René WOLBER

Bike

PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2017 – Best Of

The fourth edition of a very special mountain bike adventure has come to a close: PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC, the most important stage race in Europe and one of most beautiful in the world, is over for another year. With a total of 12,000 m of ascent, a large part of the race was obviously decided in the many long uphill stretches. In return, the riders were rewarded daily with numerous downhill runs: countless long, gorgeous single trails gave them the chance to experience flow at its very best. And then of course, there was the unparalleled scenery of the Swiss Alps. Each individual stage provided plenty of breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Alps – and participants had an entire week to feast their eyes on the landscape.Results: Men:1. CENTURION VAUDE Daniel Geismayr [AUT] / Jochen Käss [GER]2. BiXS Pro Team Konny Looser [SUI] / Oliver Zurbrügg [SUI]3. Team Texpa-Simplon Christoph Soukup [AUT] / Michael Stünzi [SUI]4. BUFF SCOTT MTB TEAM Francesco Guerra Carretero [ESP] / Enrique Morcillo Vergara [ESP]5. Suso Bike Trek/jb BRUNEX Felt Team Dario Thoma [SUI] / Casey South [SUI]Women:1.Team Meerendal CBC Esther Süss [SUI] / Jennie Stenerhag [SWE]2.Spur - Wallonie Ariane Lüthi [SUI] / Alice Pirard [BEL]3.Scott Womens - R'adys Cornelia Hug [SUI] / Florence Darbellay [SUI]4.DMK Trek n' AMK BikeZone Lisette Rosenbeck Christensen [DEN] / Maj Schneider Thomsen [DEN]5.In Bocca al Lupo Tamara Burkhardt [SUI] / Franziska Krebs [SUI]

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Kayak

How to take a perfect stroke? Rowers on the ultimate search for perfection

To win a rowing race the most important thing for rowers is to connect all together in one big movement. Only when all athletes row synchronized with perfect strokes the team has the chance to finish in first place. But what is the “perfect stroke”? The clip is going to answer all your questions.Greg Searle (GBR): “I say within rowing there´s  properly three things that make the boat go fast. One is, do you row a long stroke? So you move the boat a long way, each stroke. The second thing is, do you pull hard? And if you pull hard the boat will go further of each one of those strokes. The third element is, how many stroked do you do per minute? If you do more strokes and they´re still strong strokes and they´re still long strokes the boat will go faster. The problem is, sometimes you push one of these things on and the other one goes down. So the real art with rowing is to row long, to row strong and then take more strokes and then be efficient and be together, so the boat keeps moving forwards.”

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Water jump

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 - Best Moments - Mostar (BIH)

England’s Gary Hunt returned to imperious form to score his second victory of the season in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in doing so reclaimed a lead at the top of the men’s overall standings. American Steven LoBue also repeated his best result of the season by taking second place, while 22- year-old wildcard and World Series debutante, Nikita Fedotov of Russia, produced a surprising but stunning performance to finish in third in front of 17,000 enthusiastic fans.In the women’s, Cesilie Carlton of the US put a poor season behind her to fire to a first victory since 2015, with Australia’s Helena Merten finishing in second place and German wildcard Anna Bader in third. Much of the build up to this event had centred around Hunt’s previous struggles from bridges at World Series events, as in four competitions from bridge into river he has failed to land on top of the podium, as well as his recent dip in form from 27m. But in one afternoon he proved the doubters wrong on both counts, returning to his brilliant best to hold off the roaring challenge of an inspired LoBue and grab his 30th victory in 64 stops.32-year-old LoBue, leading after the third round, showed no nerves as he delivered his difficult inward quint in the final dive of the day, but just fell short of the Brit by a few points. With three nines and two nine and a halves from the judges, Russia’s Fedotov earned the highest scores of the day in his first ever World Series appearance, letting his great talent for acrobatic 3-second-manoeuvres shine through and completing the podium.Following a somewhat low key season for Carlton, in which 6th place was her previous high from the 21m platform, the 36-year-old was once again inspired by the magic of Stari Most, reeling off a series of river-ripping dives to go one better than her second-place finish here last season. Merten and Bader have been no strangers to the podium this season, and again they showed unerring consistency at the shivery Neretva River to join Carlton in the champagne celebrations.With Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland missing the competition due to an injury in training, Adriana Jimenez has now closed the overall gap to the leader to just 60 points, although it could have been even closer if the Mexican had not made an error on her final dive, finishing in fourth. While in the women’s it’s certainly still all to play for going into the final stop at a new location in Chile in October, reigning champion Hunt now holds a 140-point lead ahead of Jonathan Paredes, who finished sixth. The Mexican as well as England’s Blake Aldridge, who came to Bosnia and Herzegovina as the World Series leader, still will have a say in the title fight of this most competitive season yet.Standings (after 5 of 6 stops)MEN1- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 660pts.2- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 5203- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 5104- David Colturi (USA) – 4305- Andy Jones (USA) – 418WOMEN1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 690pts2- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 6303- Helena Merten (AUS) – 6104- Ginger Huber (USA) – 5205- Cesilie Carlton USA – 440Red Bull Cliff Diving World SeriesSince 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for exhilarating action and dives of ever-growing complexity. The series features elite athletes as well as young up-and-coming talent and a Women’s World Series was introduced in 2014. In 2017 the sport's best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from up to 27m with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during six competitions around the world.

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Climbing

adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 - Best Of

Well-deserved winners at the adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 in the Superfinals: Alex Puccio (USA) in the women’s and Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) at the men’s category showed an amazing performance on the critical boulder, which meant the official “adidas ROCKSTARS 2017” champion title for both. The Japanese has already solved the „problem“ after 18 seconds and showed his huge relief when he smashed the buzzer. Truly, his goal to keep the title was a hard challenge against his South Korean opponent Jongwon Chon. The crowd pushed both forward and saw within the first few steps today it’s Tomoa’s day again. The US girl Alex Puccio was the lucky winner in the women’s competition against last year’s champion Janja Garnbret from Slovenia. After dominating the rounds before, Puccio was quite stunned when she stood up there. For her it was a special win taking into account the fact that she had a long break due to a longer injury and recovery. 82 athletes who started, the field was narrowed over 2 rounds to just 6 male and 6 female finalists. The crowd in the Porsche-Arena saw an outstanding final, which could only be surpassed by an even more exciting “Superfinal”. The competing men and women were responsible for the ultimate highlights on this day. This boulder event had some other great program highlights too: The amateurs competed in the “Be a Rockstar” competition, the band Orange but Green, Robeat and some DJs got the atmosphere to its top, having the crowd on fire when the athletes needed the support for their challenges.Results Women TOP6 :1. Alex Puccio (USA)2. Janja Garnbret (SLO)3. Miho Nonaka (JPN)4. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)5. Shauna Coxsey (GBR)6. Aya Onoe (JPN) Results Men TOP6:1. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)2. Jongwon Chon (KOR)3. Kokoro Fujii (JPN)4. Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (RUS)5. Makoto Yamauchi (JPN)6. Aleksei Rubtsov (RUS)

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Climbing

adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 Superfinal Women

This weekend has seen the World’s elite rock climbers descend on Stuttgart for a truly special competition. adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 pairs over 80 invited athletes from 25 different countries with intense musical performances and a passionate and vocal crowd of over 3500 fans to create an event unlike anything else in the climbing universe. Even by the high standards of adidas ROCKSTARS, the athlete line-up this year was incredibly strong. Of the 82 athletes who started, the field was narrowed over 2 rounds to just 6 male and 6 female finalists. The crowd in the Porsche-Arena saw an outstanding final, which could only been outclassed by an even more exciting “Superfinal”. The competing men and women were responsible for the ultimative highlights on this day. In the end Alex Puccio (USA) and Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) were able to climb faster than their opponents in the 1 vs 1 duel on the last and critical boulder. Now they are allowed to officially call themselves “adidas ROCKSTAR 2017”. Jongwon Chon (KOR), Kokoro Fujii (JPN) in the men’s and Janja Garnbret (SLO), Miho Nonaka (JPN) in the women’s category can be satisfied with the places two and three. The seventh edition of the Boulder-Event taking place in Stuttgart (GER) was not only for the Boulder-Fans a true highlight on this weekend, but also for the “newly climbing excited people”.Results Women TOP6 :1. Alex Puccio (USA)2. Janja Garnbret (SLO)3. Miho Nonaka (JPN)4. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)5. Shauna Coxsey (GBR)6. Aya Onoe (JPN)

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Climbing

adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 - Superfinal Men

This weekend has seen the World’s elite rock climbers descend on Stuttgart for a truly special competition. adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 pairs over 80 invited athletes from 25 different countries with intense musical performances and a passionate and vocal crowd of over 3500 fans to create an event unlike anything else in the climbing universe. Even by the high standards of adidas ROCKSTARS, the athlete line-up this year was incredibly strong. Of the 82 athletes who started, the field was narrowed over 2 rounds to just 6 male and 6 female finalists. The crowd in the Porsche-Arena saw an outstanding final, which could only been outclassed by an even more exciting “Superfinal”. The competing men and women were responsible for the ultimative highlights on this day. In the end Alex Puccio (USA) and Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) were able to climb faster than their opponents in the 1 vs 1 duel on the last and critical boulder. Now they are allowed to officially call themselves “adidas ROCKSTAR 2017”. Jongwon Chon (KOR), Kokoro Fujii (JPN) in the men’s and Janja Garnbret (SLO), Miho Nonaka (JPN) in the women’s category can be satisfied with the places two and three. The seventh edition of the Boulder-Event taking place in Stuttgart (GER) was not only for the Boulder-Fans a true highlight on this weekend, but also for the “newly climbing excited people”.Results Men TOP6:1. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)2. Jongwon Chon (KOR)3. Kokoro Fujii (JPN)4. Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (RUS)5. Makoto Yamauchi (JPN)6. Aleksei Rubtsov (RUS)

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Water jump

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 – Winning Dive Women – Mostar (BIH)

Cesilie Carlton of the US put a poor season behind her to fire to a first victory since 2015, with Australia’s Helena Merten finishing in second place and German wildcard Anna Bader in third.Following a somewhat low key season for Carlton, in which 6th place was her previous high from the 21m platform, the 36-year-old was once again inspired by the magic of Stari Most, reeling off a series of river-ripping dives to go one better than her second-place finish here last season. Merten and Bader have been no strangers to the podium this season, and again they showed unerring consistency at the shivery Neretva River to join Carlton in the champagne celebrations.With Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland missing the competition due to an injury in training, Adriana Jimenez has now closed the overall gap to the leader to just 60 points, although it could have been even closer if the Mexican had not made an error on her final dive, finishing in fourth.Cesilie Carlton, USA: " This was a season of downs for me, so I feel amazing today, I’m ecstatic. The season was terrible for me, so come out and put four dives together, I’m beyond words. I’m so happy! The people here are amazing, the crowd is insane, you see them on the bridge and everywhere. It’s a great atmosphere.

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Deep diving

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 - Winning Dive Men - Mostar (BIH)

England’s Gary Hunt returned to imperious form to score his second victory of the season in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in doing so reclaimed a lead at the top of the men’s overall standings. American Steven LoBue also repeated his best result of the season by taking second place, while 22- year-old wildcard and World Series debutante, Nikita Fedotov of Russia, produced a surprising but stunning performance to finish in third in front of 17,000 enthusiastic fans.Much of the build up to this event had centred around Hunt’s previous struggles from bridges at World Series events, as in four competitions from bridge into river he has failed to land on top of the podium, as well as his recent dip in form from 27m. But in one afternoon he proved the doubters wrong on both counts, returning to his brilliant best to hold off the roaring challenge of an inspired LoBue and grab his 30th victory in 64 stops.32-year-old LoBue, leading after the third round, showed no nerves as he delivered his difficult inward quint in the final dive of the day, but just fell short of the Brit by a few points. With three nines and two nine and a halves from the judges, Russia’s Fedotov earned the highest scores of the day in his first ever World Series appearance, letting his great talent for acrobatic 3-second-manoeuvres shine through and completing the podium.Gary Hunt, GBR: “I definitely felt like this was a really important competition when you look at the Series. I arrived here and on the second day I read an article saying that I’ve never won a competition on a bridge and that kind of got to me and I said to myself ‘okay, I’m going to show you I can dive off a bridge’. It’s definitely exciting when the season is open on that last event. It’s a very strange feeling to finish the season when it’s already wrapped up. So it means it’s going to be a super exciting and fun event, but I’ll be carrying this victory with me and hopefully that confidence is going to help me win.

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