the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang just over a year away.
It’s so exciting and inspiring to see someone rise up to their talents.
KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 20: Nathan Chen acknowledges the crowd after his routine that would earn him first place in the short routine championship on Day 2 at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships on January 20, 2017 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN – JANUARY 24: Nathan Chen competes in the Men’s Free Skate at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on January 24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Nathan Chen lands record 5 quads for U.S. title, believes Olympic gold is possible
The Shallows is a new film starring Blake Lively about a surfer who encounters a shark in a secret beach in Mexico. Beautifully shot, it clearly gives homage to the classic film Jaws, but with some modern elements.
The plot is not deep, but touches lightly on the character’s recent loss and her quest for connection in the vast world. In the middle of this quest she unexpectedly comes face to face with a shark.
Thrilling, intense, and a bit of how would I survive this, this summer popcorn flick is a true diversion. Found myself invested the whole time and impressed at the accomplishment. I’m hard-pressed to find a better shark related film since Jaws. While not perfect, it hits the right notes, and made me jump at least 4 times.
Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ORG XMIT: NFL
Technically, it was Coldplay’s Halftime Show for Super Bowl 50. But unofficially, Bruno Mars and Beyonce stole the show. Enough so that there is a youtube clip of just their portion of the performance.
It’s nothing against Coldplay. They have some great music. But when it came to deliver a performance that felt fresh, clever, playful, and alive, Bruno Mars and Beyonce succeeded.
The guys vs. girls, black/gold costumes to black/gold costumes, mash up to mash up was something to remember.
Buck is a documentary that came out in 2011. It’s a portrait of Buck Brannaman, the real life horse whisperer. His story is unique and inspiring. Raised by an abusive father who taught his 2 boys rodeo tricks for small town performances. Buck transforms his troubled upbringing into compassion for horses, as well as a way of living towards one another. He was the consultant for the film The Horse Whisperer as well as inspiring the character in the film. Moving, thought provoking, heartfelt, and memorable.
Heard this story on NPR and it’s pretty amazing. Andrew Hammond was called to the National Hockey League after injuries to existing players on the Ottawa Senators team. And what happened after his arrival is one for the record books.
The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League signed Hammond as a free agent goaltender to a two-year entry-level contract on March 20, 2013. He was assigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators where he finished the 2012–13 AHL season with the team. Hammond attended the Senators’ training camp ahead of the 2013–14 NHL season, but was assigned to the Binghamton Senators on September 30, 2013. Hammond was recalled by the Ottawa Senators on February 26, 2014 to replace goaltender Craig Anderson who was with his wife for the birth of the couple’s second child. The next day, Hammond, who was backup to Robin Lehner, entered a game against the Detroit Red Wings at 5:05 of the second period after Lehner gave up six goals and was pulled. Hammond stopped all eleven shots he faced the remainder of the game.
Hammond attended Ottawa Senators training camp ahead of the 2014–15 NHL season, but on September 29, 2014, was again assigned to the Binghamton Senators. Hammond made his first career NHL start against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on February 18, 2015 after goaltender Robin Lehner was injured in Ottawa’s previous game. Hammond earned his first NHL victory, stopping 42 shots in a 4-2 victory and was named the game’s First Star. Two games later he recorded his first career NHL shutout as the Senators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-0, and the next day he recorded his second consecutive shutout in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Hammond’s four consecutive wins marked only the second time of the season that Ottawa won more than two games in a row. On March 2, 2015, Hammond was rewarded for his surprising success as the NHL named him the league’s First Star of the Week. After winning a game against the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime on March 17 Hammond become the second goalie in league history to allow two goals or fewer in their first 12 starts, tied with Hockey Hall of Fame member Frank Brimsek‘s record set during the 1938–39 NHL season with the Boston Bruins.
From NHL.com: “Senators goalie Andrew Hammond earned the Hamburglar nickname in college and it stuck in the NHL thanks to the image of the masked McDonald’s character painted (with Alfred E. Newman’s face) on the side of his mask.”
The NPR story here: http://www.npr.org/2015/03/26/395475105/hamburglar-pulls-off-spellbinding-nhl-cinderella-story
Ok, so this week’s post is very specific. But I am coming clean about something. Apparently, I really like Walt Disney Pictures Sports Dramas. This includes Miracle, Invincible, and now McFarland USA. And even goes back to Cool Runnings. It must be the underdog story. The one where the underdog works harder than anyone else and ultimately triumphs. I know they can be predictable, I know it’s a similar story told again and again, and I know it gets me every time. Who doesn’t need the encouragement to keep going when the going gets tough? I know I do.
Robbie Rogers is a professional soccer player who recently came out. According to Wikipedia: In May 2013, he became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league when he played his first match for the Galaxy. He has just released a book titled, “Coming out to play” and his star seems to be on the rise since he has made his announcement. Times are changing, just one step at a time.
Here is a video where Robbie has been selected as on of the Men of the Year for GQ: