Whether you are interested in it or not, the fact is this issue is going nowhere soon. With the European Indoor Championships just on the horizon, it's clear that the 60m men's performances are likely to be overshadowed by the release of Dwain Chambers' book Race Against Me.
As I'm sure Dwain expected, the book was already creating much controversy just days before the British team set sail for Turin. Alarming allegations began to surface as excerpts from the book were released by various media. Not only has Dwain accused his former agent, John Regis, of knowing all about his drug taking activities, he also raises a huge question mark over the heads of other athletes currently competing. Whatever your thoughts, there is no doubt that on Monday when his book is released Dwain will get his wish... People will be queuing to find out just who lines up in the Race Against Him.
Note: Dwain has agreed to be interviewed on an upcoming edition of one of my radio shows. (click links to view)
TASHA DANVERS IS NOW ON RADIO... ONLINE RADIO OF COURSE LOL!!!
I've just started my own online radio show called... REAL WOMEN... REAL TALK... REAL SPEED!
Once a week I'll be chatting about about different issues including money, relationships, love, you name it! I'll be solo or maybe you'll get to hear the thoughts of my co-hosts The Ladies of Speed which includes some of Britain's best athletes (and maybe I'll let some foreigners join too, who knows lol).
You can listen to the show live once a week on www.blogtalkradio.com/tashadanvers at 9pm GST (UK time) 1pm PST. But don't worry if you miss it, you can always go back and listen to it later. The show gives you a chance to (sign up as a listener ) and hear the thoughts of some of our great sportswomen (and sometimes men) with the opportunity to chime in your thoughts by either phoning in or using the live chat option. So, don't forget to tune in next week... We'll be talking about relationships, not just any relationships... Dating athletes vs dating "regular guys". Don't miss it and don't forget to add the link to your bookmarks ;)
OK LISTEN TO THIS I won't even say anything, just listen to this guy sing and the reaction afterwards from the judges!
OK NOW LISTEN TO THIS
OK now someone please tell me how in the HELL the first singer got sent home and the second went on to be part of American Idol Season 8!!!!!! Bull$%*@ Are you kiddin me, how the heck can I take this show any kinna serious with decisions like that from the judges! huh huh! I'm vex ya know!
NOW LISTEN! I haven't quite put my finger on it! And when I say "it" I'm referring to the huge fascination there seems to be with Beyonce's Single Ladies Video. I mean people are doing the dance routine in clubs worldwide from start to finish. The song is being played on airwaves everywhere. Now don't get me wrong, it's a great song. (Although I know some of you out there are completely sick of it already). But if you surf the internet the number of Beyonce (Single Ladies) impersonations are just infinite. Men, women, and children everywhere are taking time out of their busy schedules to learn the Single Ladies dance. Now I think what I would look for in a Single Ladies dance is flare and originality and this video is by far the best I've seen. Not only does it give you great costume design... the grand finale it a sight to behold. Well done Single Ladies you definitely give Beyonce a run for her money!!!!
Jaden My Jaden I wanted to write about my little lad but there's so much to say about him I just figured I'd do what i do when I have too many words and no sentences. I write Poems. Let me give it a try, see how long this takes. 03:07am
Part Of Me. Hmm Jaden my baby, glad we talk on the phone. My heart feels much better knowing you're not alone. I was just thinking about all the preparation, always need to tell you days before our separation And every time you say you must come where I go It feels so bad so have to reply with a 'No' Because I'd love to take you, I'd love you to be with me But right now it's not possible, unfortunately. Part of me just hates to leave you at home, while I travel all over the world on my own. Part of me never wants me separate from you, but this is our life... this IS what we do. I hate sneaking away so you don't see me go, hate leaving you at grandmas so my tears don't show. Hate wondering and waiting for morning your time Then falling asleep before you get home in mine. It's hard on Mummy but I know it's harder on you Don't know when I'll come back, I'm sure you're confused. You'll be happy for a while but then sadness sets in. You see me on TV, you will me to win. "Can I go see Mummy?" you ask all with an ear The question most dreaded, the question they fear. And yet, the answer keeps staying the same No Mummy today, no trips on a plane. But Mummy just wants to make your life better, that's why I run, that's why I write this letter. But all I can do is pray that one day all your sacrifice will be worth it All the fear gone away No separation anxiety worry is gone tears all dried up... time to hang up the phone. 03:37 Nite Jaden
Ok seriously, I think the world has gone crazy. Let me make it very clear how I feel about the 800m. I need to clear this up since I seem to be misquoted pretty much everywhere I look. LOL! Either that or I was delusional on pretty much every interview I've done.
It all started in 2008 when we (my coach and I) began competing in the 800m as a part of my training. I ran 2.06 twice and 2.07 once. In years leading up to the Beijing Olympics we decided it would be nice to run indoors at some point, but we could never find the appropriate time or the appropriate event for that phase of my training. 60mH would require too much speed work based on my overall training needs for the event I am actually training for (400mH outdoors). The 400 was too short, again based on what phase of my training we were in. So, we chose the 800m.
2008 I had built myself back up enough (after having my son) in order to try to run indoors, but an Olympic year was too risky. So in rolls 2009 and I give it a whirl but still keeping in mind we have no intentions of running in the European Indoors. the 800 was a risk as I hadn't run indoors in 13 years (and my legs have grown a lot since then). It would also be my first time in spikes (a result of protecting my shins/old stress fractures from flaring up).
Ran the trials in 2:12. Was good for 600m and then it got really tough!!! LOL!! Next day I ran again in the B final totally jetlagged still LOL! Left it waaaay too late to fly out from LA! Anyway although my body would have been pretty happy to jump on the train back to London that's not my style and would have defeated the purpose of why we came back to London.
* Over Distance Training.
* Show your face.
* Competition training.
* Reconnect with the team doctors.
* Reconnect with Charles Van Commenee.
So that being said I did what I came to do and I'm pleased. We will run the 800m outdoors again this year and hopefully I will run faster than 2008.
If you were looking to see me in the 800m in Birmingham you won't because the meet promoters have understandably pulled me out of the race. The race will be much faster in Birmingham than it was in Sheffield, and with a time of 2:12 going in I can understand their position.
So folks... we'll see each other on the track again... when summer rolls around! Until then... Be good... If not, BE CAREFUL! ;)
NOW apparently this is big news... but is it really?
If any other 23 year old had been pictured smoking from a bong, I don't think too many people would have even batted an eyelid. But Michael Phelps is no ordinary twenty-something after winning a total of 14 Olympic gold medals in his lifetime (6 in Athens and 8 in Beijing). See the thing is, when you catapult yourself into the sports history books, whether you like it or not you also catapult yourself into the club called "Role Models".
I found 2 definitions online for the phrase 'role model'...
"A person who serves as a model in a particular behavioural or social role for another person to emulate." - american heritage dictionary
"A person regarded by others, especially younger people, as a good example to follow." - collins essential dictionary
I'm sure there are quite a few parents out there that now don't consider Phelps a good person for their kids to follow (not in this instance anyway). But I think the true question is...
Should great athletes be automatically entered into the "Role Model" club... Role Model until proven guilty - Hero until proven human? OR should we also be trying to recognise and include other people who do great things in society like teachers, judges, parents, police officers, etc., and make them role models too? Or both?
I guess it's pretty hard to convince kids that these people are just as important without the cameras flashing and the media interviews.
So is Phelps still a hero? And is that Right or Bong?
Yesterday this guy was at the track (actually he comes out a lot), but i just so happened to have my camera as he flipped and twisted and jumped and dipped. He's amazin to watch. Check out my facebook page to see more pics!
OLYMPIC 400M HURDLES BRONZE MEDALLIST BEIJING 2008
I'm a regular girl with the need to succeed and take others with me. Ok I admit I'm only regular in some ways. i can be pretty complex. just get to know me. :)