Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Special Olympic, NBA, Gold 1984, "Sleepy Sam" and "Big Smooth", Floorball


It all ties together...
One of the largest celebrities at the Special Olympics "fan-game" in Korea and the World games of Floorball include one of America's largest Athletes Mr. Sam Perkins, Gold Olympic medalist and NBA star...- O, well Floorball just happen to have deep deep roots in the Midwest...
Photo linked in via url, from, and credited to the IFF,
and Doosun Park KFF

 Same Mr. Perkins: "- Wow, floorball is a challenging sport and very exhausting. I didn´t have to run around that much on the basketball court. Great experience though and I felt that I got better all the time during the tournament. A great game and a great event"

Other people in this game was Chi Lawrence, Hilton Worldwide director, Brian Erickson, Vice President of Mattel Sales and former Special Olympics Board Director, Stacey Johnston were some of the All-Star Fan players. So now we wonder how long it will take until Mattel will start to carry Floorbal sticks too - lol.

To get the full report on this tune in to the IFF here: http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=3036
This page includes all the results and - hey Denmark celebrated its first ever victory over Sweden with 3-2 and this page also reports Floorball results country by country.

The Floorball sessions are only an exhibition sport this time in the Special Olympics - but some sources hints in the direction that this might become a more permanent sport in the winter World Games Special Olympics - we think we have read that somewhere but are not able to verify this right now.
So this year there are 8 teams and Floorball is only played for two days and soon the Floorball part of these games will be over... The other Hockey emulation they play is called Poly Hockey and that tourney runs over several days..
Here is the results page..

We have also heard that the Finnish Floorball team seems to be in particular strong and some players have shown stick handling skills at - a top notch Floorball level ;-D. In our eyes though - all that plays Floorball are gold-winners and that includes Mr. Perkins and all the other people involved in this great Floorball event.

Thanks to the IFF and KFF for valuable information resources that made this post possible!!!
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!