Fresh off his win at the Arnold Classic USA, Kai Greene, aka the Predator, aka Mr. Getting it Done, has been confirmed to compete at the Arnold Classic Brazil on April 2, 2016. Although Kai has been to the event many times as a representative for supplement companies, this will be his debut as a competitor in the 4th annual Arnold Classic Brazil. Kai immediately jumps to the favorite to win the event against competitors such Juan Diesel Morel and Maxx Charles among others. Tickets for the three day Arnold Classic Brazil 2016 and Expo are still available but limited. Click here for more Arnold Classic Brazil information
With only 200 days until the opening of the Rio Paralympics, Brazil still has much work to do if it is to claim the right to hear the famous phrase that closes the event: “they were the greatest Games of all time”.
Just 10% of 3.3 million tickets have been sold far.
The goal of the organizing committee is the break the record set in London 2012, when nearly 2.2 million tickets were sold, virtually ensuring that all the arenas were at capacity for the Games.
The reasons for the slow pace of business reveal a breach between the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) and the Rio 2016 organizers.
The CPB has complained that the Paralympic Games, which begin on September 7, after the Olympics, have not been sufficiently promoted – a job which is the responsibility of the organizing committee.
However, the Rio 2016 organizers, while recognizing that sales have been “worse than predicted”, attribute this to the Brazilian habit of only making decisions at the last minute.
The committee expects to see demand increase as the event draws closer, just as occurred at the Paralympics in both London and Beijing.
Most of the tickets for nearly 300 events cost up to R$30 (US $7.45). The cheapest tickets are just R$10 (US $2.48), a third of the value of the cheapest tickets for the Olympics.
One of the strategies considered by the CPB to raise interest in the Paralympics is to promote it as a family event – a strategy employed to great effect by the London organizers.
However, the difference is that in London this strategy was put into practice two years before the event, with visits to schools, associations and institutions promoting the Paralympic values, like overcoming one’s limits, understanding diversity and inclusion.
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Kai Greene at Arnold Classic Brazil greets his fans and talks about Mr Olympia, bodybuilding and getting back in shape for those who want to get in better condition. Also Kai talks about not cutting off his “Trademark” (Not a ponytail) – Kai did not compete at the Arnold Classic Brasil, but was there to represent Muscle Meds and great fans, some of whom waited 4 hours to meet him. Thanks to Muscle Meds and MHP Brasil for the opportunity to interview Kai and special thanks to Nicolli Oliveira of repress.com.br
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Nico Rosberg kept himself in play for the 2014 world championship title decider by dominating a dramatic and nail-biting Grand Prix in Brazil on Sunday, despite race-long pressure from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg is now just 17 points behind Hamilton, with 50 up for grabs in the title decider in Abu Dhabi in a fortnight. Should Rosberg prevail there, Hamilton would have to finish second in order to clinch the title.
Rosberg had held his advantage away from the start and led through the first round of pit stops, but Hamilton was closing fast as Rosberg pitted for a second time. The Briton set a new fastest lap of the race, but rather than pit immediately he stayed out and was caught out – on tyres that were finished he locked the rear wheels going into Turn 4 and half spun. Though he recovered quickly, he emerged with a 7.4s gap to work on.
He did so in brilliant style, relentlessly closing that down to less than two seconds by the time of their third and final stops on the 50th and 51st laps, but thereafter Rosberg was able to withstand every attack, avenging his defeat in Austin last weekend.
To the delight of the home crowd, the Silver Arrows duo were joined on the podium by Williams’ home favourite Felipe Massa, who took a hard-fought third place – and his long overdue first podium of the year – after dealing with a five-second stop-and-go penalty when his speed limiter failed to work in his first stop. The Brazilian also lost time when he later pulled in to the McLaren rather than Williams bay during his third stop, because the mechanics waiting for Jenson Button were similarly attired to his own.
Massa’s team mate Valtteri Bottas could have been in contention to capitalise, but suffered a delay of his own during his second pit stop and was unable to recover.
Thus fast-starting Jenson Button turned fifth on the grid into a very strong fourth in the race for McLaren, fighting successfully to pull away from Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. The latter had a late battle with team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who made a two-stop strategy work to claim seventh. The Finn faded over the final laps and was very nearly caught by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who was also out of kilter on stops, with just two-tenths of a second splitting the pair at the chequered flag.
Kevin Magnussen was a distant ninth in the second McLaren, while Bottas recovered to take the final point in 10th place. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was 11th ahead of Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado, team mate Jean-Eric Vergne and the Saubers of Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil, who sandwiched Sergio Perez’s Force India in 15th.
There were two retirements: Romain Grosjean had to pull to a halt as smoke engulfed his Lotus on Lap 64, while Daniel Ricciardo – who had initially chased Red Bull team mate Vettel – suffered a front suspension failure.
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The Three-goggles gesture, (not to be confused with Googles) is popular among basketball players in the U.S., but the NBA reportedly wants the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers to refrain from doing the celebration during NBA Global Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this October 11, 2014.
The Heat and the Cavaliers will meet in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Given that the teams will be playing outside of the United States, the players will need to adjust to a different culture.
According to sources, the NBA has warned the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cav players not to do the “three-goggles” during their preseason meeting in Brazil:
Holding up the “three-sign” or the “three-goggles” in a certain way while in Brazil could be mistaken for “f— you” or “f— off,”.
The NBA sent the Cavs and Heat a memo with a list of questionable gestures that shouldn’t be used in Brazil, we’re told. The last thing anybody wants is for the stands to clear immediately after a player nails a 3-pointer.
When traveling internationally, it’s good to be aware of the local customs, what is a simple gesture in one culture could be an offensive one in another. Even though, in Brazil, it could be considered an offensive gesture, if an NBA player did forget and happened to use the gesture, I wouldn’t expect an uproar about it. Brazilians going to watch the game at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena, are mostly NBA savvy and have seen the gesture on TV and know it’s meaning in the context of the game. However, Brazilians watching the game on TV who are not very familiar with U.S. and NBA customs, could take it the wrong way.
The NBA Global Games Rio de Janeiro at HSBC Arena is Sold out as of this posting.
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