“Bridge over troubled water” starts to play. In seconds, haunting performance takes everyone’s breath away

Two friends and ice skating partners glide out onto the ice in the chilly arena wearing matching flowing pink slip dresses, white ice skates and partial pony tails with pink ribbons in their hair. They strike their beginning pose and then the beautiful music begins, signaling the start of their routine.

The girls, Runa Maeda and Taryn Jurgensen, skate to “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a classic hit song made famous by the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel. The girls move about smoothly, then the taller skater spins her partner around with her feet not even touching the ground.

They dance in sync, proving their skill set is beyond their age. These two are a perfect match and the song they chose is fitting for their routine.

The lyrics say: “When you’re weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all. I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough and friends just can’t be found, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.”

At the one-minute mark, both skaters execute a beautiful spin move that demonstrates how much talent they possess. In fact, Taryn helped with the choreography for their routine.
Shortly after the two-minute mark, the smaller statured skater completes a leg extension then her partner lifts her up and spins her around. Not long after at 2:20, the shorter statured girl again performs a move where she stretches her leg behind her with her heel touching the back of her head – and she spins like that!

The judges are sure to be impressed with their smooth and impressive routine. They skate off the rink to a round of applause from the crowd.

This routine is sure to be one that no one forgets. From the delicate costumes to their superb spins and stunts, they did great!

You have to see their routine in the video below for yourself to grasp how exquisite it is. You won’t believe how gifted they are!

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8 exercises for women over 40: an effective fitness routine that tones the whole body

No matter how hard we try to remain young and fit, aging brings with it muscle loss and it slows down metabolism. From the age of 30, physically inactive people can lose from 3 to 5% of their muscle mass and this percentage increases with every 10 years.

This condition is called sarcopenia and it doesn’t only affect the way the body looks. It causes weakness and diminishes mobility and strength! In order to avoid such unwanted consequences, it is important to stay active daily and make fitness an integral part of your life.

The best choice is a full body workout, it should be intensive enough to speed up your metabolism and enrich your body with oxygen. Fitness activity boosts your immune system, slows down aging and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Obviously, there are many benefits from it. We suggest you exercise every day to tone all your muscles and stay healthy.

For your back
As muscles deteriorate, your posture may suffer. This is also the result of a sedentary lifestyle and weak back muscles. Here is what you can do to strengthen your back.

1. Bird dog

Get on your knees and hands, keep your back straight, do not round your shoulders. Then lift your right arm and left leg at the same time to form a straight line from your fingers to toes. Hold the position for 3 seconds, and then switch arms and legs.

2. Back Bow

Lie on your tummy and put your hands behind your neck. Lock your fingers together. Lift your chin a little bit and as you exhale squeeze your shoulder blades and move your elbows back.

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Entire stadium is left stunned when meat loaf performs “Star-Spangled banner”

We found this old video and had to share it with you just in case you missed this legendary performance! Over 20 years ago, at the 65th MLB All-Star Game, the audience was treated to the most incredible performance!

Meat Loaf, a Grammy-Award winning artist, took the stage accompanied by the 1994-1995 Penn State ROTC Color Guard. He delivered the most breathtaking performance. So much so that to this day it is still considered one of the best renditions of “Star-Spangled Banner” ever!

His rendition left the stadium speechless and many in tears after his voice finished echoing throughout Three Rivers Stadium.

Those in attendance still remember the iconic performance to this day and say it was the highlight of the whole day! While we could not all be there, we can relive the experience by watching this video!

How incredible was that?

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Gymnast, hovering over the mat, challenges laws of physics

In 2013 at the world championship on men’s acrobatic tumbling a young British sportsman, Kristof Willerton, demonstrated such skills and mastership, which are hardly abided by any gravitation laws. When watching his performance I had an idea that he was almost hovering over the floor mat. But the most amazing part of his program was expecting the spectators at the end of his performance when the acrobat carried out a double somersault that was practically a standing jump! I could have never imagined that the human’s body is able to perform anything of the kind. His jumps and rolls in the air were so quick and steady; he performed them one by one without delays so easily! The physical power and agility revealed by this guy are just incredible!

Kristof is a 20-year old student studying biochemistry at Oxford. He was the first British who won the gold medal at the world championship on acrobatic tumbling.

There’s no wonder that this sportsman gained the lead in the contest.

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5 simple exercises that will reshape your body in just 4 weeks

Some of the most important things we need to do if we want to be completely healthy is exercise constantly and eat healthily. Healthy nutrition is something that will help you have a healthier and happier life.

The foods have to be rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but here, we’ve also prepared you 5 exercises that will help you get rid of the unwanted weight and be extremely healthy in only several weeks!

1. Plank
This is one of the most beneficial exercises. It helps you acquire great abs and strengthens your shoulders at the same time. Start doing a push-up. Then, turn your elbows in an angle of 90 degrees. Your body should be straight. Try to stay still for at least 60 seconds, but make sure you don’t move your waist or butt.

2. Squats
This is another beneficial exercise. Position your feet at shoulder-width aside. Your shoulders should point towards down. Spread your arms to the front.
Your knees should be bent progressively and make sure your hips are front. Make sure you are lowered, but your back should be straight. Your thighs should be parallel with the ground.
Push your feet and go back to the beginning state. Squats are excellent because your core becomes strengthened, but they also build the quads, hams, and calves, as well as support the whole fat burning process.

3. Bird-Dog
Pose yourself like you’re doing a plank. Extend one of your legs with the opposite arm concurrently. Your body should be balanced. Hold like that for several minutes. Go back into the starting position. Then, change sides. This is an excellent exercise that will strengthen your lower back and your abs.

4. Lying Hip Raises
First, lie on the ground. Your knees should be bent and your feet should be on the ground flat. The out to your sides should be stretched at a 45° angle. Then, squeeze your glutes. At the same time, you should raise your hips upward, tilting the pelvis.

Go back into the starting position. Repeat everything once again. This is a very beneficial exercise for your hamstrings, thighs, abs, back and glutes.

5. Push-ups
Begin with a plank pose. Your hands should be below your shoulders so that you can force your whole body up. Your legs, back and buttock should be in a straight line. Go back to the ground and repeat it once again. These are excellent for all of your body muscles. Your whole body will be strengthened.

The 4-Week Exercise Plan
Two main exercises are important for this method:

1st Workout
– 1 minute of plank;
– 1 minute of push-ups;
– 2 minutes of squats;
– 1 minute of bird-dog;
– 1 minute of lying hip raises;
– 1 minute of plank;
– 1 minute of push-ups;
– 2 minutes of squats.

Rest for 10 seconds.
2nd Workout
– 3 minutes of plank;
– 3 minutes of bird-dog;
– 3 minutes of lying hip raises;
– 1 minute of push-ups.
Rest for 15 seconds.

This is the schedule for the whole month:
1st Week
– 1st Day –Workout n.1
– 2nd Day – Workout n.2
– 3rd Day – Workout n.1
– 4th Day – Workout n.2
– 5th Day – Workout n.1
– 6th Day – Workout n.2
– 7th Day – rest

2nd Week
– 1st Day –Workout n.2
– 2nd Day – Workout n.1
– 3rd Day – Workout n.2
– 4th Day –Workout n.1
– 5th Day –Workout n.2
– 6th Day – 1st Workout
– 7th Day – rest

When the second week passes, follow the plan from week 1 again. You should end with the plan for week number 2.
You’ll definitely notice more energy, improved health and body strengthening!

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Dad’s lightning-like reflexes save his son’s face from a spinning baseball bat, flying through the air

This photo was made by a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Christopher Horner and has gone viral. That’s no wonder, since he managed to capture a really impressive and threatening moment, which could have ended in a tragedy were it not for the father’s reaction.

Shaun Cunningham took his son to his first baseball game as an early birthday present, while his wife and daughter went shopping. 8-year-old Landon was happy to sit so close to the field, but he didn’t know yet it put him in a great danger.

The boy was taking pictures with his father’s phone and was choosing the best ones to share with his mom. Luckily, his father was paying attention to the players and noticed when the bat slipped out of the athlete’s hand. It was spinning and flying towards the spectators.

Shaun recalls that at first, it seemed like the bat would go over their heads, but then he realized it might actually hit Landon. He threw his hand up, hoping it would prevent the inevitable. And it did.

The man says he did not realize how close the bat was to his son’s face until he saw the picture.

Landon will sure remember his first game and have enough to brag about. The boy is also ready to go to other baseball games — as long as his dad sits next to him.

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This gymnast breaks all the physics laws. I’ve never seen anything like this before!

In 2013 at the world championship on men’s acrobatic tumbling a young British sportsman, Kristof Willerton, demonstrated such skills and mastership, which are hardly abided by any gravitation laws. When watching his performance I had an idea that he was almost hovering over the floor mat. But the most amazing part of his program was expecting the spectators at the end of his performance, when the acrobat carried out a double somersault that was practically a standing jump! I could have never imagined that the human’s body is able to perform anything of the kind. His jumps and rolls in the air were so quick and steady; he performed them one by one without delays so easily! The physical power and agility revealed by this guy are just incredible!

Kristof is a 20-year old student studying biochemistry at Oxford. He was the first British who won the gold medal at the world championship on acrobatic tumbling.

There’s no wonder that this sportsman gained the lead in the contest. His talent is sensational. Please, share this wonderful video.

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Greedy woman snatches foul ball out of teen’s hands, then he quickly gets the last laugh

Sports is all about competition, but that spirit apparently extends to the fans as well as the players. That’s what Ryan Baker discovered when he chased down a foul ball recently at the Chicago White Sox’s stadium, only to have it snatched away by an adult woman.

The 15-year-old seemed shocked when the woman snatched the ball from him, throwing up his hands in shock while she walked away clutching the ball to her chest like a beloved family heirloom.

But just moments after that he gets the last laugh. See what happened in the video!

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Olympian Scott Hamilton updates fans on lifelong cancer battle

You don’t have to follow figure skating for the name Scott Hamilton to ring a bell. The Olympic gold medalist was known for his signature back flip move that few other skaters could do.

Not many knew that Hamilton’s battle on the ice would be followed by an even bigger one off of the ice. But this battle has left the iconic skater stronger than ever before.

His battle began in Hamilton’s childhood when he stopped growing at age two. He had trouble digesting food, and had been in and out of hospitals due to a misdiagnosed brain tumor.

“They couldn’t come up with a diagnosis because, in the ’60s, they didn’t have the technology to find it,” said Hamilton.

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Around that time, Hamilton started figure skating, and being in the rink seemed to help with his condition. Little did he know that a star in the sport was also being born.

In 1997, Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer, something doctors explained that he had actually been born with.

That meant that he had won his Olympic medals while dealing with cancer. And he was able to overcome it with chemo and surgery, and retired from figure skating in 2001.

But his battle for health was far from over. Hamilton was later diagnosed with benign brain tumors in both 2004 and 2010.

In 2016, the Olympian shared that he was diagnosed with a third tumor. “I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness,” he said.

But Hamilton, along with wife, Tracie, was counting his blessings. At a scan in 2017, it was determined that the tumor miraculously been shrinking.

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It is more likely for these types of benign tumors to grow. The fact the Hamilton’s were instead shrinking without treatment was very unusual.

When he asked his doctor how the tumors were shrinking, the Olympian was shocked by his answer.

“He just smiled and looked at me and goes, ‘God.’ That’s it. Whoa,” he said. “I was just a blubbering mess, like, ‘I’m not worthy of this.’”

The famous skater kept his winning attitude through all of his battles, and trusted God to get him through the difficult times. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” he said.

It was this strong mindset that made him not only a skating hero, but a cancer survivor as well. He decided to give up unhealthy food and live a cleaner life. He also decided to renew his Christian faith and found himself drawing closer to God.

Hamilton, Tracie, and their four children are working even harder to make a difference for others. The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation raises money to help fight cancer. We pray for Hamilton’s continued health!

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Olympic gymnasts reunite and fall in love 15 years after photographer egged on their first kiss

In March 1976, Olympic gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci crossed paths for the first time.

The pair found themselves standing on the winners’ podium at Madison Square Garden in New York — they were competing in an international gymnastics competition called the American Cup, and Bart had just won the men’s all-around, while Nadia was taking home the women’s all-around.

As they stood on the podium, Bart and Nadia held up their silver trophies. That’s when a photographer said to Bart: “Oh, she’s adorable. Give her a kiss on the cheek. It’d make a nice picture.”

So he did.

After the picture, Bart, 17, and Nadia, 14, parted ways. They didn’t think much of the shot, because the Summer Olympics were just three months away. But little did they know they would meet again, decades later.

At the Olympics, Bart came in 46th place — but Nadia “redefined our sport and became a global superstar,” Bart says. With their rankings so different and their home countries so far apart (Bart is American while Nadia is Romanian), the two didn’t cross paths much at the Summer Olympics.

It wasn’t until 1990, almost 15 years after that first kiss on the cheek, that Bart and Nadia reconnected. And the rest, as they say, is history.

By 1996 the two were married. They held their fairy-tale wedding in Romania, and Nadia says the day was a national event. Everyone took off work to watch the wedding, which was broadcast live on television.

Now, Bart and Nadia live together in Oklahoma, and are raising their son. Although it feels like forever ago, the couple still thinks back to the picture that started it all.

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