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26 de Janeiro de 2020.

Czesław Niemen

Czesław Niemen is one of the most popular and most original influential artists in Polish pop music of the 20th century. After beginning with modest pop songs, he quickly turned toward expansive compositions that incorporated elements of jazz and avant-garde music. A charismatic vocalist gifted with an exceptional voice, Niemen was also one of the first artists in Poland to use electronic instruments on a wider scale. Born Czesław Juliusz Wydrzycki 16 February 1939 in Stare Wasiliszki near Nowogródek (which was then Polish territory) he sang as a child in the church choir and attended primary music school in nearby Grodno. After forced resettlement of the entire family in the 1950s, he attended secondary school in Gdańsk and played covers […]
24 de Janeiro de 2020.

The Rise of Marco Büchel

Marco Büchel is a former professional ski racer from Fürstentum Liechtenstein. He was born on the 4th of November 1971 in Walenstadt (Switzerland), not far from Liechtenstein. He is a citizen of both Liechtenstein and Switzerland and grew up in the former, in the town of Balzers (southernmost town of Liechtenstein). He currently lives in Triesenberg, one of the most beautiful towns in Liechtenstein. He contested in his first Worldcup race in January of 1991. His skills steadily improved over the upcoming years and he was able to finish in the top ten of a WorldCup race in 1997. By further continuing in honing his skills he managed to land several second and third-place finishes in the following time. In […]
22 de Janeiro de 2020.

Sportswoman

Magdalena Neuner is a German biathlete. She won several heats and three times the overall WorldCup. She has also twice won the gold medal in the Olympics in 2010. Her career started in 2006 and ended in 2012. Neuner was born on February 9th, 1987 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a small village next to the border to Austria. She started skiing at a very young age. At the age of 9, she had the opportunity to join a biatheletic trial lesson. Since then, she was fascinated by the sport and continued it successfully for many years. She mastered her first huge competition, the junior WorldCup, at the age of 16 and even won the Gold medal for several times. Finally, at the age […]
20 de Janeiro de 2020.

Iceland’s strongman

The strongman, Jón Páll Sigmarsson, changed Iceland’s athletic standing on the world stage forever. The 1980s were a defining time for Icelandic sport. It was during this decade that the Icelander Jón Páll Sigmarsson secured his international reputation as a legendary strongman, weightlifter, and bodybuilder. Thanks to the combination of his superhuman athletic abilities and his charismatic on-screen personality, Jón Páll won the hearts of not only Icelanders but people around the world, who tuned in to see him win the World’s Strongest Man four times (in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990) and quip his catchy slogans such as: “Þetta er ekkert mál fyrir Jón Pál! [This is no haul for John Paul!]”, delivered just before a deadlift. Jón Páll […]
18 de Janeiro de 2020.

Boris Becker

A Legend lost between success and affairs. Boris Becker is a retired German tennis player. He won several titles and is until today one of the most popular sportsmen in my country. Becker had a long and successful career before he retired in 1999. He won 49 titles, of which six were Grand Slams, which are the most important tournaments in tennis. He was ranked number one in the world for several weeks. In Germany, he became very popular when he won the legendary Wimbledon tournament at the age of 17. Until today he is the youngest Wimbledon champion ever. His professional career began in 1984 and in the following 15 years, he won about 25 Million Dollars of price […]