Let's Get Social 02.28.23
Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk wants it easy.
Damian Quintero has a view.
Brittney Griner suits up.
Matthew Mitcham gets tied up.
Natalia Maliszewska gets a some sunlight at home.
A Little Roundup 02.27.23
Olympic Sports Stars Are In The News
Tennis Olympian Sergiy Stakhovsky and other prominent Ukrainian sports stars reflect with Sky Sports on the one-year anniversary of the Russian war in Ukraine.
Atlanta 1996 boxer Wladimir Klitschko and is mayor brother Vitali discuss the war in Ukraine, being on a Russian 'hit list', and more.
How did Geordie Shore reality TV star Aaron Chalmers score a scheduled bout with Atlanta 1996 boxing boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.?
ATP Tour: What does 'to dare it, to dream it, to do it' mean for tennis Olympian Stefanos Tsitsipas?
Vogue: 'How far will tennis' Carlos Alcaraz go' in his rising career?
What did the stars of the recent biathlon worlds think of the championships?
Get to know Team Peru's 'brightest young star' in swimming, Alexia Stotomayor. (FINA YouTube)
Is Marco Odermatt having 'one of the most successful individual seasons in the history' oif Alpine skiing?
Champion bobsledders Elana Meyers Taylor and Kaillie Humphries are bobbleheads!
Bruna Moura's turn at the current cross-country skiing worlds might lead to another Olympic attempt.
Wait a minute...is middle-distance runner Peter Bol not yet in the clear of doping charges?
More Australia as Cameron Myers becomes one athlete to watch as he runs the second-fastest-ever mile run by a 16-year-old.
Long hurdler Femke Bol on her recent indoor flat world record? "It was never on my list of goals."
Speaking of world record holders...pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis emphasizes the influence of rival and friend Renaud Lavillenie: "He's meant so much to me since I first started".
The New York Times looks at pace-setter middle-distance runner extraordinaire Erik Sowinksi, who may be the most visible non-winner in track.
Amsterdam 1928 sprint champion Percy Williams' family gets a much belated medal restoration.
Alia Armstrong talks to the Out of the Blocks podcast about her rise in sprint hurdles: "Last season was a big game changer for me mentally".
Long sprinter Kendall Ellis talks anxiety in a first-person feature for Spikes.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 has a new global ambassador in Team USA star Carmelo Anthony.
Star basketball=er Brittney Griner makes a special appearance at the NAACP Image Awards.
Who were the star rookies of FIBA's 3x3 world tour in 2022?
ISU looks at the 'Japanese Canadian connection' that Laurent Dubreuil and Yuma Murakami found through speed skating.
Team USA checks in with water polo stars Max Irving and Ashleigh Johnson on representation in the sport for them as Black athletes.
Surfing living legend Kelly Slater reiterates his desire to make it to Paris 2024, with retirement looming.
Team Kenya volleyball star Sharon Chepchumba reflects on training in Brazil and Paris 2024 goals.
Is 11-year-old Patti Zhou snowboarding's 'next big thing'?
ESPN looks at Rio 2016 champion Gwen Jorgensen's 'unlikeliest' return to competitive triathlon.
Olympian Wendie Richard headlines a handful of players sitting out from Team France's powerful women's soccer team.
Meanwhile, Team USA's soccer star Megan Rapinoe is well aware of the three-peat World Cup pressure.
The New York Times: offers a profile on world track cycling champion Ashton Lambie, who doesn't seem particularly keen to continue that pursuit.
Racing in Rwanda has brought road cyclist Chris Froome 'full circle' after African origins in his youth.
Could former NFL football player Luke Willson make it to the Olympics as a track cyclist?
More CBC:: Aspiring Olympian Tiffany Leung realizes added pressure Games qualification to breaking.
Vault specialist Andrey Medvedev plans to make this year's gymnastics World Cup series "a personal criterium for the Worlds this year".
Team Great Britain's champion gymnast Max Whitlock ponders post-Games mental struggles and a Paris 2024 attempt with Olympics.com.
Team France's Basketball Leader Gets the Netflix Treatment
Tony Parker: The Final Shot (2021)
A Quick Film Review
Tony Parker is not an Olympic champion, and not even an Olympic medalist, after two straight quarterfinal losses with Team France against Team Spain in basketball at London 2012 and Rio 2016. But he is a two-time Olympian, and an 18-year National Basketball Association player noted for his speed, intellect, and leadership.
And, I had just recently (finally) come off watching another NBA-focused documentary on a basketball Olympian, Bill Russell:Legend, so...again, finally, getting around to watching Tony Parker: The Final Shot felt right in timing.
The Final Shot whisks us through Parker's NBA career - a star in the French league who entered the NBA in 2001 as an unheralded prospect to the San Antonio Spurs. But by the time Parker leaves the team a remarkable 17 years later, he's helped them to four NBA titles and earned himself six NBA All-Star nods.
A common critique of the Spurs even during their championship runs, was their lack of, well, personality and drama. That is acknowledged by The Final Shot. By extension, though, Parker the documentary subject is afflicted by the same observation. Aside from his obvious basketball talent and prominence, he just isn't that compelling a leading man, on the court or on film. That we don't see much of his dissolved relationship with actress Eva Longoria adds to the lack of sizzle in The Final Shot.
Perhaps it's also a bias of this United States-based viewer. I wonder how this documentary - directed by Frenchman Florent Bodin - has been received in France, where Parker is respected as the leader of French basketball, and where as such his understated talents are much more lauded.
Nevertheless, Parker's skill is well documented, as is his passion for the international game. Despite not having Olympic success, Parker, with Team France, earned four EuroBasket medals, including the 2013 championship. And, his success in the NBA, as former teammate and thee-time Olympian David Robinson notes in The Final Shot, helped drive the global integration of the league.
For that, and for respect for Parker's all-around play, The Final Shot is worth a basketball fan's viewing. Plus, seeing fellow Olympians Tim Duncan (Athens 2004), Kobe Bryant (Beijing 2008, London 2012), Pau Gasol (Beijing, London, Rio, and Tokyo 2020), and even Teddy Riner (judo, Beijing, London, Rio, Tokyo) appear in testimony to Parker is further weight to this athlete's impact.
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Olympic Sports Athletes Mark The Russian Invasion's One Year Anniversary
Let's Get Social 02.24.23
Olympic Sports Athletes Are On Social Media, Too...
Heath Thorpe shows off his Calvins.
Ivet Lalova gets philosophical in the sun.
Tom O'Hallaran gives us drama.
You usually can count on more glam from Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk!
I feel seen, Rune Glifberg!
Above: Athens' Kallimarmaro, the site of the 1896 Summer Olympics
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