The Olympics have evolved a lot over the years. The Games have gone from being a purely Greek test of sporting aptitude to something that encompasses the entire world. However, there are still a number of sports out there that don’t get the recognition that they deserve, and in some cases are ignored completely. Discover which sports we feel are unfairly overlooked and should be a bigger part of the Olympic Games as a whole.
Look, baseball probably isn’t that popular around the world. We understand that, but that doesn’t mean it should be completely ignored. In fact, when you compare baseball to a lot of the other sports that are featured at the Olympics, it’s much more popular – not just on US soil, but on a global level. It isn’t just so the US could bag more medals, either. While favorite MLB picks would possibly include some of the stronger players, there are more than enough athletes out there who can hit a ball and catch a ball to make it quite an even competition.
In fact, it could help to bring baseball to a wider audience and even potentially lead to a truly worldwide World Series at some point in the future. Baseball used to be played at the Olympics, so there is no reason why it can’t make the step back to being part of the Games again.
Sport has a lot of good things that it brings to the world. It’s not just how it brings entertainment to millions of people around the world, but how it also offers other benefits. It can help to keep people healthy, it can be an escape from a poor lifestyle and it can even save lives, in some ways. We’ve taken a close look at some professional athletes who have had their lives saved through sport.
This is someone who literally credits BMX with saving her life. Nikita Ducarroz has openly stated that at the very least, if it wasn’t for BMXing, she wouldn’t be happy with the life she was leading. Cursed with crippling anxiety, Ducarroz wasn’t even able to leave the house. You wouldn’t believe it from her performances in BMX tournaments, but there was a time when Nikita Ducarroz genuinely felt that her anxiety was destined to keep her indoors forever.
It wasn’t until she saw a video on YouTube of someone riding a BMX that she found the strength to overcome her anxiety attacks. Although it wasn’t an overnight solution, she started to make strides with her own issues. Her starting point was to save up for a bike and begin practicing tricks outside her home. As she got more skilled and comfortable controlling her bike, she knew that she would have to take some additional steps if she wanted to go to the next level.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the organisers of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships are pleased to unveil the full schedule of the 11-day event taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3 to 13 August, 2023. The schedule was designed by the UCI, the Organising Committee of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, host cities and key stakeholders. The non-stop action will include competition in at least three disciplines every day, with UCI World Champions also crowned on all 11 days.
In a first for a UCI World Championships, the Women Elite road race will bring the curtain down on the competitions: on Sunday, 13 August. The Men Elite road race will take place on Saturday 5 August.
The FATJAM facts:
When: Saturday 3 September 13:00hr - 18:00hr
Where: Sugar Hills Trails, Valkendijk, Aarle-Rixtel, Netherlands
Who: Anyone with a BMX Bike, people who like a BBQ & BMX, 1982 EK Beek en Donk members
What: BMX Dirt jam with plenty of opportunity to hang out and catch up with everyone
Why: To keep the FATJAM streak going since 1987. 35 years and counting, the world's longest running annual BMX event.
The 2022 edition will be special because it will bring people together who were part of the 1982 European BMX Championships in Beek en Donk. That event changed BMX races forever with the grandstands, show program and international racing for the Open European BMX titles. It's time to catch up and enjoy the BBQ, music and current BMX riding at the Sugar Hills trails. Bring a chair if you want to sit. Bring drinks if you want to drink. Bring your BMX bike if you want to ride.
Today Nitro Circus revealed the elite athletes that will battle at Nitro World Games Brisbane. More than 70 top competitors from five continents will vie for the podium in Freestyle Motocross (FMX), FMX Best Trick, BMX Best Trick, BMX Triple Hit, Skate Vert and Scooter Best Trick, with more to be announced. Combining the big air thrills of Nitro Circus with the high stakes of premier competition, Nitro World Games represents a revolution in progression. Now the biggest action sports event in the world is coming to Australia for the first time on 22-23 October. Brisbane’s iconic Suncorp Stadium will host the adrenaline-charged two-day event, and fans can get a firsthand look at the record-breaking action: Tickets are available for purchase now at nitroworldgames.com.
A huge weekend for action sports! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Kevin Peraza on taking first place in the Vans BMX Waffle Cup street competition at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach this weekend. In the pro BMX street contest, the 27-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, rose all the way to the top of the leaderboard with a flawless technical run.
From July 30 to August 7, 2022, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing returned to the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. As one of the world’s largest action sports festivals, the event was free to the public and featured sports competitions alongside fan activations and musical performances. For the 2022 edition, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing focused on “Environmental Responsibility”,
Soulcycle proudly presents the "Best of MarniX". Best of MarniX will take place at the Marnix Bowl in Amsterdam on Saturday August 27 from 12h till 19h. The contests is open for registry for AM riders under the age of 16, AM riders 16 years and older, women and pro's. The Marnix Bowl is 1 of the best bowls in Amsterdam and because of this it had been been riden by countless BMX riders over the last decade. We will organize an invite only contest, next to the regular contest, for those riders: the legends. Come by and hang out with us to enjoy this BMX Freestyle contest.
The Best of MarniX is part of the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam also known as USWA, supported by de Gemeente of Amsterdam. Soulcycle is THE BMX store downtown Amsterdam and proud organizer of this event and the 4 previous editions that took place at the USWA in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021.
Attending the contest? Attend for free. Full = full. BMX bike and helmet mandatory.
Sign up HERE to enter 1 of the competitions AM 16-, AM 16+, women and pro contest. The legends jam is invite only.
When: Saturday August 27, 2022 from 12h till 19h
What: BMX Freestyle Bowl contest, AM 16- , AM 16+, women, pro and the invite only legends contest CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Where: Manix Bowl Amsterdam CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION
On August 13, 14 and 15, the FISE Xperience Series bring action sports vibes in a new destination, Thonon-les-Bains. Located on the benchs of Leman Lake's benches, it's central location certificate a huge line up of riders coming from all around Europe.
On two Parks specially set up on Place de Crète, a central location in the city, BMX, Roller, Skateboard and Scooter competitions will promote the best of these disciplines in front of crowds of spectators. As in Reims earlier in the season, if the title of winner of the FISE Xperience Thonon-les-Bains 2022 is at stake for the sports represented, the BMX Freestyle Park is also certified Coupe de France FFC and C1 by the UCI, which allow to get point counting for the world ranking.
Australia’s Logan Martin Further Adds To His Legacy. 28-year-old BMX Rider Logan Martin stole the show at day four of the X Games, tuning in yet another signature performance in his legendary career. Martin claimed gold in the BMX Park. Americans Justin Dowell and Dennis Enarson rounded out the podium by claiming silver and bronze, respectively. Martin also placed sixth at the Dave Mirra BMX Park Best Trick. Canadian Mike Varga claimed the gold medal in that race, followed by Mexico’s Kevin Peraza and USA’s Jeremy Malott. Dowell fell just short of the podium, finishing fourth in the Park Best Trick.
The Mongoose Bicycles x Vans special edition collection drops August 12! The two iconic brands teamed up to collaborate with OurLegendsAuthentic to design/create a shoe and apparel collection inspired by the brands’ shared heritage as pioneers in BMX and pop culture. Each of the three Authentic 44 DX shoe designs represents a time in Mongoose’s rich history in BMX and bringing back the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in a fun and exciting way!
In 1966, Vans was born with its first production shoe model, the Style #44 DX, which took the skateboarding world by storm and went on to become the legendary Authentic.