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She had life-threatening scoliosis. Now, she’s a US Olympian in a new sport.

She had life-threatening scoliosis. Now, she's a US Olympian in a new sport.

Eleven years after surgery to correct a 72-degree curve in her spine, Kyra Condie is one of the first U.S. Olympians in the new event of sport climbing.

SALT LAKE CITY — Kyra Condie lay on the operating table as doctors broke her back and put it back together. They worked through an incision running from her neck nearly the length of her back, removing, rotating, realigning and resetting each of 10 vertebrae. Rods were inserted to stabilize the spine while the bones fused together.

Blood, donated to herself two months earlier, flowed back into the 13-year-old’s veins. By the time the more than six hour surgery was done, she was three inches taller, no longer stunted by severe scoliosis.

Cathy Condie had the typical worries of a mother: paralysis, nerve damage, infection.

Kyra never blinked, viewing it as just another obstacle in her way — a tenacity that has allowed her to reach all the way to the Olympic rings.

“She took it on like, I’m going to get through this,” Cathy Condie said. “Don’t tell me much about it, I’m just going to go, like she does with everything.”

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games in a fusion of strength, stamina and speed.

None of the other 39 athletes climbing the walls at Aomi Urban Sports Park have a story like the 24-year-old Condie’s.

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Like many future professional climbers, Kyra spent her childhood scaling everything in her path.

She was moved from a crib as a baby because she kept climbing out, and if her parents looked away for a second, they’d find her atop something — a cliff, the cover of the playground equipment, door frames, the refrigerator.

Tom and Cathy knew they weren’t going to stop their aggressively independent daughter from climbing, so they taught her how to get back down.

By 11, Kyra started taking climbing more seriously and joined a team at a local gym in St. Paul, Minnesota. She didn’t win competitions right away, but had a work ethic unlike any of the other kids.

But the more she climbed, the more her back hurt.

Kyra rarely complained, so her parents knew something wasn’t right. Even so, they figured the pain was from climbing too hard.

“I felt like an 80-year-old woman complaining about my back all the time,” Kyra said.

Kyra, as she always does, took matters into her own hands, first with a Google search, then by asking someone at her gym to check for scoliosis. That led to a trip to the doctor and X-rays revealing an S-shaped curve in her spine, already arching well over 50 degrees — life-threatening if she didn’t get it fixed.

The first doctor told Kyra climbing may no longer be in her future. A nurse added it wouldn’t be a big deal, that she would have a family some day and climbing wouldn’t be as important.

What they didn’t understand was the determination of the young girl in front of them.

“It didn’t sit well with me, even at that age,” Kyra said.

The Condies went to two more doctors, both of whom said she could be back climbing within four months. They went with the consensus and, not long before her 14th birthday, Kyra underwent surgery to correct a 72-degree curve in her spine.

The first couple of days in the hospital were filled with excruciating pain; doctors couldn’t give her enough pain meds because it was suppressing her breathing.

“It’s supposedly one of the more painful surgeries you can get and I was totally unprepared for how much pain I was going to be in in the hospital,” Kyra said.

Kyra spent four days in the hospital and the pain began to subside after about a week. Strictly following the doctor’s orders, she was climbing again later that year.

The surgery corrected her scoliosis, but it presented a new set of problems on the climbing wall.

Because her spine was fused into place, Kyra was unable to arch her back and had trouble bending sideways — important skills for high-level climbers.

Undeterred, she found new ways to work up the wall, honing her technique and problem solving. Kyra’s method isn’t always the easiest, but it works for her.

“It’s often really helpful to focus on what something can do for you, not what it can take away. She’s done that,” said Meg Coyne, USA Climbing national team manager and assistant coach. “It’s absolutely amazing that she can do what other people can do, often better.”

Kyra willed herself into becoming one of the world’s best sport climbers.

She moved to Salt Lake City in 2019 so she could work with the coaches at USA Climbing and, at 23, became one of the first American women to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Nothing was going to get in her way, not even major back surgery.

“I was always kind of defiant and didn’t like being told I couldn’t do something,” she said. “Also, kind of the aspect of I was not naturally the best. I wasn’t used to winning but I really wanted to win. That coupled with having something to overcome really stoked my training.”

Tenacity has put Kyra in position to reach for something else: the podium at the Tokyo Olympics.

Samsung and BT Sport join forces with big 8K TV upgrade and 4K owners will win too

Samsung and BT Sport join forces with big 8K TV upgrade and 4K owners will win too
If you’ve been thinking about the switch from 4K to 8K, now could be a good time to upgrade. That’s because one of the biggest problems about 8K televisions – the lack of content shot for this super-sharp resolution – is about to become much less of an issue. Undoubtedly, 8K is the future of televisions, with these sets offering four times the resolution of 4K models, which themselves offer four times the resolution of standard 1080p full HD. That improved resolution is vital especially when buying a telly with a much bigger screen – something more of us have been doing over the past year.
Now, you might be wondering what the point of splashing out on this new technology is, after all, it can be frustratingly hard to find 4K content let alone 8K. But fortunately, that could all be about to change with BT Sport confirming that it’s getting ready to start pushing out this pin-sharp format to consumers in the coming months.

BT Sport is no stranger to 8K. The broadcaster tested live 8K feeds early last year during Arsenal’s match against Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, putting plans on ice, which resulted in a delay to BT pushing ahead with a full rollout to customers. But now, things are back on track.

BT says it has recently finished building its first 8K ready gallery, one of the first to do so outside of Japan.

The good news is, fans streaming on BT Sport won’t have to touch anything on their screens as the app will always push the best quality out to match your set-up and subscription plan. That means if a football match is filmed in 8K, and you have a compatible TV and BT Sport Ultimate plan, you’ll get the full pin-sharp experience.

“This is the beauty of the dynamic channel infrastructure that we’re delivering,” Hindhaugh told us. “We will always serve up the best possible flavour, so for instance, if you’ve got an HDR television, then the BT Sport Ultimate channel will give you that variant if you’ve got a 4K SDR television, it will give you that variant.

“We’re trying to move away from talking formats to customers. We will simply give you the ultimate viewing experience depending on that platform.

“In the future, if a BT Sport customer is subscribed to Ultimate, has the right connectivity and they have a Samsung 8K TV they will automatically be served up that offering if it’s available in 8K.”

This is a huge investment from BT Sport and you might be wondering why the firm is putting so much time and energy into a format when millions of homes have only just made the switch to 4K TVs.

“We’ve been first in the UK for 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos, 360, the list goes on,” said Hindhaugh. “What’s in it for us is maintaining that trust between us and our customers that when you watch BT Sport, you get the best quality available it’s all about taking people to the heart of sport.

“We don’t do it to be clever, we don’t do it to be first, we do it to ensure that we are giving people an experience and taking them closer to the action.”

Another bonus of shooting live-action in native 8K resolution is those subscribers who have 4K TVs at home will be able to see the difference too. Explaining more, Hindhaugh added: “If we shoot in 8K, the better quality all of the feeds that then come off of that. So 4K distribution captured by 8K is a better picture quality than 4K capture with 4K cameras.”

Along with BT Sport being excited about the future, Samsung also says it’s pleased that consumers will soon be able to watch content in 8K. With more of us investing in bigger screens, higher resolution content is vital to get the best experience in living rooms.

“When you look at the market, 75-inch screens and above grew about 115 percent last year and that’s where 8K really shines,” Deep Halder, Head of TV/AV Retail and Content Services, Samsung Electronics UK said. “When consumers are making these big purchases, they increasingly want to future proof themselves, so when you know 8K is available in those large screen sizes the appetite for going for a 4K screen diminishes.

“8K TVs are now there in homes and, as a pioneer, it’s really up to us to figure out who is the right partner that we need to support and incubate to bring this next generation experience in the homes and there’s nobody better than BT Sport to partner to bring that stadium experience to fans.”

BT Sport wouldn’t reveal exactly how many games they will be broadcasting in 8K this year but, if you have one of these latest televisions in your living room, expect to see brighter and better content arriving in the future.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Professional Sign Spinning Acrobat Brings Smiles and Flair to the New Sport

Professional Sign Spinning Acrobat Brings Smiles and Flair to the New Sport

HOUSTON — You’ve seen them rain or shine on your neighborhood streets. Sign Spinning has grown so much that it’s now considered a sport.

“To be a sign spinner, it takes practice, skill, a good smile,” Says Elijah Scholz, a professional sign spinner. From performing backflips on street corners to teaching others about this unique sport with his signature positive attitude, he’s well-known in the sign-spinning community and has even invented a new move making waves in the sport.

“Every single year, we have this arrow sign spinning competition in Las Vegas. People from all around the world like Korea, Poland, California, Mexico, it’s like a whole family reunion,” he says, fondly remembering the competition. “…and we all spin it out, show each other tricks that they’re working on. The competition, it gets wild.”

Watch to see his moves and why sign-spinning is so much more than you would ever expect!

Author: CCG

This post originally appeared on ABC13 RSS Feed

Express Sport joins social media boycott – we stand with football against online hate

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Express Sport joins social media boycott - we stand with football against online hate

Express Sport is proud to stand in solidarity with everyone who faces hate and discrimination online. Our sports social media accounts will be silent from 3pm on Friday 30 April to midnight on Monday 3 May. We stand with football against hate.

Reach PLC will join the worlds of football, cricket, rugby and other sports in turning off our social media accounts in order to send a message that online abuse will not be tolerated.

For too long, the reaction to discrimination and hate – and particularly racist and sexist abuse – simply has not been strong enough. That has to change, and we want to play our part.

Football clubs, players and governing bodies are among the many joining in the show of solidarity with a four-day boycott of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others.

We want social media companies to hold those responsible for such vile abuse accountable for their disgusting actions or this problem will not be stopped.

“This boycott signifies our collective anger,” Sanjay Bhandari, the chairman of anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out, put it perfectly when explaining the united stand against abuse.

“By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.”

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was one of the first to come off social media, doing so five weeks ago, and he said this week: “When we come together, it’s powerful.”

We agree. We are determined to put an end to online hate and discrimination. Let this be just the start. Enough is enough.

Gary Lineker forced to pull out of BT Sport Champions League coverage

Author: [email protected] (Jake Polden)
This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football

Gary Lineker has been forced to pull out of BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League due to a Covid scare.

Lineker announced the news on Twitter just one hour before kick-off writing: “Massively disappointed not to be on BT Sport tonight for such a great game.

“A late shout after a positive Covid test to an important member of our team.

“Obeyed our strict social distancing guidelines, but it was decided to be ultra cautious & get tested before returning to work.”

Gary Lineker has been forced to pull out of BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League
Gary Lineker has been forced to pull out of BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League

Lineker was on air last night to provide coverage on Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

He was set to host Wednesday night’s fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in a BT Sport studio in Stratford, east London, but has been forced to pull out.

Current Covid rules state that if you come into contact with someone who is infected with the virus, then you must self-isolate for 10 days.

Stand-in host Jake Humphrey also revealed the news on BT Sport.

He said: “There is no Gary Lineker tonight as unfortunately one of the team from last night has today had a positive Covid test result.

“As a precaution we have decided that no-one from yesterday’s team returns until they have been tested and declared completely safe to do so.”

Guardiola claims European Super League will make football “not a sport”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the plans for European Super League threaten to make football “not a sport” as a competitive element will be removed.

City are one of the six rebel Premier League clubs to have signed up for the new league, which has provoked outrage from the club’s fans, supporters of the other ‘Big Six’ clubs involved – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – as well as other football fans, players, managers and government.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Guardiola said he found out: “A few hours before the statement was released, like the rest of my colleagues.

“They told me we were going to release a statement. The statement is there but nobody speaks clearly with more details of what is going to be created.

Guardiola has condemned the plans
Guardiola has condemned the plans

“The presidents can speak more clearly about where football is going to go. It is uncomfortable for us because we don’t have all the info. I can give you my opinion, but no more.

“I would love the president of the committee to go out around the world and explain how we got this decision.

“I support my club. I love to be part of this club. But I also have my opinion; right now it is just a statement. That’s why it is uncomfortable for the managers.

“As I said, I don’t have all the info. I have some info.

“If you ask me why these teams have been selected to play this hypothetical competition in the future… sport, is not a sport when the relationship between effort and reward does not exist.

“It is not a sport if success is guaranteed or if it doesn’t matter when you lose.

“I have said many times I want a successful Premier League, not just one team at the top. I don’t know if the statement will change and four or five teams will be able to go up.”

[email protected] (Mark Jones)

This article originally appeared on Mirror – Football

'Francis Ngannou can beat Tyson Fury with a boxing training camp': UFC champ's striking coach Dewey Cooper to RT Sport (VIDEO)

'Francis Ngannou can beat Tyson Fury with a boxing training camp': UFC champ's striking coach Dewey Cooper to RT Sport (VIDEO)
By Danny Armstrong

Danny Armstrong is a Moscow-based British journalist, reporter and presenter for RT Sport. Follow him on Twitter @DannyWArmstrong

Francis Ngannou possesses the boxing ability to beat ring superstar Tyson Fury, that’s the opinion of the UFC heavyweight champ’s striking coach Dewey Cooper, who masterminded the Cameroonian’s title-winning KO of Stipe Miocic.

Former pro boxer and Muay Thai world champion Cooper refined Ngannou’s straight left that sat Miocic down once before a final switch-flicking blow to grasp the heavyweight belt at the second attempt against the likeable American in March. 

While making a post-fight appearance on podcast Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, Ngannou told the former ‘baddest man on the planet’ of his desire to fulfil a “primary dream” to compete in the noble art, and to fight another Tyson, the current unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion of the world.

In an interview with RT Sport, Cooper expressed his belief that with the correct amendments to his charge’s training camp, a victory against ‘The Gypsy King’ would be entirely attainable.  

“Tyson Fury right now is the best boxer in the world. Tyson is difficult for any heavyweight because of the attributes, the speed, the boxing ability, the good defence, the confidence and swagger,” Cooper said.

READ MORE: ‘I’d smoke you in the first round’: Fury escalates spat with UFC champ Ngannou after row which dragged in Mike Tyson

“Tyson’s a real one and Tyson is a tough fight for anybody in boxing. But Francis definitely can fight any heavyweight with time and amending the training a little bit. He can definitely do it because Francis does have power.

“However with a boxing glove the power would decrease a little bit compared to what it is with the MMA gloves because MMA gloves is only 4 ounces while a boxing glove is 10 ounces so that makes a difference. A lot of little intangible things.

“Of course he can box and of course he could eventually beat someone like a Tyson Fury for sure.”

Cooper knows a thing or two about the squared circle himself, having compiled a 19-3-3 record as a cruiserweight and heavyweight in a pro career that spanned more than two decades, before going on to win seven world titles as a trainer with notable names such as Vegas-based Jessie Vargas and Kazakhstan’s Beibut Shumenov.

Manchester man Fury is no stranger to facing devastating power in the ring; he prised the WBC belt from Deontay Wilder by stoppage in February last year, who is reckoned the hardest puncher ever to grace the sport and still, despite Ngannou’s worthy claims, the planet. 

The 6ft 9in fighter insisted it would take only one round for him to “smoke” Ngannou, but Cooper thinks the gulf isn’t that big, and that with some changes made to the France-based fighter’s training regimen, he could beat Fury “for sure”.

“The championship MMA fight is 25 minutes, a championship boxing fight is 36 minutes. And let me tell you something – those 11 minutes makes a big difference when you’re not getting taken down,” Cooper said.

“You can’t lay on the ground, you can’t go for submissions. It’s punching up, tying up momentarily being broken and keep punching again.

“So the anaerobic aspect has to be on point to a lot of people who do MMA think boxing is much easier until they box then they realize boxing’s way harder than people think. More people died in boxing than any other fight sport that should tell you something right now. Boxing is a very dangerous sport to be involved in.

“But to answer your question, he can do it. He can do it. Just has to be formatted in the right situation in the right time frame.”

Fury is scheduled to face fellow Brit Anthony Joshua next, after ditching the idea of a trilogy with Wilder in favour of a unification fight with the WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titleholder, and recently claimed a date will to be announced this week.

This article originally appeared on RT Sport News

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