Viral Stories http://viralpearl.com Just another WordPress site Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:59:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 140408441 Discounted: The Winter Olympics’ greatest underdogs http://viralpearl.com/discounted-the-winter-olympics-greatest-underdogs/ http://viralpearl.com/discounted-the-winter-olympics-greatest-underdogs/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:58:29 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11953 ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = ,autoStartVideo = false,isVideoReplayClicked = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) configObj.autostart = autoStartVideo;CNN.VideoPlayer.setPlayerProperties(configObj.markupId, autoStartVideo, isLivePlayer, isVideoReplayClicked, mutePlayerEnabled);CNN.VideoPlayer.setFirstVideoInCollection(currentVideoCollection, configObj.markupId);var videoHandler = ,isFeaturedVideoCollectionHandlerAvailable = (CNN !== undefined &&CNN.VIDEOCLIENT !== undefined &&CNN.VIDEOCLIENT.FeaturedVideoCollectionHandler !== undefined);if (!isFeaturedVideoCollectionHandlerAvailable) operate initializeVideoAndCollection() {videoHandler = new CNN.VIDEOCLIENT.FeaturedVideoCollectionHandler(configObj.markupId,”cn-featured-i2mrkw”,’js-video_description-featured-i2mrkw’,[,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,],’js-video_headline-featured-i2mrkw’,”,”js-video_source-featured-i2mrkw”,true,true,’winter-olympics-2018′);if (typeof configObj.context !== ‘string’ || configObj.context.size ]]> http://viralpearl.com/discounted-the-winter-olympics-greatest-underdogs/feed/ 0 11953 Setting sail with the ‘Airbnb of the seas’ http://viralpearl.com/setting-sail-with-the-airbnb-of-the-seas/ http://viralpearl.com/setting-sail-with-the-airbnb-of-the-seas/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:35:24 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11949

Story highlights

  • Online peer-to-peer boat rental firms have made crusing extra reasonably priced
  • Click&Boat gives leases from $68 a day to €250,000 every week
  • It’s most up-to-date investor is record-breaking sailor Francois Gabart

Thanks to the digital sharing financial system, that dream is now just a few faucets away in your sensible telephone, pill or pc.

Take Click&Boat, the European on-line boat rental firm with greater than 150,000 members which has greater than 22,000 boats obtainable in 30 international locations round the world — with or with out your personal captain.

“Most boats are used only 10 days per year and cost a lot of money to the owners,” Edouard Gorioux, the firm’s co-founder, informed CNN by telephone from Paris.

“It used to be quite difficult to find a boat to rent on the internet, and almost impossible to find a motor boat, particularly for a last-minute rental,” mentioned Gorioux. “That’s when we came up with the idea for Click&Boat: to connect boat owners with renters all around the world and help people to discover the sea.”

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Holiday by yourself tremendous yacht

The price of upkeep, mooring and insurance coverage can simply quantity to about 10% of the precise value of a vessel a 12 months.

Click&Boat permits homeowners to create an inventory of their boat without spending a dime, and use the portal to take a look at the crusing resumes of any potential renters. Renters can take their choose from hundreds of boats in Europe, the Caribbean and Florida.

Rentals vary from €55 ($68) a day for a small crusing boat in La Rochelle, France, to as a lot as €250,000 every week, together with your personal captain, for as much as 12 individuals aboard a 52-meter super yacht in Cannes, on the French Riviera.
It can also be doable to rent the private crusing boat of French yacht racer Francois Gabart, the world’s quickest solo sailor. Per week in July on his 9-meter Fora Marine RM890 yacht, obtainable in Brittany on the French Atlantic coast, will price €1,650 every week for six individuals.

“Some people rented it without knowing it was the boat of Francois Gabart,” Gorioux mentioned. “And they discovered he was the owner when he was there to give them the keys. It was an incredible story for them.”

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Gabart funding

Click&Boat was based in 2013 by Gorioux and fellow French entrepreneur Jérémy Bismuth, who each developed a love for crusing whereas rising up on the rugged coast of Brittany.

Click&Boat founders Edouard Gorioux (right) and Jérémy BismuthClick&Boat founders Edouard Gorioux (right) and Jérémy Bismuth

Click&Boat purchased its French competitor, Sailsharing, in 2016 and opened its platform to skilled boat rental firms final 12 months. Earlier this month, it introduced Gabart, who broke the solo spherical the world crusing report in December, had come on board as an investor.

“The founders of Click&Boat quickly realized the potential of the collaborative economy for boaters,” mentioned Gabart, a educated engineer who can also be an entrepreneur. “Today, the platform opens up new opportunities for the professional sector. This is the future of boating.”

‘Airbnb of the seas’

But it is not the solely outfit bidding to turn out to be the “Airbnb of the seas.”

Other peer-to-peer boat rental providers embrace GetMyBoat, which was based in San Francisco in 2013 and has 90,000 boat leases listed worldwide. These embrace crusing yachts in addition to paddleboards, kayaks and jet skis. It additionally gives experiences corresponding to fishing charters, browsing classes and diving excursions.
Boatsetter launched a brand new web site final 12 months after it purchased competitor Boatbound. It now has a fleet of greater than four,000 vessels and is especially energetic in the US.
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Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19 http://viralpearl.com/winter-olympics-monday-february-19/ http://viralpearl.com/winter-olympics-monday-february-19/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:19:52 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11946

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their very own world-record rating to take the lead after day one of many Olympic ice dancing competitors. The duo received gold in 2010 and silver in 2014.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are in fourth place after the brief dance.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Japan’s Chinami Yoshida throws a stone throughout a curling match towards Canada.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Canadian snowboarder Brooke Voigt competes within the big-air occasion.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Finland’s Ronja Savolainen, proper, collides with American Meghan Duggan throughout a hockey semifinal.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

British duo Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland compete within the ice dancing.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Czech snowboarder Katerina Vojackova crashes in the course of the big-air competitors.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

South Korea’s Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin skate collectively within the ice dancing.

Photos: Winter Olympics: Monday, February 19

Slovakia’s Klaudia Medlova competes within the big-air occasion.

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Team USA’s biggest Winter Olympic team nabs few medals (thus far) http://viralpearl.com/team-usas-biggest-winter-olympic-team-nabs-few-medals-so-far/ http://viralpearl.com/team-usas-biggest-winter-olympic-team-nabs-few-medals-so-far/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:54:30 +0000 https://viralpearl.com/?p=11943 But there have been subpar and even disastrous performances by a number of the most hyped and commercialized athletes. And that may not be a coincidence.

Before he set foot on Olympic ice, Nathan Chen was touted as a digital lock for the gold medal. He stored smoking the competitors along with his jaw-dropping quads. Reporters and promoters could not get sufficient of him. Chen even starred in a Super Bowl commercial set to James Brown’s “The Boss.”
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Winter Olympics day 10: Results and live updates http://viralpearl.com/winter-olympics-day-10-results-and-live-updates/ http://viralpearl.com/winter-olympics-day-10-results-and-live-updates/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:36:11 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11941

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Athletics: Coleman breaks world record in 60 metres, runs 6.34 seconds http://viralpearl.com/athletics-coleman-breaks-world-record-in-60-metres-runs-6-34-seconds/ http://viralpearl.com/athletics-coleman-breaks-world-record-in-60-metres-runs-6-34-seconds/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:08:19 +0000 https://viralpearl.com/?p=11938

(Reuters) – World silver medallist Christian Coleman broke the world record in the 60 metres when he ran 6.34 seconds on the U.S. indoor nationwide championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday.

Fellow American Maurice Greene had held the record of 6.39 seconds for 20 years.

“It feels like a blur,” mentioned the 21-year-old Coleman, who received the 100-metres silver medal ultimately 12 months’s world championships in London.

Now he’ll lead the American group to subsequent month’s IAAF world indoor championships in Birmingham, England.

The efficiency at excessive altitude in Albuquerque was significantly pleasing for Coleman after he had bettered Greene’s world record time with a run of 6.37 seconds final month in South Carolina, however was not ratified for technical causes.

“I wanted to go get it,” Coleman mentioned after the race.

“I put a lot of work in my start and transition. It’s all paying off.”

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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Motor racing: Dillon wins crash-marred Dayton 500 http://viralpearl.com/motor-racing-dillon-wins-crash-marred-dayton-500/ http://viralpearl.com/motor-racing-dillon-wins-crash-marred-dayton-500/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:54:13 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11935

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Field Level Media) – Austin Dillon noticed his alternative and took it to win the 60th working of the Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

Never seemingly among the many prime contenders all day, he acquired to Aric Almirola’s rear bumper on the ultimate lap and bumped by him to place the No. three automotive in Victory Lane at Daytona for the primary time for the reason that late Dale Earnhardt did it 20 years in the past.

It was an additional time end totaling 207 laps, seven greater than scheduled, as a late wreck made NASCAR re-rack the sector for a last dash to the end.

Dillon races for his grandfather, Richard Childress, who was additionally Earnhardt’s group proprietor and finest buddy. Bringing again the No. three, which hadn’t been used since Earnhardt’s dying at this monitor in 2001, was lastly blessed by Childress three seasons in the past.

Now its legacy has been lifted even larger.

The race for the lead was intense over the ultimate few scheduled laps, however with two to go, one in all Daytona’s customary large wrecks shook up the sector with Denny Hamlin up entrance.

Daytona is a 2.5-mile D-shaped oval, and as one in all solely two tracks of that kind in NASCAR — the opposite is 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway — the automobiles run with restrictor plates. That limits the air consumption into the engine and serves to gradual the automobiles down and primarily ranges the taking part in area.

That means automobiles working shut collectively at 200 mph with no good solution to keep away from getting caught up in a crash as soon as one begins.

Feb 18, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR driver Austin Dillon celebrates with crew members after successful the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR continues to have two phases in a race earlier than the ultimate end after deeming it a hit final 12 months, and with factors in direction of and within the playoffs on the road, drivers race aggressively close to the tip of the occasions.

With the phases being set for the Daytona 500 at Lap 60 and Lap 120 of the scheduled 200-lap occasion, issues acquired dicey on Lap 59.

A wreck involving a number of automobiles — it’s normally known as “The Big One” — is a reality of life at Daytona, making it a race of attrition.

Caught up in it on Lap 59 had been seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Ty Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, defending sequence champion Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson.

Kurt Busch was out entrance and away from the carnage to win Stage One, however he was caught up within the crash on Lap 198 and brought out of competition.

As the laps wound down in Stage Two, one other large crash took out Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick amongst others on Lap 102.

Ryan Blaney was within the lead then and went on to win Stage Two, establishing the frantic finale.

Alex Bowman, who took over the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro from Dale Earnhardt Jr., began on the pole and close to the entrance late when he too crashed on Lap 198.

Hamlin was main early when a warning got here out on Lap 9 and that led to near-disaster for the motive force of the No. 11 Toyota Camry. He partially ran via his pit field, and earlier than he may again up, the fuel can man began fueling the automotive. That meant a one-lap penalty from NASCAR and a protracted slog to get that lap again.

But as is usually the case at restrictor-plate tracks, again he got here and was among the many prime contenders once more by Lap 140.

Reporting by Field Level Media

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Athletics: Coleman world record highlights U.S. indoor champs http://viralpearl.com/athletics-coleman-world-record-highlights-u-s-indoor-champs/ http://viralpearl.com/athletics-coleman-world-record-highlights-u-s-indoor-champs/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:41:47 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11932

(Reuters) – Christian Coleman made positive the world record was his this time.

After being denied ratification final month for the quickest ever 60 meters when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that didn’t use digital beginning blocks, the world outside silver medalist ran even sooner on Sunday.

Turning on the afterburners following his trademark quick begin, Coleman breezed residence in 6.34 seconds on the U.S. indoor monitor and discipline championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The time worn out Maurice Greene’s 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark nearly matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the road in 6.40 seconds.

“It feels like a blur,” the 21-year-old Coleman informed reporters when requested to explain what it felt wish to run that quick.

“My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I’ve ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special.”

The quickest man within the world final 12 months time-wise, he took silver within the 100m eventually 12 months’s world championships in London, ending forward of world record holder Usain Bolt.

Coleman will lead a gifted American staff to subsequent month’s world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in every occasion in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England.

“I just love racing in the big races, when everybody’s watching,” Coleman mentioned. “I just flourish in those moments. It’s not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out.”

Along together with his world record, 5 different season-best performances had been established within the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters however slows distance runners.

Chief amongst them was Sharika Nelvis’s U.S. record 60m hurdles time of seven.70 seconds as she defeated world outside record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second.

Olympic and world lengthy bounce Brittney Reese gave the Americans one other large hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the very best mark within the world this 12 months.

Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added one other season-best within the pole vault, hovering four.91m to defeat world silver medalist Sandi Morris (four.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful makes an attempt at a world record 5.04m.

The girls’s 60m and 400m additionally produced the main instances of 2018.

Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second within the 400m and Javianne Oliver received the 60m in 7.02 seconds.

Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the assembly, profitable the 1,500m in four:13.07 and three:42.91 respectively.

World indoor excessive bounce champion Vashti Cunningham additionally certified for the staff, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by John O’Brien

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Freestyle snowboarding: Sharpe sets pace in halfpipe qualifying http://viralpearl.com/freestyle-skiing-sharpe-sets-pace-in-halfpipe-qualifying/ http://viralpearl.com/freestyle-skiing-sharpe-sets-pace-in-halfpipe-qualifying/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:30:28 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11929

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Cassie Sharpe laid down the 2 highest-scoring runs of the competitors because the Canadian topped the qualifying standings for the ski halfpipe last on Monday.

Sharpe scored 93.00 on her first try and improved to 93.40 on her second to ship a message to her rivals that she could be powerful to beat in Tuesday’s last.

“I feel great and I feel confident,” Sharpe informed reporters as she appeared ahead to with the ability to see all of her rivals ski forward of her in the hunt for medals.

”The first run I simply needed to land, which is so key for my confidence. But after that I mentioned I wish to qualify in first as a result of I wish to drop final in the ultimate.

“If you do well then you drop last in your victory lap, which is the best feeling in the world.”

Freestyle Skiing – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women’s Ski Halfpipe Qualifications – Phoenix Snow Park – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 19, 2018 – Cassie Sharpe of Canada competes. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The high 12 skiers from qualification progressed and there have been few issues for the pre-Olympics medal favorites.

All three podium finishers from Sochi, together with gold medalist Brita Sigourney, certified, though the 2014 bronze medalist and reigning world champion Ayana Onozuka wanted a second run to report a passable rating.

The Japanese tallied 84.80 to qualify in fifth place, whereas Sigourney certified in third after two sturdy runs.

France’s Marie Martinod, the Sochi silver medalist, certified in second and was one other competitor to put down two runs of greater than 90 factors.

“It doesn’t just depend on me, it depends on the others and the judges,” the 33-year-old mentioned. “I just want to ski perfectly tomorrow (Tuesday) and that is probably what is going to happen because I have been working so hard for it.”

Tuesday’s last begins at 10:30 a.m. (0130 GMT)

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by John O’Brien

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Bemused curlers ask ‘why would anyone dope in our sport?’ http://viralpearl.com/bemused-curlers-ask-why-would-anyone-dope-in-our-sport/ http://viralpearl.com/bemused-curlers-ask-why-would-anyone-dope-in-our-sport/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:18:54 +0000 http://viralpearl.com/?p=11926

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Of all of the questions surrounding studies of a Russian roller’s alleged doping infraction on the Pyeongchang Olympics the largest is; why?

Why would an athlete in one of many Winter Games’ least taxing and bodily demanding sports activities really feel it vital to make use of performance-enhancing medicine?

Even curlers participating in the Olympic competitors have been left scratching their heads on Monday as information circulated that Alexander Krushelnitsky, who gained a bronze medal in the blended doubles together with his spouse Anastasia Bryzgalova, is suspected of testing optimistic for meldonium, a banned substance that will increase blood circulation, improves train capability and is favored by endurance athletes.

Meldonium was banned in 2016 and led to Russian tennis participant and former world primary Maria Sharapova being barred from competitors for 15 months.

”I feel most individuals will snort and ask, ‘what may you presumably want doping for?’, as I’m pondering,“ said Madeleine Dupont, skip for the Denmark rink. ”I‘m not even certain what use doping would be for in curling.

“There is probably something with strength, I‘m not sure, it’s not down my alley.”

Curlers usually tend to accused of being out of practice than taking medicine to enhance their energy or energy.

Since turning into a part of the Olympic program on the 1998 Nagano Games, curling has labored laborious to shed its picture as a sport performed on weekends by unfit women and men.

When Homer Simpson, the donut-eating, beer-guzzling cartoon character, went to the Olympics it was as a roller.

Curlers going for gold in Pyeongchang are much more athletic than they have been on the 1988 Calgary Winter Games when Canadian skip Eddie “the Wrench” Werenich was informed by the Canadian Curling Association to lose just a few kilos in order to not embarrass the nation and the Olympics.

But even on the ice in Pyeongchang spectators are as more likely to see Olympic medalists with a touch of center age unfold as a lot as muscle sure sweepers.

“For me it’s tough to see doping in curling. Maybe as a brusher, but come on, hit the gym you know,” Norwegian skip and Olympic 2010 silver medalist Thomas Ulsrud informed Reuters.

Even Krushelnitsky’s personal Olympic Athletes from Russia crew mates have been at a loss to grasp why a roller would have to dope or how they may, with Russia beneath the medicine highlight after being accused of operating a state-backed, systematic doping program for years.

As a end result, its athletes are competing at Pyeongchang as impartial “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (OAR) and on a bond of fine habits earlier than it’s determined whether or not they can march beneath their very own flag on the closing ceremony.

”We’ve all the time stated how nice it’s that we now have a sport the place scandals don’t occur as a result of we actually don’t want it,“ said Viktoria Moiseeva, skip of the Olympic Athletes from Russia women’s team. ”With us it’s not sooner, increased, stronger , it’s about being extra correct.

“I can’t imagine what kind of drugs you could use in curling, and for what.”

Additional reporting Mark Trevelyan. Editing by Mitch Phillips

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