Volvo Ocean Race

 
 

From top: Leg 9 start day, Newport to Cardiff, May 20, 2018. Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race; Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland, February 18, 2018. Day 12 on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag with John Fisher (1970-2018) at the helm. Sadly underlining just how dangerous this race is, Fisher was swept overboard on March 26 in gale force conditions in the Southern Ocean and never recovered. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race; Leg 2 start day, Lisbon to Cape Town, November 5, 2017. Dongfeng Race Team drone shot from above. Photo by Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

 
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean as I write are 7 race boats sailing from Newport, RI to Cardiff, Wales in the 9th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. With 11 legs in total, ranging from approximately 3 to 22 days at sea, the Volvo Ocean Race is described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world. The race covers 45,000 nautical miles that cross four oceans, touch six continents, and visits 12 landmark Host Cities. What began in October of 2017 in Alicante, Spain will finish in The Hague in the Netherlands at the end of June 2018 in what will have been an 9-month test of endurance in some of the most grueling conditions imaginable.

Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of teamwork and adventure. Originally known as the Whitbread Around The World Race, Volvo took it over in 1998. The race is held every three years, and for more than four decades has held an almost mythical power over some the sport’s greatest. In the current era of One Design racing, every team races the exact same Volvo Ocean 65, ensuring the race is all about the sailing and not about the boat. There is no prize money awarded for the relentless intensity and perseverance required in this round-the-clock pursuit, but for a sailor to see their name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy has a value beyond compare. Put simply, the Volvo Ocean Race is an obsession many of the world’s best sailors have dedicated years of their lives trying to win. Read More

 

Bye Bye Pye: A Photo Farewell to PyeongChang 2018

 

JOHANN ANDRE FORFANG OF NORWAY COMPETES IN SKI JUMPING MEN’S LARGE HILL
 
PHOTO BY MATTHIAS HANGST/GETTY IMAGES 

 

Though PyeongChang and the 2018 Winter Olympics are now behind us, the unforgettable performances of its athletes will be forever remembered thanks to the incredible photographs captured during the games. Since 1988 Getty Images has been the IOC Official Partner, entrusted with the responsibility of capturing every event from every angle, and making these images available to the public almost as soon as they happen.

For PyeongChang, Getty Images deployed an all-star roster of over 80 sports photographers, photo editors, and support staff to document each of the 102 Winter Olympic sports. Well before the Games began, approximately 80 kilometers of state-of-the-art fiber optic network were laid in preparation across the Olympic venues to connect the key photo positions back to the Main Press Center. Those views from the field were transferred to consumers in under a minute — .58 seconds to be exact.

From 159,266 total images available on Getty.com from PyeongChang, Ken Mainardis, Vice President of Sports Imagery and Services at Getty Images, and Stuart Hannagan, Vice President of Editorial at Getty Images made a selection of images for STYLE of SPORT they felt most represented the scope of imagery captured during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Here they are, along with commentary about why…
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A Photo Finish

 

TEAM USA’s JESSICA DIGGINS AND KIKKAN RANDALL CELEBRATE AFTER WINNING GOLD IN THE WOMENS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM SPRINT AT THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Team USA’s Kikkan Randall and Jesse Diggins made history today becoming the first Americans to win a gold medal in Cross Country Skiing. Winning the Womens Team Sprint by just 0.19 seconds, their victory was too close to capture with the naked eye and was decided by a photo finish. The Men’s 15km Mass Start Biathlon was won by a similarly narrow margin in another photofinish earlier this week.  

Omega is the Official Timekeeper of Olympic games, and has fulfilled that role for 27 Olympics since 1932, when the games were timed with just 30 chronograph stopwatches. Among Omega’s many contributions to sports timing since has been the development of photoelectric cells. First used in 1948 in St. Moritz, a highly reactive beam of light was emitted onto the finish line. It stopped the timer as soon as the first athlete crossed it, measuring to 1000th of a second.
 

TOP: PYEONGCHANG 2018, WOMENS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM SPRINT, TEAM USA’S JESSICA DIGGINS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE JUST AHEAD OF SWEDEN’S STINA NILSSON; RIO 2016, WOMENS 400M FINAL, BAHAMAS’ SHAUNAE MILLER FALLS ACROSS FINISH LINE AHEAD OF USA’S ALLYSON FELIX

 
This technology was integrated into a new slit technology photofinish camera that captured a sequence of events through a narrow field of vision from a single point on a vertical dimension. While a conventional photograph shows a variety of locations at a fixed moment in time, a photo finish shows a variety of times at a fixed location. The time markings along the bottom of the image show the exact crossing time of any racer, and the elevated angle highlights the position of every racer in relation to the others. What results are these beautifully abstract and elongated horizontal streaks of the athletes bodies crossing the finish line. Read More

 

Ready, Set, Show!

 

 
Now in its fourth year, The Rolex Central Park Horse Show has taken over Wollman Rink once again, transforming New York City’s famed ice skating rink into a Grand Prix show jumping ring. Nestled at the bottom of Central Park, with the city’s skyscrapers behind it, this urban yet bucolic setting makes for a spectacular venue. The show has become a highlight of the equestrian circuit, attracting the biggest names in the sport who come to compete under the lights and under the stars in the heart of New York City.

The course itself is extremely challenging for both riders and horses, squeezing the multiple combinations of head high jumps that define a Grand Prix competition into what is a small and oddly shaped arena. But first there is the metamorphosis of an ice skating rink into a horse ring which is no easy feat. From the first load of dirt to the first horse in the ring, it is about 5 non-stop days and nights of activity – one that we thought would fun to document. The time lapse video shown above takes place over the course of week, compressing the whole process into about 90 seconds.
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Eye of the Falcon

 

 
In what fans had hoped would be an exciting rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship Game, the Atlanta Falcons came out on top again Sunday night, beating the Green Bay Packers 34-23. As eagerly anticipated was the Sunday Night Football debut of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the brand-new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC (MLS).

The state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium covers 2,000,000 square feet, and includes 71,000 total seats. It boasts the largest scoreboard in the world — three times as large as any in the NFL — a revolutionary 360 degree, 58 by 1100-foot LED “halo board” that circles the entire arena. There is also 100-foot mega-column LED display board.

Click to watch timelapse of the roof in action!

What is most spectacular about the new stadium, however, is its 14-acre retractable roof, featuring 8 translucent petal-like panels that weigh roughly 500 tons each, and open and close like a camera lens. In front of a sellout crowd, the stadium’s groundbreaking roof opened for the first time Sunday night for the Falcons’ first open-air home game since 1991.
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Here Comes The Judge

 

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos

Maybe you’re not a Yankee fan, or a baseball fan, or even a sports fan, but every now and then a player comes along that captures your attention regardless. Last night baseball fans across the country watched as the Yankee rookie phenom, Aaron Judge, effortlessly crushed baseball’s best hitters to win the Home Run Derby — highlight of the MLB All-Star Game festivities.

While his victory might have seemed a foregone conclusion after the season he’s had, he is just 21 years old and it was his first time at the big game. Though he led the American League in All-Star votes, Judge exceeded expectations, pummeling homer after homer, with four rockets of more than 500 ft, and put on an epic show for the fans and his fellow All-Stars alike.

Larger than life, standing a massive 6-foot-7 inches tall and 280 lbs, Aaron Judge’s humility looms just as large. It’s part of what makes his greatness so great. In his rookie season, he is leading the league in home runs with 30 thus far, having blasted one 495 ft. into the left field bleachers at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago — the longest home run in a regulation game so far in 2017. Regardless, he was as giddy as any fan meeting their baseball heroes at the Home Run Derby last night, though many of them were there to see him.
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Milly On The Marathon

 

”From afar, I had this crew pegged as Italian. Italian men are confident enough to wear pink, and they do quite well.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover these dudes are French. Move over Italians, French men wear pink and look TRES BEAU doing so! The French are fiercely committed to neck scarves, even on the running track. And they’re CHIC AF, non?”

 

…says MICHELLE SMITH, DESIGNER & FOUNDER, MILLY

 

Happy NYC Marathon Sunday! Today more than 50,000 runners will take over the streets of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx to cover the 5 boroughs and 26.2 miles that make up the New York City Marathon. What makes this one of the greatest sporting events in the world are not the pros — we know they can do it — but the thousands of regular folks like you and I, who decide this is the year they are going to run this unfathomable distance, and put in every ounce of their heart and soul into crossing that finish line.

One of the best pre-Marathon sights are the visiting runners on the roads and trails of Central Park. You can spot them from a mile away. Something about their bright colors and uniform style gives them away… or perhaps it’s the name of their homeland proudly displayed on their running jerseys.

So on a gorgeous fall morning, Style of Sport’s good buddy Michelle Smith, Designer and Founder of Milly, and I went for a stroll around the Central Park Reservoir to check out the running attire for this year’s race. Michelle is known for her popping colors, playful silhouettes, graphic tees – and an inimitable way of expressing her opinion. You’ll have to Google “AF” if you’re not familiar with that term.

Here is her fashion take on the runners of the NYC Marathon, as only she can give you!
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Real Men Wear Pink

 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one of the most uplifting places to see this campaign in action is in the NFL. For the month of October, all the players from every team wear pink cleats, gloves, mouthguards, wristbands and other accessories in support of the NFL program “A Crucial Catch”. In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings and provides outreach to women in underserved communities.

Yesterday was the first sunday of October and one of the most touching moments from the day was that of 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams dropping to his knees and pointing to the sky after catching a pass. His grandmother died from the disease. Williams said after the game, “I look forward to the whole month and being able to support it and wear pink. I was just saying hello. She was my rock.” To find out more about “A Crucial Catch”go to http://www.nfl.com/pink.

 
 

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