Sunday, August 21, 2016

2010 Wedding Trends: Best Picks for Bridesmaid Dresses

The 2010 wedding dress collection for bridesmaids includes a lineup of Grecian-inspired gowns, sleek and sophisticated cocktail-style dresses and belted dresses that wrap around the neck. Designers including Vera Wang, Reem Acra and Pronovias of Barcelona are bringing us a lineup of fresh new styles and looks for the 2010 wedding season. Here are some of the leading trends for bridesmaid dresses for the 2010 wedding:

Sleeveless Lame Dresses
Vera Wang’s ‘Cecilia’ is a sleek and sophisticated A-line gown that ties at the waist and is designed in eye-catching lame fabric. Lame dresses are a popular trend for the 2010 wedding, and bridesmaid dresses are appearing in boat-neck, deep v-neck and square neck designs in a multitude of colors.

One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses
If the bride will be wearing a one-shoulder dress, the bridesmaids may be wearing one-shoulder gowns with the strap going in the opposite direction. This trendy, fashion-forward look is becoming more common for brides looking to add an urban, modern twist to their wedding day, and 2010 weddings are accommodating for the trend in both mini-dress and full-length gowns.

Ruffled Mini Dresses
Mini dresses are making a comeback for the 2010 wedding and bridesmaid dresses are appearing with layers and layers of ruffles and lace accents. Ruffles add more weight to the bottom of the dress and can be especially flattering on very tall bridesmaids. Bridesmaid dresses will be adorned with cascading ruffles and ruffle accents around the waist and hemlines on the shorter dresses at the 2010 wedding.

Criss Cross Necklines
Another popular trend for the modern bride at the 2010 wedding is the wrap dress with a criss-cross neckline. These dresses appear to be made of a single piece of material that is wrapped around the neck and again at the waist. Bridesmaid dresses in 2010 are appearing with this trend in a variety of colors and are ideal for cocktail hour at bridal events, as well as the wedding ceremony.

Tulle Skirts
2010 wedding themes centered around the classic princess-inspired wedding will accommodate for the tulle skirt trend appearing in both bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses for the 2010 wedding season. Bridesmaids are wearing a modified version of the bride’s dress with a ¾ length gown that finishes with a fanned tulle skirt. Reem Acra’s ‘Rosa Clara’ wedding dress is an example of a leading look for the 2010 wedding season.

Grecian Gowns
The long and flowy draped style of the Grecian gown is taking center stage for weddings in 2010, and bridesmaid dressings are appearing in this style in both floor-length and knee-length designs. These dresses are typically made with satin or lame to create a slinky, luxurious effect. Look for bold colors including plum, dark green, amethyst and blue for the 2010 wedding season.

Sources:

MarthaStewart.com
Vera Wang on Weddings
Brides.com

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2010 Winter Olympic Games: a Review of the Competition - Day 13

Overview:

On February 25, 2010, the thirteenth day of competition at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 medals were awarded in the women’s giant slalom, women’s 4 X 5 kilometer cross-country relay, women’s ice hockey, Nordic combined large hill (LH)/10 kilometer cross-country, women’s figure skating, and men’s freestyle skiing aerials.

The United States, the day’s big winner, won one gold medal and three silver medals. Germany garnered a gold medal and a silver medal, followed by Canada with a gold medal and a bronze, and then by Austria and Finland both with two bronze medals. Norway, South Korea, and Belarus each won a gold medal, both Slovenia and Japan garnered one silver medal, and China collected a bronze medal.

In the total medal count, the United States ended the day with 32 medals, extending its lead over second place Germany by six medals. Norway held on to third place with 19 medals; Canada in fourth place with 17 medals; Russia in fifth place with 13 medals; Austria in sixth place with 12 medals; South Korea in seventh place with 11 medals; France in eighth place with 10 medals; and China in ninth place with nine medals. Switzerland and Sweden had eight medals each, followed by Holland with six, and then the Czech Republic with five medals. Poland, Japan, and Italy had four; Australia, Belarus, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Finland had three; Croatia and Latvia had two; and Great Britain, Estonia, and Kazakhstan had one.

Alpine Skiing – Women’s Giant Slalom

Victoria Rebensburg, of Germany, won the gold medal with a total time of 2:27.11, after finishing sixth in the first run with a time of 1:15.47. Slovenia’s Tina Maze captured the silver medal in 2:27.15. She had finished fifth in the first run with a time of 1:15.39. Elisabeth Georgl, of Austria, whose 1:15.12 led the first run, garnered the bronze medal in 2:27.15.

Cross-Country Skiing – Women’s 4 X 5 Kilometer Relay

Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Kristin Soermer Steria, and Marit Bjoergen, of Norway, won the gold medal in 55:19.5. Katrin Zeller, Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Miriam Gossner, and Claudia Nystad, of Germany, won the silver medal in 55:44.1. Pirjo Muranen, Virpi Kuitunen, Riita-Liisa Roponen, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, of Finland, won the bronze medal in 55:49.9

Ice Hockey – Women’s Bronze Medal Game

Finland defeated Sweden by the score of 3-2. Scoreless after the first period, Finland took a 2-1 lead during the second period. Sweden tied the score at 2 a piece in the third period. Finland won in overtime.

Nordic Combined – Individual LH/10 Kilometer Cross-Country

Bill Demong, of the United States, won the gold medal in 24:46.9. Teammate, Johnny Spillanne, who captured the silver medal in the NH/10 kilometer cross-country, garnered the silver medal in 25:02.9. Demong and Spillane also earned silver medals in the Nordic combined team competition. Bernhard Gruber, of Austria, who won a gold medal in the Nordic combined team competition, secured the bronze medal in 25:43.7.

Ice Hockey – Women’s Gold Medal Game

Canada defeated the United States by the score of 2-0. Canada scored two points in the first period; the only successful goals for the entire game. Canada has three consecutive gold medals in ice hockey.

Figure Skating – Women

Yu-Na Kim, of South Korea, won the gold medal in 228.56. She led for the entire competition, scoring 78.50 in the short program and 150.06 in the free skating portion. Mao Asada, of Japan, garnered the silver medal in 205.5. In second place for the entire competition, Asada scored 73.78 in the short program and 131.72 in the free skating portion. Canada’s Joannia Rochette captured the bronze medal in 207.64. After securing the third position in the short program with 71.36, Rochette scored 131.28 in the free skating portion.

Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Aerials

Alexei Grishin, of Belarus, won the gold medal in 248.41. Jeret Peterson, of the United States, won the silver medal in 247.21. Zhongquing Liu, of China, won the bronze medal in 242.53.

References:

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Alpine Skiing – Women’s Giant Slalom, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Cross-Country Skiing – Women’s 4 X 5 Kilometer Relay, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Figure Skating – Women’s Free Skate, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Aerials, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Ice Hockey – Women’s Bronze Medal Game, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Ice Hockey – Women’s Gold Medal Game, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Nordic Combined – Individual LH/10 Kilometer Cross-Country, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

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2010 Unemployment Extension -- Has it Come to 'Unite or Die' for the Unemployed?

Just taking a random sampling of blogs and the comments on the many articles on the Internet concerning the failure of Congress to come to a compromise and pass the 2010 Unemployment Extension bill (the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010) shows one thing in particular — open anger in Congress. Although there are a few blogs and comment-posters that post a cynical, callous, and/or indifferent word toward the unemployed, a great majority of the posters are among the unemployed. Some, as USMoneyTalk.com reports, are calling for a united front, a combined action to get Congress to move on the unemployment extension bill to help the struggling former workers who are currently jobless, most in dire financial straits by the combined crushing effect of being without a job and/or not being able to find work in a sluggish economy.

Many of our politicians are quick to quote the Founding Fathers when talking about whatever they’re promoting at the time. In the case of the unemployed, Ben Franklin’s motto for the coming together of the individual colonies against a tyrannical and arrogant England might be most appropriate. Franklin told his fellow colonists, “Unite or die!” And, although the latter part of the rallying motto might seem a bit drastic in the case of joblessness and gaining an extension on unemployment benefits, there is little doubt that many of the unemployed, those verging on being homeless, those forced to live on the largesse of others, and those who are actually homeless due to the inability to find work, are definitely seeing their former ways of life put to death.

And, the numbers of the jobless and assistance-less unemployed continue to rise. The U. S. Department of Labor sees the number of unemployed remaining stable or rising. May showed a slight decrease in the overall number of unemployed, but that was due to the 411,000 who were temporarily hired by the U. S. Bureau of the Census, a group from which nearly all will return to the ranks of the unemployed when their services are no longer needed to complete the Census. But, there are an estimated 15 million who are out of work, a number seen by many as woefully low. Of that 15 million, two-thirds are receiving unemployment benefits.

In Washington, most of our Congressmen, both in the House and in the Senate, are far removed from ever becoming homeless. Nearly half of the senators are millionaires, with a good number verging on being part of that elite club. The House is also full of millionaires, as a quick perusal of OpenSecrets.org can attest.

Some place themselves at a distance through ideology as well. Talk of fiscal responsibility and reducing the nation’s debt means little to the seeming hopelessly unemployed. Talk of what one’s grandchildren might have to pay for in a far-off future when one is struggling to feed one’s children in the present is a concept that sounds good in the abstract, but only if one has the luxury of contemplating that abstract.

Economic status is seen by many as contributing to a distancing in society — on both ends on the financial spectrum. Many on the jobless end see those in Congress as putting themselves above them, looking down on them, indifferent to their plight.

And, it is in those feelings of distancing and perceived Congressional indifference, where several efforts andhalf-hearted compromises have seen a floundering 2010 Unemployment Extensions bill that remains unpassed and perhaps unpassable, that a common voice is being heard among the unemployed.

There have been efforts staged here and there to unite America’s jobless millions, like the petition at Change.org. There are Facebook pages and blogs calling for a united front to force Congress, especially senators, to recognize their need and vote for the passage of an unemployment extension. A group called the 99ers — so-called due to unemployment benefits eligibility ending at 99 weeks — have petitioned the president to issue an Executive Order mandating the allocation of monies to the unemployed, thereby circumventing partisan politicking and election posturing. Another effort is under way to put a face on the unemployed by bombarding the Congress with stories of the unemployed.

Some speak of uniting to defeat Congressional incumbents who have denied, voted against, or worked against the unemployment extension.

But, the unemployed face several obstacles in maintaining a united front. The number of unemployed is mercurial, subject to fluctuation through hirings and market demand. Although many thousands pass the 99 week threshold weekly, it is that staggered effect. There is also the effect of lost interest over time. Politicians depend on the short memory span of the average citizen for their political survival.

What the unemployed have in their favor, however, is their growing numbers and the internet. Taken as a cohesive whole, the unemployed in a united entity could create a massive voting bloc that could potentially alter many Congressional, not to mention local and state, elections. The convenience and speed of the internet could be used as a tool that would enable those great numbers of people to communicate a point effectively and in a timely manner.

Unite or die?

At least the first part of the motto is an attractive option. It could also be the difference between Congress moving with alacrity and/or passing an unemployment extensions bill. The latter is an unthinkable alternative save in the most figurative of meanings — although it could eventually come to that for an unfortunate few.

But the point must be made that the unemployed, those taxpayers that gave for so many years to their government, whose presence in the workplace paid the taxes that rounded out the budgets for years, are simply asking for a little help from their government to see them and their families through until the economy picks up and work can be had. More and more, the unemployed are feeling as if they have been taxed and are not being represented, while an arrogant and indifferent Congress rules from afar. Uniting to be heard and bringing pressure to bear on Congress to pass an extension, demanding that the will of the people be met, might be the best political move the unemployed could make.

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Sources:

USMoneyTalk.com

BLS.gov

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2010 Wedding Dress Styles for Pear Shaped Figures

Women with pear shaped figures often find it challenging to find a wedding dress that disguises the hips and creates a streamlined silhouette. Fortunately, several of the top 2010 wedding dress styles are well suited for the pear-shaped woman. If you have a pear shaped figure, here are some of the top 2010 wedding dress styles and trends that will flatter your body and create a picture-perfect silhouette:

A-Line Princess Dresses
A-line princess dresses are among the top wedding dress trends for the 2010 wedding season, and are a great match for pear-shaped women. These dresses flow out from the waist to elongate your torso and will frame your figure, accentuating your curves in just the right places. Look for A-line dresses with frills, lace and pearl accents around the bodice to capture this season’s fairytale-inspired look.

Halter Style Dresses
Halter-style dresses can flatter the pear-shaped silhouette because they draw attention to the shoulder and neckline. For the 2010 wedding season, the halter style dress designed with a sequin-covered bodice and pearls. Look for bold colors such as turquoise, fuchsia and lemon yellow this season if you want to try something different.

Drop Waist Wedding Dresses
The drop waist style is a good match for pear-shaped figures because it also draw attention upward and creates the illusion of a longer, slimmer waist. Drop waist wedding dresses are among the top trends for the 2010 wedding season and can be accentuated with eye catching bridal accessories that will draw eyes up to the neck and shoulders. Remember that the goal is to draw attention away from your hips, so feel free to complete the look with an elaborate updo and glamorous jewelry.

Full Length Dresses
Steer clear of the minidress wedding dress for your 2010 wedding in favor of the full-length, traditional gown. This style will elongate your torso and help you achieve a more refined, elegant look. Chapel length dresses designed with an embroidered band around the waist and a strapless design are a suitable match for the pear-shaped figure.

Ball Gown Dresses
Providing a similar effect as the A-line Princess Dress, the ball gown wedding dress is a great match for the full-figured bride with a pear shaped figure, or for anyone who wants to downplay the hips. This traditional wedding dress style is a good match for the fairytale wedding, and can be accessorized with long gloves for a truly regal look. For the 2010 wedding season, keep an eye out for wedding dresses with custom embroidery around the hemline, printed styles and beads stacked around the bodice.

From drop waist dresses to the halter-style dress, women with pear shaped figures have several options for their 2010 wedding dress. Take your pick from any of these wedding dress styles to balance out your figure and create the most attractive silhouette.

Sources:
http://ift.tt/2b895VU
Instyle Weddings
Brides.com

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2010 Video Music Awards: Performances, Awards & a Meat Dress

The MTV Video Music Awards, or VMAs, never fail to lure in viewers. Sure, it’s because of crazy outfits & out-of-this-world performances, but it’s also for the infamous drama & controversy we’re all so used to seeing at the VMAs.

From Krist Novoselic’s bass-throw gone wrong, to Lil’ Kim’s pasties, and of course to last year’s Kanye West snafu, it seems the VMAs will never be without drama. And, well, who really wants them to be?

The 2010 VMAs, however, seemed to be less about infamy & controversy than about music, performances & of course, Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Sure, Kanye & Taylor each delivered performances seemingly geared towards eachother, but each was rather forgiving & did not live up to last year’s feud. Bummer.

So what DID happen at this year’s Video Music Awards?

The meat-adorned Lady Gaga (who went through three costume changes) snagged herself eight VMAs (& the disdain of PETA), including the coveted ‘Video of the Year’ award for ‘Bad Romance’.

The sweet-as-pie Justin Bieber took home the ‘Best New Artist’ award. If only they’d had an “Best New Tweenie Lip-Syncer” award. Oh well, maybe next year!

Meanwhile, the not-so-pie-like rapper, Eminem, pocketed a few awards himself, including ‘Best Male Video’ & ‘Best Hip Hop Video’.

Best Rock Video went to ’30 Seconds to Mars’, while Jay-Z & Alicia Keys scored ‘Best Cinematography’.

The Moonmen seemed to be divvied up well between up and coming artists like Bieber & the more well-established sensations, such as Jay-Z & Eminem.

Kanye West & Talor Swift each delivered a performance supposedly aimed at last year’s infamous acceptance speech (during which West grabbed the mic from Swift during her acceptance speech & proclaimed that Beyonce deserved the award over her), but if you were looking for a war of lyrics, you were disappointed. They seem to have made amends, if one was to judge by the performances each gave. West implored us to toast the A-holes & D-bags, while Swift made up for it with a rather serious, if not downright dry, performance. Either way, it seemed to be a musical conversation of forgiveness & growing up. And D-bags.

Chelsea Handler hosted the 2010 VMAs with her usual dose of bawdy humor & over-the-top observations. Those searching for scripted ‘drama’ couldn’t have been more pleased, as Handler faked a pregnant belly after hanging out in a hot tub with the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast & implied impregnation by The Situation. She also referred to the entire cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ as “America’s greasiest sweethearts”.

In the aftermath, Lady Gaga is left defending herself to vegans & animal rights activists everywhere, the debate is open for whether Kanye West & Taylor Swift’s performances were aimed at eachother, and some viewers are left with the sense that the VMAs have gone relatively soft over the years. In fact, the raciest thing about the 2010 VMAs was probably the hostess, Chelsea Handler, who, despite imploring the stars to be on their worst behavior, carried much of the show with her boundless wit & ‘in your face’ observations.

Here’s to the return of badly behaved celebs in 2011!

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2010 US Open Leaderboard Without Big Names Early

The 2010 US Open leaderboard is not what many expected. After day 1, the 2010 US Open leaderboard doesn’t have any big stars threatening. Of course, this makes the US Open no different from any other major where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are behind. In fact, since golfers that no one had their eyes on are leading thus far, it is basically par for the course. But, today, if the 2010 US Open leaderboard is going to change, Woods and Mickelson need to move up fast.

As of 11 a.m. est, Shawn Micheel has jumped to sole possession of the lead. Heading into the day, he was tied with Paul Casey and Brendon de Jonge at -2. After getting a birdie on his second hole, Micheel is -3, and ahead on the 2010 US Open leaderboard, as Casey and de Jonge start their rounds.

The likes of K.J. Choi, Mike Weir and Ian Poulter trail at -1, along with surprising names like Ryo Ishikawa and Alex Cejka. But, the focus is on players that are further down the 2010 US Open leaderboard, such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Yesterday, neither Woods nor Mickelson got a birdie in their opening rounds. Mickelson was the first to head out, and promptly shot +4 to end up six shots down. Woods went out later in the day, but did little better, shooting +3. Now, both superstars need to avoid going down any further today.

Given how the 2010 US Open leaderboard looks after day 1, it doesn’t look like anyone will have really low scores, like Woods did in 2000. As such, if someone stays at around even par, they should be in contention much of the way. However, Woods and Mickelson need several birdies just to get back even, and must avoid too many more bogies.

Along with Woods and Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els are also low on the 2010 US Open leaderboard. Thus far, it looks like yet another major where lesser known players will be in control. But, Weir and Micheel have won majors before, and Choi threatened at this year’s Masters, so these early leaders are not in uncharted territory.

However, this is only the second day of competition, so there is more than enough time for others to make a move. Today is mainly about making the cut, and proving that successful first rounds were not a fluke. The 2010 US Open leaderboard still has a lot of changes ahead of it, starting with today.

Coverage of the second round begins at 1 p.m. est on ESPN, before moving to NBC at 3 p.m., and back to ESPN from 5-10 p.m..

Sources

Yahoo Sports- “Leaderboard”

Sports Untapped- “Woods, Mickelson Both Birdie-Less In First Round Of US Open”

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2010 US Open Leaderboard Now Includes Woods

The 2010 US Open leaderboard headed for moving day yesterday. The 2010 US Open leaderboard was expected to launch Phil Mickelson to the top of the US Open. As for Tiger Woods, he was too far down to do much damage anymore, in more ways than one. However, yesterday was a complete reversal of Friday’s action, at least when it came to the two superstars. Mickelson fell back into a hole, while Woods made the big charge. However, the 2010 US Open leaderboard is still controlled by unknowns.

Mickelson had all the momentum going into Saturday’s third round, after his 66 on Friday. Since he was two shots down and surging, it appeared he would make an even bigger charge on moving day. For Tiger Woods, on the other hand, he was seven shots down and almost out of time to make an impact.

Yet, the 2010 US Open leaderboard has Woods five shots back, and Mickelson now down by seven going into today. Mickelson got off to a slow start early, and couldn’t recover en route to a 73. Now he needs another 66, at the least, to get back into contention.

A 66 is exactly what Woods got to charge up the 2010 US Open leaderboard. After birdying the last three holes, and coming close to eagling the 18th, he enters today in third place at -1. However, it could still be too little, too late for Woods, especially after what Dustin Johnson did.

Woods wasn’t the only one to move up the 2010 US Open leaderboard with a 66 yesterday. Johnson was behind or tied for much of Saturday with Graeme McDowell, but he closed with two straight birdies of his own. Johnson’s 66 put him at -6, with a three-shot lead over McDowell.

Once again, a lesser known golfer is in control at a major, although Johnson won the last two Pebble Beach National Pro-Ams. But, today, the US Open 2010 leaderboard is focused on Woods, and whether he has another 66 in him. Yesterday, all eyes were on Mickelson to take control, and he couldn’t come through, so Mickelson is the lesser story for today.

Yet, for all of Woods’ progress, he didn’t gain a single stroke on Johnson. His 74 and 72 in the first two rounds will come back to haunt him if he falls a few strokes short today. Woods has been a near-perfect closer in majors, but he doesn’t come back to win them – although he rallied from seven strokes down at the 2000 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The final moves in the 2010 US Open leaderboard will be made later today, with NBC covering the action from 5 to 10 p.m. est.

Sources

Yahoo Sports- “Leaderboard”

ABC 7 News- “Johnson Leads, Woods Makes Charge At US Open”

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2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Predictions

Match play is somewhat of a dinosaur in competitive golf. Of the 47 PGA events scheduled for 2010, the WGC Accenture Championship is the only match play tournament of the bunch. To the PGA Tour’s credits, the WGC event is a highly established tournament which regularly draws premier golfers from around the world. Even with the absence of the top two players (Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson), the 2010 edition will definitely not be lacking in star power. Sixty two of the top 64 ranked players in the world have committed to the event. In this article, I will preview the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and offer predictions on which talented golfer will be the last man standing.

The site of the 2010 WGC Match Play Championship, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, is the longest golf course on the PGA Tour schedule. Success at this venue will require both length and accuracy. Incidentally, the winner of the 2010 Pebble Beach Pro-Am Dustin Johnson has both of these qualities. Johnson is among the Tour’s leaders in driving average and accuracy. The young American star has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2010 season which includes one victory and one other top 3 finish. A semifinal appearance is definitely not out of reach.

Steve Stricker won the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2001 and will look to add a second trophy. Like Dustin Johnson, Stricker has been playing extremely well the past year. As a matter of fact, the PGA Tour veteran is the tournament’s #1 seed. But unlike Johnson, Steve Stricker has had a lot of match play experience having won this event in 2001 and being part of both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Moreover, Stricker’s calm personality is a perfect fit for match play. I would be very surprised if he does not make it at least to the final.

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Ernie Els is one of the best match players in history. The South African won a record six HSBC World Match Play titles, and owns one of the best versus records ever. The Big Easy definitely has the length to play well at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, and has been surprisingly in form as of late. If he could get through the early matches, Els should definitely contend for the title.

Other players who will be competitive at the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship include Geoff Ogilvy, Lee Westwood, and Rory McIlroy. Ogilvy and Westwood are two of the best golfers in the world. Both players are veterans of match play and have been playing extremely well the last few months. A win here will be a tremendous boost of confidence, and will help either of the players establishing himself as the next superstar of world golf. McIlroy was dubbed by some as the next Tiger Woods. His stellar play on the European Tour has certainly dispelled a lot of the skepticisms. A good performance at the WGC event will further validate this talented golfer.

My predictions for the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship: Geoff Ogilvy wins; Steve Stricker finishes runner-up.

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2010 Winter Olympics

If you do not yet have vacation plans for next year, you might want to consider a trip to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. The XXI Winter Games will be held from February 12 – 28, 2010 in this beautiful city in southern British Columbia. Vancouver is located north of Seattle, Washington and is just over the Canadian border. Magnificent mountains grace one side of the city, while the Pacific Ocean beckons cruise ships on the other side. Vancouver is home to numerous recreational activities, parks, museums, theatres and shops.

Located in the District of West Vancouver, Cypress Mountain will host the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard events. Changes were made to some of the runs including a snowmaking system and state-of-the-art lighting. Improvements cost an estimated $14.6 million.

The Richmond Olympic Oval will be home to the Men’s and Ladies Speed Skating. The Oval was due to open to the public for various activities in the fall of 2008 and boasts a seating capacity of 8,000 people. During the Olympic Games, it will be home to twelve Speed Skating events.

Located on Blackcomb Mountain, the Whistler Sliding Centre will hold the thrilling Men’s and Women’s Bobsled and Luge events. Meanwhile, at Whistler Creekside, visitors will view Men’s and Ladies captivating Downhill, Slalom and Super-G ski events. The men will “go for the gold” on the Dave Murray Downhill, while the ladies race on “Franz’s Run.”

Whistler Olympic Park, situated in Callaghan Valley, will host the invigorating Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing and Nordic Combined. The construction of this venue will run approximately $119.7 million and will be home to twenty-eight events.

Eighty-five years ago, Chamonix, France was host to the first Winter Games, held in 1924. A total of 258 men and women competed in these games; the Winter Games next year will see 2,500 athletes coming from around the world. Those men and women who have the athletic capability to participate in the Olympics are truly blessed. The rest of us watch from our homes and cheer for the participants from our individual countries. However, no matter who wins gold, silver or bronze, the thrill of being an Olympic athlete is something many of us will never know. May these men and women represent their countries to the best of their ability and through these Games help spread peace throughout the world.

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2010 Winter Olympic Games: a Review of the Competition - Day 14

Overview:

On February 26, 2010, the fourteenth day of competition at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 21 medals were awarded in women’s curling, men’s biathlon 4 X 7.5 kilometer relay, women’s slalom, women’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom, men’s 500 meters short track speed skating, women’s 1,000 meters short track speed skating, and the men’s 5,000 meters short track speed skating relay.

Canada led the day, winning four medals, including two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal. China, Austria, Russia, South Korea, and the United States each won two medals. The Chinese captured a gold medal and a bronze medal, while Austria, Russia, South Korea, and the United States each garnered a silver medal and a bronze medal. Norway, Germany, Holland, and Sweden each won a gold medal, while the Czech Republic garnered a bronze medal.

At the end of the day, the United States remained atop the medal count with 34 medals. The Germans remained in second place with 27, while the Canadians took over third place with 21 medals. Norway fell to fourth place with 20 medals. Austria and Russia tied for fifth place with 15 medals. South Korea occupied sixth place with 14 medals, followed by China with 11 medals, France with 10, Sweden with 9, Switzerland with 8, Holland with 7, and the Czech Republic with 6. Poland, Japan, and Italy each had 4; Australia, Belarus, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Finland each had 3; Latvia and Croatia had 2; Great Britain, Estonia, and Kazakhstan each had one.

An historic day in the Winter Olympics, as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, of Norway, won his 11th career Olympic medal, making him the second most decorated Winter Olympian behind his countryman, Bjorn Dahle.

Curling – Women’s Bronze Medal Game

China won the bronze medal, defeating Switzerland by the score of 12-6.

Biathlon – Men’s 4 X 7.5 Kilometer Relay

Halvard Hanevold, Tarjel Boe, Emil Hegle Svendsen, and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, of Norway, won the gold medal in 1:21:38.1. Austria’s Simon Eder, Daniel Mesotitsch, Dominik Landertinger, and Christoph Sumann captured the silver medal in 1:22:16.7. Ivan Tcherezov, Anton Shipulin, Maxim Tchoudov, and Evgeny Ustyugov, of Russia, secured the bronze medal in 1:22:16.9.

Alpine Skiing – Women’s Slalom

Maria Riesch, of Germany, who earlier had won the gold medal in the super combined downhill, garnered the gold medal with a combined time of 1:42.89; she led for the entire completion, completing the first run in 50.75. Marlies Schild, of Austria, who finished the first run in third place, won the silver medal in 1:43.32. Sarka Zahtobska, of the Czech Republic, earned the bronze medal in 1:43.90, after finishing the first run in second place.

Snowboarding – Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom

Nicolien Sauerbrelj, of Holland, won the gold medal; Ekaterina Ilyukhina, of Russia, captured the silver medal; and Marion Kreiner, of Austria, garnered the bronze medal.

Curling – Women’s Gold Medal Game

Sweden won the gold medal, defeating the Canadians by the score of 7-6.

Short Track – Men’s 500 Meters

Charles Hamelin, of Canada, won the gold medal in 42.123. Si-Bak Sung, of South Korea, captured the silver medal in 42.307. Hamelin’s teammate, Francois-Louis Tremblay, garnered the bronze medal in 42.681. Defending gold medalist, Apolo Anton Ohno, of the United States was disqualified for pushing off Tremblay in the final lap.

Short Track – Women’s 1,000 Meters

China’s Meng Wang, who won gold medals in the 500 meters and the 3,000 meter-relay, won the gold medal in 1:31.932. Her victory enabled the Chinese women to sweep the gold medals in the short track speed skating events. Katherine Reutter, of the United States, a member of the bronze medal 3,000 meter-relay team, garnered the silver medal in 1:32.122. South Korea’s Seung-Hi Park garnered the bronze medal in 1:32.333.

Short Track – Men’s 5,000 Meter Relay

Charles Hamelin, Francois Hamelin, Olivier Jean, and Francois-Louis Tremblay, of Canada, won the gold medal in 6:43.610. South Korean’s Yoon-Gy Kwak, Ho-Suk Lee, Jung-Su Lee, and Si-Bak Sung garnered the silver medal in 6:43.845. J.R. Celski, Travis Jayner, Jordan Malone, and Apolo Anton Ohno, of the United States, captured the bronze medal in 6:44.498, which increased Ohno’s medal cache to eight, the most won by an American in the Winter Olympic Games.

References:

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Alpine Skiing – Women’s Slalom, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Biathlon – Men’s 4 X 7.5 Kilometer Relay, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Curling – Women’s Bronze Medal Game, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Curling – Women’s Gold Medal Game, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Short Track – Men’s 5,000 Meter Relay, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Short Track – Men’s 500 Meters, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Short Track – Women’s 1,000 Meters, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Snowboarding – Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

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