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Shaun White Suffers Injury During Olympic Training

American snowboarder, Shaun White, suffered an injury to his forehead during his Olympic training in New Zealand. The 31-year-old reportedly hurt himself while practicing a routine for the halfpipe event he is set to compete in during the upcoming 2018 games in Pyeongchang. It is the second time White has suffered a physical setback recently – the first occurred just last month.

White’s Training Injuries

Back in early September, the two-time gold medalist crashed his snowboard while perfecting his halfpipe moves at the winter games overseas. At the time, White was forced to withdraw from the event. Doctors advised White to stay on the sidelines for several weeks following the damage. This means White had not been back on his board for very long before his misfortune earlier this week.

Following his most recent injury, White took to Instagram to update fans on his condition. He posted a picture of the sizable gash on his forehead with a thumbs up, informing fans that he would return to the slopes soon. White included a caption below the picture of him on the hospital bed. In the post, White promised to come back better than ever. He included the hashtag #NormalIsBoring in reference to his extreme approach to the sport of snowboarding.

White’s Future In Winter Sports

Once again, doctors have told White to take his time healing up as he gets ready for the Olympic qualifiers that begin this December. "The Flying Tomato" has been one of the most talked about athletes heading into the 2018 games. His disappointing fourth-place finish in the past games in Sochi has inspired him to improve his diet and training regimen in preparation for Pyeongchang. White told the media that he will be solely focused on the halfpipe event this time – he was slated to participate on the slopestyle team in 2014. Fans are left to hope that this latest setback only makes White a stronger rider, just as he promised. 

North Korea Is Hurting Pyeongchang Olympics

The Winter Olympics are right around the corner, and relations with North Korea only seem to be getting worse. Despite the frequent weapons tests that have been conducted by the Kim regime, South Korea, the host nation, has attempted to reassure everyone that there is nothing to be afraid of heading into the 2018 Games. Unfortunately, not everyone believes that is the case. In fact, a few prominent nations have already publicly announced that if the situation with North Korea gets any worse, they will strongly consider withdrawing from the Olympics and keeping their athletes at home. Austria, Germany, and France are among the countries that are hesitant to make the trip to Pyeongchang, which could be devastating for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), considering they are all expected to finish in the top 10 in overall medal count.

Underwhelming Ticket Sales

When ticket sales opened up in February, South Korea was hoping and expecting to sell more than one million before the opening ceremonies. After the results from the first cycle of sales came in, it’s safe to say that they might want to lower expectations. Ticket sales from February to June were underwhelming to say the least. Only 52,000 of the 750,000 tickets that South Korea planned on selling to locals were sold in that time frame. On the other hand, they were able to sell nearly half of the 320,000 tickets that were expected to sell overseas. With less than five months until competition, South Korea has a lot of work to do if they expect to meet expectations, and increasing fear of a potential attack by North Korea is certainly not going to help their case.

South Korea’s Security Plan

While many organizers and IOC members have repeatedly assured people that there is no reason to be concerned just yet, winter sports fans are still fearful of the danger that North Korea could inflict on Pyeongchang. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tried to convince North Korea to participate in the 2018 Games since being elected into office. He remains confident that they will be able to do so, and that remains their top plan for security. If the North participates, whether it’s their athletes or locations, many believe that will secure the Games, because a country would be much less likely to harm their own people.

Renovations Could Bring The NHL To Seattle

Oak View Group, based in Los Angeles, has released its renovation plans for Seattle’s KeyArena in an effort to attract NBA and NHL consideration for expansion franchises. The group has a formal agreement with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to build a $600 million privately financed arena to be completed by 2020. The proposed plan and agreement, commonly referred to as the Memorandum of Understanding, will be formally submitted to the Seattle City Council this week. OVG sent a compilation of renderings that were put together to give the decision-makers an idea of what the proposed arena might look like upon completion. The renderings included detailed images of the inside and outside of the arena, as well as blueprints for both the arena and parking structures. In addition, the group provided renderings of what a concert, an NBA game, and an NHL game might look like inside the complex.

Commitment To The Community

In addition to the $600 million proposed for the arena renovations, OVG is committing $60 million into the surrounding community. Professional sporting events increase traffic. It’s not a secret, and it’s not going to change; however, OVG plans to spend $40 million to improve transportation around the arena. They will also commit $20 million to a community fund, and half of the fund will go towards the city’s YouthCare program to prevent youth homelessness.

Possible Hurdles

Of course, anytime a proposal for a new arena is submitted, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to execute the plan. OVG’s proposal is not different. First, they have to get everything approved by all the appropriate government entities within the city and state. Then, the group may need to invest capital into the relocation of some landmarks that it will need to remove for its arena proposal. There are also quite a few provisions that will need to be accommodated in conjunction with the city’s proposed lease to OVG. Seattle is currently offering a 39-year lease with two 8-year renewal options. In order to extend the lease past 39 years, OVG will have to invest $168 million in improvements and will need to house both an NHL and NBA franchise.

Meet Veteran Turned Snowboarder Kirstie Ennis

The year was 2012 and Kirstie Ennis was in the midst of her second tour in Afghanistan when disaster struck. The military helicopter, which featured Ennis as the aerial gunner, suddenly went down. The crash resulted in serious damage to Ennis – fractured spine and broken. And after more than 40 total surgeries, Ennis had her left leg amputated.

Her injuries have failed to slow her down though, in fact, they’ve only made Ennis stronger. In the time since her second tour, she’s become an avid climber – scaling Mount Kilimanjaro just months after a surgical operation. Recently, the veteran has set her sights on snowboarding. Her first opportunity to tackle the sport came courtesy of the Disabled Sports USA organization a few years back. And now she is currently training to compete in the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The last few years have a been an emotional whirlwind for Ennis, but she has showcased twice through the media recently.

ESPN’s Body Issue

When ESPN’s annual Body Issue was released earlier this year, Ennis became a star. She courageously stripped down to show off her body, including her prosthetic leg. For the shoot, Ennis went high atop a mountain. This was nothing new for her as she had just climbed both Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest. Ennis’ appearance in the magazine was an inspiration to those who suffered similar physical trauma.

Her New Home

Her hard work and determination paid off in more ways than one thanks to the gift she received just days ago: a new home. Building Homes For Heroes is responsible for constructing her three-bedroom haven in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The organization has been doing work for years, renovating homes for veterans donated by Chase Bank. The new home was designed with Ennis’ hobbies in mind, coming complete with cutting-edge kitchen appliances – cooking is one of her passions. The veteran now has a state-of-the-art residence as she looks to make another home for herself on the slopes of the Paralympics.

Top NHL Players To Play For One Team (5-1)

Playing for one organization throughout your entire career is a very difficult thing to do in the NHL. For Wayne Gretzky, he never got the chance to finish his career with his beloved Edmonton Oilers. Others chose to hang on for one more year with another team. Ray Bourque chased a Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. Both Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Modano jumped ship to the Detroit Red Wings for one last hoorah. And nobody can forget the seven-game stint Martin Brodeur had with the St. Louis Blues in the 2014-15 season. Here is a look at five legendary NHL players who were lucky enough to call one place home during their entire careers.

No. 5: Niklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings (1991-2012)

Accolades: 4 Stanley Cups, 7 Norris Trophies, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy, 13x All-Star

Like a fine wine, Nik Lidstrom kept getting better with age. Not just better, but dominant. In fact, Lidstrom put up possibly his best season during the 2010-11 campaign. He recorded 62 points and won his final Norris Trophy that season – he was 40-years-old at the time. Lidstrom was the backbone of some incredible Red Wings teams. He was the rare steady, stay-at-home defenceman that was also a force on the powerplay. He is considered by many to be the NHL’s second-best defender of all-time behind Bobby Orr.

No. 4: Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens (1950-1971)

Accolades: 10 Stanley Cups, 2 Hart Trophies, 1 Art Ross Trophy, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy, 13x All-Star

Beliveau lead the NHL in scoring twice, but topped the league in gentlemanly play throughout his career. Beliveau’s steady play helped Montreal become the mecca of hockey. He scored at least 30 goals in 8 seasons and finished his career with more than a point-per-game. The bigger the game, the better the results were for Beliveau. The Center put up 176 points in 162 career playoff games. He retired in 1971 and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame a year later.

No. 3: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings (1983-2006)

Accolades: 3 Stanley Cups, 1 Ted Lindsay, Conn Smythe, Selke, and Masterson Memorial Trophy, 9x All-Star

Stevie Y was the heart and soul of Detroit’s dominant stretch in the mid-90’s through 2000’s. Yzerman put up incredible offensive numbers (1,755 points – 7th all-time), but leadership will forever be his legacy. During his time as the Red Wings’ captain, Yzerman guided the club to an unmatched 62 wins and 131 points in the 1995-96 season. On a team loaded with talent, including Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan, Yzerman was the glue that held everything together for the perennial cup contender. Yzerman was long a legend before scoring one of the greatest goals in NHL history during the 1996 playoffs.

No. 2: Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens (1942-1960)

Accolades: 8 Stanley Cups, 1 Hart Trophy, 13x All-Star

You know you had an amazing offensive NHL career when the league names a trophy after you. The league’s annual top goal-scorer receives the award, fitting for a player nicknamed “The Rocket.” On his way to hockey immortality, Richard netted nearly a point-per-game – 965 pts in 978 games. Richard was able to put up consistent numbers throughout a very long career. But, he wasn’t some finesse player, shying away from contact. Richard recorded more than 100 penalty minutes during five different seasons – unheard of today. His undeniable scoring touch paired with grit made him the most popular player of all-time in Montreal's illustrious hockey history.

No. 1: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1984-1997/2000-2006)

Accolades: 2 Stanley Cups, 3 Hart Trophies, 4 Lindsay Trophies, 6 Art Ross Trophies, 10x All-Star

According to many experts, Mario Lemieux was the most gifted athlete to ever lace up the skates at the NHL level. His biggest enemy in his race towards the hockey record books was time though. Lemieux racked up 690 goals in just 915 career games. Compare that to Wayne Gretzky, who skated in a whopping 1,487 contests. Lemieux’s career mark of .754 GPG is not even remotely challenged by any of the NHL’s top-20 all-time goal scorers. Lemieux not only made the Pens relevant with two Cups in the early-90s, but he is responsible for pulling the team out of bankruptcy in the next decade. Lemieux is the true definition of ‘franchise savior.’