I recently bought a green shirt. Yes, the color of the shirt is green, but in this case the “green” theme actually goes a bit further. It’s part of Under Armour’s UA Green line, which actually uses recycled materials. After a few test runs, I’m happy to report that recycled shirts feel exactly the same as regular shirts (at least in the case of Under Armour) and I definitely recommend giving them a look: check out the product line on their website. (I bought the Catalyst short-sleeve t-shirt.)
According to their website, 100% of each UA Green product (shirts, shorts, hats, pants, etc) is made from recycled material — primarily plastic bottles. The video below gives an overview of the process.
If you haven’t seen Invictus yet, you should. And if you have, then you will recognize the following poem (titled “Invictus”) by William Ernest Henley:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
(Read more about the poem here.)
What you might not know is that while Nelson Mandela did admire this poem, it was not the one that he gave to Francois Pienaar to inspire him before the 1995 Rugby World Cup. What he actually gave him was the following excerpt from a speech given by Teddy Roosevelt on April 23, 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
The full speech is called “The Man in the Arena”, and more information as well as the entire text can be found here.
I ran across a news article other day that was discussing the upcoming Youth Winter Olympic Games. You haven’t heard of them either? That’s because they haven’t started yet. The set-up is the same as the current Olympics: every 4 years, and staggered between summer and winter games. The idea has been around for a few years, but they approved it in 2007.
The first summer games will be in 2010, in Singapore. 170 countries expected to participate (with at least four athletes each). They will contest all 26 sports that are held in the current Olympics, but they will limit the number of disciplines and events in each sport. For example, water polo and synchronized swimming will be left out of aquatics. The first winter games will be held in 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. They are undecided on which sports should be included, but the total will be seven.
What surprised me most is that there will be no national flags or anthems. During medal ceremonies, they will present only the Olympic flag and the Olympic anthem in order to de-emphasize international competition. That sounds great, but isn’t half the fun of the Olympics rooting for your team?