Boxing flyweight world champion Zou Shiming for Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless

Beats by Dre is back in the boxing game. This Saturday night in Macau, fans could welcome the first Chinese IBF Flyweight world champion- Zou Shiming. Some may not recognize his name, but he has already won two consecutive gold medals for China.

Zou Shiming’s success is not guaranteed as he faces a fierce competitor in Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng. With legendary manager Freddie Roach in his corner, Zou Shiming looks to put Chinese boxing on the map.

Check out Zou Shiming in his second Beats By Dre produced spot entitled Relentless. Backed by the sounds of Royal Blood’s ‘Figure it out’, the video features Zou Shiming in a serious workout. Music and intense motion made possible by Powerbeats2 Wireless. `

Flyweight Champ Zou Shiming Flexes in Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless

Angelina Jolie’s WWII film “Unbroken” creates outrage in Japan 

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The upcoming World War II film Unbroken has not been released internationally yet, but it has already outraged many Japanese nationalists who are attempting to ban the film in Japan. Some are so outraged that they are even extending the ban to the film’s director, Angelina Jolie.

Unbroken tells the shocking and inspiring tale of real-life WWII hero and former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini. Inspired by his 2010 biography written by Laura Hillenbrand, the film shows how Zamperini survived 47 days in the Pacific Ocean following a plane crash, only to spend the next two years enduring brutal treatment as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Sadly, Zamperini passed away at the age of 97 on July 2, 2014, but not before creating a strong bond with his neighbor Angelina Jolie.

I imagine that for the last 10-something years, [Zamperini has] been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who’s going to make [his story into a] movie,” Jolie told Tom Brokaw on TODAY. “And I’ve been sitting in my room laying there thinking, ‘What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important … I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?’ And it was right outside my window.

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Despite the film’s good intentions, Japan is enraged with the negative portrayal of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. A particularly gruesome passage in Zamperini’s biography mentions the occurrence of cannibalism.

There was absolutely no cannibalism,” argues Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, a nationalist-leaning educator. “That is not our custom.”

Although there are many, such as Mindy Kotler of the Washington research center Asia Policy Point, who point out that there is plenty of documentation on the torture and abuse inflicted on Japanese POWs, The Review Journal explains that this is not the first time Japanese nationalists disagree:

“The release of Unbroken comes at a time [where] some in Japan are downplaying the country’s colonization of its Asian neighbors and the aggressive acts carried out by the Imperial Army during World War II.

For example, some politicians dispute the role of Japanese soldiers in the Rape of Nanjing, which began in 1937, in which an estimated 300,000 Chinese were killed. They say that is a vast over count.

Similarly, they reject historical studies that show women from several Asian countries, especially Korea, were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military. Some oppose the term “sex slave,” which the U.N. uses, preferring the euphemistic “comfort women.””

Despite the controversial reaction, Jolie is moving forward with her film. The world premiere was held in Sydney, Australia last month.

The audience seemed particularly impressed with actor Takamasa Ishihara (more commonly known as Miyavi) who plays “The Bird,” a Japanese prison guard who is especially cruel to Zamperini.

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Don’t be surprised if Miyavi looks familiar. He has been in the limelight as a popular J-pop star since 2002, but decided to put aside his lip rings and intricate hairstyles for this challenging role.

As a musician, I questioned whether I should take a break from my craft to pursue this role,” Miyavi said in a statement last October. “After meeting Angie, it became clear to me that an underlying theme to this story is forgiveness. This resonated with me because that is exactly what I want express through my music.

Unbroken will debut in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the official trailer below.

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Michelle Kwan gets the cold treatment over her endorsement of Coca-Cola

Washington Times:

 

Are you now, or have you ever been, a shill for Coca-Cola?

A conservative think tank denounced Tuesday a nutritional advocacy group for its attacks on Olympic figure skater legend Michelle Kwan for being a pusher of soft drinks while sitting on President Obama’s fitness council, while the group doubled down on its position.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) had said Miss Kwan’s dual roles as a Coca-Cola “ambassador” to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and her membership on the Council on Fitness,Sports, and Nutrition were “unacceptable.”

It “cannot be reconciled, since Coca-Cola and the President’s Council communicate opposing messages when it comes to sugar drinks,” CSPI said while going on to note that of the nine athletes on the council, “at least five are current or former endorsers of sugar drinks.”

Council co-chair Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, has appeared in Pepsi commercials, for instance,” the group said. “Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix has endorsed Gatorade, and Chris Paulof the Los Angeles Clippers endorses Powerade.”

Allowing makers of sugar drinks or junk foods to rent Michelle Kwan or other council members is unacceptable,” said CSPI director of health promotion policy Jim O’Hara.

On Tuesday, though, Jeff Stier, senior fellow of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, said CSPI’s “absolutist view” was “absurd” and said it undermines public-health efforts “by suggesting that people who enjoy an occasional sugary beverage cannot be active, athletic and healthy.”

Michelle Kwan’s Coca-Cola endorsement does not suggest consumers drink too much soda. If anything, it conveys that people who do enjoy soda, can do so in moderation while also avoiding a sedentary lifestyle,” Mr. Stier said.

This latest campaign against food and beverage manufacturers further supports the conclusion that when it comes to addressing obesity, the most prominent public health activists are intent on turning the discussion about obesity into a war, rather than a solvable problem.”

A spokesman for CSPI pointed to the council’s own guidelines on Tuesday in response.

The council’s guidelines for “how to eat healthy” include “[drinking] water instead of sugary drinks” as one of eight goals people can try incorporating into their diet: “Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories in American diets.”

Soda companies use athletes to inoculate themselves against the studies, which link sugary drinks to obesity, diabetes and other health problems,” CSPI spokesman Jeff Cronin said in an email. “By endorsing Coca-Cola, Michelle Kwan is giving the impression that sugar drinks are somehow linked to fitness and health, when in fact the opposite is true.”

Mr. Cronin also dismissed the conservative group’s criticism, saying it had “been a while since I’ve heard about the National Center for Public Policy Research.”

This was because “presumably reporters have been less likely to cite the [group’s] role in the years since the Abramoff scandal,” he said, referring to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who resigned from the group’s board of directors in 2004.

Neither the White House nor Coca-Cola responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

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Teen snowboarders make history in Sochi winning first medals for Japan, dethroning U.S. champ White

Japan Times:

Boys to men: 15-year-old Ayumu Hirano, Japan's youngest Olympian, shows what he's made of in the men's snowboard halfpipe final of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
15-year-old Ayumu Hirano, Japan’s youngest Olympian, shows what he’s made of in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. 

SOCHI, RUSSIA – A pair of teenage Japanese rivals produced results worth seeing Tuesday in the halfpipe event and carved their names in history at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The duo repeatedly executed soaring three-revolution spins and came away with Japan’s first medals in Sochi.

Ayumu Hirano, 15, led after the first round with a score of 90.75 and surpassed that with a second-round jump of 93.50 that pushed 18-year-old Taku Hiraoka into third place. Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov, or “I-Pod” as he’s commonly known, took the gold with a tremendous second-run worth 94.75 points.

Hirano and Hiraoka became the first Asians to win medals in an Olympic snowboarding event.

I was able to put the work I’ve done into my performance,” said Hirano, who was second and became the youngest Olympic ski or snowboard medalist.

Hiraoka, who had a mediocre first run in the final, was followed by Hirano, who went to the top of the first-round standings. With one last chance and needing a big score to challenge for a medal, Hiraoka got the job done with his second run.

I put together a good ride,” said Hiraoka, who admitted thinking he could do better and proved it with one soaring aerial after another.

Hirano then showed that two could play that game, and produced a silver-medal winning run. “I had to regain my spot from Taku,” he said of his thoughts as he got ready to go.

But when all was said and done, the two rivals were at the bottom of the half pipe exchanging high fives.

I wasn’t nervous,” Hiraoka said. “It was awesome.”

Hirano said: “I thought that if I could do well, it would go down in history. I had a good ride and it worked out well.”

American Shaun White, the best snowboarder of his era, didn’t even earn a medal. He scored 90.25 and finished fourth.

White, who opted out of the Olympic slopestyle debut and put all his chips in the halfpipe, where he hoped to win a third straight gold medal, got knocked off the throne by Podladtchikov.

I’m disappointed,” White said. “I hate the fact I nailed it in practice, but it happens. It’s hard to be consistent.”

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Halfpipe pair make history in Sochi, win first medals for Japan

Taku Hiraoka sails through the air on his way to a bronze medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Taku Hiraoka sails through the air on his way to a bronze medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

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Figure Skater Michelle Kwan: Then and Now…

 

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Michelle Kwan at the Salute To Women In Sports Awards, October 16, 2013
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Bounty Commercial featuring Olympic medalist Julie Chu of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team

Check out this cool commercial for Bounty, featuring Olympic medalist Julie Chu of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team… and her mom. The three-time Olympian returns to the squad to represent the United States next month at Sochi, no doubt looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she’s already collected. But first, she’s got to tell you about those super-absorbent sheets of Bounty.