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A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I began lifting weights at 71’
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:00:45 GMT

Joan Macdonald faced growing health problems before she began lifting weights, shattering preconceptions about what’s possible in your eighth decade

Joan Macdonald has not always looked like a bodybuilder. At 71, she weighed 90kg (14st 4lb), and had rising blood pressure and kidney troubles. She was also on medication for cholesterol and acid reflux, and her doctor wanted to double the dose.

Her daughter, Michelle, expressed Macdonald’s dilemma bluntly. “You’re going to end up like your mother did in a nursing home!” she told Macdonald. “And people are going to have to look after you. Do you want that?”

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Match ID: 0 Score: 60.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 35.00 fitness, 25.00 bodybuilding

Xponential Fitness' downsized IPO prices at $12 a share, below $14 to $16 price range
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:34:38 GMT

Xponential Fitness Inc. said its initial public offering priced at $12 a share late Thursday, below its $14 to $16 price range. The company downsized the deal to 10 million shares from an earlier plan to offer 13.3 million. The shares are expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange later Friday, under the ticker 'XPOF.' BofA Securities, Jefferies and Morgan Stanley were lead underwriters in a syndicate of eight banks.The company is a boutique fitness franchiser with chains including Club Pilates; Row House, a studio chain for indoor rowing; and Stride, a treadmill-based studio chain. The deal comes a week after Mark Walhberg-backed F45 Training Holdings Inc. hit the market. Both companies are going public after a year in which the health-club industry took a beating due to COVID-19. The Renaissance IPO ETF has fallen 1.3% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 16%.

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Match ID: 1 Score: 35.00 source: feeds.marketwatch.com age: 0 days
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Education calls grow after week of tragedies in England’s waters
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:52:29 GMT

At least 17 drown as swimming advocates argue for a new approach rather than warnings and bans

It has been a week of tragedies in England’s waters. At least 17 people have drowned cooling off in the heatwave, including a man who went missing on a blow-up unicorn in a Wakefield lake and a 16-year-old boy in the River Dee near Chester.

On Friday HM Coastguard issued a plea to those visiting the coast to leave the inflatables at home and to “think twice” before taking risks in the sea. Greater Manchester fire and rescue service went further, saying: “We urge people not to go into open water, no matter how hot it is outside.”

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Match ID: 2 Score: 35.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 35.00 fitness

The Pegasus Project part 4: runaway princesses and the UK connection
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:00:12 GMT

In today’s episode, two princesses from the United Arab Emirates show up in our leaked records – and we look at whether powerful spyware is being used against UK citizens

In 2018, Princess Latifa, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, made a bid for freedom. Together with a Finnish fitness instructor and a French former spy, she fled the United Arab Emirates.

The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh tells Michael Safi that at the height of the escape drama, it can now be revealed, the mobile numbers for Latifa and some of her friends back home appeared on a database at the heart of the Pegasus project data investigation. Latifa was ultimately captured by Indian special forces and returned to Dubai. The UAE described it not as an escape attempt but as a kidnapping.

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Match ID: 3 Score: 35.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 1 day
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We Don’t Need a Jetsons Future, Just a Sustainable One
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:00:00 GMT
“Cozy futurism” reimagines tech for the greater good
Match ID: 4 Score: 35.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day
qualifiers: 35.00 fitness

COVID-19 Forced Us All to Experiment. What Have We Learned?
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT
Telework, telelearning, telemedicine, and telecommerce are here to stay
Match ID: 5 Score: 30.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 3 days
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Does CrossFit Have a Future?
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000
After the pandemic and accusations of racism almost destroyed the gym brand, a new owner tries to bring it back.
Match ID: 6 Score: 30.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 3 days
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At least 100 of 613 US athletes unvaccinated as Tokyo Olympics begin
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:04:51 GMT
  • USOPC is ‘quite happy’ with number of vaccinated athletes
  • Vaccination is not required for athletes competing at Games

About 100 of the 613 US athletes arriving in Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief said hours before Friday night’s opening ceremony.

Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated.

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Match ID: 7 Score: 15.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
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Team GB shifts Olympic focus from superpower to more human approach | Sean Ingle
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:35:20 GMT

The relentless drive for more medals has been replaced by a more human message in Tokyo: it is a welcome change

At the Hokusai Museum, a short ride from where the British athletes are staying in the Olympic village, there is a giant image of the Japanese artist’s most famous work: the Great Wave off Kanagawa. Higher and higher the great wave rises, until it stands taller than Mount Fuji itself. But then, inevitably its tremendous power and energy starts to flatten, then fall.

That picture may yet serve as an analogy for Team GB’s Olympic momentum here in Tokyo. Since finishing 36th in the medal table in Atlanta in 1996, behind Ireland and North Korea, it has ridden an enormous wave, from Sydney to Athens, London to Rio, from no-hopers to world-beaters. But, after winning 67 medals and finishing second in 2016, UK Sport is now targeting between 45-70 medals and a top-five finish in Tokyo.

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Match ID: 8 Score: 15.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
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Uzbek legend Oksana Chusovitina set for one final attempt at Olympic glory | Tumaini Carayol
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:54:01 GMT

An astonishing Olympic career that began in 1991, and has spanned four teams, is poised to come to a close in Japan

So much can happen in the sporting world across four years alone, but throughout the Olympic cycles in recent memory, during a period in which thousands of athletes have had long and fruitful careers before departing into the night, one of the few certainties at each Olympics has been the enduring presence of Oksana Chusovitina.

As a gymnast in a sport dominated for so long by teenagers, Chusovitina was already at a relatively advanced age two decades ago, and she was considered a complete aberration by the time she was 30. Yet Tokyo 2020 marks her eighth Olympics in a career that has spanned three decades. As she completed her podium training on Thursday before her attempts to qualify for another vault final on Sunday, she told reporters in Tokyo that it would be her last.

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Match ID: 9 Score: 15.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony – in pictures
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:51:49 GMT

With a blaze of indigo and white fireworks lighting the night sky, the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has started. In a nearly empty national stadium, devoid of any crowd energy, it began with a single female athlete at the centre of the stadium, kneeling. As she stood, the shadow behind her took the shape of a seedling, growing as she walked. A number of athletes were featured in a video that started with the moment Tokyo won the Olympic bid in 2013, before showing images of a world silenced by the Covid pandemic

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Match ID: 10 Score: 15.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
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‘There’s magic in misery’: ultramarathon runners cross Death Valley – in a drought
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:00:51 GMT

A hundred athletes are picked each year for the 135-mile race. This time the climate was especially brutal

In the Badwater Basin at the bottom of California’s Death Valley, the air feels like a giant hair dryer and the pavement can melt the soles of your shoes.

Yet on Monday night, 100 of the world’s top endurance runners set off on what has become known as “the world’s toughest foot race”, carving 135 miles of terrain through one of the planet’s most extreme climates at the most intense time of year.

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Match ID: 11 Score: 15.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 0 days
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The refugee athlete who lost his mum to Covid
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:00:19 GMT
Abdullah Sediqi, 24, is competing at the Tokyo Games in her honour.
Match ID: 12 Score: 15.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days
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The Olympics Could Be a Covid-19 ‘Super-Evolutionary Event’
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 21:06:57 +0000
In a warped version of international cooperation, the Games could provide a place for variants of the virus to spread and then return home with athletes.
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Cowboy Ventures’ Ted Wang: CEO coaching is ‘about having a second set of eyes’
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:40:43 +0000
'I think you want insight from people who understand how human beings listen and learn and grow.'
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Tokyo Olympics: Ten global stars to watch out for at the Games
Sat, 17 Jul 2021 05:56:53 GMT
From Simone Biles to Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica - who are the athletes to follow at the Tokyo Olympics?
Match ID: 15 Score: 6.43 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 6 days
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