2015 EuroBasket .:. Host Cities

For the first time in history, EuroBasket will be played in four countries. Get to know the host cities.

EuroBasket 2015 will be played in Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia from 5-20 September 2015.

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Dudo Simenc Shootgun in Atlanta 96′ Water Polo

SR Jugoslavija 6-8 Hrvatska
Olimpijske Igre 1996, Atlanta


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Croatia vs. United States Waterpolo at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

Croatia vs. United States Waterpolo at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena

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Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water
Drink Healthy + Drink Sustainably +Drink Ethically


Waiākea® is naturally filtered through thousands of feet of porous volcanic rock that give it a variety of natural health benefits:

1. Naturally Enhanced with Minerals and Electrolyte Rich
· Magnesium
Regulates transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature, detoxification, and energy production.

· Calcium
Strengthens bone structure, teeth, and cell membranes, ensures nerve and muscle impulses are properly transmitted, and helps prevent blood clotting.

· Potassium
Aids in the proper flow of flow of fluids and nutrients in cells, helps the brain, nerves and muscles function correctly, and plays an essential role in the  breakdown of amino acids and carbohydrates.

· Sodium
Is an essential factor in hydration as it holds water in the cells. It also helps send nerve impulses, and is needed for all muscle contractions.

· Silica
Waiākea provides the recommended daily value (RDV) of Silica (30mg) at 32.4 mg/ provides the recommended daily value (RDV) at just over 30 mg of one of nature’s building blocks, providing the answer to healthier, younger looking, more radiant skin, hair, nails while promoting good bone health. In fact, studies show that drinking 10 mg/day of silica in water can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 11%.1
2. Naturally Alkaline 7.8 pH

Waiākea is one of the most alkaline natural waters in the world – no artificial processes, no decreased pH over time.

According to the The Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine, individuals who drink alkaline water have an improved acid-base balance and hydration status compared to regular tap water, as well as increased bone density to help reverse Osteoporosis.2

On top of this, Medical News Today found that bottled alkaline water, higher in pH, can help reduce discomfort in those who suffer from acid reflux by neutralizing stomach acid, as well as prevent free-radical damage and premature aging.3

Quantum .:. The Physics of Swimming

OMAHA,NE – JUNE 27: (L-R) Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps compete in the championship final of the Men’s 200 m  Freestyle during Day Three of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Treails and CenturyLink Center on June 27,2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. U.S. Swimming Team

Quantumaniac The Physics of Swimming

With the 2012 Olympics now under way, swimming has been labeled, unsurprisingly, as one of, if not the, most competitive sport this time around. Thus, Quantumaniac wanted to share a scientific approach to swimming to give our readers a clue what to watch for when they see the events. Let’s start from the beginning of a race and go from the push-off to final stretch – scientifically of course:

The push-off:  Basically, a swimmer wants to reduce drag resistance as much as possible by minimizing their surface area. As the body assumes a streamline position and is forced off the wall, the sleeker the body, the less drag produced. While pushing off the wall, the body should be submerged and facing the bottom of the pool. The swimmer should be flat and streamline in the water, with the feet swept back. The push-off is the same for all the strokes, except the backstroke, in which the body should be facing the ceiling. When the body begins to loose speed and float to the surface, the kick and first stroke is applied. The kick helps propel the body through the water, while the stroke helps pull it.

The stroke: Each stroke and pattern is unique. The physics of each stroke is similar, so let’s discuss Freestyle. Freestyle begins with the catch, a motion which allows the swimmer’s hand to engage the water. As the arm enters the water; first, the body rolls downward to the same side. Second, the shoulder pushes forward from the chest. These two movements mimic a person stretching to reach something beyond grasp. At this point the arm rolls counterclockwise and sweeps outward, using the latissimus muscle. When done correctly, a solid feel of water pressure against the hand is experienced. The power phase of the stroke drives the arm inward and backward to the hip. Finally, the recovery brings the hand back to the catch phase of the pulling pattern.

The turn:  For freestyle, the second to last stroke ends at the hip and stays there while the body follows the last stroke into a summersault. When the body rotates, a tight ball is used to make the turn quick. Physics tells us that as an object is rotating, velocity is increased as the moment of inertia is decreased (i.e. the smaller the sphere, the faster the velocity of the turn). When the body has rotated 180 degrees, the feet are extended to the wall and the push-off from the wall propels the body into another cycle.

Symmetry plays an important role in swimming. If a body and its motion are not symmetrical, the body tends to move in the direction with greater force. For example, a person who pulls hard on the right side will move in a counterclockwise circle. A good swimmer balances the body, the forces exerted, and the forces produced by the body. An imaginary line that passes down the center of the face and ends between the legs is the most common line of symmetry.

For freestyle, before the power-phase the arm rotates counterclockwise and then sweeps outward. A common mistake is for the arm to rotate clockwise and them pull, which unfortunately causes the arms to pass the line of symmetry, causing the arms to pull water that is disrupted by the body itself, and leads to a very inefficient stroke. The arms that pull to the outside of the body are pulling water that is not disturbed by the body, leading to a greater force applied.

Swimmers also get into a rhythm with their kicking and pulling. A swimmer with a set rhythm and lots of practice will use less energy to travel the same distance as a swimmer with no rhythm. If you’ve ever seen an Olympic swimmer, you will notice a set rhythm, however, compare them to a beginner and an obvious difference in the rhythm will be noticed.

Swimming, like most sports, has evolved by leaps and bounds over time. As the sport evolved, the idea of square movement changed to curved paths. Good swimmers now use sculling actions to utilize lift forces. Sculling is a back-and-forth movement of the hands and forearms that provides almost constant propulsion. This is Bernoulli’s Principle at work. The principle of “foil-like” objects moving through a fluid at high speeds with small angles to the flow and a large lift forces is generated, while the drag forces are minimized. The lift forces are caused by the fluid traveling further and faster around the more curved side than the less curved side. Essentially, the hand acts as a foil.


Bernoulli’s Principle is only one explanation of the kinetics of the lift force. Drag and lift both contribute to the net force produced by the hand. Ideally, the combination of lift and drag forces is such that the resultant force is in the desired direction.

In the aquatic environment, propulsion is generated by accelerating water. The momentum, P, of a mass of water, m, traveling with velocity, v, is P = mv. By forcing water backward with a momentum, the resultant propels the swimmer forward.


The pushed-away mass of water acquires kinetic energy as a result of the work done by the swimmer on the pushed-away mass of water. Part of the total work of the swimmer is converted into kinetic energy of the water, rather than forward speed of the swimmer.

By combining these two ideas, a body is propelled through the water by giving water a momentum in the opposite direction and propelling the body forward. In order to give the water a momentum in the opposite direction, the hand manipulates the water and puts lift on the hand and momentum on the water in the opposite direction.

We already know that as the body moves through the water, it disrupts the flow of water. As the body moves forward, water is given a momentum backwards and travels until the velocity is 0. The water behind the swimmer follows the motion of the swimmer and creates drag. If two people are swimming in a straight line with one in front of the other, the person in the back is being pulled behind the swimmer in the front by a small drag force. As the swimmer in the back slides their hand into the water for the catch, they are placing their hand into water that already has a momentum. For this reason the person in the back does not have to work as hard to travel the same distance.

The swimming pool has floating lane lines that typically divide the pool into six swimming lanes. Within each lane, the motion of swimming is counterclockwise (i.e. swim down on the right and return on the left). These floating lines keep waves to a minimum by knocking them down. They also minimize the momentum of a body of water after is has been pushed backwards. The water vortex breakup when they come into contact with the lines.

Call Me Maybe .:. 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team

USA Olympic Swimming Team
Swimming is fun!! Thank you USA!! @usa_swimming

Director: Kathleen Hersey @kathleenhersey
Exec Producer: Caitlin Leverenz @Cleverenz
Producer: Alyssa Anderson @alyssaloo930
Airplane choreography: Natalie Coughlin @NatalieCoughlin
Editor: Russell Mark @russellmark1226

Song Credit: Carly Rae Jepsen singing Call Me Maybe. (C) 2011 604 Records Inc.

2012 USA Olympic Swim Team
Cammile Adams @CammileAdams
Nathan Adrian @Nathangadrian
Alyssa Anderson @alyssaloo930
Haley Anderson @halswims
Elizabeth Beisel @ebeisel34
Ricky Berens @RickyBerens
Rachel Bootsma @r_bootsma15
Clark Burckle @TheClarkB23
Tyler Clary @TylerClary
Natalie Coughlin @NatalieCoughlin
Claire Donahue @clairedonahue
Conor Dwyer @conorjdwyer
Anthony Ervin @AnthonyErvin
Jimmy Feigen @JimmyFeigen
Missy Franklin @FranklinMissy
Andrew Gemmell @ADGemmell
Matt Grevers @MattGrevers
Brendan Hansen @BrendanHansen22
Jessica Hardy @swimhardy
Kathleen Hersey @KathleenHersey
Charlie Houchin @CharlieHouchin
Conor Jaeger @conjaeg
Cullen Jones @Cullen_Jones
Kara Lynn Joyce @karalynnpaisley
Ariana Kukors @ArianaKukors
Breeja Larson @BreejaLarson
Micah Lawrence
Katie Ledecky @katieledecky
Caitlin Leverenz @Cleverenz
Jason Lezak @JasonLezak
Ryan Lochte @RyanLochte
Tyler McGill @TyMcGill
Matt McLean @MattBMcLean6F
Alex Meyer @AlexMeyerSwims
Lia Neal @LiaNeal
Lauren Perdue @LoPerdue
Michael Phelps @MichaelPhelps
Allison Schmitt @arschmitty
Eric Shanteau @shanteau
Rebecca Soni @rebsoni
Chloe Sutton @csutswim
Davis Tarwater
Nick Thoman @Nick_Thoman
Peter Vanderkaay
Dana Vollmer @danavollmer
Shannon Vreeland @s_vreeland
Amanda Weir @AmandaJoWeir
Scott Weltz @SwimWeltz
Kate Ziegler @kate_ziegler

Barcelona 2013 .:. INSPIRING THE WORLD

15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013

In 2013 the city of Barcelona will be host to the 15th FINA World Championships; the capital of Planet Water and we hope you will become one of its inhabitants.

Swimmers, fans, water lovers, athletes, press, you all have an important date.  We want you to be part of this project and above all that you become the protagonists of everything that goes on.

During two weeks, thousands of people from different countries and cultures will join together. Barcelona and the world of swimming have a unique opportunity to once more surprise the world with what the city and sport have to offer. Your participation in these Championships will ensure that Barcelona 2013 become the best World Championships in history.

Brazilian Girls .:. Super Angels

Brazilian Girls .:. Super Angels

Adidas Brazuca

Adidas Football™
Creative Direction ide@2D

On September 2, 2012 Brazilian football fans wrote their own chapter in FIFA World Cup™ history by picking ‘Brazuca‘ as the name of the official match ball for the 2014 tournament.


Three names, inspired by elements of Brazilian culture, were offered as options for a public vote. The names were Brazuca, Bossa Nova, and Carnavalesca and for the past three weeks Brazilian football fans have been voting for their favourite in their thousands – the first time fans have been directly involved the naming of the FIFA World Cup™ ball.


adidas has supplied the  FIFA World Cup™ Official Match Ball since 1970. It is always a symbol for the tournament with examples like Azteca atMexico 1986, Fevernova at Japan 2002, and the iconic Tango at Argentina 1978.


At the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ the official match ball will be called adidas Brazuca – an informal term used by Brazilians to describe national pride in the Brazilian way of life. As with their approach to football, it is always full of emotion, pride and goodwill to all.


In conjunction with the FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke, the Official Match Ball name was unveiled to the country by former FIFA World Cup™ winner and football legend Cafu. After more than 1 million votes, the name Brazuca won with 70% of votes.


As suppliers of the Official Match ball to all FIFA World Cup™ matches since 1970 adidas have continually set new standards of innovation with iconic designs and cutting edge technology and the adidas Brazuca ball will continue that heritage. The ball is currently being developed and tested across the world with several football clubs and federations. The player feedback process has been particularly focused on playing in Brazil with testing taking place across the diverse environments and climates that exist throughout the country and this will continue in 2012 and 2013. Further information on the testing and development of the ball will be delivered when the adidas Brazuca is launched and the design is unveiled in late 2013.

FIFA Brand .:. Our Commitment

FIFA For the Game. For the World


For the Game. For the World.

The world is a place rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity, but also one where many are still deprived of their basic rights. FIFA now has an even greater responsibility to reach out and touch the world, using football as a symbol of hope and integration.

Only with the unwavering dedication of every FIFA team member, every member association and every business partner can football in all its forms contribute to achieving FIFA’s goals at a high level by protecting standards, encouraging competition and promoting solidarity in the world game.

For the Game. For the World.


‘Develop the game, touch the world, build a better future’.

Played by millions around the world, football is the heart and soul of FIFA and as the guardian of this most cherished game, we have a great responsibility. This responsibility does not end with organising the FIFA World Cup™ and the various other world cup competitions; it extends to safeguarding the Laws of the Game, developing the game around the world and to bringing hope to those less privileged. This is what we believe is the very essence of fair play and solidarity.

We see it as our mission to contribute towards building a better future for the world by using the power and popularity of football. This mission gives meaning and direction to each and every activity that FIFA is involved in – football being an integrated part of our society.


Develop the game. Improve the game of football constantly and promote it globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes. Football development means investing in people and society at large. Football is a school of life.

Touch the world. Take world-class football action and passion at all levels to every corner of the planet through our 209 member associations. The broad range of competitions shows the many faces of football, spearheaded by the FIFA World Cup™.

Build a better future. Football is no longer considered merely a global sport, but also as unifying force whose virtues can make an important contribution to society. We use the power of football as a tool for social and human development, by strengthening the work of dozens of initiatives around the globe to support local communities in the areas of peacebuilding, health, social integration, education and more.


Our core values of authenticity, unity, performance and integrity are at the very heart of who we are.

Authenticity. We believe that football must remain a simple, beautiful game played by, enjoyed by and touching the lives of all people far and wide

Unity. We believe it is FIFA´s responsibility to foster unity within the football world and to use football to promote solidarity, regardless of gender, ethnic background, faith or culture

Performance. We believe that FIFA must strive to deliver football of the highest quality and as the best possible experience, be it as a player, as a spectacle, or as a major cultural and social enabler throughout the world

Integrity. We believe that, just as the game itself, FIFA must be a model of fair play, tolerance, sportsmanship and transparency


‘For the Game. For the World’ reflects the core element of our mission and represents both a chance and a challenge: a chance for us to contribute to making a difference to people´s lives, and a challenge to balance this social element with our traditional competence of overseeing the rules of the game and organising world-class competitions.

“We see it as our duty to take on the social responsibility that comes hand in hand with our position at the helm of the world’s most loved sport.

Join us in uniting forces to develop the game, touch the world and build a better future!”

Joseph S. Blatter

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