With alice in wm wonderland: simone blum world champion

With alice in wm wonderland: simone blum world champion

Simone blum got wet eyes at the award ceremony. The new world champion in show jumping cried one or two tears of joy when IOC president thomas bach hung the gold medal around her neck in tryon (USA).

"This is more than I ever expected," she said in the first interview after her triumph on the US channel NBC. "I can’t believe it yet. That was my day today. I can’t wish for more today."

After another dream round there was no stopping blum in the parcourcs. The 29-year-old was the last competitor to ride into the WEG final – and crowned herself with a fantastic performance. On sunday she celebrated the first german individual success since 1994 on her mare alice. "Yaaaaa," she screamed over and over again, waving her arms in the air.

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Hard times for ozil – playing his way back to normality?

hard times for ozil - playing his way back to normality?

This weekend, mesut ozil was finally able to return to where he feels most at home: on the soccer pitch. Chances are good that the arsenal pro will make his first appearance of the season early saturday evening in the away game at champions league winners liverpool fc.

After the attempted robbery, concerns for his safety and his absence due to illness on matchday two, an appearance at anfield could bring some normality back to ozil’s everyday life.

Just over a year after the furor over the erdogan photos, the botched world cup and his resignation from the german national team, which was accompanied by accusations of racism, the media-shy professional is once again the center of public attention because of non-sporting matters. After a promising preparation, the 30-year-old should be all about football this season. But so far ozil has not had the opportunity to do so.

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“Faultless, risk-free – that’s boring”

This chess world championship was something like a political summit. Every solution was fought over and over, and in the end there was only one compromise again. Twelve times this happened in the last three weeks. Norway”s magnus carlsen and america”s fabiano caruana agreed on a draw twelve times. Carlsen forced a result only in a kind of post-trial: the 28-year-old remains the world champion after three victories in a rapid chess round. Thomas steinhauser has followed almost all the games in london. The 39-year-old has been playing chess for the SC prichsenstadt club since 1998, but has been interested in the game for a much longer time. Let”s talk to him about one of the most unusual chess championships of the modern era.

Question: twelve draws in the classic games, the decision only in the tie-break: have you ever experienced a world championship like this??

Thomas steinhauser: no, there has never been anything like this before.

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We should not discuss individual symbols

We should not discuss individual symbols

As someone who has just moved to coburg, i ask myself one question: is the mere depiction of a person with dark skin degrading?? An insult? Gar racist? I do not think so. If that were the case, i and millions of other basketball fans would not be allowed to hang up any posters of michael jordan either. That i was certainly not hung up to insult the man, but out of admiration, because he was the best basketball player of his time, maybe even of all time. And isn’t it the same with the moor?? After all, he has been the patron saint of the city since 1430 – who would want to insult the one whose protection he hopes for?? In general, these discussions are misguided. They don’t change the everyday problem of racism, and they come up again and again when, as recently several times in the USA, people with dark skin experience bad things, even get killed. And even then they are discussed selectively. How often do you hear about the "black lives matter" in germany?-movement critically questions martin luther’s work? Luther, who in 1543 in his writing "of the jews and their lies", was called for burning down their synagogues and destroying their houses. Are luther’s undeniable historical achievements enough to make his anti-judaism a minor or non-issue?? Racism is an everyday problem, which has recently become apparent not only in german police forces. But in order to fight it permanently, a permanent discussion is needed – and not one that periodically works its way through individual symbols. We really do have other problems, especially in 2020. Maybe it’s a good thing to have a visible patron saint…

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The easterner and the westerner now suffer together

The easterner and the westerner now suffer together

Only the screens separate jurgen schmitt (51) and steffen standke (42) at their workplace. Until 1989, it was a concrete jungle far more than 1000 kilometers long. 30 years after the fall of the berlin wall, the two editors exchange their personal experiences on the sporting frontier.

Which (fubball) game was the first one you attended??

Steffen standke: it must have been 1987 when my grandfather took me to the match between BSG energie cottbus and armeesportclub frankfurt/oder in the oberliga, the highest gdr division. I was in row three, I still know that, and I was sad because the cottbusers lost 1:3. I was a soccer fan back then, but not a stadium goer. But my grandfather was allowed to have prepraised me, at that time. He was the kind of football fan who would leave his own birthday party and guests for a game of his favorite club. I managed to do that later…

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