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Web Traffic!

A Mexican website has made a list of its Top 10 Hottest Olympians. Although Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина did not make the Russian team, she is featured prominently in the article. Previous Track Beauties like Leryn Franco, Yelena Isinbayeva Елена Исинбаева, and Christina Vukicevic Љубица Вукићевић are also included.

The author provided links for readers to learn more about the featured athletes. Lo and behold, my old Track Beauty of the Week post on Vukicevic was included! I’ ve been getting quite a lot of hits from Mexico, as a result.

I made the right decision in migrating all my subsequent Track Beauty posts to Superb Senora. The weekly feature is now on its 2nd year and has taken up a significant chunk of well-known and up and coming athletics personalities. I do not want to be explicitly associated with the Track Beauty brand. Besides, my blog hurdler49 offers more than just your weekly dose of talented female athletes.

10-for-10: Isabelle Pedersen

Isabelle Pedersen is a fast-rising athletics talent from Norway. At such a young age, Pedersen has won several major age-group titles, the most notable of which are the World Youth and World Junior crowns in the 100m hurdles. In 2009, the Norwegian edged out two American athletes to win the U18 100m hurdles (0.765m) gold, stopping the clock in 13.23s. In Moncton the following year, and competing against older, U20 athletes this time, the compact sprint hurdler again won gold. Her time of 13.30s over the 0.838m barriers was a national junior record.

Click here to view Trans World Sport’s feature on Isabelle

In the women’s event where the barriers are lower, speedsters tend to get away with glaring technical flaws, relying more on their flat out speed than hurdling form.  At such as young age, the Pedersen has developed a fundamentally-sound hurdling technique, comparable to her older compatriot, Christina Vukicevic. To date, Pedersen’s personal best stands at 13.21s – a national junior record and six-hundredths of a second off the Daegu World Championships standard.

Her ebullient personality on the track and the sheer enjoyment she exudes in her races highlight Pedersen’s love for the event. She is every inch the happy hurdler – and happy hurdlers, epitomized by Liu Xiang himself (and most recently, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde) are formidable competitors.

As the World Youth and World Junior Champion matures physically and psychologically, the prospects of success in the senior ranks look bright.

Pedersen takes time to answer this blog’s 10-for-10 feature:

1. How did you get started with athletics?

When I was younger my mom thought I had ADHD, but it turned out I was just a girl with a lot of energy. Doing sports was therefore an easy choice. My first meeting with athletics was at the age of ten. I walked by some teenagers training and I was fascinated by the sport. I remember I asked my mom what kind of sport they were doing and she told me it was the same sport she did when she was younger. Since that day I knew athletics was the sport for me as well.

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

When I discovered that I have won the final [of the 2010] World junior championships. The last thing I remembered was the starting point, the rest [was] just black.

Click here to view the full results of the Moncton 2010 100m hurdles final

I had a dream to defend the gold medal from youth world championships the year before, but [I] never thought I’d make it. I was number 15 on the list before the championships started.

3. What’s your life-long dream?

I´m living it now, I’m living out my dream everyday. Track, hurdles [are] my passions. And the dream of everyone else, [to] become as good as possible.

4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Hehe, tights is the thing I guess.

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

Glee cast? Sorry, honestly I’ve no idea what that is…

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

Tricky… both are greats shows! Why choose when you can have both?

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

I have a new list every season, and there a no favorites, they are all part of the warm up.

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

I haven´t raveled much to the big cities of Europe, but Paris has inspired me a lot. Would like to live in a city that inspires me as much as Paris to my last breath. Maybe I will movie back to my home town Bergen, I haven´t planned it yet!

9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

I think I will pass this one, I still have the world in front of me ;)

10. Who’s your athletics role model/idol?

I don’t have one. I’ve always just done it because it’s fun. Haha. But Susanna Kallur is a great hurdler.

Additional Links:

Isabelle’s Website

Isabelle’s Twitter account (help her reach 1,000 followers!)

Isabelle’s All-Athletics Profile.

Video Credit:

Trond Knaplund

Nuances of the Lead Arm Action

Although I employ a crude hybrid of the single- and double-arm shifts, my ideal hurdling form is most certainly the former. I just don’t have the necessary skill level to employ an efficient single-arm hurdling action. In terms of hurdling skill, it is obvious that I’m a big fan of Liu Xiang 刘翔, as well as Allen Johnson and Colin Jackson.

When it comes to arm action, I’m a stickler for the lead arm extension. As the lead leg straightens, the lead arm stretches out as well – as if reaching for the lead foot. Such arm action provides balance, by countering the extension of the lead leg. Swinging the lead arm outwards is a common error amongst beginners. It obviously increases the hang time of the clearance.

There are some hurdlers who bend the forearm all the way inside, with the lead forearm running parallel with the chest. For a hurdler, this is a matter of preference. I, for one, try to keep my arm action as faithful to the simple up-and-down movement of sprinting. Taking the lead arm all the way across the chest, in my opinion, complicates the hurdling action.

But then again, this is a matter of preference. So long as the arms aren’t wildly flailing and the center of gravity remains level, various nuances of hurdling are acceptable. Perhaps such an arm action enables the hurdler facilitate a more forceful trail leg snap, thanks to the increased leverage provided by the lead arm.

Practitioners of this style include the Vukicevic siblings – Christina and Vladimir. Trained by their father, the hurdling technique of the Norwegians are strikingly similar. I stumbled upon clips of their South Africa training session, one can say that they are mirror images of each other!

The older Christina, taller than most women hurdlers, is gradually making a name for herself in the international scene. In an event where speedsters tend to get away with flaws in technique, Christina’s hurdling is most efficient. The younger Vladimir, the 2010 World Junior silver medalist, is on-track to following her sister’s footsteps (or shall we say, three-step?).

Hurdlers aren’t chipped from one single block. One physical activities determines one’s hurdling style. The big and powerful David Oliver for instance, is more aggressive, in light of his background in American Football. Liu Xiang and Colin Jackson, in contrast, are pure technicians, relying on a fluidly classy form. The difference is technique and, ultimately, style makes the sprint hurdles a lot more interesting to watch.

Track Beauty of the Week: Christina Vukicevic Љубица Вукићевић

Christina Vukicevic (Љубица Кристина Вукићевић) is this week’s Track Beauty!

As a junior, Christina won silver medals at the European and World Junior Championships. She also topped the European U-23 Championships in 2009. The then 20-year Vukicevic made her major championship debut at the Osaka World Championships. The Norwegian did not progress beyond qualifying, but clocked a then personal best of 13.07s.

Watch: “Christina Vukicevic (Љубица Вукићевић) Interview”

 

Photos from Bjarte Hetland and Paal Sørensen

The young Vukicevic had the makings of a championship performer, it seemed, as she shaved off two-hundredths of a second from her erstwhile lifetime best at the Beijing Olympics. Although she fared a little better at her heat (4th place), the Norwegian still did not progress to the next round.

A year later at the Berlin World Championships, Christina made it as far as the semifinals, where she clocked yet another personal best! At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, the Norwegian record holder missed out on a podium finish, as she finished in fourth place. The hurdler clocked a competitive 12.78s, four-hundredths of a second from her lifetime best of 12.74s.

Christina finally won her first major championship medal as a senior at the European Indoor Championships in Paris. She set a new Norwegian record of 7.83s in the 60m hurdles.

Article by Joboy Quintos

Source:

Wikipedia

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