20 Dec

London 2012: Mexico fights for gold in taekwondo

first_img MEXICO CITY – María del Rosario Espinoza will be carrying much more than the Mexican delegation’s flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in London on July 27. The 24-year-old taekwondo competitor will also be carrying her country’s hope of winning another gold medal in the competition. Rosario Espinoza will be the sixth woman to serve as the flag-bearer for Mexico and the first representing the sport of taekwondo, which she began practicing five years ago, with her father’s encouragement. Born in La Brecha, a small town of little more than 2,000 in the municipality of Guasave, in the state of Sinaloa, Rosario Espinoza began dedicating herself to the sport when she was 15. “I love to fight,” she said during an interview with Infosurhoy.com at the Olympic Village training center in Mexico City, where she is preparing for the London Games. “Training and competing are fun for me. Taekwondo was always my favorite sport.” Rosario Espinoza took home a gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 – and she’s confident she’ll do the same in London. “I’m going for the gold. I’m training hard right now. I’m exhausted when I finish,” she said. “But I’m still enthusiastic because I know that the extra effort is what leads to a gold medal.” In addition to Rosario Espinoza, 16 other athletes will be competing for the gold in taekwondo in the 73-kilogram (160-pound) class in London. By Dialogo July 17, 2012 During this final phase of her preparation, she has two to three training sessions per day, which can total seven hours, under the watchful eye of Cuban coach Pedro Gato. “He demands a lot, but I know that he wants what’s best for me,” Rosario Espinoza said. “Gato maps out strategies for each opponent and makes game-time adjustments when necessary. But more than anything, he gives me confidence. He believes in what I do and that helps me believe, too.” Gato has been a member of Mexico’s taekwondo coaching staff since 2007. In May 2011, he became Rosario Espinoza’s exclusive coach, at her request. “There’s a tendency in the sports world of being conservative when it comes to making predictions, but I don’t know anyone who trains to lose,” said Gato, responding to a question about medals. “We’re going for the gold!” Rosario Espinoza has a collection of international medals. In 2007, she won gold at the World Championships and Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, she won in Beijing. And, in 2010, she won the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Gato acknowledged the spotlight is on Rosario Espinoza because of her success. She is being watched by the media and, particularly, her opponents. As a result, her preparation has become even more rigorous. “There’s no triumph without sacrifice,” he said. “María is preparing herself very well.” In addition to physical preparations, Rosario Espinoza is training her mind. Every day, she works with a psychologist to improve her concentration and how to deal with potential distractions. “I can be my biggest obstacle: It’s up to me to do the right thing,” she said. “I try to avoid external pressure. I know what I want and what my coach wants – that’s the focus.” Taking a break from taekwondo is also part of her regimen leading to the Olympics. On Saturdays, her workout is light. Sunday is her day off. In her free time, Rosario Espinoza goes to the movies, has lunch with her friends, strolls around Mexico City or visits other places nearby. Her family also calls her each week from Sinaloa. “We talk about everything except taekwondo,” she said. In the coming days, however, the sport will have her undivided attention. She will travel with Gato to Barcelona, Spain, on July 21, where they’ll stay until July 27, when Rosario Espinoza will travel to serve as the flag-bearer for the Mexican delegation during the opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXX Olympiad. She will return to Barcelona for more training before returning to London on Aug. 2 to prepare for her fights, which will conclude, at the latest, on Aug. 11. One of her possible opponents is Brazilian fighter Natália Falavigna, who took bronze in Beijing. “She’s a complicated opponent, particularly because of her experience,” Rosario Espinoza said. Rosario Espinoza still doesn’t know what she will do after the London Games and tries not to think about it. One thing is for certain: She will continue to train and compete in taekwondo. “I seize every moment in life and, when I look back, I can see that taekwondo has already given me so many happy moments,” she said. “I don’t even want to think about quitting.”last_img read more

20 Sep

Another Flyover to Salute South Florida Healthcare Workers this Weekend

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Get ready for another flyover, South Florida.A “salute flight” featuring U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft, U.S. Coast Guard MH65 helicopter and USCG C-144 aircraft will soar over several South Florida hospitals on Saturday to honor healthcare workers, first responders, military, and other essential personnel on Memorial Day weekend.The four Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 482nd Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve Command in Homestead will be flying over 34 hospitals across South Florida — from the Keys up to Palm Beach County. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami helicopter and aircraft will have a different flight path, going over 16 hospitals. This comes just a couple of weeks after the Blue Angels wowed the region with a similar flyover to salute healthcare workers.The event is organized by The National Salute to America’s Heroes and presented by Hyundai. Their Air and Sea Show had originally been scheduled to take place on South Beach over Memorial Day Weekend before the coronavirus pandemic. The flyovers are scheduled to run from about 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

12 Jan

Fort St John Huskies have tough weekend at home

first_imgThe Huskies would break the tie, at 4:53 left in the period, as Geoff Dick would send one into the net with a feed from Gary Loewen and Brady Marzocco making it a 5-4 lead over the Kings as they headed into the third period.Things would change in the third period as the Kings started to pick up steam as they tied the score at five apiece at 6:48 into the frame on a power play.Things didn’t improve much for the Pups as the Kings would make another goal at 9:07 into the period taking the lead of 6-5 over the Huskies.Then in the final minute of play, the Huskies pulled their goalie to make it a six-man effort on the ice in hopes of making a comeback.This tactic did not work in the Pups favour as the Kings would send the puck into the net with only 14 seconds left in the game.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies had a tough weekend as they played two games at home at the North Peace Arena.On Friday, the Huskies hosted the JDA Kings as part of regular season action.At 3:20 into the game, on a power play, Gary Loewen sent one into the net with a feed from Geoff Dick and Jared Loewen making the score 1-0 over the Kings.- Advertisement -Then at 6:53 into the frame, Jared Loewen would score one for the Huskies with a double assist from Brady Marzocco and Gary Loewen making it a 2-0 lead.But then at 8:23 into the period, in a power play situation, the Kings scored a goal putting the score at 2-1.Following the Kings score, at 9:52 into the frame, Chase Gregory would score a goal with a feed from Geoff Dick and Gary Loewen making it a 3-1 lead over the Kings.Advertisement The scoring for the Navigators didn’t stop there as, at 1:13 left in the period in a power play, they made another goal taking the lead 3-1 over the Huskies as they headed into the second.At 2:50 into the second period, the Navigators would score on the Pups making the score 4-1.Then at 8:00 left in the frame, in a power play, Jared Winkel would score a goal with a feed from Brady Marzocco and Jared Loewen making the score 4-2.With 6:03 left in the period, the Navigators would extend their lead by scoring a goal making the score 5-2 over the Huskies.In period three, at 3:40 into the frame, the Nav’s would score again on the Pups making it a 6-2 lead.The Huskies were unable to catch up on the score, eventually falling to the Navigators 6-2.Up next, the Huskies are at home this Friday, January 18, as they host the Sexsmith Vipers. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. The Huskies would fall 7-5 to the Kings.The Huskies were back again on home ice Saturday night as they hosted the North Peace Navigators.At 3:46 into the game, Nolan Legace would score a goal with assists by Jared Loewen and Gary Loewen making the score 1-0.Then at 6:59 left in the period, the Navigators would score on the Huskies, tying the score at one apiece.The Nav’s would follow it by another goal, at 5:38 left in the frame, making the score 2-1 over the Huskies.Advertisement Then with 8:34 left in the period, the Kings would make the score closer by sending the puck into the net making the score 3-2.In period two, at 7:51 in a power play, the Kings would score on the pups tying the score at three apiece.Then at 49 seconds following that goal, the Kings would score again on the Huskies taking the lead 4-3.Then with 9:29 left in the frame, Jared Winkel would score a goal with a double assist from Chase Gregory Nathan Bragg tying the score at 4-4.Advertisementlast_img read more