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Lebanese Athletes Competing At The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Two Lebanese Athletes will be competing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Jacky Chamoun and Alexander Mohbat, both in Alpine Skiing. I was surprised not to see Chirine Njeim’s name on that list, but according to this article, The Lebanese Federation picked Jacky over her. I have to say this is very weird as Chirine is the best Lebanese skier we’ve got and even Jacky admits it:

“Chirine is the best skier in Lebanon,” she said. “Of course, I always think if Chirine could have been in my place maybe she could have made a better result for Lebanon.”

In all cases, the best of luck to Jacky and Alexandre!

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Lebanese Skier Jacky Chamoun

Ski Season Is Dead In Lebanon

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It snowed in the last couple of days but not enough for the slopes to open again (At least not in Mzaar) and the sunny weather is already back. I remember hearing predictions about this winter being the toughest in years but it doesn’t feel like winter at all.

Here are pictures from the past couple of years taken by SkiLeb webcams:

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Get Well Schumi!

(FILE) Former F1 Driver Michael Schumacher Hurt In Skiing Accident

Seven-times F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after an off-piste skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel. Michael hit his head on a rock and suffered head trauma with coma that needed prompt neurosurgical treatment.

I’ve become addicted to F1 because of Michael Schumacher. I’ve seen him win back to back championships with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, supported him during his tough Ferrari debut, the horrible crash he had in 1999 then his majestic years from 2000 to 2004 where he clinched 5 consecutive championships. I enjoyed watching him race with Mercedes even though I knew he wouldn’t win a championship. I even flew to Monza in Italy to watch him live at least once in my life before he retires.

He’s been an inspiration to millions (including myself) around the world, despite few unfortunate incidents. He’s a great skier, footballer and motorcycle driver as well. He also won the Race of Champions several times along with recent F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. To sum it up and in my personal opinion, he’s the greatest driver in the history of Formula1.

Let’s hope his condition improves today and he gets better very soon.

Or as Martin Brundle said:

Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it.

PS: You can follow updates [Here].

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The hospital where Schumi is being treated

Lebanese Football Tweetup Updates

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I got the Brazuca ball last week courtesy of Adidas

The tweetup was supposed to take place last Saturday but we had to postpone it a week because of the Alexa storm. As mentioned earlier, we will be picking up the teams this time and they are almost full already. Nevertheless, everyone’s welcome to join as a lot of tweeps are coming just to watch the game and have fun.

The game is scheduled on Saturday at 8pm at V-club In Jal el Dib in Beirut.

PS: For further updates, follow me or the hashtag #MUFCvsFCBTweetup for further updates.

Red Bull Awakens the Jeita Grotto!

Watch Duncan Zuur showing off his wakeboarding skills inside Jeita’s Grotto. Crazy Stuff from Duncan and Red Bull!

Under the name “Red Bull Awaken the Grotto”, the famous Dutch wakeboarder performed incredible wakeboarding tricks inside the grotto’s lower chamber! This unique ride, held in the grotto for the first time, took place during Zuur’s visit to Lebanon. His stunts included jumps and slides off a boat ramp, which was especially set up in the water.

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Lebanese MMA Fighter Mark Tanios Training At Montreal’s Tristar Gym

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Left to Right: Georges St. Pierre, Mark Tanios, Coach Feras Zahabi via Arabsmma

The 40-day training camp Mark Tanios attended was supervised by Feras Zahabi, the trainer of the UFC Champion Georges St Pierre.

As most of you already know, Wissam Abi Nader (coach of fighters such as Silvester Saba, Elie el Rayess, Georges Eid and other illustrious fighters) has struck up an affiliation with the infamous Tri-Star gym in Montreal, home to some of the world’s best coaches and UFC stars.

One of the interesting and exciting parts of this collaboration is the agreement to send fighters between the two camps in Lebanon and Canada to allow for fighters to be exposed to new environments, sparring partners and training methods in an effort to develop more rounded warriors. This program has now yielded its first success! [Link]

Lebanese Bayern Munich Fans vs. Manchester United Fans Football Tweetup

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We will be playing with the World Cup 2014 Ball – The Brazuca courtesy of Adidas

I’ve been playing and watching Football for more than 15 years now. I follow the FIFA World Cup (Men and Women), Euro Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, Champions League. My favorite leagues are the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. My all-time favorite team is Bayern Munich and I support the German team in the World Cup.

I also enjoy live-tweeting during football games and I’ve noticed lately that there are fan clubs being formed in Lebanon, some of them which are very active like the Manchester United one, so I talked with some of them and decided to organize a friendly Football game between ManUnited fans and BayernMunich fans next week.

I will be picking the teams with a friend of mine this time as we’re organizing the whole thing, but if it works out then we’ll definitely plan another Football tweetup and figure out a way to let other people join in. Of course everyone’s welcome to join as a lot of tweeps are coming just to watch the game and have fun. The game is a friendly one but we will be playing seriously and for the win as the rivalry between Bayern Munich Fans and Manchester United goes way back.

To make things even better, we will be the first to play with the World Cup 2014 official ball, the Brazuca that was unveiled few days ago by Adidas.


I got the New Messi Shoes (Adizero F50 Trx FG) 3 months back and I’m loving them! Hopefully they’ll help me make my team win

PS: I will tweet the place and time in the next few days and you can follow me or the hashtag #MUFCvsFCBTweetup for further updates.

Lebanon’s Win Against Korea Among The Six Best FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

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Out of the 800 qualifiers played over two and a half years, FIFA picked 6 games as the best qualifiers from the road to Brazil, and Lebanon’s awesome victory over Korea in 2011 was one of them.

Here are the other 5 games chosen by FIFA:

American Samoa 2-1 Tonga, 22 November 2011
Colombia 3-3 Chile, 11 October 2013
Ghana 6-1 Egypt, 15 October 2013
Panama 2-3 USA, 15 October 2013
Sweden 2-3 Portugal, 19 November 2013