european athlete

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nhl: sells pride themed merchandise for profit without actually enforcing anti-homophobic policies
nhl: drafts european athletes but doesn’t give them proper resources to adjust to american and canadian culture
nhl: excuses the foul behavior of white north american athletes while scrutinizing people of color and immigrants
nhl: allows men accused of sexual and physical violence towards women to continue to play, and in turn, further gives them access to young, vulnerable women
nhl: :) hockey is for everyone :)


1st Image (2004): At the young age of 19 (youngest player to ever play a final at the time) and breaking onto the scene with stellar performances throughout the tournament, he and his star-studded Portuguese team came up just short in the final on their home turf to the underdog Cinderella story of Greece; ending up in tears of heartbreak and pain.

2nd Image (2016): Leading and carrying a team of youngsters, forgotten names, and role players all the way to the final against the host nation (who for many were favorites to win it all prior to the start of the tournament) - only to find himself injured in just 20 minutes of action and forced to sit out the rest of the match. Witnessing his teammates from the sideline deliver with all the passion and fight that he led them with up to this moment. This time, the tears were of relief, joy, and nightmares erased.

I’m usually neutral to begin the Euro’s, but by the end I usually end up leaning towards certain teams, for this final however I was ok with either team winning initially, but I found myself reminiscing about my experience watching euro 2004 as a kid and how badly I wanted C.Ronaldo and Figo (some of my favorite players) to win at that time; those emotions were ignited again and I just had to hope Portugal would defy all odds and pull it off somehow.

Congrats to Portugal, and congrats to C.Ronaldo for getting his first international trophy. This is the reason I watch sports, for these beautiful narratives, it’s amazing watching certain careers and storylines unfold over the years.

Hello there,  
My name is Sandro Bilic. I’m 25 years old. My birthday is 10/04/90. I’m Bosnian/European. I’m 5'6" 150lbs. Athletic build,  short blonde hair, I’m beginning to grow it out for the 1st time.  I have blue eyes.  Both ears pierced and of course lots of tattoos.
 I enjoy the outdoors,  hiking,  dirt biking, snow mobiling, sports as well.  Going to the gym is something I love to do.  I am very family orientated,  they mean the world to me.  I like to hang out with friends and enjoy the simple things in life.
 I speak 4 different languages.  Bosnian,  Serbian, and Croation. I love to travel the world.
  I am extremily, open minded, have a great sense of humor.  I am very loving and caring, and outgoing. I also do believe in God and put my faith in him 100%.
  I have no time for plastic people who spit rubber words.  Friendship and relationships are all about honesty loyalty, and unconditional love.
  I am looking for a like minded woman to listen to, to talk to,  and build a friendship with.  Someone to laugh with,  share with,  and to enjoy what love has to offer with.
  Music is also a big part of my life.  I love going to concerts and events.  I have a wide variety of music I listen to.  Country,  rock,  hip hop, and reggae.
  How I’ve said enough to strike some interest in whomever reads this.  Thank u for your time to read this introduction.  I hope ti great from you.  Also,  please include a picture of yourself,  so I can put a face to what I will be reading.  And ask questions of whatever you would like to know.  

If you decide to send a photograph of yourself, make sure you write my full name (Sandro Bilic and doc # 1145260 on the back of the photo!)

P.s. the photo I’ve included is of my pops and I.

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Cindy Roleder of Germany, Isabelle Pedersen of Norway, Alina Talay of Belarus, Serita Solomon of Great Britain, Nooralotta Neziri of Finland, Lucy Hatton of Great Britain, Hanna Plotitsyna of Ukraine, Andrea Ivancevic of Croatia leave the blocks at the start of the Women’s 60m hurdles final at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

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Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn tells F&W about her mastery of schnitzel and her eating misadventures in Sochi, Russia.—Justine Sterling

Comfort Food Abroad: I’ve been visiting Austria since I was nine. My favorite food there is kaiserschmarrn. It’s like a thick pancake cut into little pieces with powdered sugar and raisins. I also love germknödel, a big dough ball with a jam filling and vanilla cream and poppy seeds on top.

High-Octane Racing Fuel: Usually I have fish (salmon is my go-to) grilled with olive oil. I try to stay away from meat and other heavy stuff.

Postrace Snack: If I’m not racing again the next day, I’ll have dark chocolate, like Ritter Sport. When I am racing again, my typical snack is a pumpernickel, almond butter and apple sandwich.

European Athletes vs. American: The weirdest thing for Europeans is an American-style breakfast. For them, breakfast is a piece of bread with meat and cheese.

Perfect Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and toast, or pancakes or oatmeal—something hot and substantial. Not one slice of bread.

Eating Bravely: I’m a Midwesterner, and in general we aren’t super-adventurous with food. But I try to be open-minded. For example, I tried oysters. They’re terrible and slimy and gross. But I tried them.

Favorite Cooking Project: I actually make a really good chicken schnitzel. The meat has to be pounded very thin. And I always use nice olive oil.

An Unfortunate Meal in Sochi: I recently went to Sochi to test the venue. I think they were trying to serve us food we liked—but chicken wings are not a good meal for athletes. I guess Americans make generalizations about other people and they make generalizations about us.

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