Croquet - a history

Written by Peter Jay

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Croquet is more popular as a competitive sport outside ofrepparttar United States. It began to catch on more inrepparttar 144525 United States again, inrepparttar 144526 1960’s. In 1969,repparttar 144527 first six wicket croquet tournament was held in atrepparttar 144528 Colony Hotel in Palm Beach betweenrepparttar 144529 New York Croquet Club andrepparttar 144530 Palm Beach Croquet Club. Several other clubs eventually joined in, and once creating a uniformed code of rules, they establishedrepparttar 144531 United States Croquet Association, under Jack Osborn. Since 1980, croquet professionals in North America have grown from about fifty to around 4000. Croquet is now played in over twenty countries as a competitive sport. National tournaments are held often within these countries, and international tournaments are held atrepparttar 144532 international level. Many association and clubs have now been established inrepparttar 144533 United States andrepparttar 144534 international standards of croquet are being played more often by American croquet players. Most Americans, however, still playrepparttar 144535 more simple and casual backyard, nine-wicket version of croquet. Many Americans also play “poison croquet,” which is similar to nine wicket croquet, but is not played in teams. Instead, each player competes for him/herself to see who can hit their ball through all ofrepparttar 144536 wickets first, making their ball “poison” and then eliminatingrepparttar 144537 other players by hitting their balls withrepparttar 144538 poison ball.

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Success Doesn't Always Come Easy

Written by Dave Cole

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Between his efforts andrepparttar excellent care of his physicians, it worked. Lance Armstrong was soon declared cancer free!

Racing didn't come easy for him either. His first race in 1992, Lance finished dead last - 111th out of 111 riders. In fact as he was pedaling uprepparttar 144488 last stretch ofrepparttar 144489 race,repparttar 144490 crowds jeered and laughed at him calling him name after name.

Armstrong really thought about giving uprepparttar 144491 sport, but then his mother's words flashed through his mind - never quit!

One year later Armstrong becamerepparttar 144492 youngest athlete to ever winrepparttar 144493 World Race Championship held in Oslo, Norway.

Soon after his Tour de France win in 1999, critics accused him of taking performance enhancing drugs. But Lance proved that wasn'trepparttar 144494 case by testing clean over and over.

His response torepparttar 144495 critics: "Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike busting my rear six hours a day!"

Lance Armstrong is a firm believer in setting goals. Big long term goals and small short term goals. He doesn't believe in luck or any ofrepparttar 144496 traditional success acronyms; he does believe in hard work to accomplish what he wants to do and in never, ever giving up or giving in until those goals are met.

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