2010  // Posts published in 2010

22 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010

Sportswoman of 2010: Chrissie Wellington

I almost withheld this particular award.  Let me explain.  My thinking is that in order to win our award as a sports PERSON of the year, that athlete must transcend their sport, they must rewrite history within their own sport.  It’s relatively easy to pick the best woman performer in each sport – track and […]

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20 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010

Year in Review: The great showdowns

We continue our look back on 2010 with a recap of some of the great duels of the year. It’s been a year without an Olympic Games, a year without too many Federer v Nadal matchups (which would normally provide at least one of these “nominees”), but a year of exceptional one-on-one sporting contests, and […]

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17 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010/Football/Soccer

Year in review: Sports website of the year

If you are a regular reader of this site, then you probably appreciate analysis and insight more than most.  At least, that’s what we try to provide.  You may be one of those people who watches sport with a more dispassionate eye, rather trying to understand why teams score, why space was created, why goals/tried […]

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16 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010

Sports Videos of the year

Moving on from the darker side of sport with our recent doping reviews, we now have the more enjoyable task of picking some of the great sporting videos of the year. The winner – Danny Macaskill again The competition was stiff, but the winner was clear-cut.  It is the follow up video by Danny Macaskill, […]

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16 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010/Doping in Cycling

The Mad Cow award: The UCI, Contador and contaminated beef

Yesterday we gave the award for Drug of the Year to methylhexanamine, or DMAA, for its repeat appearances in the latter half of the year, and the interesting debate is stimulates over supplement use. The unlucky “loser” there was clenbuterol, a drug which rocketed into the news at the end of September when it burst […]

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15 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010/Doping

Drug of the Year: Methylhexanamine and the supplement industry

It may seem peculiar to have a drug win an award in our Year in Review Series, but this is elite sport, and the only guarantee is that every year, doping will feature heavily in the sports science news. This year, there were two “nominees” for the Drug of the year category:  Clenbuterol was an […]

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15 Dec 2010 Posted in 2010

Unheralded sportsman of the year: Josphat Menjo

Unless you count yourself a relatively serious follower of athletics (by which I mean you visit athletics-specific websites regularly), you are unlikely to be familiar with the name Josphat Menjo. He hasn’t appeared on television in 2010, at least not in South Africa, where we are fortunate enough to see all the Diamond League meetings. […]

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28 Nov 2010 Posted in Physiology/Sports Science

Limits to human performance: Lessons from men and women

Yesterday, I did a , looking at whether we are close to reaching a ceiling of human performance?  As mentioned, it has been a recurring theme since we began this site. For today though, an interesting approach to the issue dawned on me.  The main argument in yesterday’s post was that human performance is limited […]

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27 Nov 2010 Posted in Physiology

The limit of human performance: How much faster?

Today we revisit a topic that seems to run like carousel, popping up once every few months on the site – how much faster can human beings run? How close to a “ceiling” in performance are we? The latest discussion is inspired by a few articles, and a recent round-table discussion between some of the […]

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