Know more about the 2012 Olympic medals

As the world marks the 100 day countdown to the London Olympic Games, a small army of metal workers in Wales, UK are closing in on finishing production on their largest order to date — every single medal for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Though daunting, the task comes with high reward, explained employee Gary Rosser to The Guardian.

“I’m proud to be involved,” said Rosser who is one of 800 workers on the project. “It’s something to tell the grandchildren about, that I helped to make these Olympic medals.”

Struck five times and then heated to over 1300° F, the medals are pressed 15 times, each time with the weight of nearly two million pounds! Check out seven other fascinating facts about the medals that you will soon see dangling from Olympians’ necks.

1.) Each medal takes 10 hours to make on a special giant press named Colossus. The machine is one of two in the world and was built specifically for these Olympic medals.

2.) The gold medal actually contains very little gold. It’s made up of 92.5% silver and 1.34% gold with copper filling in the rest. However the International Olympic Committee requires at least 6 grams of gold per medal. The ore is truly international too, as it comes from a copper mine near Salt Lake City, Utah and another in Mongolia.

3.) The London 2012 medals are the heaviest in Summer Olympic history.

4.) The medals are made in Pontyclun, Wales by a company called The Royal Mint. They’re also making special commemorative coins for the games.

5.) The image on the front of the medal is that of ‘Nike’, the Greek Goddess of Sport, stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive to the host city. It is customary for the front of all Olympic medals to feature this scene.

6.) The medals were designed by British artist David Watkins. You probably know him better for his work as a special effects modelmaker on “Stanley Kubrick’s 2011: A Space Odyssey.”

7.) 4,700 medals will be made for the Summer Games.

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32 more days

Registration going on briskly and slots are taken fast. More crossovers from road running to trail running are joining. Here’s the trails and sights you will experience and discover at 2nL. Its 32 days remaining to the race day and counting. See you!

It’s time to experience the trail

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Always have a Recovery Run

When you start to go deep with running, you slowly begin to encounter the jargon of the sport. One such term you might skim over is recovery run. Though the terms might seem simple, the concept is important. A recovery run follows a hard workout day of intervals or speed work or a tempo run, and you run slowly at conversational pace. Think of a recovery run as an active recovery to get the blood flowing into your muscles to ease stiffness. Some people refer to these runs as junk miles, especially when a running is working to meet weekly or monthly mileage goals. When training for endurance events, these long slow runs help folks build a solid base of fitness.

Do you take recovery runs? Do you think of them as junk miles?

Try reading this article by Matt Fitzgerald a San Diego-based runner and triathlete on what should we all do after our race. 

After the Race

by Matt Fitzgerald

Every finish line is also a start line for recovery, that is, and for your preparations for the next race. What you do in the minutes, hours, and days after completing any race will determine just how quickly you get your legs back and return to regular training. Doing the right things will make racing minimally disruptive to your overall training program, whereas doing the wrong things could spoil your next race by setting back your training or even resulting in illness or injury.

Just what are the “right things”? Let’s take a look..

The First Hour
Your first order of business after turning in your timing chip and shaking the hand of the person you beat in a sprint finish is a proper cool-down. Jogging slowly or walking and stretching after finishing a race will flush lactic acid and other metabolic wastes from your muscles and jump-start the muscle repair process.

For races up to the half-marathon distance, jogging is preferable, except if you’re a slower runner for whom there’s no real difference between race pace and cool-down pace. Go for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on your fitness level and state of fatigue, and then stretch all the muscles of your lower body for several minutes. Try to stay on your feet for another half hour or so after you complete your cool-down. After a marathon, cool down with walking and stretching.

Your next concern is getting the right nutrients into your body in the right amounts. You need water and electrolytes to replace fluid losses, carbohydrate to replenish depleted stores of muscle and liver glycogen, and protein to repair damaged muscle cells. Try to consume at least 16 to 24 ounces of fluid in the first hour, plus one gram of carbohydrate for every pound of bodyweight and about one gram of protein for every four grams of carbohydrate.

The most convenient way to get all this stuff is in the form of a sports drink formulated especially for recovery, such as Endurox R4. In a study performed at the University of Texas, athletes who drank Endurox R4 after a hard workout reduced muscle stress by 36% and increased performance in a subsequent workout by 55% compared to athletes who drank a conventional sports drink containing no protein.

One thing to avoid is getting a massage right after the race, unless it’s a very light one. Anything more than a gentle, superficial rubdown could actually increase the inflammation and muscle tissue breakdown you’ve incurred through the race and from which you now must recover. The best time for a proper sports massage is 24 to 48 hours after the race.

The Next 24 Hours
Two things you should try to avoid for the remainder of the day are extended periods of sitting and alcohol consumption. While it’s tempting to tipple in celebration of a race well run, this is the worst possible time to do so, as alcohol interferes with the rehydration process. If you must travel after your race, make frequent walk-and-stretch stops if ou’re going by car or pace the cabin of your plane every 20 minutes or so.

It’s important that you continue to take in proper nutrition for recovery through the first 24 hours after you’ve crossed the finish line. Your glycogen stores are severely compromised after racing and must be restored before you can return to normal training. According to Edmund Burke, Ph.D., during this period, “You should take in enough carbohydrate to equal a total intake of 3-5 grams for every pound of your bodyweight.”

Unless you’re a high-mileage runner, don’t do any running the day after a race. There is no fitness to be gained, and much recovery to be lost, by forcing yourself to stagger through even a short training run within 24 to 30 hours of racing at any distance. Just walk and stretch for circulation. If you’ve run a marathon, don’t run for at least three days, no matter who you are.

The Next Week
How quickly you return to normal training depends on the length of the race you’ve just completed, your fitness level, and when you plan to race next. If the race is the last one in your current training cycle, you should feel no rush to return to normal training. In fact, you’ll be better served in the long run if you allow your body and mind to rejuvenate through a brief span of inactivity followed by a period of informal, just-for-kicks workouts, perhaps featuring some alternative modes of exercise.

Having said that, however, I do recommend that you have some idea as to what your next running goal will be even before your climactic race, as this will help you overcome the post-peak blues runners normally feel following a much-anticipated event, whether they’ve raced well or poorly.

After shorter races, up to 10K, you can do your next hard run within as few as three days, if you’re a high-mileage runner. Otherwise, wait about five days. After a 10-miler or half-marathon, fitter runners can go long or fast again after four or five days, while more casual runners should wait at least a full week.

After a full marathon, any runner who wishes to maintain a high level of fitness should do little or no running for four to seven days, followed by a week of only low-intensity running. Then you can return to your normal regimen.

Cross-training is a great way to maintain fitness without slowing the recovery process in the first few days after a longer race. Walking, swimming, cycling and in-line skating are all good choices, as long as you keep the intensity low.

Remember, replenishing glycogen stores is as important to the recovery process as overcoming muscle soreness, and high-intensity exercise performed in any mode too soon after racing will retard it.

In Summary
Unless your next race is your “retirement” race, you’ll want to execute a proper recovery plan afterward. By following the guidelines I’ve provided here, you can accelerate your body’s return to homeostasis and get a jump-start on your preparations for the next race.

36th MILO Marathon Reminders

Hey! Hey! I know you’re excited for your race tomorrow. Let me remind you again with these helpful tips from MILO that is included in your race kit. Read them below. (click the image to view it in large format)

2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known informally as London 2012, are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July (when the opening ceremony is held) until 12 August 2012, although the first event begins on 25 July.

Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from MoscowNew York CityMadrid and Paris.[4] London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

Construction in preparation for the Games has involved considerable redevelopment, particularly themed towards sustainability. The main focus of this is a new 200 hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London. The Games also make use of many venues which were already in place before the bid.

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London Olympics 2012 Interesting Facts and Trivia

  • The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will take place in London from 27th July to 12th August 2012, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games from 29th August to 9th September 2012. Around 205 nations are expected to take part in 300 events at the Olympic Games and 147 nations will take part in the Paralympic Games.
  • The Opening ceremony will be held on 27 July 2012 and will be called “The Isles of Wonder”. The games will be officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • The 2012 London Olympics has its own mascot: the one-eyed “Wenlock.”, with colorful friendship bands, a stadium roof shaped face and a headlight on its head.
  • The 2012 London Olympics is aiming to be the greenest Olympics yet. With a million new trees are planted and spectators will arrive by Tube rather than car and massive recycling projects will be carried on during the games.
  • The London 2012 Festival will also be running simultaneously featuring 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues across the United Kingdom. With more than 25,000 artists from around the world will come together from 21st June to 9th September to celebrate 2012 London Olympics and is the biggest festival the UK.
  • The use of energy-efficient technology is one of the key features of 2012 London Olympics. A foot-powered lighting system is used for one of the main path into the Olympic Park which will be lit round the clock by the footsteps of million spectators.
  • Every ticket will feature a sport pictogram and a color scheme that will represent the venue to help spectators locate their destination. Along with the tickets a Games Travel Card and Spectator Guide will be provided.
  • 2012 London Olympics launches its free official app. Key features include complete listings of events across UK, photos, Olympic Torch Relay route details and information, spectator information and interactive maps. Another free London 2012 Results app is launched that will provide all the latest news, schedules and results for every Olympic and Paralympic event.
  • Thousands of spectators will be able to enjoy live sporting action on giant screens presented by British Airways in the Olympic Park. Along with that the Park will feature other activities including live entertainment and short films.
  • The Active Travel programme has introduced free cycle parking and guided walks to venues to help spectators get to the London 2012 Olympic Games. An improved map of the London Cycle Guide for the Olympic Park and surrounding area are also provided.

Saludo kami sa inyo Team Philippines!

The leanest Philippine Olympic delegation of eleven athletes is now in London. They are determined to bring honor to the country against tall odds. Here are the eleven Filipino Olympians for the 2012 London Olympic Games:

Mark Anthony Barriga, 19, in lightflyweight boxing, is from Panabo City, Davao del Norte

He was the first Filipino to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. He won the gold medal in the Sydney Jackson Memorial in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He qualified during the 2012 World Championships in Azerbaijan.

Marestella Torres, 32, in long jump, is from San Jose, Negros Oriental

She is a four-time SEA Games long jump defending champion. She also won the long jump during the 2009 Asian Athletics and silver in the 2005 Asian Athletics championship. Torres was an Olympian in 2008 at Beijing.

Rene Herrera, 33, in 5000-m run, is from Guimaras

He is a five-time SEA Games defending champion and ranks 8th in Asia in 5000 meters and 3000-m steeplechase.

Jasmine Alkhaldi, 19, in 100m freestyle swimming, is from Paranaque City

She won 3 gold medals in the 2011 Southeast Asian Age Group Championships. She qualified to the Olympics by universality through her best time in the world championships. During the 2010 Singapore National Age Group Championships, she won 2 bronze medals.

Rachel Cabral, 27, in archery is from Tuguegarao, Cagayan

She qualified for the Olympics by placing 6th in her group during the World Archery Championships in Ogden, Utah.

Jesse King Lacuna, 18, in 200-m freestyle swimming, is from Pulilan, Bulacan

He won 6 gold medals in the 2nd Philippine National Games. He qualified for the Olympics through his best time in the 2011 World Championships.

Tomohiko Aldaba Hoshina, 25, in superheavyweight judo is a Fil-Japanese whose mother is from Bulacan and now living in Japan

He garnered 27 ranking points in the 2011 World Judo Championships and among the 20 Asians to qualify for the Olympics. He won the silver medal in the 2007 SEA Games.

Brian Rosario, 29, in skeet shooting is from Manila

He is the best Filipino skeet shooter, and he qualified during the 2011 Sydney Wold Cup Series. He is a minimum shooter at the Italian World Cup of Shotgun and a 2005 SEA Games double gold medalist.

Hidilyn Diaz, 21, in weightlifting (58 kgs.), is from Zamboanga City

She is ranked 9th in the world and was given a wild card entry in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won a bronze medal in the 2007 SEA Games and won 2 golds and one silver in the Asian Youth Championships. She will be the Philippine flag bearer during the opening ceremonies.

Daniel Manabat Caluag, 25, in BMX Cycling, was born in Bulacan but is now living in the United States

He is among the top 60 riders in the world. He participated in the UCI BMX world championships.

Mark Javier, 31, in archery, is from Dumaguete City

During the 2006 Asian Games he landed 9th place in the individual category. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics he finished his ranking round with a total of 654 points. He qualified for the Olympics during the World Archery Championships in Ogden, Utah.

Athletes who would bring home medals will receive monetary incentives from the national government under the Incentives Act. The incentives will be P5 million each for gold medal winners, P2.5 million each for silver winners and P1 million each for bronze medal winners. 

To all our athletes competing in the London Olympics, do your best and make our country proud.  At the end of the games, I hope you gain friends and experience which will encourage you to succeed in the future. Kami ay nakasuporta sa inyo hanggang sa huli. God bless at Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino!

Source: 

http://philippinesgoforgold.blogspot.com/search/label/2012%20London%20Olympics

http://philboxing.com/news/story-73155.html

Adidas KOTR 2012 Philippines – 30th of September – BGC

adidas King of the Road (KOTR) is a running championship held across Southeast Asia. Held in five countries across the region, and organised in city areas, the adidas KOTR race will culminate in an ultimate championship race that will be held in a different host country each year.

adidas King of the Road 2012
September 30, 2012
Bonifacio Global City
5K/10K/16.8K

Registration Fees:
16.8K – PHP 1,300
10K – PHP 1,050
5K – PHP 1,050

– Only 10,000 slots available

Race Categories:
16.8km – Men’s Closed (For Filipino Only)
16.8km – Women’s Closed (For Filipino Only)
16.8km – Men’s Open (For All Nationalities)
16.8km -Women’s Open (For All Nationalities)
10km – Men’s Open (For All Nationalities)
10km – Women’s Open (For All Nationalities)
5km – Men’s Open (For All Nationalities)
5km – Women’s Open (For All Nationalities)

Gun Start:
16.8km – 4.45 a.m.
10km – 5.15 a.m.
5km – 5.45 a.m.

Registration Venues:

Online Registration: (July 25 to September 15, 2012) -> Click Here
Early Bird Promo: FREE Delivery of Race kits from July 25 to September 7, 2012

On-Site Registration:
– adidas MegaMall
– adidas Rockwell
– adidas MOA
– adidas Trinoma
– adidas Greenbelt 3

-Registration will be 7 days a week from 12.00 n.n. – 08.00 p.m.

– For runners that register in the walk-in registration sites from 25th July 2012 to 7th September 2012* (or until the race packs become available locally) and for all runners that register online, race packs will be delivered to their registered addresses in September 2012.

– For runners that register in the walk-in registration sites after 7th September 2012* (or after race packs are available locally), race packs can be collected upon registration.

* Race pack availability may change without prior notice.

adidas KOTR 2012 Singlet Design:

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adidas KOTR 2012 – Race Maps:

Trophies and Prizes -> Click Here

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