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August 16, 2016

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

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Yesterday, Poland-born German football player and Galatasaray S.K. forward Lukas Podolski announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting internationally in 2004, Podolski has won 129 international caps, Germany’s third all time most capped player after Lothar Matthäus and Miroslav Klose. 31-year-old Lukas Podolski is the third top-scorer for Germany, netting 48 goals.

Four years ago, Podolski became the youngest player to make 100 international appearances for Germany aged 27 years 13 days. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France making his final appearance for Germany against Slovakia which was his seventh major tournament.

Podolski won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Podolski was awarded Best Young Player in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Germany. Podolski said, “I feel like my focus has shifted […] My time is over […] I arrived in Germany as a two-year-old boy with basically only a football under my arm and am now a world champion. That is more than I could ever have dreamt of.”

German football manager Joachim Löw said, “Just like Basti Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas was always a constant for me. We have always relied on him and still do to this day. He is a role model in terms of his professionalism and attitude, and he always puts the team’s success ahead of anything else.”((de)).

Podolski was the fifth player to retire from Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad. Last month, German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football. Other players who left the German national squad after winning the World Cup are Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose, and Per Mertesacker.


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December 14, 2015

UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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On Saturday evening, UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were grouped in six groups, with the host nation getting Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales also drew into Group B. World Cup winners Germany got Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, would be facing his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending Champions Spain got the D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shocking exit in the qualifying match.

In full, groups drew as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.
Group E, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.
Group F, Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.



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November 26, 2015

New Polish government takes down findings on Russian air disaster

New Polish government takes down findings on Russian air disaster

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Coffins of some of the victims at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, photographed days after the crash.
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The Law and Justice Party of Poland, which took power last week, this week removed web pages featuring the results of an investigation into the Smolensk air disaster in Russia in 2010. The cause of the crash, which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, is disputed.

The flight was carrying high-profile political figures to attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when thousands of Polish prisoners of war and civilians were killed by the Soviets. All 96 on board died. Amongst the dead were First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, several members of the lower parliamentary house known as the Sejm, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer, National Security Bureau head Aleksander Szczygło, and Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last President of the Polish government-in-exile.

The Law and Justice Party was in power at the time, led then as now by Lech Kaczynski’s identical twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Jaroslaw was himself Prime Minister of Poland from 2006 to 2007. Jaroslaw contested the vacated Presidency later that year but was defeated by Bronislaw Komorowski of the Civic Platform Party. Lech and Jaroslaw co-founded Law and Justice.

Some of the wreckage shortly after the disaster.
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Russian and Polish investigations deemed the crash an accident. Edmund Klich, head of the Polish air accident investigatory body, said in 2010 the Polish military pilots of the Tupolev Tu-154 were determined to get the dignitaries through dense fog so they could attend the ceremony. He said the pilots were insufficiently trained and put safety second, whilst Russian air traffic controllers should have diverted the aircraft away from Smolensk. Passengers entered the cockpit during the final stages of the flight.

Government spokesman Elzbieta Witek yesterday said Donald Tusk, a former Prime Minister, should be prosecuted before the State Tribunal, although Witek said this was a personal view and not government policy. Jaroslaw and allies have insinuated Russia purposefully brought the plane down.

Law and Justice accuse Tusk, Prime Minister from 2007 to 2014, of failings before and after the crash. He is accused of not ensuring the President was safe, of not establishing an international investigation, and of allowing Russia to maintain possession of the wreckage.

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee performed its own investigation blaming solely Poland’s pilots and exonerating the controllers. Upon receiving the first draft of their report in 2010 Tusk branded the contents “unacceptable”, the findings “without foundation”, and the overall result a breach of the Chicago Convention, an international regulatory document on air travel.

Tusk resigned last year to take the European Council Presidency until 2017. Witek said he had “given away” investigative control. Polish minister Adam Lipinski has previously called for Tusk’s prosecution after his European duties conclude, saying he has “a lot to answer for” over the disaster.

Polish conspiracy theorists have been spurred on by Russian refusal to accede to Polish requests to return wreckage, which the Russians claim to still be investigating.

The new Prime Minister is Law and Justice’s Beata Szydlo. Asked on Tuesday about one disappearing website containing investigative findings, Szydlo told press “the website has been closed and will simply remain closed.”



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June 27, 2014

Russians continue to top podium on third day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

Russians continue to top podium on third day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

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With day three of the European Deaf Swimming Championships wrapped up on Wednesday in Saransk, Russia, the host nation continues to lead in total number of gold medals awarded.

Russian men swept the podium in the men’s 50m butterfly with Ilya Trishkin taking home gold and besting the previous European Championship Record with a time of 25.62. Fellow Russian Vitaliy Obotin finished first in the men’s 200m medley, setting a new European record in the process and beating out the next closest swimmer in today’s competition, Trishkin, by almost 5 seconds. Eleonora Brykanova won a gold in the women’s 100m freestyle. Martin Fomin finished first in the men’s 200m breaststroke, with a European Championship Record time of 2:24.27. Russian swimmers claimed half the total gold medals awarded on the day, and half the total of all medals awarded.

The remaining gold medals were distributed amongst four other countries. Ukraine’s Anna Tovsta won gold in the women’s 800m freestyle. Poland’s Artur Pioro finished first in the men’s 400m freestyle. Great Britain’s Danielle Joyce captured gold in the women’s 200m backstroke with a world record time of 2:25.38. Belarus’s Aksana Petrushenka finished first in the women’s 100m breaststroke. During the preliminary race, she set a new European Championship Record with a time of 1:15.33 before going on to better that time in the final with a time of 1:13.23.

Overall, Ukraine climbed one place over Germany in the overall medal rankings, having won four total medals on Wednesday. Poland and Great Britain also went up one spot each. Germany fell to sixth place, having won only one silver medal on the day. Swimmers from Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Spain and Turkey failed to win any medals.

Yesterday was an off day for swimming, and competition had continued today.

Total medals after day three of competition
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 15 13 10 38
2 Belarus 6 1 2 9
3 Ukraine 1 5 7 13
4 Poland 1 3 3 7
5 Great Britain 1 2 3 6
6 Germany 1 1 0 2
7 Greece 0 0 0 0
7 Latvia 0 0 0 0
7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0
7 Portugal 0 0 0 0
7 Republic of Macedonia 0 0 0 0
7 Spain 0 0 0 0
7 Turkey 0 0 0 0



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June 25, 2014

Russians top podium on second day of European Deaf Swimming Championships

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With the second day of swimming yesterday at the European Deaf Swimming Championships in Saransk, Russia, Russia won five of the seven gold medals awarded on the day.

Vladislav Vasin won the men’s 50 meter freestyle. Igor Zhuravlev came in first in the men’s 100 meter backstroke. Vitaly Obotin finished first in the men’s 400 meter medley. Ekaterina Savchenko won gold in the women’s 200 meter butterfly. Leonid Grishin, Stepan Klimenko, Miron Denisov and Vitaly Obotin came in first in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle.

Rounding out the day’s first place finishes, Belarussian Aksana Petrushenka won the women’s 50 meter freestyle, and Maryia Rudzko, Katsiaryna Eramtsova, Aksana Petrushenka and Anastasiya Filipchyk in the women’s 4 x 100 meter medley.

Several records were broken on the day. During a preliminary, Russian Obotin set a new European Deaf Swimming Championships record in the the 400 meter medley event, breaking German Bjorn Koch’s record set at the 2010 Dortmund, Germany hosted championship. Obotin’s time was 9 seconds slower than his European record holding time of 4:34.49, which he set in Sofia, Bulgaria last year. In the final, Obotin broke his European record with a time of 4:33.66. Vasin matched the European Championship Record in the men’s 50 meter freestyle final, with a time of 24.35, equaling Greek George Dontas’s record set at the 2002 championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Russian Ekaterina Savchenko set a European Championship Record in the women’s 200 meter butterfly, with a time of 2:27.90, bettering her own European Championship Record set in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2006. The Russian team of Leonid Grishin, Stepan Klimenko, Miron Denisov and Vitaliy Obotin set a European Championship record in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle, beating the record set at the 2010 Dortmund hosted championship. The Belorussian team of Maryia Rudzko, Katsiaryna Eramtsova, Aksana Petrushenka and Anastasiya Filipchyk set a world record in the women’s 4 x 200m medley, beating the record set by Belarus in 2009 in Taipei.

After two full days of swimming, Russia led the competition’s overall medal count with 26 medals, 11 of which were gold. Belarus was second, with 6 total medals, 5 of which were gold. Germany was third, with just one medal, which was gold.

Total medals after day two of competition
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 11 9 6 26
2 Belarus 5 0 1 6
3 Germany 1 0 0 1
4 Ukraine 0 4 5 9
5 Poland 0 3 2 5
6 Great Britain 0 1 3 4
7 Greece 0 0 0 0
7 Latvia 0 0 0 0
7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0
7 Portugal 0 0 0 0
7 Republic of Macedonia 0 0 0 0
7 Spain 0 0 0 0
7 Turkey 0 0 0 0



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March 10, 2014

Ukraine\’s Lyudmyla Pavlenko wins gold in 2014 Winter Paralympics

Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Pavlenko wins gold in 2014 Winter Paralympics

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Yesterday at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Ukrainian Lyudmyla Pavlenko won gold in the women’s 12km sitting race. United States skier Oksana Masters won silver, and Russia’s Svetlana Konovalova won bronze. Other United States skiers in the race included Tatyana McFaddenn who finished fifth, Monica Bascio who finish seventh, and Beth Requist who finished sixteenth.

Russia swept the podium in the men’s 15km sitting event held earlier in the day, with Roman Petuschkov winning gold, Irek Zaripov silver and Aleksandr Davidovich bronze. Ukraine’s Maksym Yarovyi finished just out of medal standing fourth place. United States skiers in the race included Andrew Soule who finished fifth, Sean Halstead who finished ninth, Aaron Pike who finished twelfth, Daniel Cnossen who finished thirteenth, Augusto Jose Perez who finished seventeenth and Bryan Price who finished nineteenth.

Sochi XCountry 18.jpg Winners of the women’s sitting 12km cross country at the flower ceremony.
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Sochi XCountry 2.jpg Poland’s Kamil Rosiek starts the men’s race.
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Sochi XCountry 3.jpg Aleksandr Davidovich of Russia starts the men’s race.
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Sochi XCountry 4.jpg The United States’s Daniel Cnossen starts the men’s race.
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Sochi XCountry 5.jpg A men’s skier finished the race.
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Sochi XCountry 6.jpg Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Tkachenko finishes the men’s race in tenth place.
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Sochi XCountry 7.jpg Italy’s Roland Ruepp finished the men’s race in sixteenth place.
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Sochi XCountry 1.jpg Italy’s Giordana Tomasoni starts the men’s race
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Sochi XCountry 8.jpg The result’s for the men’s race are shown on the big screen.
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Sochi XCountry 9.jpg The start list for the women’s race are shown on the big screen.
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Sochi XCountry 10.jpg Belarus’s Lludmila Vauchok starts the women’s race.
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Sochi XCountry 11.jpg A view of the mountain against the backdrop of part of the race course.
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Sochi XCountry 12.jpg A woman skier on the course.
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Sochi XCountry 13.jpg The United States’s Oksana Masters crossing the finish line in second place.
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Sochi XCountry 14.jpg Norway’s Birgit Skarstein finishing the race in twelfth place.
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Sochi XCountry 15.jpg The United States’s Beth Requist finishing last and in sixteenth place. The race had seventeen skiers. Andrea Eskau of Germany started the race but did not finish.
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Sochi XCountry 16.jpg Italy’s Francesca Porcellato finishes tenth.
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Sochi XCountry 17.jpg The results of the women’s race.
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November 13, 2013

ONCE defeats Getafe 86-36 in Spain\’s top level wheelchair basketball league

ONCE defeats Getafe 86-36 in Spain’s top level wheelchair basketball league

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Saturday in a game played at Colegio San Agustin in Madrid in Spain’s top level wheelchair basketball league, CD Fundosa ONCE decisively beat Getafe BSR 86–36. ONCE, with 2012 Summer Paralympics Australian international Bill Latham and British international Terry Bywater, came into the game with a multi-game winning streak in which they averaged 79 points while holding their opponents to an average of 31.5 points.

A Getafe players takes a shot during the first half
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Coming to the game with several loud chanting fans and a drum, Getafe scored the first point of the game about 15 seconds into it off a free throw made by Polish player Krzysztof Bandura. ONCE got the ball, and quickly scored 2 points.

With 8:34 left in the first quarter, Getafe led 3–2. Cuidad Real local Francisco S. Lara was doing a lot of early shooting and rebounding for Getafe.

By the time there was 6:42 left in the first quarter, ONCE had pulled ahead with an 8–5 lead. Gexto native Carlos Medina kept his team in it, scoring two points with 5:10 left in the first. Terry Bywater tried a behind the back pass at 4:45 left in the first that resulted in turning the ball over to Getafe. With 4:08 left in the first, Bywater made a 3 pointer that tied the score up at 13–13. Shortly after that, ONCE had a player get a personal foul, turning the ball over to Getafe who were unable to hold onto it.

With 2:20 left in the first, ONCE led 15–13 and a timeout was called. Players took the opportunity to re-hydrate. From this point, ONCE never lost the lead. A few seconds after the timeout, they made a 2 pointer to bring the score to 17–13. They built on that for a score of 19–13 with 1:00 minute left in the first. Bywater committed a personal foul in the remaining minute, falling over in his wheelchair while committing it.

With a few seconds left in the first, ONCE scored and Getafe was unable to get a shot up in the remaining seconds. The first quarter ended 21–13.

Getafe scored first in the second quarter. ONCE was unable to answer back on their run down the court, with Getafe getting the ball back and also being unable to score. The start of the second saw ONCE more aggressive than Getafe, earning a few personal fouls.

The Getafe coach verbally expressed his frustration his team’s lack of rebounding at 7:42 in the second. Shortly after that, he made a substitution. By the time there was 7:09 left in the second, ONCE led 26–17. They added another two points at 6:09 to bring the score to 28–17.

With 5:17 left in the second, ONCE forced a turn over, and made a substitution with Spanish international Paul Zarzuela coming out. Getafe committed personal fouls at 4:00 and 3:46 left in the second. With 3:39 left on the clock, the score was 30–17. Jerez de la Frontera native Alejandro Zarzuela made a pair of free throws shortly after that to bring the score to 32–17.

Getafe took a timeout, and made a substitution, bringing in Virginia Perez, the team’s only female player. With 3:11 left in the second quarter, Spanish international Rafael Muiño scored an easy layup for ONCE to bring the score to 34–17. With 2:47 left, Getafe made another substitution, taking Swiss international Maurice Amacher out.

Getafe sent ONCE to the free throw line at 2:31 but ONCE was unable to make either basket. With 2:29 left in the second, Zarzuela needed a wheel change. At 2:17, Connecticut native Ryan T. Martin shot an air ball. At 2:09, Bill Latham was at the line for ONCE, making his first free throw but missing his second. With 1:44 left, Getafe scored for the first time since the eighth minute of the second quarter. Getafe fouled Latham, who went to line and successfully converted the three-point play.

With 1:11 left in the second and the score at 41–19, the Getafe coach threw his clipboard on the ground. With less than a minute left in the half, Getafe spent a lot of time playing with the ball and almost had a shot clock violation, before turning the ball over. ONCE capitalized on it to score, ending the half with a score of 43–19.

The third quarter started with Getafe possession, but the team quickly turned the ball over, followed by Canary Islands native Daniel Serapio committing a foul against ONCE. At 9:21 left in the third, the first points of the quarter were scored, bringing the game to 45–19 in a three point play that Latham successfully finished to bring the score to 46–19. At 8:49, Medina took a shot for Getafe and missed. ONCE got the rebound, only for Getafe to foul them. At 8:33, Getafe made a substitution, taking Serapio out and putting Madrid native Angel Silvela in. At 8:00 left, Getafe got their first points of the quarter when Medina made two points to bring the score to 46–21.

Tucek fixes his wheel
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At the 7:29 mark in the third, Getafe got a rebound off an ONCE shot turned the ball over to ONCE who then scored two points bringing the score to 48–21. At 7:11 left, Czech player Petr Tucek subbed out after his behind small wheel came off.

ONCE subbed three people in at the 6:17 mark, bringing in Madrid native Carlos Vera, Barcelona native Jaume Llambi, and Pablo Zarzuela. Alejandro Zarzuela scored one of his two free throw attempts at 6:09 to bring the score to 49–23. ONCE scored another basket at the 5:39 mark. Getafe’s Medina made a pass to no one at 5:18, but his team managed to get the ball back — but were unable to get their own rebound. Getafe made a substitution at the 5:01 mark, with Lara coming in for Madrid native Jose Angel Mingo.

Pablo Zarzuela went to the free throw line for ONCE, missing both shots for score of 52–23. He recovered his rebound, missed with Latham getting the rebound and making the shot at the 4:34 mark in the third.

Bandura got a shot up for Getafe at the 4:29 mark but missed. ONCE scored 2 points at 4:05 to bring the score to 56–23. Bandura scored Getafe’s next points at the 3:29 mark for the game to be 58–25. At 3:07, the score is 58–27. At the 2:28 mark, Rodríguez gets an ONCE rebound, Latham gets the ball, shoots and misses. ONCE got their own rebound and scored 2 points to bring the game to 60–27 at the 2:15 mark. They quickly got another 2 points, and a timeout was called at 1:57 left in the third. Tucek had successfully re-attached his wheel but was not subbed in. Getafe’s Iranian international Morteza Gharibloo made a three point shot attempt that was an airball at the 1:36 mark, with ONCE picking the up the rebound. ONCE turned the ball over, with Getafe regaining possession only to lose it because of a shot clock violation. The third quarter ended 62–27.

45 seconds into the fourth quarter, ONCE subbed Vera out, bringing Alejandro Zarzuela in. Tucek scored for ONCE at the 9:05 mark. With 8:45 left in the game, Martin took a shot and missed. At the 8:36 mark, a technical was called against Getafe with Bywater taking both shots. Making both, the score was then 66–29. Latham scored for ONCE at 8:23. Swiss international Philipp Häfeli was double teamed, and fouled at 8:07. By the time 6:59 was left in the game, the score was 72.33. Latham scored for ONCE at the 6:15 mark following a missed shot by Rodríguez.

Llambi went to the line for a pair of shots at the 6:02 mark, missing both free throws. At the 5:43 mark, Latham was fouled. Rodríguez brought the ball in for his team. Bywater put up a three point shot, but missed. Gharibloo got the rebound for Getafe, took a shot and also missed.

With 4:54 left, ONCE scored for the score to be 76–34. At the 3:24 mark, Spanish international Almudena Montiel entered the game for the first time following a timeout. Montiel was the only woman on the ONCE team. ONCE then scored with 3:14 left in the game, bringing the score to 80–34. The game would go on to end 86–36 following a basket made by Llambi with 0:15 left in the game.

Next week, ONCE is scheduled to play Adapted Sports Cai Zaragoza in a fourth round game played at home.

ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 01.JPG ONCE warming up before the game.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 02.JPG The opening tip off.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 01.JPG Getafe inbounds the ball.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 08.JPG A Getafe player gets assistance after falling over.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 15.JPG Bywater inbounds the ball.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 11.JPG Bywater takes the technical shots for ONCE.
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March 1, 2013

Australia\’s Mitchell Gourley finishes up at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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With Australia not having a team compete at Wednesday’s IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain, Mitchell Gourley finished his turn at the competition where the 2010 Winter Paralympian failed to earn a single medal.

On the first day of competition, Gourley finished tied in thirteenth place with Swiss skier Thomas Pfyl in the downhill with a time of 1:36.40, 6.66 seconds off the winning time set by Austria‘s Markus Salcher. In the Super-G event on the second day of competition, Gourley finished in eleventh place with a time of 1:16.90 seconds, 4.41 seconds behind winner Salcher. On the third competition day, Gourley earned an eighth place finish in the Slalom with a combined run time of 2:09.66, 3.37 seconds slower than seventh place finisher Andrzej Szczesny of Poland and 13.81 seconds behind winner Vincent Gauthier-Manuel of France. 28 skiers started the Slalom event but only 13 managed to place. Gourley had his best finish in the Super Combined event where he finished in fifth position with a combined run time of 1:45.34, 0.15 seconds slower than fourth place finisher Russian Alexandr Alyabyev and 2.90 seconds slower than Austrian winner Matthias Lanzinger. On the last day of competition, Gourley successfully finished his first run in the Giant Slalom but finished with a Did Not Finish as a result of his second run. Gourley is next set to compete at the Sochi Test event.

Gourley was the only Australian competitor at the Championships. His Australian teammates, including Jessica Gallagher, Melissa Perrine, Toby Kane, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula, missed the Championships either because they needed a small break from this season’s competition schedule or to give themselves additional time to train for the Sochi Test event coming up next month.

2013 IPC Alpine World Championships at La Molina in Spain. Day 3 of competition. Slalom final. Mitchell Gourley of Australia
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Mitchell Gourley of Australia talking to a race official following his run in the Super Combined
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Mitchell Gourley of Australia. 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships at La Molina in Spain. Day 2 of competition. Super-G final.
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Super G competition day at the 2013 IPC World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Mitchell Gourley riding a bike.
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With Australia not having a team compete at Wednesday’s IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain, Mitchell Gourley finished his turn at the competition where the 2010 Winter Paralympian failed to earn a single medal.

On the first day of competition, Gourley finished tied in thirteenth place with Swiss skier Thomas Pfyl in the downhill with a time of 1:36.40, 6.66 seconds off the winning time set by Austria‘s Markus Salcher. In the Super-G event on the second day of competition, Gourley finished in eleventh place with a time of 1:16.90 seconds, 4.41 seconds behind winner Salcher. On the third competition day, Gourley earned an eighth place finish in the Slalom with a combined run time of 2:09.66, 3.37 seconds slower than seventh place finisher Andrzej Szczesny of Poland and 13.81 seconds behind winner Vincent Gauthier-Manuel of France. 28 skiers started the Slalom event but only 13 managed to place. Gourley had his best finish in the Super Combined event where he finished in fifth position with a combined run time of 1:45.34, 0.15 seconds slower than fourth place finisher Russian Alexandr Alyabyev and 2.90 seconds slower than Austrian winner Matthias Lanzinger. On the last day of competition, Gourley successfully finished his first run in the Giant Slalom but finished with a Did Not Finish as a result of his second run. Gourley is next set to compete at the Sochi Test event.

Gourley was the only Australian competitor at the Championships. His Australian teammates, including Jessica Gallagher, Melissa Perrine, Toby Kane, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula, missed the Championships either because they needed a small break from this season’s competition schedule or to give themselves additional time to train for the Sochi Test event coming up next month.

2013 IPC Alpine World Championships at La Molina in Spain. Day 3 of competition. Slalom final. Mitchell Gourley of Australia
Image: Laura Hale.

Mitchell Gourley of Australia talking to a race official following his run in the Super Combined
Image: Laura Hale.

Mitchell Gourley of Australia. 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships at La Molina in Spain. Day 2 of competition. Super-G final.
Image: Laura Hale.

Super G competition day at the 2013 IPC World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Mitchell Gourley riding a bike.
Image: Laura Hale.



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February 22, 2013

Austria leads medal count after second day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Austria leads medal count after second day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Following the second full day of competition at the IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain yesterday, Austria led the medal race with three gold medals, a silver, and a bronze. Markus Salcher won gold in the men’s standing downhill on Wednesday, with Matthias Lanzinger also making the podium in the bronze medal position. Claudia Lösch earned a gold in the women’s sitting Super-G event. Slacher and Lanzinger went gold/silver yesterday in the men’s standing Super-G to round out Austria’s medal total.

Solene Jambaque of France in the Super-G event at the 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain.
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France leads in the total medal count with six, two of each kind. Yohann Taberlet won a bronze in the men’s sitting downhill. Marie Bochet won a gold and Solene Jambaque won a bronze in the women’s standing downhill. In the Super-G, Bochet and Jambaque went gold/silver. Taberlet earned a silver in the Super-G.

With only eighteen medals available a day, a number of countries have failed to make the medal podium. They include the Netherlands, with Anna Jochemsen finishing ninth in the women’s standing class in the Super-G yesterday, and Finland with Katja Saarinen finishing tenth in the same event. Australia’s Mitchell Gourley finished eleventh in the men’s standing Super-G. Czech competitor Oldrich Jelinek finished sixteenth in the men’s sitting Super-G. Arly Velasquez of Mexico finished fifteenth in the men’s sitting Super-G. New Zealand’s Adam Hall finished ninth in the men’s standing Super-G. Poland’s men’s visually impaired skier Maciej Krezel and guide Anna Ogarzynska finished thirteenth in the Super-G. South Korea’s Jong Seork Park finished twenty-fourth in the men’s sitting Super-G. Turkey’s Erik Bayindirli finished nineteenth in the men’s sitting Super-G.

Competition is scheduled to resume tomorrow with the slalom event after events were cancelled today because of predicted poor weather.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Austria.png AUT 3 1 1 5
2 Flag of France.png FRA 2 2 2 6
3 Flag of Spain.svg ESP 2 0 0 2
4 Flag of Germany.svg GER 1 2 1 4
5 Flag of Russia.png RUS 1 1 1 3
5 Flag of the United States.png USA 1 1 1 3
7 Flag of Japan (geometric).png JPN 1 0 1 2
8 Flag of Slovakia.png SVK 1 0 0 1
9 Flag of Canada.png CAN 0 2 1 3
10 Flag of Great Britain with border.png GBR 0 1 2 3
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg SUI 0 1 2 3
12 Flag of Italy.png ITA 0 1 0 1



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