Saturday, August 13, 2016

Etenesh Diro: One shoe hero

Etenesh Diro (Ethiopia) finished her 3,000-meters steeplechase heat with one shoe on and one shoe off. During the race in the pack with a couple of laps to go the Ethiopian athlete got clipped from behind and tangled up with some other competitors and her right shoe came half-off. For precious seconds, she knelt on the track and tried to pull the shoe back on.

As runner after runner passed her by she finally give up and negotiating the barriers and the water jump, finished the final three laps of the race with one bare foot. The crowd loved it and urged her on. Diro finished seventh and fell exhausted to the track, clutching her foot. Following protests by the Ethiopia, Ireland and Jamaica teams, Diro, Ireland's Sara Treacy and Jamaica's Aisha Praught were advanced to the final.

Friday, August 12, 2016

What shoes will adidas Olympic Champions be wearing ?

adidas sponsored Olympians who win medals in Rio will receive tailor-made pairs of the 3D-printed adidas Futurecraft. The exclusive footwear has breathable Primeknit uppers with outsoles crafted by 3D-printing based on the contours and unique arches of the particular athlete’s foot.

The custom made-to-order shoes are engineered through a 3D web construction and ditches the traditional glue and stitch process and includes a supportive heel.

The Triple Black adidas Futurecraft 3D also features unique accents on the laces, as they will be speckled with either metallic gold, silver, or bronze accents to represent the medal won by the athlete receiving the exclusive pair.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Weightlifter Oscar Figueroa retires

The best and most enduring way to retire from competition is for a competitor to remove their shoes and leave them where they finished their career. The latest athlete to do this is Oscar Figueroa of Colombia, who won the gold medal in men’s 62 kilogram weightlifting and then immediately retired.

Removing your shoes is a powerful metaphor. A symbol, part of you will always remain with the sport long after active competition. The most famous example of this retirement was wrestler Rulon Gardner at the 2004 Athens Olympics where he won bronze. The US Olympian couldn’t hold back his tears after walking away from the sport he loved and competed in for 11 years.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Michael Phelps : The shoes of a champion

At the Rio Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies, United States flag carrying superstar, Michael Phelps was wearing boat shoes designed by Ralph Lauren, but he will be heading to the pool wearing 3D-printed customized shoes by Under Armour. The sole of the shoe, as well as an outside panel display a 3D-printed image of the footprint of his 3-month old child. The imprint of his infant footprint is there to bring him good fortune in the pool. This personalised model is not available to the public, but plans are afoot (sorry for the pun) to release a new colour for the 3D concept, which falls under its ‘UA Architech’ brand later this month.

The UA Architech trainer was introduced earlier in the year and consisted of a 360-degree performance training shoe featuring a 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper designer. According to the manufacturer, the lightweight shoes have an upper design to enhance fit and sold out in under twenty minutes.

Olympics Opening Ceremony Rio 2016