Costa Rica and the World Cup 2014 part 1

Wow!! I love sports. I will generally watch most any sport at any given time. I’ve watched cricket in New Zealand, ruby in Australia and soccer in Costa Rica. I have never, however, seen such passion and joy as the Costa Ricans after Costa Rica (La Sele) beat Italy in this years World Cup. Costa Rica World Cup team has shocked the soccer world!

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Celebration in Costa Rica after Costa Rica defeated Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo Alberto Font/The Tico Times

Costa Rica was put in one of the two “Group of Death” (the USA is in another one of the groups), with Italy, Uruguay and England. Italy and Uruguay each had teams ranked in the Top 10 of the world by FIFA going into the World Cup. Costa Rica found a way to beat them both, in consecutive matches. Although the entire country of Costa Rica has a population of 4.5 million people, they have found a way to take down two of the titans of soccer (by way of comparison the city of Rome has 2.7 million people).

I’m sharing an article from The Tico Times for the whole story.

Vamos a Sele!!

Nick

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Original Article http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/06/20/in-costa-rica-one-big-party-following-spectacular-world-cup-win

A sea of red jerseys and Costa Rican flags inundated the main streets and avenues of the country’s capital – and across the nation – on Friday following Costa Rica’s incredible advancement to the next round of the World Cup Brazil 2014 after beating Italy 1-0.

The San José streets were deserted during the nail-biting morning match, but when the final whistle blew, declaring the Ticos at the top of the so-called Group of Death, a throng of Sele supporters took to the city’s main plazas to celebrate the historic triumph.

Costa Rica won the hard-fought battle on a Bryan Ruiz goal in the first half, the game’s only goal.

Thousands of Tico fans gathered at the Fuente de la Hispanidad in San José on June 20, 2014, singing “Sí se pudo, sí se pudo,” and “oeee oee oee oeee, Ticos Ticos!” 

President Luis Guillermo Solís, dressed in a red Sele shirt, walked from the Casa Presidencial to the Fuente de la Hispanidad roundabout in the east of the capital, a traditional meeting point for civic celebrations.

 

Elated fans surrounded the president, embracing him and blasting vuvuzelas to celebrate Costa Rica’s second victory in as many World Cup matches, after shocking the world earlier in the tournament by beating higher-ranked Uruguay 3-1.

“I told you, 1-0,” Solís tweeted, reminding Ticos he had predicted the outcome.

“It was a historic triumph, nobody expected it, and when I say nobody, I’m talking about the entire planet. Costa Rica won because they were mentally focused, they believed in themselves and there was unity among the squad,” Sele fan Dennis Alonso, 26, said after the match.

In San Pedro, east of the capital, Lorna Contreras, 69, carried red, white and blue balloons, along with the Costa Rican flag, while cars passed by blasting their horns in elation.

“This is just marvelous. We’ve all waited for this, because we’ve been watching [this team] progress. We beat two World Cup champions, and now we’ll beat another,” Contreras said, referring to La Sele’s upcoming match Tuesday against England.

One local TV station broadcast an image of a Tico who traveled to Brazil to see the match. The fan held a sign that said, “Jefe, I quit my job. I’m staying to watch the second round.”

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View of oceans and mountains from boat while #snorkeling in #costarica near uvita.

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Located only 10 minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas, Costa Rica.

Ballena National Park

World’s Best Rafters in Costa Rica

A break in the rainy season made for ideal conditions for the International Rafting

Costa Rican team competing. Photo from IRF.

Federation’s Pre-World Championships on Oct. 6-11. The International Rafting Federation (IRF) selected Costa Rica as the host site of the 2011 Rafting World Championships, to be held from Oct. 5-10 on the Río Pacuare, near the Caribbean slope town of Turrialba, east of San José.

More than 35 countries will participate in the whitewater rafting finals. Costa Rica was chosen by the IRF over Italy and Australia.

But first up were this year’s warm-up races. Czech Republic rafters outpaced the favored Brazilians to win the pre-worlds, while Costa Rica finished near the middle of the pack.

“I was really pleased with the quality of water in the river and the weather in general, because although it’s muddy, when it rains a lot it’s muddier,” said Rafael Gallo, director of the races and president of the IRF.  “We were blessed with good weather.”

Gallo said that while some competitors hoped for wilder waters, overall the often-clear skies provided ideal practice sessions for countries and individual teams preparing for next year’s world championships. Six countries – Brazil, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, the United States and Venezuela – participated in the pre-worlds (participants have to pay their own way), as well as 20 individual teams.

TR Rafting Morava topped the competition for the men, while a Brazilian team finished second and a team from the United States placed third. The best Costa Rican team finished sixth. TR Teva Czech beat out three other women’s teams to win the female rafting competition.

The courses used by competitors were 17 kilometers of the Bajo Pacuare and 700 meters of the Río Cabeza de Güey in San Joaquín, near Turrialba. The competitions included time trials, head-to-head races, and slalom and down-river competitions.

Costa Rica also hosted the rafting championships in 1998. The championships take place every two years. In 2009, the finals were held in Bosnia.

Gallo, who owns the Costa Rican rafting company Ríos Tropicales, said the championships should bring more rafting enthusiasts to Costa Rica. During the pre-worlds, Gallo said some competitions drew 500 spectators, and he hopes for a grander audience during next year’s finals. The rafting committee hopes to have world championships shown by 10 different foreign television productions.

 

Said Gallo: “It puts the rivers of Costa Rica back on the world map.”

Clear Skies Made for Perfect Weather for World’s Best Rafters / Daily News / News / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Rock Climbing Costa Rica

According to the Tico Times, Cachí, about 15 km east of Cartago, offers some of the best rock climbing in the country. Gear is available for rent and climbs cater to all abilities. The canyon set amid green hills creates a beautiful backdrop for a day of thrills.

Andre Agassi – Pete Sampras to Play in Costa Rica

Original: http://www.ticotimes.net/daily_paid/dailynewsarchive/2010_08/081010.htm#story4

By Adam Williams
Tico Times Staff | awilliams@ticotimes.net
Tennis legends Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras are scheduled to face off Sept. 4 in Alajuela, northwest of San José, as part of the Andre Agassi Farewell Tour, which kicked off May 22 in Puerto Rico. The tour, which stops in seven Latin American countries, will raise money for international education charities, according to tour organizers.

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Pete & Andre will play against each other Sept 4, 2010, in Costa Rica

Agassi and Sampras, who won a combined 22 Grand Slam titles in the ’90s and early ’00s, will play a three-set match at Alajuela’s Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium, which will be fitted with a synthetic-surface tennis court for the event. Women players Anna Kournikova and Ashley Harkleroad are also scheduled to play in a doubles match as part of the tour.

Agassi, who won eight Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal for the United States in 1996, retired in 2006 after a 20-year professional career. Sampras, also from the U.S., won 14 Grand Slam titles in a 15-year career that ended in 2003. Sampras held the record for the most Grand Slam titles won until 2009, when the Swiss Roger Federer eclipsed that mark. Both Sampras and Agassi were ranked as the world’s top player during their careers.

The women’s match will feature Kournikova and Harkleroad as doubles partners against an unnamed duo. Both are known more for their extracurricular activities than their brief professional careers. Kournikova, who twice won the Australian Open doubles title with partner Martina Hingis, received more media attention for her relationship with pop singer Enrique Iglesias and her appearance in several men’s magazines, including the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in 2004, than for her tennis. Harkleroad, who is still playing professionally – though sparingly – is best known for posing nude for the August 2008 edition of Playboy magazine. Harkleroad was the first professional tennis player to appear in the magazine.

Costa Rican Adventure Race

Original: http://www.ticotimes.net/daily_paid/dailynewsarchive/2010_08/082310.htm#story4

By Adam Williams
Tico Times Staff | awilliams@ticotimes.net

Ziplining at Osa

Ziplines on Osa Mountain Village

Eighteen teams with members from 13 nations will compete in the race. Each team is made up of three men and one woman and will have only a map and a compass to guide them across the country. According to Miguel Andrades, the co-founder of Aventuras de Sarapiqui, one of the race organizers, six of the teams are composed of all Costa Ricans.

“Two of the Costa Rican teams are very, very strong, and should have a good chance to win it,” Andrades said. “All the teams in the competition are at a very high level. This race has attracted the best of the best.”

The winner of the Costa Rican Adventure Race will qualify for the 8th Adventure Race World Championship, which will be held in Spain from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. Over 50 international teams are expected to compete for the World Championship.

The Costa Rican Adventure Race is being hosted by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). According to Tourism Minister Carlos Benavides, Costa Rica hopes to host the Adventure Race World Championship in 2013.

The Olympics of Surf Coming to Costa Rica

By: Costa Rica Pages (Original here)

The Billabong ISA World Surfing Games 2009 will be hosted in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica this August 1-8, 2009. The event, which will bring together the best surfers in the world in an Olympic-style competition, is set to be the biggest surfing championship ever held in Central America. The honor of hosting the 8th ever World Surfing Games is expected to solidify Costa Rica’s reputation as one of the world’s best up and coming surf destinations.

Last year’s competition, which took place in Costa de Caparica, Portugal, saw a turn out of more than 200 competitors from 28 countries. The Costa Rican team shined with their highest ranking ever, coming in 5th place at the event. The number of surfers and skill level is expected to increase for this year’s competition, which was scheduled to correspond with Hermosa’s peak surf season with waves ranging from four to eight feet with perfect barrels. The team to beat is four-time ISA Surfing Games champion, Australia, who racked up Gold medals in the last three consecutive events. [Read more…]