Jesse Owens: master of speed

ESPN put it well when they said, “the Jesse Owens story has been told many times, but in our fleeting, fickle and 140-character era, his tale still deserves to be trending.” Few familiar with the Owens legend would argue. More than any other figure in sports history, Jesse Owens transcends it. His reputation precedes him, and not just for the amazing feats he accomplished at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which might be the most memorable of Owens’ accomplishments.

Owens, who appeared superhuman, made sure that the 1936 Berlin Olympics would be one for the history books. He won gold in the 100-metre run (10.3 seconds, an Olympic record), the 200-metre run (20.7 seconds, a world record), the long jump (26.4 feet) and the 4 × 100-metre relay (39.8 seconds). Read more at the Adrenalist..

Extreme forms of soccer

Are you ready for Euro 2012? The 14th European Championship for national football teams will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1. The contest is huge – the second biggest deal in soccer after the illustrious World Cup.

You need to understand, however, that the wildly popular brand of soccer we all know and love is not the only one. Dotted around the planet, there are all kinds of captivating soccer variants. Discover some off-the-beaten-path ways the game is played and maybe you’ll have a newfound love for your favorite sport. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Marathon man Dean Karnazes

So you think you’re fit? If you’re comparing yourself to endurance athlete Dean Karnazes, you may want to think again. He makes even dedicated performers look like couch potatoes.

Time named the LA-raised go-getter of Greek extraction one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,”Men’s Fitness hailed Karnazes as one of the fittest men on the planet and Wired described him as the “perfect human”.

No athlete comes closer to being superhuman. Besides having completed 50 marathons in 50 days, Karnazes logs 200 miles for a laugh and races in 120-degree heat.

Not bad for a former marketing executive whose idea of competition was once the rat race. A graduate of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business and Management, he has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. Read more at the Adrenalist..

The fastest cricket bowlers

Cricket’s image as a leisurely, village green game is rather ill-deserved.

When you look at some bowlers and the smoking speed that they generate, often to terrifying effect, their sport leans much more towards extreme. Imagine how it feels to have a cork-core leather cricket ball flung at you at searing velocity. Perhaps over 80 mph.

Here’s a look at some expert fast bowlers who reached or topped that speed. In fact, they bowled so fast that they forced batsmen to start playing deliveries before they even happened.

And you thought football was hard. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Speed kings: motivation from high-speed sporting legends

The five S’s of training are: strength, skill, stamina, speed and spirit. But the key trait is speed.

How fast can you run? There’s more to sprinting than you might think. In case you struggle with the mental motivational side, here are some inspiring quotes from nine high-speed sporting legends. Story live at the Adrenalist..

Thinking person’s contact sport

If you thought boxing was hard, think just how tough it must be to shine at “chessboxing”.

The name of this ultra-demanding adrenaline sport may suggest fusion fighting atop a giant chessboard. But chessboxing splits the two activities that its name implies. Participants perform them separately, using brain and brawn heavily in a case of “You throw a hook, I take your rook.”

Read more at the Adrenalist..

The motivation molecule

Picture this. You’re playing a basketball match. In the last quarter, you have just 10 seconds to make the winning move. Jinking, you shoot – the ball rises lazily over the hoop. Just before the buzzer screams, you see the swoosh. Bull’s eye!

Cue a dopamine surge in your head. Firing signals to your brain, the vital neurotransmitter boosts how pumped you feel. Also flooding the brains of your teammates and the fans in the stands, dopamine fuels their euphoria.

You can see why calls dopamine “magical”. Learn more about the exhilarating motivational force that stokes your thirst for achievement.  The Adrenalist.