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Like Bradman, Hobbs and Lara, Robert Percival’s record may never be broken

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Wisden states the all-rounder once threw a cricket ball 140 yards and two feet, a distance that several tried to reach and none have been confirmed as bettering

Some numbers are records fixed in the minds of every cricket fan. Bradman’s 99.94, Hobbs’s 197, Lara’s 501 – anyone who ever nosed around a Wisden will know those like they do the digits of their parents’ old home phone. They’re fossilised at the top of the lists in the back of the Almanack, and, since it is unlikely they’ll ever be beaten, will stay that way until the ravens finally fly the Tower of London.

And then there’s Robert Percival’s 140.2, which has been around longer than any of them. Wisden publish that one every year, too, in an obscure corner called Miscellaneous Records, but if you know what it represents, your youth really was wasted on you.

*THROWING THE CRICKET BALL*

140 yards and two feet, Robert Percival, on the Durham Sands racecourse, Co. Durham c1882 (more…)

WOA puts Spotlight on the Arts with new OLY Arts Committee

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

World Olympians Association has teamed up with Olympian artists to enhance the role of art and culture in the Olympic Movement with the formation of a new OLY Arts Committee.

Chaired by dual British Olympian and artist Roald Bradstock OLY, the Committee will support the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020, which calls for greater harmonisation of sport and culture, while highlighting the essential role Olympian artists play in spreading the Olympic values worldwide.

“Olympism is built on a philosophy that recognises the value of balancing mind, body and spirit,” said WOA President Joël Bouzou OLY. “The OLY Arts Committee will further strengthen this ideal by exploring opportunities to blend sport and culture during the Olympic Games and beyond.”

Roald Bradstock, who competed in javelin for Great Britain in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, is internationally renowned for his unique artistic style and skill and the innovative techniques used in his drawings, paintings and collages. Since competing, he has spent many years supporting and promoting Olympian artists around the world. (more…)

Art, peace and sport to celebrate World Olympic Day

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Students at St. Lawrence High School in Kolkata expressed how they are “united by Olympism”.

On 23 June, St. Lawrence High School in Kolkata, India celebrated Olympic Day with a little inaugural ceremony where Rev. Fr. Sebastian James SJ introduced the global drawing competition Expression 2018 to guests and students present. This competition ended Saturday 30 June. (more…)

Will the Olympic Picasso be in Malaga?

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
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Will Olympic Painter compete in Malaga?  Over 40 years a World class thrower

He is conspicuous even in the largest crowd; he competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics Games, narrowly missing out on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he was still in the running for selection for the British team in the London 2012 Olympics although he was then aged over 50, only missing out on the B Standard by cms throwing the 800g javelin out to 72.78m. He is of course Roald Bradstock the flamboyant spear throwing Painter, fondly referred to by his huge social media followers as the Olympic Picasso.

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Introducing the ‘Olympic Picasso’

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

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The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is the second time South Korea has hosted, after the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.

One man competing back then was Roald Bradstock, who represented Great Britain in the javelin.

30 years on, he’s back in South Korea – not as an athlete, but as an Olympic artist.

It’s the first time the International Olympic Committee has commissioned an artistic project.

Roald, along with two other artists, is part of a program that recruits Olympic athletes to create 15 paintings during the games – one for each winter sport.

When the 15 paintings are completed and arranged in three rows of five, they will become one painting revealing the Olympic values at the heart of this initiative.

And Roald, dubbed the ‘Olympic Picasso’, says he’s fulfilling a lifetime dream.

Photo: Roald Bradstock (Getty Images)

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Academy 2003 Sport Artist of the Year Roald Bradstock Featured in Historic Art Event at Pyeongchang Olympics

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

United States Sports Academy 2003 Sport Artist of the Year Roald Bradstock of Atlanta, a two-time Olympian, took part in the inaugural “Olympic Art Project” at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in February. Photo by Audrey Bradstock via Olympic.org.

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy 2003 Sport Artist of the Year Roald Bradstock of Atlanta, a two-time Olympian, recently took part in his third Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Only this time, the javelin thrower did so as a painter taking part in the historic “Olympic Art Project.”

Bradstock was one of four former Olympians who brought the Olympic values to life through art by coming together with athletes for the project. It was the first time in the history of the Olympic Winter Games that Olympians who are also artists were invited to the Games to participate in the art project. Over 17 days, more than 100 Olympians took part in the project in which Bradstock and other artists and athletes completed 15 paintings inspired by different Winter Olympic events. The works were shown in the Olympic Village in Gangneung. (more…)

THE “OLYMPIC ART PROJECT”: AN INVITATION TO RELIVE THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 FROM AN EXCITING AND CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OLYMPIC HISTORY, OLYMPIANS WHO ARE ALSO ARTISTS WERE INVITED TO THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 TO BE PART OF THE OLYMPIC ART PROJECT, AN INITIATIVE OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC). OLYMPIANS USED THEIR TALENTS TO SHARE A DIFFERENT VIEW ON THE GAMES THROUGH THE FILM OLYMPIC DREAMS AND A ONE-OF-A-KIND PAINTING.

Greek-American long-distance athlete Alexi Pappas (Rio 2016), British javelin thrower Roald Bradstock (Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988), American biathlete Lanny Barnes (Turin 2006) and Swiss fencer Jean-Blaise Evequoz (bronze medallist at Montreal 1976) are the four “Olympian artists” who shared their creative spirit and craft in PyeongChang through two different projects: a short film, Olympic Dreams, and a collective painting revealing the Olympic values. (more…)

Athletes at the heart of the Olympic Art Project

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Four Olympians visited the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 not to compete for medals, but instead to create works of art.

PyeongChang 2018 marked a new era for the Olympic Games as, for the first time, Olympians who are also artists were asked to take part in the Olympic Art Project. Offering a completely new perspective, the venture provided viewers with a glimpse of the emotions felt away from competition, while also giving athletes the chance to express themselves in a creative manner during their off-time. (more…)

The Olympic Picasso’s Connection to Franchising

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

One of the franchising community’s top leaders has a first-hand view of the “drive to win” needed to succeed at the Olympic Games. Any Lab Test Now CEO Clarissa Bradstock’s husband is Roald Bradstock, an Olympic athlete in the javelin and award-winning artist. The multi-talented couple just returned to the U.S. from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

 

Roald Bradstock painting during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Atlantan enhances art of the Games, trading athletics for paintbrush

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Bo Emerson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Olympic athletes currently gathered in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have mastered many physical skills, but few of them are adept with acrylics.

Atlantan Roald Bradstock, an athlete and an artist, is an exception. He’s easy to spot in the Gangneung Olympic Village. First of all, he’s 55, and many of the athletes here are the ages of his youngest children. Also, he’s wearing his own artwork — hand-painted jackets, scarves and hats.

During these Games, Bradstock, a two-time Olympic javelin thrower, isn’t competing. Instead, he’s trying to coax his fellow athletes to try their hand with a brush and a canvas. (more…)

Olympians invited to help create art in Olympic Village

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Olympians are invited to help bring the Olympic values to life through art in the Olympic Village at PyeongChang 2018. Competing athletes are being asked to join Alexi Pappas(athletics, Greece), Roald Bradstock (javelin, Great Britain), Lanny Barnes (biathlon, USA) and Jean-Blaise Evequoz (fencing, Switzerland) who are the Olympian artists-in-residence at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. (more…)

OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES BLEND CULTURE WITH SPORT

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

WHILE THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES SHOWCASE THE BEST OF WINTER ATHLETICISM, OLYMPISM ITSELF IS ABOUT BLENDING CULTURE AND SPORT, WHICH PYEONGCHANG 2018 HAS FULLY EMBRACED.

 

The PyeongChang Olympic Plaza provides the chance to not only see Winter Olympians receive their hard-won medals, but also enjoy a spectacular calendar of artistic and musical performances before and after the medal ceremonies.

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En route to snapping selfies alongside both the Olympic cauldron and the rings, crowds pass by large-scale public art sculptures in the Plaza. Inmyeonjo, which is a mythical bird with a human face, has become a surprise attraction for visitors to photograph as it parades around three times a day. (more…)

‘Olympic Picasso’ combines love for sports, art

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

 — He is known around the world as the “Olympic Picasso” — a former Olympian whose two passions are sports and art.

During the 2018 winter games, Roald Bradstock is combining those talents in a historic way. (more…)

„Olympischer Picasso“ bringt Athleten zum Malen

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Der britische Künstler Roald Bradstock wird auch der olympische Picasso genannt. Bei den Winterspielen in Pyeongchang bringt er Athleten dazu, den Pinsel zu schwingen. Die gemeinsamen Bilder sollen im Olympischen Museum in Lausanne landen.

Seltsame Dinge gehen bei den Winterspielen in Pyeongchang im olympischen Dorf vor sich.

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Winter Olympics 2018: ‘Geonbae!’ with two former Olympians

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

#TeamTennessee has high aspirations for what sport they would compete in to bring home the gold. USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee staffers Joe Rexrode, Geoff Calkins and Andrew Nelles will be covering the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang. Ayrika Whitney/USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

Raise your hand if you remember the old “Saturday Night Live” sketch with Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd about the Festrunk brothers from Czechoslovakia (like I said, it’s old). Their catchphrase was: “We’re two wild and crazy guys!” If you didn’t raise your hand, check YouTube. Good 1970s stuff. (more…)