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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…)

Record World Masters Championships fields set for Spain

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Record World Masters Championships fields set for Spain

A look ahead to the 13-day event taking place from September 4-16 in Malaga

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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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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Eight Instagrammers to Follow for an Insider’s View of the Olympic Games

Friday, February 9th, 2018

From art and food to skis and skates, these Instagrammers give you a behind-the-scenes look at #Pyeongchang2018

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Can’t make it to the Olympic Games this year but still want to stay up-to-date on what happens outside the competition? These eight Instagram accounts are must-follows for behind-the-scenes shots and Korean culture. And don’t forget to follow the official Olympics Instagram to see the heart of the action.

Roald Bradstock (@roaldbradstock​)

In 2014, the International Olympic Committee launched an artists-in-residence program to bring arts back into the Olympic Games. This year’s artists are all former Olympians. Roald Bradstock competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics for England as a javelin thrower. He’s now a full-time artist, and for his residency, he’ll be working on 16 collaborative large-scale paintings representing the Games. Every morning of the Olympics, he plans to set up a blank canvas in the Olympic Village and invite competing athletes to paint whatever they want.

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Meet the 2018 Olympic Artists in Residence

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Four artists who are also athletes will make art by Olympians for Olympians at the PyeongChang Olympics

SMITHSONIAN.COM

Athletes from around the world have gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea, to kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics. Among the men and women competing are four current and former athletes charged with a special mission: to bring art to the Olympic Village.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this week that it has selected four athletes to serve as Olympic artists in residence for this year’s winter games. Greek-American distance runner Alexi Pappas, British javelin thrower Roald Bradstock, American biathlete Lanny Barnes, and Swiss fencer Jean-Blaise Evéquoz, each of whom are artists who have competed in the Olympics at least once, will collaborate on two projects throughout the duration of the games. (more…)

OUR OLYMPIANS ARE ARTISTS!

Monday, February 5th, 2018
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PYEONGCHANG 2018

OUR OLYMPIANS ARE ARTISTS!

AT THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018, THEY WILL BRING THE OLYMPIC VALUES TO LIFE THROUGH ART. A FIRST!

They have taken part in the Olympic Games at least once as athletes and they are artists. In PyeongChang, they will not be in contention for a medal, but they will bring the Olympic values to life through art and by coming together with athletes in the Olympic Village. Olympians Alexi Pappas (10 km runner), Roald Bradstock (javelin thrower), Lanny Barnes (biathlete) and Jean-Blaise Evequoz (fencer) are the “Olympian artists” at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. (more…)

4 Athletes Selected as Artists in Residence at the Olympics

Monday, February 5th, 2018

For this year’s creative program, the International Olympic Committee is calling on some familiar faces.

By Talya Minsberg
Feb. 5, 2018

A group of Olympic athletes is attending the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but they won’t be competing for medals.

Instead, they will travel to Pyeongchang, South Korea, as Olympic artists in residence, the International Olympic Committee announced today.

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