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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: FLOATING SUBWAY MAP, FRANCOISE SCHEIN, 1985; CYCLING UP LAFAYETTE ST; METRONOME UNION SQUARE, KRISTIN JONES & ANDREW GINZEL, 1999; THE WALL, FORREST MYERS, 1973

 
While urban bike sharing programs are great for commuting and tooling around town, they are also the ideal sightseeing vehicle for both tourists and locals alike. Allowing you to go slow enough to take in the monuments, landmarks, and vistas of a city, and fast enough to cover some ground, you can get your exercise in along the way too. Plus with docking stations located all over the city, you never have to worry about locking your bike.

A few weeks ago, on a balmy summer’s eve, your STYLE of SPORT editor was invited by Rapha on a cycling art tour of Manhattan. Rapha is the posh English cycling apparel and accessory brand we happen to love and feature regularly for its blend of sophisticated style and performance. With a recently opened shop in Manhattans’s Soho called the Rapha Cycle Club, the store serves as a hub for the city’s cyclists and starting point for group road bike rides. On this evening, however, it would be an 8-mile city bike — or Citibike — ride through Soho, Chelsea, and a bit of midtown too.
 

IMG_0807 (1)RAPHA CYCLE CLUB, NYC

 
The Rapha Transmission Tour, as they call it, was lead by Derrick Lewis, Rapha Communications Manager for North America. Its mission was to show us New York from a new perspective. As a lifelong New Yorker myself, I always welcome this opportunity. This would be a tour of New York City public art — those architectural structures, installations, sculptures, and paintings we see everyday, perhaps never really notice, and often know nothing about.
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Freeze Frame: Rio 2016

 
RIO 2016 OLYMPICS: USAIN BOLT WINNING MEN’S 100M SEMI-FINAL
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It was 58 seconds from the time Usain Bolt crossed the finish line and won his third consecutive gold medal in the Mens 100m to the image of that historical moment being available to news agencies and publications around the world. According to Ken Mainardis, Vice President of Sports Imagery and Services at Getty Images, 20 years ago during the Summer Olympics is Atlanta, the time from camera to customer was 40 minutes — but that was before the era of digital photography, when film and processing was still part of the equation.
 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)SIMONE BILES ON THE BALANCE BEAM DURING WOMEN’S ALL AROUND GYMNASTICS COMPETITION
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Since 1988 Getty Images has been the IOC Official Partner. In these 2016 Olympics in Rio, 1.5 million images will be photographed by a team of 40 all-star photographers. Seconds after they are taken, photos will go directly from their cameras to a team of 20 photo editors. 85,000 images will be distributed worldwide within minutes thanks to approximately 62 miles of a state-of-the-art fiber optic network spanning the different venues of the Rio Games.
 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Michael Phelps (L) of the United States leads Chad le Clos of South Africa in the Men's 200m Butterfly Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
MICHAEL PHELPS LEADS RIVAL CHAD LE CLOS IN MEN’S 200M BUTTERFLY
(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

 

As you can imagine, for a sports photographer to be at the Olympics is the dream assignment and according to Mainardis, making the Getty team is as competitive as making the Olympic team. Specialists in the different sports contested like swimming, track & field, sailing, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, cycling, and more are selected. This is the ultimate test for these photographers to capture Olympic history and immortalize an athlete’s moment of glory.
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4 Days in Rio: How To Crush the Olympic Games!

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: USAIN BOLT LEADING MEN’S 100M FINAL; BEACH VOLLEYBALL ARENA IN COPACABANA; YOUR EDITOR; ORIGINAL OMEGA STOPWATCH FROM 1932 SUMMER OLYMPICS; WOMEN’S 4X 100 WOMEN’S MEDLEY RELAY START

 
Four years ago during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, I started blogging about the sport and style of the Games. Fast 4-ward to 2016, and STYLE of SPORT is here in Rio at the Summer Olympics as a guest of Omega watches, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games — a distinction they have held for 27 Olympics since the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles. So this is how you crush the Olympics with some VIP access and a bit of luck on your side.

DAY 1: Take an overnight flight from NYC to Rio and hit the ground running! After a quick shower at the hotel (freshen up… it’s going to be a long day), head over to the Olympic Park for the Men’s Tennis semi-final match between Juan Del Potro vs. Rafael Nadal. You may think you’re going to see your typical major tennis event, but this is a battle between two countries, Argentina vs. Spain, and the crowd is as loud as a World Cup soccer match.
 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: JUAN DEL POTRO WINNING MEN’S SEMI-FINAL AGAINST RAFAEL NADAL AS ARGENTINA CHEERS ON; OUTSIDE CARIOCA ARENA 1 IN OLYMPIC PARK; INSIDE MEN’S BASKETBALL USA VS. FRANCE

 
Follow that with a little swimming just across the park. How about the Men’s and Women’s 4 x 100 medley relay and USA wins gold in both! You get to see Michael Phelps anchoring the men’s race, but first do a double take when you spot Boomer, the most famous Olympic baby ever, and family in the Omega Hospitality Lounge having a bite with the rest of us before Dad swims. You’re off to a good start!
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SOS Portfolio: Jeremy Koreski

 

 
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Jeremy Koreski photographs surfing, among other outdoor sports, but he doesn’t take pictures in warm sunny locales. It’s cold, wet, and sometimes snowing where he is, but the subjects in his photographs never seem to mind. They’re too busy having fun. Bundled up and in wetsuits — with hoods, booties and gloves – they’re all smiles taking advantage of the natural playground their surroundings have to offer.

Koreski grew up in Tofino, British Columbia, a town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, about a 1½ hour ferry ride from Vancouver. There wasn’t a whole to do there other than watch TV or play outside. Koreski and his friends opted for the latter. Surrounded by water, surfing and fishing were the activities of choice. At 13 he picked up a camera and started shooting, documenting their outdoor adventures. Koreski still calls Vancouver Island home and his work showcases the lifestyle and culture of the Canadian coast and Pacific Northwest. The landscape is the star of his images, given perspective by the subjects in it.
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Gold Medal Goggles

 
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As Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and Ryan Lochte, continue to rake in the gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio, their flashy swim goggles are making as bold a statement in the pool as their record breaking times. With a stealth wrap-around style and intimidating mirrored lens, this new breed of swim goggles is designed to provide the competitive edge. Offering unprecedented field of vision and hydrodynamics, here are four gold medal goggles that will have you swimming like an Olympian too.

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: SPEEDO FASTSKIN 3 ELITE MIRRORED GOGGLES $75. With a 3D goggle seal, these goggles hug the eye socket, without leaving marks, to ensure maximum leak resistance — most importantly during starts and turns. Patented goggle strap features a tensioning scale that allows for a consistently accurate and secure fit with significantly less strap tension, so goggles feel more comfortable too.

ARENA COBRA ULTRA GOGGLES $59.95. As seen on 100m breaststroke gold medalist and world record holder, Adam Peaty, these ultra race goggles combine no-drag hydrodynamic design with extra wide peripheral vision for unbeatable performance in the pool.

TYR STEALTH MIRRORED RACING GOGGLES $17.99. Constructed with a low profile design, these sleek goggles offer a streamlined fit for minimal drag. Latex free, this performance goggle also has durable, hypoallergenic silicone gaskets that provide a comfortable, watertight seal and maintain their shape over time.

MP MICHAEL PHELPS XCEED GOGGLES $54.99. Featuring perfect clarity, 180 degree field of vision, and a low profile design, these are the signature swim goggles of Michael Phelps that he developed with longtime coach Bob Bowman. Need we say more?

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Rio 2016: The Ones To Follow

 

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As the Summer Olympics kick off, we’ve got the athletes to watch and the ones to follow. Here are 15 of our Olympic favorites whose road to Rio and Olympic journey can be seen through their own eyes and Instagrams. Click on the images above and follow these athletes as they go for the gold!

ROW 1: ALLYSON FELIX. Competing in the Women’s 400m, 4×100 and 4x400m relay, this will be Allyson Felix’s fourth Olympic Games, and she is still a medal contender. Unfortunately we won’t see her in the 200m, the event in which she won Olympic gold in 2012, having come up .01 seconds short in the Olympic trials. USAIN BOLT. The fastest human ever, holding both the 100m and 200m world records, Usain Bolt is back to defend his back to back gold medals (2008 and 2012) in both these events. MICHAEL PHELPS & RYAN LOCHTE. Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with 22 medals, 18 of them gold, is back for more in Rio, his fifth Olympic games. Having come out of retirement with a refreshed attitude, a stint in rehab behind him, he is a new father as well the flag bearer for Team USA. Back in Rio as well is friend and rival Ryan Lochte, who failed to qualify for the 400IM, the event in which he won the gold medal in London 2012, but who will be swimming in the 200IM.

ROW 2: VENUS WILLIAMS & SERENA WILLIAMS. The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, are the two-time defending Olympic women’s doubles gold medalists and have a combined eight golds between them, four apiece. They are competing in both singles and doubles here in Rio, with Serena seeded no.1 and Venus no.5. MISSY FRANKLIN & KATIE LEDECKY. Missy Franklin will be swimming the 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay, but missed the cut in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke, the event in which she won gold in 2012. Teammate Katie Ledecky is heavily favored to be one of the most decorated swimmers of the 2016 Olympics, having swept the 2015 World Championships in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500-meter freestyle events and blowing away the competition in the US Olympic Swimming Trials.  SIMONE BILES & TEAM USA GYMNASTICS. The most powerful gymnast the sport has ever seen, Simone Biles has redefined what is possible in gymnastics and is heavily favored to win the all-around gold medal, in addition to multiple individual events. Biles and her teammates are defending their 2012 team gold medal and favored to win again, with 2012 all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas returning, along with Aly Raisman, another individual gold medalist from the London games.

ROW 3: MEGAN RAPINOE & THE US WOMENS SOCCER TEAM. Still hot from their 2015 World Cup win, Megan Rapinoe and her teammates are poised to take home the gold in Brazil! IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD. Ibtihaj Muhammad is America’s first hijab-wearing Olympian, a fencer competing in the Sabre events, a relatively new discipline of the sport in the Olympics for women. Muhammad, who at 30 is a first time Olympian, is a legitimate medal contender, ranked no.2 in the US and no.8 in the world. KERRY WALSH JENNINGS & APRIL ROSS. 3-time gold medalist Kerry Walsh Jennings is going for her 4th here in Rio in Beach Volleyball, but with a new partner and former rival, April Ross. Longtime teammate Misty May Trainer retired after the London games. Both have something to prove and are looking for the win here in Rio, where Beach Volleyball reigns supreme.

Follow all these athletes and lots more US Olympians on TEAM USA! 

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Getting in Gear for Rio 2016!

 

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The four year wait is almost over and the start of the Summer Olympic Games is just days away! We’re showing our team spirit and getting in gear for Rio 2016 with the red, white and blue of Team USA, and the yellow and green of our host country of Brazil!

 

ROW 1: LE COQ SPORTIF COQ MONSIEUR TRACK TOP $150. The French national colors are Team USA colors, and this cool track jacket has patriotic style on either side of the Atlantic! LACOSTE “WORLD SUPPORTER” CAP $65. From the Lacoste World Supporter collection comes this Brazil themed cap that also features tees, polos, sweatshirts and more — blazoned with the names and colors of a whole host of nations. SOULCYCLE TEAM SOUL RINGER TANK $62. Get your team spirit on Team Soul with this retro tank from the SoulCycle Olympic inspired collection of tees, hats, bags and more.

ROW 2: OAKLEY GREEN FADE COLLECTION $180-230. Oakley, the official eyewear sponsor of Team USA, has just launched this special-edition Green Fade collection harkening back to the vibrant color featured on the brand’s first performance eyewear in 1980. The Collection includes the EVZero shown here, as well as the Jawbreaker, Radar EV Path, Flak 2.0 XL, RadarLock Path, and Frogskins. BABOLAT PURE AERO STARS AND STRIPES TENNIS RACQUET $229. Celebrate the stars and stripes with this limited edition Babolat Tennis Racquet. Revolutionized with the latest in Babolat technology, this aerodynamic racquet is perfect for power baseline players who want the most ball speed and spin they can get with maximum stability.

ROW 3: POLO RALPH LAUREN TEAM USA TOUCAN BEACH TOWEL $60. Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team, and will dress our USA athletes in the opening and closing ceremonies of the games. This plush commemorative beach towel features the name of the host city and the colorful Toucan found in Brazil’s tropical forests. NIKE BENASSI SOLARSOFT SLIDE $60. Available in both Team USA and Brazil colors, these iridescent sport sandals feature plush cushioning and a textured footbed for massaging comfort, plus flex grooves for a more natural range of motion. MARTONE CYCLING OLYMPIC DIAMOND $1400. Celebrating all the colors of the Olympic rings, this bicycle is as practical as it is stylish. Its SRAM 2-gear automatic hub requires no gear shifting and adapts with you throughout your ride. Also available in STEP-THROUGH model.

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The Sunfish

 

 

There are few images more evocative of summer than that of a Sunfish sailboat lazily cruising around a lake or bay — with its cheerfully striped triangle sail, topped off with the black silhouette of its namesake fish. If you went to summer camp or grew up near a flat body of water, chances are you learned how to sail on a Sunfish or at least were along for the ride. The Sunfish has been around since 1952 and continues to be one the most popular sailboats for both beginners and experienced sailers alike.

The Sunfish is distinguished by its simplicity, which makes it one of the easiest boats on which to learn how to sail, for both kids and adults alike. Its small size and single “lateen” sail (a triangular sail mounted at an angle on the mast), with its basic two line rigging, make it an easy boat to set up and set sail. Upgrades can be added for competitive sailing, of which the Sunfish is in fact a popular class of racing.

Sailing basics, like learning how to tack and jibe and use the wind, are easy to teach on a small boat. Being so low on the water, its size makes it very responsive too. Says Susan Koehler, one of the founders and owners of The Dinghy Shop in Amityville, Long Island in New York, and one of the largest Sunfish dealers on the East Coast, “With the Sunfish you can feel the water, feel the wind, and feel the response of the boat.”

Part of the fun of being so low in the water is on a hot summer day you’re sure to get wet — be it a refreshing splash or a likely dunk, if like this editor you decide to take one out for a sail for the first time since summer camp. Yes, the Sunfish can be easy to tip as we did, but they are easy to right as well and a good laugh usually ensues. Though I was acting as first mate, after 30 plus years my skipper’s sailing basics returned quickly as we jibed, tacked and sailed our way home — with me gleefully leaning off the side of the keeling boat, laughing and smiling just as I’d done as a kid.

A Sunfish is still what summer memories are made of.

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