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Olympic 2020 Highlights: Moments we won’t forget

It’s been almost a week since the Tokyo Olympics ended, and it was truly like no other. It may have seemed impossible to organise amidst the pandemic, however, the Olympic Committee did an incredible job of pulling everything off. People around the world were gripped to their TV’s, excited to have something to look forward to during uncertain times. There were many highs and plenty of memorable moments that will go down in Olympic history. It’s been a week since the closing ceremony, but we want to relive some of the biggest achievements from the Games. Here are just some of the moments that captured our hearts. India gets their first Hockey medal in 41 years India defeated Germany to win a bronze medal in the men’s field hockey. It was the country’s first medal in hockey since 1980 – a decade before any of the current players were even…

    Recapping the first week of the Tokyo Olympics

    It has been an epic first week at the Tokyo Olympics! From Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui’s shocking win, to the Philippines earning their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s weightlifting – we’ve had our fair share of iconic moments. We can’t wait to see what’s to come next week! Here are some stand-out results in swimming and gymnastics this week. Women’s 1500m Freestyle: Katie Ledecky wins Gold 24-year-old Katie Ledecky bagged a Gold medal in the 1500m women’s freestyle in swimming. The event joined the women’s Olympic program for the first time ever, though the men have competed in it since 1904. As impressive as her win was, it wasn’t just the fact that she had won Gold. What stood out was how she managed to do it after an exhausting 48-hour period in which she swam 4,000 meters over six races! Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: Japan comes out on…

      Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui shocked by his Olympic gold win

      Dreams really do come true. Well that’s certainly the case for Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui. He couldn’t believe he won gold in Sunday’s men’s 400m freestyle final. The 18-year-old had swam the slowest time to qualify in the semi-final heats just the day before, so he wasn’t expected to be a strong contender for a medal. Hafnaoui won the Gold medal by just 0.16 seconds ahead of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin who won Silver, and Bronze medalist Kieran Smith from the U.S. “I was surprised myself. It’s unbelievable. I just can’t believe it,” said Hafnaoui, who won with a time of 3 minutes 43.36 seconds. “I dedicate (the gold) to all my family, my mum, my dad, my sisters, I wish they are proud of me.” His family’s reaction to his win is priceless. Check out the video below. https://twitter.com/JoySportsGH/status/1419300094780784640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1419300094780784640%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sbnation.com%2F2021%2F7%2F26%2F22594593%2Fahmed-hafnaoui-family-gold-tokyo-olympics He was lined up in Lane 8 – the outer lane,…

        Tokyo Olympics: Highlights of the Opening Ceremony

        The Tokyo Olympics have officially begun! After a long year of delays and uncertainty, the Olympic torch has finally been lit to kick the Games off. The Opening Ceremony was held on Friday and looked slightly different from what we’re used to.  Due to Covid-19, there were no spectators allowed in the stands, forcing the athletes to wave to TV cameras rather than a stadium full of fans. However, the mood was optimistic and hopeful with the International Olympic Committee thanking Japan for embracing the Games, while also paying tribute to the country’s healthcare workers who continue to battle the pandemic. There was an impressive lineup of performances, including Japanese singer MISI who performed the national anthem, as well as John Legend and Keith Urban who sang John Lennon’s “imagine”. For many, one of the most iconic moments was when tennis superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic Cauldron. Here are…

          Using Video Analysis to Improve your Tennis Game

          Looking to improve your tennis game? Video analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) can help you do just that. It’s widely used for many sports, helping coaches and athletes analyze performance, identify where they can improve and also prevent future injuries. It has started to become a crucial tool used by tennis professionals to review technique and understand a player’s movements. It’s also used to dissect opponents’ tactic patterns to equip themselves with fitting strategies. One of the first tennis coaches to embrace video analysis in tennis was Australian coach Darren Cahill when he was coaching Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in the early 2000s. His inspiration came from his father, who was a coach for the Australian Football League and used video analysis as a coaching tool. Cahill found it extremely helpful when coaching Andre Agassi. “I used it a lot. For me to be able to deliver a message…

            Comparing Sprongo to other Video Analysis Platforms

            Coaches and athletes have embraced Sprongo as their leading video analysis platform. While other platforms offer a similar service, Sprongo provides a unique experience that combines cloud-based, mobile app and artificial intelligence capabilities. With these features in play, Sprongo allows for easy video analysis anywhere, anytime. Unlike other platforms, Sprongo’s software is completely web-based. We’ve removed the need to install, download or upgrade our software to make life easier for our users. All you need is an internet connection and an account and you’re good to go. The Sprongo platform also has integrated AI capabilities that provides automated analysis of angles and movement. It carefully analyzes the angular measurements of an athlete’s legs, hips, shoulders and arms within a video clip. This allows you to spend more time analyzing rather than manually noting each measurement frame-by-frame. You can analyze more than one frame in your videos and create datasets for…

              How to Master Strength Training for Sport

              Strength training is a great way to build muscle and endurance in sport. It usually takes a few weeks to start seeing results, but following a consistent plan can help increase bone density and muscle mass and even alleviate symptoms of depression. However, performing strength training exercises incorrectly can do more harm than good. Here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid during your next training session. Not having a proper strength training regime Just like any sort of training, it’s important to understand what your objectives are and what routines are going to benefit you the most. Consult with your coach and fitness trainer to determine what training programmes would work best for you and your needs. They will consider all the factors contributing to your performance and help you create a customised plan to suit your health and fitness objectives. You only do strength training during…

                How to avoid “catching a crab” in rowing

                “Catching a crab” is a common fear for many rowers. The term refers to when a rower loses control of their oar. The blade then gets trapped in the water by the momentum of the shell, and the oar handle swings backwards, often going over the rower’s head. In extreme cases, the rower may even be thrown overboard. It’s a setback that can effectively take you out of the competition. However, there are ways to overcome the crab and deal with it safely. Don’t resist it Most of the time, rowers fight against the handle when it becomes trapped in the water. Doing this is what risks you stopping the boat, or worse, getting thrown overboard. Instead, don’t resist it. If you leave the oar to itself, it will come to rest parallel to the boat and leave it trailing in the water. This method allows the boat to lose…

                  Petra Vlhova and Alexis Pinturault win World Cup Overall Titles

                  Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and French skier Alexis Pinturault both won their first World Cup overall titles, making this a historic skiing season. Vlhova broke records by becoming Slovakia’s first ever Alpine Skiing World Cup champion after finishing sixth in the final women’s slalom of the season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. However, her performance in the slalom race didn’t go quite the same. Vlhova was overtaken by Austria’s Katharina Liensberger who was the fastest in both runs. Behind Liensberger was Mikaela Shiffrin, who finished 1.24 seconds later. Vlhova spoke to Slocak broadcaster RTVS about her disappointment in the slalom. “I can’t even wrap my head around it at the moment, as I’m still a bit disappointed after the slalom.” But that didn’t stop her excitement about winning the Crystal Globe for her stunning performance in Alpine skiing. “It was our goal from the beginning of the season, we went for it and…

                    Learn how to use Sprongo’s new Auto Voice Tag feature

                    We have developed a new Auto Voice Tag feature to help make video analysis an even easier process for coaches and athletes. This new feature gives the Sprongo platform the ability to make automatic suggestions for tags based on the audio of a video. This saves you time in having to manually add tags onto your videos.  https://youtu.be/_-C-TfloyJQ Here’s how to use the Auto Voice Tag feature: When recording your video, clearly state what you would like to add as a tag onto your video. For example, say the relevant athlete’s name in the audio of the video to have it added as an automatic tag.When uploading your video, enable the ‘Auto Voice Tag function’.Once you’ve uploaded your video, you’ll be able to see the suggested tags under the ‘Added Tags’ section. Athletes or other coaches you have auto-tagged into your video will receive a notification and be able to…

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