The Conversation: From bespoke seats to titanium arms, 3D printing is helping paralympians gain an edge

The Conversation: From bespoke seats to titanium arms, 3D printing is helping paralympians gain an edge. “Major sporting events like the Paralympics are a breeding ground for technological innovation. Athletes, coaches, designers, engineers and sports scientists are constantly looking for the next improvement that will give them the edge. Over the past decade, 3D printing has become a tool to drive improvements in sports like running and cycling, and is increasingly used by paralympic athletes.”

PsyPost: Elite athletes fared the best psychologically during lockdown and adapting their training schedules was key

PsyPost: Elite athletes fared the best psychologically during lockdown and adapting their training schedules was key. “According to two studies conducted in Serbia during the COVID-19 lockdown, elite athletes and individuals who engaged in vigorous levels of exercise demonstrated the lowest psychological distress during this time. The findings, published in Frontiers in Psychology, further underscored the importance of adaptability, showing that athletes who reduced their training schedules during the early stages of lockdown showed lower distress than those who maintained them.”

Former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos Gives Update on COVID-19 Battle After 10 Days in ICU: ‘My Fight Is Not Done’ (The Root)

The Root: Former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos Gives Update on COVID-19 Battle After 10 Days in ICU: ‘My Fight Is Not Done’. “Dr. Fauci and the CDC keep trying to tell us that COVID-19 is no joke. Sadly, one of the NBA’s most affable alums is waging his own personal war with the deadly virus, and he took to social media in recent days to provide his friends and fans with an update as he fights for his life in ICU.”

CanIndia: Google was the first coach of Paralympics silver medallist Praveen Kumar

CanIndia: Google was the first coach of Paralympics silver medallist Praveen Kumar. “Having no knowledge about para-athletics, high jumper Praveen Kumar, who won the silver medal in Tokyo on Friday, depended on Google for basic information about the sport. ‘I would watch videos of high jump on Google and try and learn from it. There was nobody to teach me. Later, during a district-level meeting, I was told about coach Dr. Satyapal and met him and he agreed to train me,’ said Praveen Kumar, who won silver in Men’s High Jump T44 at the Paralympic Games on Friday.”

For the Win: The Cubs released Jake Arrieta after he told a reporter to take his mask off during press conference

For the Win: The Cubs released Jake Arrieta after he told a reporter to take his mask off during press conference. “Arrieta had already opened the season with irresponsible anti-vaccine comments, so it wasn’t exactly surprising to see his thoughts on masks fall into the same realm. But when Arrieta chose to mock a reporter over wearing a mask after allowing 8 runs in four innings on Wednesday, it appeared to be the final straw for the Cubs.”

New York Times: How Facebook Failed to Stem Racist Abuse of England’s Soccer Players

New York Times: How Facebook Failed to Stem Racist Abuse of England’s Soccer Players. “In May 2019, Facebook asked the organizing bodies of English soccer to its London offices off Regent’s Park. On the agenda: what to do about the growing racist abuse on the social network against Black soccer players…. A few months later, Facebook provided soccer representatives with an athlete safety guide, including directions on how players could shield themselves from bigotry using its tools. The message was clear: It was up to the players and the clubs to protect themselves online.”

Tokyo 2020: Some Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine (BBC)

BBC: Tokyo 2020: Some Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine. “Rules meaning some Australian Olympians are having to quarantine for 28 days after returning to their country from Tokyo have been described as ‘cruel’. Athletes returning via Sydney to the state of South Australia are facing an extra two-week quarantine. That is on top of the two weeks already required for all overseas arrivals.”

Twitter: Racist tweets after Euros final didn’t rely on anonymity (CNET)

CNET: Twitter: Racist tweets after Euros final didn’t rely on anonymity. “If you’ve never been a victim of online abuse, it would be easy to assume that perpetrators of such abuse hide behind anonymous avatars and usernames that obscure their real identities. But that’s not the case. Twitter revealed in a blog post Tuesday that when England’s footballers were targeted by racist abuse last month after they lost the Euro Cup final, 99% of the accounts it suspended were not anonymous.”

New York Times: The Olympics Are All Fun, No Games on TikTok

New York Times: The Olympics Are All Fun, No Games on TikTok. “When they’re not competing, the athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo have been quite candid on social media. Posts from the last two weeks, many of them on TikTok, show this year’s Olympians flirting, knitting, dancing, answering personal questions — and, of course, making sex jokes. Here’s just a sampling of what’s been happening in their downtime, as seen on the smallest of screens.”

Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory. “Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won both the women’s 100 meter and 200 meter gold medals at the Olympics this year, and then did the super piratey thing of… excitedly posting snippets of her victories to Instagram, which responded by blocking her account for copyright violations.”

Sydney Morning Herald: The Olympics have convinced me to ditch social media for good

Sydney Morning Herald: The Olympics have convinced me to ditch social media for good. “The penny dropped last Thursday afternoon as Jess Fox won gold in the women’s C1 canoe slalom. If you were watching on Seven, you were crying with her, equally happy and relieved because of the sadness of what happened two days earlier in the K1. If you were scrolling through Twitter, the sentiment was far different. Here, in the cesspool of anonymous public opinion, much of the talk was about her father, Richard, who had called the event off a TV in a small room in Melbourne.”