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Posts Tagged ‘Olympic Games’

Trollbeads Attending the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 aprile 2018

The Danish curling ladies have returned after some exciting and successful weeks attending The Olympic Games in PyeongChang in South Korea. Although the team had only played together for three months before the Olympic Games’ qualification matches and none of the ladies were professionals, the team managed to qualify for one of the two tickets for the Olympics. The team did not win medals but can be proud of delivering great results and even of a victory over the Canadian world champions.Trollbeads met the Olympic curling sisters, Madeleine and Denise Dupont, and two young players, Julie Dall Høgh and Mathilde Halse in the Gentofte Curling Club to hear about their participation in the Olympic Games.Two days before the opening ceremony in PyeongChang, employees at the Trollbeads’ headquarters in Copenhagen got the idea to send luck bracelets to the Danish Olympic team’s female participants including the curling team’s five members, freestyle skier Friis-Salling in addition to speed-skater and standard bearer Elena Rigas.
However, without the help of the enthusiastic and energetic General Manager of Tribons Corp., Trollbeads’ Korean distributor in Seoul, the idea would not have been realistic. He chose to take his car and drive for 12 hours to personally hand over the bracelets. He drove from Seoul to the curling team’s hotel in Andong, PyeongChang without even accepting an offer to get a coffee and some water. He was just wanting to make sure the Trollbeads’ gifts arrived before the opening ceremony on 9 February.”It was like receiving a gift from home. Very nice. We were very impressed that he had come all the way from Seoul to find us. It was really cool,” team captain Madeleine Dupont says.Presently the team is preparing for the last matches of the year. After that the team will go on summer holiday till September. The team is planning to join the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China in four years although the men’s curling team has decided not to participate in 2022. Madeleine is optimistic about the future of the new team.”I am working for a media agency, Denise is a school teacher and Julie and Mathilde attend sports colleges. We were the only non-professional female curling team attending the Olympic Games. Therefore, we cannot exercise as much as the other teams. For that reason, we are very satisfied with our results and have great hopes for the future and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.”We ask how the atmosphere was between the competing athletes and the overall impressions of the Korea trip:” Curling is a gentleman’s sport where you show respect towards your opponents. Thus, we have had a great relationship with all our opponents. The Japanese team was particularly friendly. Following Japanese culture, they gave us gifts before the matches. I know this is a tradition but no matter what, it contributed to the good atmosphere.”Olympic cities around the world look like each other. However, Korea was particularly beautiful. We were met with kindness and most Koreans speak very good English contrary to some of our opponents. This can make communication during the matches difficult. Korea seems like a country where all works well. Transportation went smoothly. Everybody lined up and bus schedules were punctual,” Madeleine comments.We follow the team to the curling alley and Madeleine’s fellow players join in telling about the Trollbeads gift. Mathilde Halse comments:
” When we received the Trollbeads bracelets, I skyped with my mother and she immediately exclaimed:” How cool.” I did not know Trollbeads before. Now I wear the bracelet most of the time”.Julie Dall Høgh comments:” I knew Trollbeads before as my grandmother used to give us beads for our birthdays. I am therefore very happy about my new Olympic Game-luck- bracelet – it is a great memory.”” Thanks to the devotion of the Korean distributor, we managed to receive the bracelets before the opening ceremony and felt very blessed. We wore the bracelets almost every day during the games. The length is ideal as the bracelets sat tight around our writs which was great when playing. This year we were wearing the Olympic Game collection designed by ECCO shoes and Craft, otherwise we aren’t usually sponsored. Therefore, the bracelets were such a lovely surprise and meant a lot to us – not least thanks to the long drive it took to deliver the bracelets. Thank you so much!” Denise Dupont finishes. Denise is the oldest player on the team and the most experienced in terms of Olympic Games. The guests from Trollbeads leave the curling alley to allow the team to resume the training.
Trollbeads, a Danish family-owned jewellery brand, was established in 1976 and invented the original bead-on-bracelet concept. At the core of the brand lies self-expression through 600 different beads in silver, gold and glass and gemstones. Trollbeads jewellery is available in more than 30 countries through the company’s own flagship stores, independent retailers, and online at http://www.trollbeads.com.

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Recruiting foreign athletes: how far will countries go to win gold?

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 luglio 2014

labour-migrationLabour migration is a significant factor in today’s economy as many people live and work outside their country of birth, including elite athletes who seek employment around the world. However, are some countries taking advantage of this migration to attract elite athletes to compete in the Olympic Games? A unique study published in the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, titled ‘Investigating the global productivity effects of highly skilled labour migration: how immigrant athletes impact Olympic medal counts’ by Jonathan Horowitz & Stephen R. McDaniel (University of Maryland), is the first known investigation into the impact that worldwide migration has had on the Olympic games. Many people believe that foreign athletes are being ‘recruited’ by countries to improve their medal count. Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voiced concern, they have not explored the impact that migration is having on medal counts within the Olympic Games. Horowitz and McDaniel examine how the labour migration of highly skilled athletes has impacted on the medal counts at the Summer Olympics since 2000 and discuss the implications this may have on IOC policy.The authors compared the country of birth of medal-winning athletes at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 to the country for which the athlete won the medal. It was found that the percentage of medal winners who are immigrants is significantly higher than percentage of the world population who are international migrants. Furthermore, one out of every ten medal winners in the games were not competing for the country in which they were born, and the countries which won more medals on average had a higher number of non-native medal winners than countries that featured exclusively native-born athletes.These findings indicate that foreign athletes have a significant impact on medal count at the Olympic Games and the authors further suggest that the number of immigrants competing for a country is correlated to medal count at the Olympic Games. This highlights the challenges that immigration presents to current IOC policy and indicates that the IOC needs to increase their understanding of the impact that migration has had and will have at future Olympic Games. The results of the current study also have broader implications for labour migration researcher in general as sport offers an opportunity for researchers to track the mobility of individuals and their productivity, in a manner that is extremely difficult in many other labour contexts.When referencing the article: Please include: ‘Investigating the global productivity effects of highly skilled labour migration: how immigrant athletes impact Olympic medal counts’, Jonathan Horowitz & Stephen R. McDaniel, published by Taylor & Francis and the following statement.

 

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United in diversity: Anthems and flags of the European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2013

Europe - Satellite image - PlanetObserver

Europe – Satellite image – PlanetObserver (Photo credit: PlanetObserver)

This study’s purpose is to highlight the meanings and con­text underlying the appearance of the main symbols attached to each EU member country, that are the national anthem and the flag, by also associating the portrayal of this union. Because they are “united in diversity”, EU countries regularly put forward their colours and anthems, the lyrics and harmonies of which represent as many different historical context and traditions, which are not well known among Europeans. Yet, these symbols perfectly illustrate the concept of a “European federation of nation states” promoted by Jacques Delors, and based on both the uniqueness of each country, and on the lasting reconciliation among the countries in the EU, to the point where the fiercest showdowns between them these days are of the sporting variety! The Union makes sense in a globalising world, yet in its partners’ and competitors view “Europe” is grow­ing old and shrinking. The answer is not to build a new nation or superstate but to forge greater unity among countries and peoples while continuing to respect their unique characteristics and features.Bearing all of this in mind, this study has the merit of homing in on the nitty-gritty, of getting straight to the heart of the matter, condensing in a few lines the reasons why certain colours, words and tunes make our neighbours’ hearts beat that little bit faster. It is particularly useful, and even unique, in that it does not make do with simply introducing the EU countries’ symbols in alpha­betical order, it also illustrates the historical context that led to the develop­ment and adoption of the flags and anthems, grouping them together in like cat­egories.A feeling of belonging is something you build, it is a result of imagi­nary interpretation and needs to be rooted first and foremost in a political project, but it can also be usefully rooted in such tools as flags and national anthems. In the EU’s case it is not simply a matter of getting the peoples of Europe to feel greater attachment to the star-spangled flag or to the “Ode to Joy”. It is also necessary to help them learn more about the flags towards which their “European compatriots” turn and the anthems they entone on ceremonial occasions, at European sporting events or during the Olympic Games.

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