Friday, August 10, 2012

Royals at the Olympics


For Swedish photographer Jimmy Wixtrom, it pays to be recognised by Usain Bolt. Read more:


I was just screaming 'Bolt, Bolt, Bolt'. I met him a few times before here and asked him if I could take a picture before ... I guess when he saw me, he recognised me and thought 'OK, that's the same guy again'. 

"Today I was up in the stands shooting another picture [of the race] with the Olympic flame in front. Then I saw him walking slowly around and I think (sic) maybe if I go down there," Wixtrom explained.

"I was running all over the place and I was just in time.

"I was just screaming 'Bolt, Bolt, Bolt'. I met him a few times before here and asked him if I could take a picture before ... I guess when he saw me, he recognised me and thought 'OK, that's the same guy again'."

The results were some geninuely exclusive photos of the race's aftermath, except they were taken by the star of the show himself. Bolt targeted his focus on Blake, along with dozens of other lenses pointed back his way.

Wixtrom's employers back at home would be happy, the Swede pointed out, now that they are in possession of some unique images that could possibly be labelled 'From The Eyes of Bolt'.

He says the photos are excellent and agrees the Jamaican superstar may have something of an eye for photography.

"It was amazing. The picture was fantastic ... he's the biggest person in the world right now ... doing this (gestering the characteristic 'Lightning Bolt')."
When the Jamaican was later asked about his brief foray into photography, he flashed a characteristic smile. "It always makes for a great picture. So for me it was fun."

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Star of the future: Brittany Broben celebrates a surprise silver in London.

"I just wanted to do it, I really, really wanted to do it. I almost fell off the platform because my legs were so shaky, but I tried to disguise it a little," Broben said of her last dive.
"I saw my coach's face and I've dreamt about that moment, seeing his face after my dive. It just happened and I can't believe it."

Broben, a 16-year-old diver competing in her first Olympics, finished second at 366.50. She jumped up and down and ran to hug her coach after realizing she had earned a medal.

"Please don't pinch me because I never want to wake up. It's amazing," she said, wearing an Australia flag featuring a boxing kangaroo around her shoulders. "My coach was holding his breath on the last dive."

Usain Bolt's double gold: 'I'm now a legend. I am the greatest athlete to live'

Usain Bolt tonight secured the legendary status he craved by becoming the first man ever to win the Olympic Games sprint double twice in succession.

Usain Bolt celebrates in his trademark style after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Rex Features
After proclaiming that retaining his 100m and 200m Olympic titles had made him a "living legend", Usain Bolt took aim at Carl Lewis for casting aspersions on the manner in which he had done so.
Lewis has hinted in the past that the drug testing programme in Jamacia is less rigorous than in other countries, but Bolt said Lewis was attention seeking. "Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him. The things he says about other track athletes is really downgrading other athletes," said Bolt after retaining his Olympic 200m title. "I think he is looking for attention because no one really talks much about him. I've lost all respect for him. It's really upsetting for me."
In 2008, Lewis said: "No one is accusing anyone. But don't live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. No country has had that kind of dominance. I'm not saying they've done anything for certain. I don't know."
Earlier, Bolt had said the dominance of Jamica was the result of hard work and training: "When people doubt us it's really hard, but we try our best to show the world we're running clean." The Jamaican said that he would carry on running but that he would probably retire before he reached 30.
On defending his titles at the next Games in Rio, he said that he thought the competition from Yohan Blake and others would be too much: "I think I've had my time. In life, anything is possible but that's going to be a hard reach." After successfully defending his Olympic 100m and 200m titles, Bolt said that he had proved he was "the greatest athlete to live". Bolt, who won the 200m in 19.32 seconds to lead a clean sweep in front of his Jamaican compatriots Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, said the achievement put him in the same category as his hero Michael Johnson.
"It's what I came here to do. I'm now a legend, I'm also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael Johnson," he said after finishing in the same time as Johnson's former world record. Bolt said that he felt inhibited by a back injury that has troubled him this season - yet still appeared to have something to spare as he crossed the line.
"The 200m was harder than I expected. I could feel the pressure coming off the bend and that's when I had to focus."
Weir revealed that before the race, Bolt had come up to him and said "one, two, three" and the trio completed a lap of honour that turned into an entertaining sideshow for the 80,000 present.

"It's wonderful. 
Jamica  has proven that we are the greatest sprint country. I've got nothing left to prove. I've showed the world I'm the best and, right now, I just want to enjoy myself," said Bolt. "This is my moment. I'll never forget this. Lane seven has been good to me these past couple of days."
Before the start of the race, Bolt had joked and bumped fists with the volunteer holding his kit. After storming to victory, he did press ups on the track and borrowed a photographer's camera to take pictures of his friend and training partner Blake.
Bolt didn't have it all his own way in terms of era defining performances as Kenyan 800m runner David Rudisha became the first person to break a world record on the Olympic Stadium track.
Asked afterwards whether he fancied splitting the difference and taking on Bolt over 400m, he said: "It would be great fun, let's do it."

Bolt said he was also determined to now enjoy his achievement as he focused on the possibility of adding a third gold medal to his London 2012 collection: "It's all about the 4x100m now, to have some fun and go out there and do our best."

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

"Love quotes"


Happiness is a mental state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all...Dale Carnegie

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle - Albert Einstein.

 Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means 

that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving 

someone deeply gives you courage - Lao Tzu.

  I think everyone should be told they’re beautiful until they believe it - Unknown

The appearance of things change according to the emotions and 

thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and 

beauty really are in ourselves - Kahlil Gibran.

    When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
                                            -Dr. Joyce Brothers

 Happiness always sneaks in a door you did not think was open – Anony-mouse.

”It’s impossible” said pride. “It’s risky” said experience. “It’s 
pointless” said reason. “Give it a try” whispered the heart .

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the 
life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases
 by being shared.


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