sport: May 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg To help celebrate the London 2012 Games in their uniquely block-based way, LEGO have released a special edition line of nine Team GB LEGO minifigures.

With less than 70 days to go until the beginning of the games LEGO are bringing new meaning to the phrase 'starting blocks' with the yellow boxer, swimmer, relay runner and judo fighter.

There's also a tennis player, gymnast, weightlifter, horseback rider and archer in the collectible range which will only be available in the UK.

A spokesperson for LEGO said: "The Team GB LEGO Minifigures spark the sporting imagination, so you can stage your very own Games. There are exclusive Team GB LEGO Minifigures in the line-up."


A surfer who caught a massive wave off the coast of Portugal back in November of last year has been told by Guinness World Records it was the largest wave ever ridden.

44-year-old Garrett McNamara somehow managed to ride the 78ft (24m) wall of water at Nazare and has video footage to prove it. This video then was analyzed by big wave and photography experts.

After the video was verified and measured it was declared that the wave was 12 inches taller than the previous record from 2008. McNamara was also awarded $15,000 (£9,309) for the ride at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

However McNamara says he didn't know the wave was a record breaker at the time. "I knew it was big, but I didn't know how big," he said.


Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy has continued to push the boundaries of aviation by successfully completing a flight over the iconic skyline of Rio de Janeiro.


The former fighter pilot made the 11 minutes 35 seconds after dropping from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and flicking the switch on his carbon-kevlar Jetwing.

This activated the four engines, which each offer a thrust of 22kg, and propelled the Swiss aviator through the South American skies at between 200-300kph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand.

The rest of the controls are left to the human-fuselage, Yves Rossy himself who simply usages his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend. 




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