The law says tax exempt status is granted to groups that “foster national or international amateur sports competition.” But do the hyper-marketed modern games even remotely fit the ideal of amateur sports? Sure, some athletes who represent the U.S. are amateurs but a great many others are highly paid professionals or marketing magnets. Snowboarder Shaun White–who won no medals– makes a reported $8 million-a-year in endorsements.Back in 2009, the city provided the USOC with a new headquarters building downtown, which is still held by the City of Colorado Springs Public Facilities Authority but will be given to the USOC If it sticks around here long enough. The city also spent millions to renovate the Olympic Training Center, at Boulder Street and Union Boulevard.
And then there is USOC itself. By almost any standard, it is a commercial enterprise. It exists primarily to help organize a bi-annual made-for-TV entertainment extravaganza. Yes, it provides some support for athletes (though surprisingly little). But its real business is marketing itself and playing its part in a two-week orgy of athletic commercialization.
This Nuxalk mask shows the elegant elongation of the bird beak, a sensitive and human-like rendering of the eye/socket/brow area, with painted embellishments on the surface in black, red and blue. The open mouth suggests the ferocity of this bird of prey, possible a supernatural “man-eater.” Shredded red cedar bark symbolizes the mythical arena in which the dance-dramas would be enacted.
In 1895, Frederic Remington first endeavored to sculpt and the resulting work is one of the most enduring visual images of the American West. The bronze horse symbolizes the spirit and tenacity of the Wild West. Popular from the time of its creation, The Broncho [sic] Buster stands today as an icon of the region and is thought of as the first action bronze of a western hero.Read the rest of the press release here:
Ragain Sports is excited to announce our “Name the Team Contest" running from January 13th through January 17th. We are looking for team name ideas that hold some historical significance to Colorado Springs, names that tie-in one or more significant attributes of Colorado Springs, or creative names that simply work. We would like for all age levels to participate, however, those under 18 will need a parent or guardian to complete the online form.Ragain Sports wants the new team to call a proposed downtown sports events center home that's part of the city's City for Champions tourism project.
Ragain Sports plans to announce the selected name on the evening of January 24th at Jack Quinn’s Pub & Restaurant where we will also raffle away items to those who have participated. Those who have submitted a name idea will also have the first opportunities to make season ticket deposits for the 2015 season.
Starting Monday, January 13th, please go to ragainsports.com or facebook.com/ragainsports/contest to read the rules and submit your name ideas!
Imagine ice skating alongside a U.S. Olympic figure skater and national champion. Now is your chance! As the countdown to the Sochi Games continues, Memorial Hospital has teamed up with U.S. Olympic figure skater Rachael Flatt for a public skating event at the Colorado College Honnen Ice Arena.
Memorial is the official hospital of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Flatt, the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating national champion, 2008, 2009 and 2011 U.S. Figure Skating silver medalist, and 2008 world junior champion, will skate with fellow Colorado Springs residents, sign autographs, take photos with fans, and offer health and wellness tips.
“It’s important to take care of your body mentally and physically, and skating is a fun way to get active during this season,” Flatt said. “Colorado Springs has a rich history of athletics, and this is a wonderful way for the community to get involved, support athletes and inspire others.”
WHAT: Memorial Hospital Family Skate
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014
WHERE: Colorado College Honnen Ice Arena, 30 W. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
COST: Admission and skate rental are free; participants are welcome to bring their own skates. Donations for the Memorial Hospital Foundation are welcome and appreciated! For parking, please use on- or off-street public parking.
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Stage 1: Aspen.
Stage 2: Aspen to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte.
Stage 3: Gunnison to Monarch Mountain.
Stage 4: Colorado Springs.
Stage 5: Woodland Park to Breckenridge.
Stage 6: Vail.
Stage 7: Fans - It's time to weigh in and let us know where you'd like to go! (You can vote here.)
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb went off without a hitch last Sunday, with the biggest headlines coming from Sébastien Loeb, and his 875-horsepower Peugeot 208 T16, just crushing the previous course record.
Of course, if you were following along online, on Red Bull TV (posted below), you might have had a harder time watching it happen. Helicopter shots kept cutting in and out, images were static-ridden and unreliable, and at times it was just generally difficult to figure out what was happening. This was hell for the people watching, but it was certainly hell for the announcers, one of them being Colorado Springs media member Dan Cochell.
And, of course, this was also the first time an attempt had been made to broadcast the race, now in its 91st year. Despite that, thousands of commenters on YouTube and Facebook ripped the production up and down. Here's a few from Sunday (everything sic-ed):
"Thanks for posting this video," Ivan Nenov wrote. "The redbull.tv broadcast was less than impressive though. Gearheads want to hear the car engine, not two gentlemen talking."
Or, from Ralph Gaume: "Amazing race by Loeb and Peugeot, but redbull this coverage suck! Espacialy the two guys, they seem nice but I wasn't here to listen to them."
Or Mario Sergio Arcanjo's thoughts: "WHAT A CRAP TRANSMISSION, HOPEFULLY RED BULL HAS A BETTER COVERAGE OF THE RECORD RUN.....USELESS TV STATION THAT COVERED THE RUN.......BUNCH OF AMATEURS!!!!"
We even received letters written to Cochell's personal e-mail address, which was posted in the comments, CC'd to our newsroom. It's all just a little ridiculous, Cochell says in a phone interview with the Indy.
"The Hill Climb partnered with me to be the play-by-play announcer, but the production crew didn’t have their shit together whatsoever," he says. "So, when we arrived up on the hill to do the race, my audio cables aren’t even plugged in four minutes before race time; I didn’t have IFB; I had no contact with any of the announcers up and down the hill; I didn’t have any monitor to see any footage.
"We essentially did what turned out to be a six-hour race with about 15 minutes of the race, and the rest of it, all the cameras were failing from the connections. And then the cameras, as you saw, on the helicopter would freeze. And that’s what happened all day, so what was I supposed to do?"
Cochell says all the cameras were linked over Wi-Fi, but a 14,115-foot mountain sort of got in the way.
"If you understand how big Pikes Peak is, to hook up all the cameras on a wireless Internet system and have all that technology work flawlessly is asking a lot," he says. "And the person that did the production arrived on Wednesday, and really didn’t have any chance to set up any of the cameras, which didn’t even arrive until Saturday at 5 p.m. Saturday! I went up there on Saturday to do a run-through, and it was pouring rain by 3 in the afternoon so they couldn’t even hook up anything."
Eventually the summit camera was hooked up — 15 minutes before the race started, Cochell says. A second camera at the 16-mile mark failed to ever come online, leaving the helicopter camera as the main one. Of course, the announcers couldn't speak with the pilot, and had no help determining which car was on the road.
"I don’t want any PR off this," Cochell says. "I wasn’t gonna say anything, but when you have 20,000 people commenting and ripping you apart, and ripping the Hill Climb apart — and part of this is me defending the Hill Climb, because these people have no idea what they’re talking about. They have none. They just sit and watch the thing and think it should just come off magical, and it doesn’t happen that way. It doesn’t work that way in the real world."
Cochell says he also built the broadcast set in the first place, though was not responsible for getting it into shape.
"So, the moment I walked on the set and nothing is set — I mean, no cables are run, no power cord for the monitors — I mean, when none of that is in place, and it's still not in place four minutes before we go on the air ... What was I gonna do?
"If I go into that set and I know everything that's laid out before me and it's not ready to my standards and all of a sudden I say, 'We're not gonna do this' ... all of a sudden it's a disaster from the beginning. But when I do go on the air and try and make something out of it, and it still turns out bad, then I'm really looked at as being unprofessional and unprepared, which is the furthest thing from the truth."
And, for fun, here's some fans who were nearly killed by Loeb while crossing the road:
I know as much about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as I do about riding motorcycles (which I've, uh, never done). Despite that, I dig a downtown party as much as the next guy, so look for vehicular madness on Tejon Street tonight, with a beer garden, chili cook-off, stunt team and more.
The “9 Minute Club,” all five competitors who have broken the once elusive 10-minute barrier will be in the race; Rhys Millen (9:46.164 in 2012), Romain Dumas (9:46.181 in 2012), Nobuhiro Tajima (9:51.278 in 2011), Carlin Dunne (9:52.819 in 2012) and Greg Tracy (9:58.262 in 2012).
But based on practice and testing times this week, it may result in the first sub-nine minute mark and new records in almost every division on the fully-paved 12.42 mile course with 156 turns if the mountain and the weather cooperate with race organizers. ...
All eyes in the Motorcycle field will be focused squarely on record-setting Carlin Dunne (Santa Barbara, CA), who set the course mark for bikes last year in winning the Pikes Peak 1205 division with a clocking of 9:52.819 on a Ducati Multistrada. He’s back this year, but this time he will be racing a new Lightning Electric Super Bike, rumored to be the fastest production bike in the world, electric or fuel-based, in the Exhibition Powersports division, with an expectation of a new course record after his blazing testing times on the hill this week and last weekend.
Those who can't attend Sunday can watch the live stream on Red Bull TV, or listen live at 105.5 FM or 1240 AM. Meanwhile, in the spirit of people who can actually operate a motorcycle, here's local Colorado Springs race contestant Jeff Grace going up the mountain last year: