FOOTBALL

Forced to quit the game at 30, Ryan France fell back on his maths degree and carved out a career in finance – mainly thanks to his transferable skills as a footballer…   Tell us about how your playing career came to an end… You can go back to 2007 when I ruptured my cruciate knee ligament playing for Hull. It was a very difficult period but I stayed positive with my rehab, came back and played in the Premier League. I got back to full fitness, full strength but I don’t think my knee was ever 100% after that. I signed for Sheffield United and was involved nine or 10 times but after a couple...
18/02/2018

ICE HOCKEY

"I thought I was paralyzed," Wolski said.   It was an innocent enough play in an early season Kontinental Hockey League game. Wolski dived to poke the puck away from Vladimir Markelov, who slid and inadvertently knocked him head-first into the boards, breaking his neck.   Wolski lay motionless on the ice for minutes with a broken neck and had to be lifted onto a stretcher. Sixteen months removed from the scariest moment of his life, Wolski is not only walking and functional but playing hockey at such a high level that he's representing Canada at the Olympics.   He calls it a roller-...
16/02/2018

SKI ALPIN

Ester Ledecka stepped out of her snowboard long enough to click into her skis and become an Olympic gold medallist. Even the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic who takes part in both sports can't quite believe it.   Ledecka made a stunning run from back in the pack to take the super-G title on Saturday at the Pyeongchang Games. "Til today, I thought I am a better snowboarder," Ledecka said.   The 26th racer to take the course, Ledecka shredded her way through it in a time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds. Defending champion Anna Veith of Austria earned the silver, finishing 0.01 seconds back,...
19/02/2018

MOTORSPORT

ZOOM enters its sixth year in 2018 and the success of the initiative is down to a very simple idea. The concept was created in late 2012 by Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid, authors of Formula One’s industry monitor Formula Money. They realised that although there are many charity auctions in sport they all tend to follow a similar pattern.   The items on offer are usually signed photos of the athletes or signed kit that they use. They often raise a great deal of money but usually tell the buyer little about the sports star who signed them. ZOOM was created to rectify that by turning the...
13/02/2018

F1 Needs Teams For Driver Development

Formula 1 needs more teams like former backmarker Minardi because there are currently too few opportunities for young drivers to break through, according to Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

 

Minardi raced in F1 for 21 years from 1985 and was renowned for giving young talented drivers a chance with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber all getting their start in F1 with the team.

 

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