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Swizzles, Axels and Camels – Figure Skating Terms You Need to Know

Do you know all about swizzles, axels and camels? If not, read on… Jumps are an important part of competitive figure skating.  There are triples, doubles and quads.  There are Toe Loops,  Flips, Salchows, Axels,  Lutzs and Sequence Jumps. Each is identified by the take-off edge and the number of revolutions completed. Get ready for Sochi …

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Fartlek and Other Runner’s Terms: Running Lingo A-Z

Everyone knows runners are all a little bit crazy, so it’s no surprise they have a language all their own. Here’s a list of the most popular terms. A Achilles tendon: The tendon that attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis can occur in new runners who increase their distance and/or intensity too …

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Guide to Competitive Diving

(This was originally part of a Pretty Tough series about the Summer Olympics. A Cliff Notes of sorts for all the events, athletes and trivia you need to know while watching the London Games.) Competitive Diving is one of the most prestigious, competitive, drama-filled diving events at the Summer Games. The sport developed from gymnastics …

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Soccer Lingo A-Z

American Football: term used by non-Americans to distinguish the popular U.S. sport of football from soccer which they also call football. Assist: the pass or passes which immediately precede a goal; a maximum of two assists can be credited for one goal. Attacking Midfielder: the most forward-playing midfielder, playing right behind the forwards; she supports …

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