"Athletes strive for balance, be it on a beam, maneuvering a curve, or at the crest of a wave. To balance is to negotiate with pressure in order to gain or regain stability in the precarious dance with gravity. The feet's position and the body's sway are ever tenuous in the obstacle to feel rooted and grounded on a surface that will not waver." -Mai Der Vang
"The most powerful understanding I took from the retreat is that while I have healed from my head injuries, I carry them with me every single day. This is a little-known truth that most people who have sustained head injuries don't know -- and it's one that could prevent so many unnecessary concussions in the future, for myself and millions of people just like me." -Gretchen Bleiler
“I had no clue where I was in the air. I’m kind of surprised I landed it, I’ve been waiting for three or four years to get invited to the X Games.” -Lisa Zimmermann, first German skier to win an X Games medal (and she won gold!) and the first woman to land a switch, double-cork 1080 off the big jump.
Exciting stuff going on for the All Star Game and festivities! That's all I can say for now...
Happy All-Star Weekend! Enjoy today's edition where the problem being solved has to do with tonight's Skills Competition.
*Hint: This will be fast!*
Is the Eastern or Western Conference faster in the fastest skater competition?
East: 12 fastest skater winners from 1992-2016 competitions. (Average time= 13.636)
West: 7 fastest skater winners from that same span. (Average time= 14.147)
Mean Difference= -0.511
Null: Both Conferences have the SAME ability in the Fastest Skater Competition. (Value > 5%)
Alternative: The Eastern Conference has a greater ability in the Fastest Skater Competition. (Value < 5%)
The test statistic that was used to see where our p-value was is from the mean difference above.
P-Value= 0.5% out of 200 trials; very small value.
It is plausible that the Eastern Conference has a greater ability in the Fastest Skater Competition. One of the reasons could be that they have more people on the list and another could be that the Eastern Conference focuses more on speed rather than skill or strength. Some interesting things to think about while you watch today.
"Breathe deeply, think good thoughts, keep moving your body and do what you love!" -Tao Porchon-Lynch, World's oldest Yoga Instructor at age 98.
"I have a lot of energy -- I'm kind of entertaining when it comes to coaching, I get up and start yelling and clapping. It's mostly encouraging things but probably some yelling at referees. ... Right now, I think I have too much energy to be a coach. I'm afraid I'd want to get on the court in the middle of a game and forget I'm the coach." -Paige Bueckers, varsity basketball star since eighth grade.
"I just want to help grow the game. I want to help young girls be inspired. I want to help young girls go out and play. You look at the statistics, and when young athletes drop out of sports, it's heart-wrenching. It's heartbreaking. I know what sport has done in my life, and I just want to give young girls across the country and the world those hopes, those dreams, and those goals." -Jennie Finch, MLB'S first youth Softball Ambassador.
"I was extremely hard on myself growing up. I think I've always believed in myself, but I've never been pleased with anything I've ever done. I've always wanted a little more. Golf is kind of my devil and angel at the same time. It's where I put the most pressure on myself. It's also where I wanted to be." -Madelene Sagstrom
"Thus far, that's been the biggest critique: 'Great, this woman went and did this. But why? Because she was bored? That was selfish and entitled.' I get that response a fair bit. But boredom is enough. Boredom is the basement of the house of transformation and change, and if we can make changes and choose the course of our life from the basement, there is a lot of pain and suffering that could be avoided." -Steph Jagger, on why she chose to ski down 4 million vertical feet.
Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm a sports fan! I've been avidly watching sports since 2011 because I found that by watching sports, I would be able to communicate with my dad and brother better. Ever since I got into sports, I've been able to enjoy myself more when I go to sporting events with my family.