USA was looking forward to grab the gold at the FIBA world cup this year but not everything went according to plan. The team got ousted by France after being nearly unbeatable.
This is the first time the team failed at capturing gold at a major international event since the 2006 world championships. France beat the team 89-79, in the quarterfinals. USA has now kissed goodbye to the gold.
In the quarter final match, Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert scored 21 and 16 rebounds. It is unbelievable that the win streak of USA came to an end. The team had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition with NBA Players.
US was about to create history by winning three consecutive world cups after winning three Olympic golds. But France stole that dream away by beating the team. In the tournament that took place in China, now the team can only finish in the fifth spot.
Gobert is disappointed by the loss. He said that the team had come here to win the gold. But in the end If you do not win then it doesn’t count.
The turning point in the game was when Americans came scoreless on the six consecutive possessions. They did not take control and France took over from there.
Their season sadly came to an end. And even though many are speculating about who was there on the team and who wasn’t. But Coach Pop believes on how to focus on what you have.
In the first half France was 21-12, even when Gobert found his way to the line many times he couldn’t capitalize on it. Even after the free throws Gobert had for US and the lead into the fourth the team came up short.
The loss is hard on the team that is used to winning matches and tournaments.
Why Todd Graves Is Driven To Innovate Golfing Techniques and Inspire Future Athletes
When you look up the history of sports and how it changed over the years, you will find several influential public figures and athletes’ names at the top of unique inventions. After all, those who play the sport, also know what could improve and popularize it. Todd Graves is one of those individuals with a passion for golf and sports innovation.
He is an innovative thought leader and business expert with nearly 50 years of experience in the golf community. He practiced golf under the training and guidance of Murray “Moe” Norman, the world-renowned PGA golfer of the 20th Century. Norman was one of the most influential figures in the golf community with his unique techniques and innovative methods to approach the game.
His contributions and golf skills earned him the nickname of “Pipeline Moe”, mainly for his unmatched ability to hit one straight shot after another with the slightest deviation in the ball’s trajectory. As his protégé, Todd Graves vowed to be among the leading sports personalities and innovators in the golf space. He worked on the single-plane swing technique modeled by his mentor, Moe Norman over his professional career.
It is a technique that helps a golfer reduce strain on the lower back while increasing the consistency and frequency of making a solid impact with the ball. Before, it was limited in practice to highly experienced golfers with immense knowledge of kinetic movements and swinging techniques. Today, Todd Graves’ contributions have enabled the wide use and adoption of the single-plane swing method in the global golf community.
The pro golfer believes that innovation is a key component of progress and without progress, humanity could come to a standstill. Whether it is progress in the personal, professional, or sports world, every great athlete should strive for it and reach their maximum potential, according to Todd Graves. To bring new knowledge to a wider audience around the world, he recently partnered with Barry Morrow, who is a famous American screenwriter and film producer credited with co-writing the screenplay for the movie Rain Main (1988).
Graves partnered with Oscar-winning Barry Morrow to create a documentary on the life and achievements of the great pro golfer, Moe Norman. Through the documentary, Todd wishes to inspire athletes and motivate golfers to bring innovation to their gameplay. Todd Graves shares his drive for bringing innovation and catalyzing change in the sports world with aspiring athletes, pro golfers, and students.
Graves’s inspiration comes from his dedication to the advancement of sports science. He spent a better part of his career with kinesiology experts and sports scientists to discover intricate details involved in various physical activities, also including golf. He identified potential risk injuries, analyzed their occurrences, and gathered factual data with the help of scientists.
He aims to portray actual findings in his upcoming documentary and inspire young athletes to be more than participants in national and international competitions. Todd Graves stands as one of the most influential and inspirational figures in the golf community and has earned association with several famous personalities including Ben Hago, and Tiger Woods, among others.
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