2008-olympics

fifaworldcup: Happy Birthday, Ali Krieger! The FIFA Women’s World Cup winner turns 32 today. She was part of the defense that held opponents scoreless for a record 540 minutes in the 2015 tournament. After narrowly missing out on the 2008 Olympics and having her chance at the 2012 Olympics taken away from her by injury, Krieger is set to make her Olympic debut in Rio.\n#HappyBirthday #Ali #Krieger #USA #USWNT #FIFAWWC #champion #soccer #Rio2016 #RoadToRio @akrieger11 @ussoccer_wnt

Going for the Gold with Pole Vaulter Fabiana Murer

#BeyondTheGames is a series that spotlights inspiring women athletes in the Instagram community who are telling their Olympic story. To learn more about Fabiana, follow @fabianamurer on Instagram.

Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer (@fabianamurer) is set to return to the Olympics in 2016 and couldn’t be happier to have a chance to claim her first medal. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to compete in Rio, especially because I’ll have the Brazilian fans supporting me,” the 35-year-old says. Fabiana competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failed to qualify for the 2012 London games. 2016 is all about fighting for the medal she’s dreamed of taking home. “Of course, now the motivation is so much bigger because it’s happening in my country,” she says.

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The Great Wall: First Look: See magnificent images from the Matt Damon monster movie

Appropriately for a movie about one of the Wonders of the World, The Great Wall is huge. Directed by House of Flying Daggers and Hero filmmaker Zhang Yimou, it is the most expensive Chinese movie of all time. But if you’re expecting a lofty historical epic about the 13,000-mile wall’s construction, well, expect again. In these exclusive images, you can see the vibrancy and imagination in Zhang’s vision.

Believe it or not, The Great Wall is actually a monster movie — and these shots show the fantasia-soaked pageantry that many remember from Zhang’s most widely-seen spectacle, especially in the West, the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which he directed himself.

The new film, which will be released in 3D on Feb. 17, 2017, stars Matt Damon, leading an international cast of actors that also includes Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Chinese superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, which was remade as The Departed), pop icon Luhan, and actress Jing Tian (who will also appear in next year’s Kong: Skull Island).

World War Z author Max Brooks had a hand in developing the film’s screenplay. In an interview with EW, Zhang (via a translator) describes the array of challenges, risks, and rewards that come with making his and his country’s biggest film ever.

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Hickstead really was a horse in a million and my heart goes out to Eric and everyone connected with this wonderful horse. This is a terrible loss, but Hickstead truly will never be forgotten. We were very lucky to have known him. -Princess Haya bint Al Hussein

He’s a great horse and a very good competitor. He’s got a great personality, and he’s a fun horse to ride because I know him so well. He’s feisty, he knows why he is out there, and he knows that knocking down a rail is not good! Some horses just don’t get it. -Eric Lamaze 

Every horseman knows the proverb: For every rider there’s one horse, and for every horse there’s one rider — and they were that sort of partnership. Hickstead wasn’t simply his partner in sport, he was his partner in his life’s hopes & ambitions. -Akaash Maharaj

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Gymternet Challenge: Day 5

Favorite Floor Routine: Sandra Izbasa’s gold medal winning routine at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An iconic routine for me, because it was one of the first gymnastics routines I remember watching. The music is my favorite, and her tumbling is great. Literally love everything about it. 

“Judo is about the fight, and the person who wins the fight ought to be the best fighter. But there are many elite-level fighters who don’t fight to lay it all on the line. They fight for points. They will get ahead by a minor score, then spend the rest of the match trying to make it look like they’re fighting when they’re really running away. It’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s not about justice, it’s about who can find the loopholes in the rules, and eke out a win. I cannot stand points fighters. Points fighting is cowardly. Points fighting is fighting without honor. If you are fighting for points, you’re not fighting at all. You should give one hundred percent all of the time. It’s not just about winning, it is about how you win. It’s not about winning pretty, it is about winning honorably. I’m not there for competition. I am there for a fight.”- Ronda Rousey, My Fight / Your Fight