Out of the Shark Zone- October 15,2019

Simone Biles wins the all-around title

American gymnast, Simone Biles, won the all-around title at the gymnastics world competition for the fifth time on Oct. 10. Biles ended her floor routine by gesturing a mic drop. She claims that this was not her best performance, but it still earned the highest score of the competition. According to the Associated Press, “One of the few blemishes was skidding out of bounds on the landing of a triple-double, a skill no other female gymnast performs.” Biles holds a total of 22 world championship medals.

 

Public service announcement compares concussions to smoking

The “Tackle Can Wait” campaign, part of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, is trying to discourage children under 14 from playing tackle football and instead encouraging them to play flag football as a way to reduce the number of children who develop a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to the Associated Press, “The PSA, which will be released on all platforms, carries a note that the smoking shown on screen is simulated. The behind the scenes video notes that the [onscreen] football was also safe.” Some states have also proposed banning children under the age of 12 from playing tackle football.

 

Boxer injured in crash

Errol Spence, a welterweight boxing champion, was severely injured after crashing a speeding Ferrari early Thursday morning. Spence’s vehicle flipped multiple times after hitting a median. Spence was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash and later placed in intensive care. Spence’s family stated that “Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable. He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery.”

Photo: H. Rivera

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