The Lone Breaking Star

14 Nov 2017 10:12

B-Boy Jordan © Tyrone Bradley / RB Content Pool

How did B-Boy Jordan, the only breaker from Africa still in the running for one of the 24 places at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (BAYOG), make it into a recent edition of OLÉ, the #1 sports paper of Argentina?

Well, he first got a write-up published by the Communications Department of the BAYOG Organising Committee on the buenosaires2018.com website.

He puts his effort into persepective!


If I make the YOG it will be the biggest achievement of my life so far.”                     

“I have never participated in sports at school or done extra-curricular activities because I have been dancing and no one has ever understood that until now, now that it’s an (Youth) Olympic sport.” 

“I realised I would be acknowledged, people would recognise my passion at school and in my community. They would understand why I was doing it, how hard it is and that it’s not just a thing you do, it is a lot of practise and time dedicated.”

Read the full article on the BAYOG website!

In The Best Of Company

10 Nov 2017 11:49

BAYOG Athlete Role Models @ IOC

The two Athlete Role Models (ARMs) of breaking, B-Boy Moy and B-Girl AT, will find themselves in the best of company during the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The IOC reveals the list of 25 "legends" who have been appointed as ARM by their International Sports Federation so far.

Here is the full IOC Press Release that was circulated on 9 November.

Sporting legends have been selected by the International Federations in the 32 sports that appear on the Olympic programme at next year’s Youth Olympic Games. The list includes many well-known names in the world of sport, including Olympic and world champions, with more to be revealed closer to the Games.

In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will be on hand for a minimum of five days and will play a key role in supporting and mentoring the 3,998 young athletes that will be participating in the Games.

The ARMs will be accessible to the athletes in the Youth Olympic Village and during a series of educational activities and workshops. These activities will focus on areas such as skills development, careers advice, how to lead healthy lifestyles and the Olympic values.

The ARMs will be behind the scenes during the competitions and will also be available for informal chats in a specially created lounge that will be open to all participants. The athletes and fans can also learn valuable lessons from the ARMs during “Chat with Champions” sessions – a Q&A format to promote discussion with the young athletes. Fans of the YOG will also have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the ARMs during informal chat sessions on the Olympic Channel and wider social media platforms.

The main goal behind the programme is to enable the ARMs to share their experiences and inspire the athletes to be the best they can be both on and off the field of play. Athlete feedback from previous YOG editions have shown that the ARM programme is consistently ranked highly in athletes’ experience. Young athletes are inspired by these ARMs, not only to perform at their best, but also to become positive role models themselves.

In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will also spend time in the four parks, engaging with local youth through various Learn & Share activities and participating in sport initiation sessions for public.

Li Lingwei, Acting Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Buenos Aires 2018 and badminton legend said: “The Athlete Role Models programme is a crucial part of the Youth Olympic Games and an opportunity for young athletes to learn valuable lessons from the best in sport. Competing in international sport at the highest level is an exhilarating career, but it also comes with its pressures and challenges, which is why we are happy to have the team of Athlete Role Models to support the next generation.”

Argentinian tennis player and Olympic medallist Gabriela Sabatini commented on her ARM role, “Sport has provided tremendous opportunities throughout my life and I look forward to helping inspire a new generation of players and fans. Having the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will be a wonderful occasion, and I am excited to have the chance to be involved and use my experience to give back both to my sport and my home city.”

Click here for the first 25 names to be revealed as ARMs.

Let's Dance! In Tokyo 2020!

07 Nov 2017 09:01

Hurray! Hurray! 2020Remember DanceSport's Tokyo 2020 campaign video? "You just don't leave anything to chance ...," is the first line spoken. But in the end it is a lucky coincidence which secures Pedro Toro's video an award in Japan: Hurray!

The "Hurray! Hurray! Video Contest" was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretariat Headquarters of Japan for the Promotion of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"What are you striving towards these days? Is it music, dance, sports, art, a traditional cultural pursuit? We're looking for videos about activities that you're getting excited about as we get closer to 2020."

This is the brief description of what the nationwide video contest is all about. "Music, dance, sports ...," it all sounds familiar, no? Acting on the advice of Atsushi Yamada, the CEO of the Japan DanceSport Federation, WDSF decided to submit the video which it had produced for the campaign to get DanceSport into the 2020 Olympics. Changing the final sequence from an ambitious "Let's be in the Olympics!" to a more general "Let's dance in Tokyo 2020!" gives the video the different perspective, one in line with the contest rules.

Yesterday WDSF received the notification: "Your video won the Excellence Award in the Creative Video category." The award will be presented on 15 December in Tokyo!

UbwCgqM5iqg|Let's dance in Tokyo 2020!





Stay Alive!

06 Nov 2017 08:42

B-Boy Moy © Little Shao/Red Bull Content PoolTogether with B-Girl AT, FIN, B-Boy Moy, USA, is one of breaking's Athlete Role Models (ARM) at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Last Saturday both were at the Red Bull BC One Finals in Amsterdam, NED. AT was one of the five judges making the calls, Moy was one of the 16 finalists battling for the 2017 title.

Moy lost the very first battle in a split decision (2:3) to B-Boy Alkolil, RUS. Others would probably give in to deception.

But he put it all into perspective immediately:

Taking the "L" and turning it into a Lesson. You're never too old or too young to keep learning and taking on the challenge. Unless I die or physically can't dance anymore, I'll work towards being on every major platform to represent for my family, fans, and sponsors. Thanks to all those who keep believing in me. I'm trying to stay alive! BREAK FREE all day, errday!


This week we will publish a more extensive interview with both ARMs. Stay tuned!

60EX6Tx_GvY|Alkolil vs Moy | Top 16 | Red Bull BC One World Final 2017

By Appointment

03 Nov 2017 09:14

B-Girl ATMoises Rivas (B-Boy Moy), USA, and Anniina Tikka (B-Girl AT), FIN, are invited to attend the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by personal letter of the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Thomas Bach.

Moy and AT will not compete in the Breaking there; they are out of the age range for that. Theirs is an altogether different assignment in an event that aspires to go beyond sports and competitions.

"In creating the Youth Olympic Games," President Bach writes in his letter, "the IOC has developed a mission of building an event that educates, engages and empowers aspiring young people around the world to play a positive and active role in their communities.

"Your involvement and participation in the Youth Olympic Games will have an enormous impact on helping fulfil this mission," Bach concludes. 

Moy and AT will be two of the Athlete Role Models expected to serve as the mentors to young athletes who compete in the YOG, and to local youth as well, spending time with them and participating in activities which revolve around sport, culture and education.

We have reached out to Moy and AT - who we know are both in Amsterdam at this time - and asked them to comment on their appointment. But with Moy about to go to battle - first for a place and then for the win - in the Red Bull BC One Final which is held this weekend, this could take some time. Stay tuned!

 

Meet The Press

02 Nov 2017 10:37

Press Conference © Bojin

The organisers of the upcoming BREAKING for GOLD Continental Qualifier | Asia and Oceania for the b-boying events at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games held a press conference one month prior to the event. Turnout was massive and the message about Olympic breaking well received

Bojin Chen, the head organiser, reports on the successful media event he had organised in Taipei City, TPE, in a short statement.

"The purpose of the press conference was to let people know that Breaking is included in the Youth Olympic Games next year. We hope that the relevant institutions in government will pay attention to this and support our athletes."

The entire squad made up of five b-girls and five b-boys, who will represent the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee in the BREAKING for GOLD Stage Two qualifier on 2 December, was present and wearing their brand new tracksuits.

B-Boys | Top 32

25 Oct 2017 07:39

YOG Qualifier for AFR&EUR © Little ShaoIn the case of the b-boys, hardship in the form of the "only-three-b-boys-per-NOC" clause affected only two: B-Boy Lil Denios and B-Boy Koi, both from Italy, made it to the top twenty but won't be in Kawasaki, JPN, next year. Come to think of it: what a strong Squadra Azzurra the FIDS, the Federazione Italiana Danza Sportiva, had sent to Germany.

Here are the top 32, The qualified marked in bold, the unfortunate in italic and with an asterisk, and the rest normal in the order of their standing. The remaining results will get posted shortly!

Congratulations must go to DanceSport South Africa (DSSA)! With B-Boy Jordan DSSA brings the only representative of Africa to next year's World Youth Breaking Championship.

Rank

Name

Country

Battles

Rounds

Votes

Pre-Seeding

1

Bumblebee

RUS

1

6

28

1

2

Martin

FRA

2

6

26

2

3

Yung Dave

RUS

3

6

23

5

4

Lele

ITA

4

6

28

6

5

Leelou

NED

 

6

27

3

6

Kenji

ITA

 

6

26

16

7

Justen

NED

 

6

24

15

8

Flysi

BEL

 

5

25

4

9

Lobo

ISR

 

5

18

12

10

Muha

RUS

 

4

23

7

11

Bad Matty

ITA

 

4

23

11

12

Arnil

FRA

 

4

21

13

13

Lil Denios *

ITA

 

4

21

14

14

Picsou

FRA

 

4

14

17

15

Reflow

BEL

 

3

19

8

16

Rocket

NED

 

3

12

18

17

Koi *

ITA

 

2

14

9

18

Wigor

POL

 

2

13

25

19

Sawyer

BEL

 

2

13

28

20

Bullet

UKR

 

2

12

30

21

Jordan

RSA

 

2

11

22

22

Axel

POL

 

2

8

31

23

Oliver

CZE

 

2

7

26

24

Super Mario

BEL

 

1

9

10

25

Chorzel

POL

 

1

9

27

26

Rastishka

UKR

 

1

8

20

27

Davey

SLO

 

1

7

24

28

Ibot

AUT

 

0

4

25

29

Classik Talent

FRA

 

0

3

19

30

Vader

ISR

 

0

3

21

31

Turbo

ISR

 

0

1

23

32

Paulinho

Croatia

 

0

0

29

*Not qualified – only three b-boys per NOC

See the full results on the Breaking for Gold results page.

B-Girls | The Full Results

24 Oct 2017 15:44

B-Girl Matina, RUS © Little Shao10 b-girls managed to secure their place in the next and final stage of YOG qualifying: in the 2018 World Youth Breaking Championship held in Kawasaki, JPN. Four, two from each of the two strongest nations in this BREAKING for GOLD qualifier, missed out only because of the 2-girls-per-NOC limitation. Sports can be cruel.

Below is the full B-Girl standing, with the qualified marked in bold, the unfortunate in italic and with an asterisk, and the rest normal in the order of their standing.


Rank

Name

Country

Battles

Rounds

Votes

Pre-Seeding

1

Matina

RUS

1

6

29

1

2

Uzelok

RUS

2

5

22

4

3

Senorita Carlota

FRA

3

5

21

3

4

Maess'One

FRA

4

6

25

7

5

Lexy

ITA

 

5

20

13

6

Emmy *

FRA

 

4

21

2

7

Vicky

NED

 

4

19

8

8

Lee *

RUS

 

4

18

6

9

Flexie *

RUS

 

3

15

11

10

Csepke

HUN

 

2

12

5

11

Ivy

CYP

 

2

11

9

12

Anastasia

LAT

 

1

7

10

13

Emélia *

FRA

 

1

7

15

14

Ella

AUT

 

0

6

12

15

Solid

ITA

 

0

6

14

16

Tigra

BUL

 

0

1

15

* Not qualified – only 2 b-girls per NOC

17

Lil Queen

BUL

16

18

Pucerka

POL

17

19

Seerf

ITA

18

19

Theory

BRA

18

21

Yara

RUS

19

22

KayRoc

GBR

20

23

Ann

GER

21

24

Stitch

FRA

22

24

Mini Bela

CRO

22

26

Frizzy

CYP

23

27

Dimi

GRE

24

28

ChaJa

NED

25

29

Luca

GER

26

30

Sabry

ITA

27

31

Jazzy Bee

GBR

28

31

Iva

SRB

28

33

Alina

AUT

28

34

FlexZee

RSA

29

34

Macie

GBR

29

36

Pauli

AUT

30

37

Nikolsky

ISR

31

38

Ola

POL

32

39

Raf

GRE

33

39

Petra

HUN

34

41

Lina

SUI

35

42

JassiD

GER

36

43

TCrusher

SRB

37

44

Papaya

ISR

38

45

Rose

CRO

39

46

Guppy

GBR

40

RUS vs FRA for Gold

24 Oct 2017 08:47

B-Boy Bumblebee @ Little ShaoThis face-off concluded the ten or more hours of fierce battling between nearly 180 breakers aged (this year) between 15 and 17 for the 20 places assigned to Africa and Europe at next year's World Youth Breaking Championship.

The final of the B-Boys pit Bumblebee, RUS, against Martin, FRA, both top contenders, but at the opposite ends of the size and the age spectrum. U-17 b-boying at its very best!

May the best breaker win!

bbP2kMsvVp4|B-Boy Bumblebee, RUS vs B-Boy Martin, FRA | YOG QUAL AFR&EUR | DanceSport Total





B-Boys by the Threes

22 Oct 2017 19:09

20 B-Boys To Stage III

Five nations will proceed to the third and final stage of Breaking FOR GOLD, the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship in Kawasaki, JPN, with maximum contingents of three b-boys: BEL, FRA, ITA, NED, RUS. Poland sends two and Israel, South Africa and Ukraine one.

Here are is the list in the alphabetical order of the country they represent. Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this list. However, it could still contain errors: it has been a long day!


BELGIUM

B-Boy Flysi

BEL

Faisi

Van Hecke

B-Boy Reflow

BEL

Olivier

Warner

B-Boy Sawyer

BEL

Thomas

Fadda

 

FRANCE

B-Boy Arnil

FRA

Arnil

Nguon

B-Boy Martin

FRA

Martin

Lejeune

B-Boy Picsou

FRA

Tom

Belleau

 

ISRAEL

B-Boy Lobo

ISR

Idan

Davidov

 

ITALY 

B-Boy Bad Matty

ITA

Mattia

Schinco

B-Boy Lele

ITA

Alex

Mammi

B-Boy Kenji

ITA

Francesco

Bressan

 

NETHERLANDS, THE

B-Boy Justen

NED

Justen

Beer

B-Boy LeeLou

NED

Leelou

Demierre

B-Boy Rocket

NED

Paulos

Claessens

 

POLAND

B-Boy Axel

POL

Piotr

Winiarski

B-Boy Wigor

POL

Igor

Wypior

 

RUSSIA

 

B-Boy Bumblebee

RUS

Sergei

Chernyshev

B-Boy Muha

RUS

Pavel

Muhkin

B-Boy Yung Dave

RUS

David

Kireev

 

SOUTH AFRICA

B-Boy Jordan

RSA

Jordan

Smith

 

UKRAINE

B-Boy Bullet

UKR

Artem

Ryabovol

Ten Japan-Bound B-Girls

22 Oct 2017 18:12

YOG Qualifier | Africa and EuropeJust imagine the screening that the five BREAKING for GOLD judges had to do in order to reduce the 178 total entries to the 30 - 10 b-girls, 20 b-boys) who have  qualified for Stage Three.

Here are the b-girls who are Kawasaki-bound in the alphabetical order of the country they represent. Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this list. However, it could still contain errors: it has been a long day!



AUSTRIA

B-Girl Ella

AUT

Anna

Thurner

 

CYPRUS

B-Girl Ivy

CYP

Irene

Tanos

 

FRANCE 

B-Girl Maess'One

FRA

Maessane

Hafid

B-Girl Senorita Carlota

FRA

Carlota

Dudek

 

HUNGARY

B-Girl Csepke

HUN

Eniko

Török

 

ITALY

B-Girl Lexy

ITA

Simone

Tomasella

 

LATVIA 

B-Girl Anastasia

LAT

Anastasija

Solovjova

 

NETHERLANDS, THE

B-Girl Vicky

NED

Vicky

Bergmans

  

RUSSIA

B-Girl Matina

RUS

Yashina

Kristina

B-Girl Uzelok

RUS

Snezhana

Sedova

B-Girl Matina and B-Boy Bumblebee

22 Oct 2017 16:39

B-Boy Bumblebee, RUS © Little ShaoThat Russia would send strong contenders to Essen, GER, was clear from the moment that the BREAKING for GOLD judges selected five b-boys and five b-girls on the basis of the videos that they had submitted for Stage One. In fact, no other country had more videos uploaded than Russia.

Today, the Russian contingent merely confirmed that they are on top of their game. They fielded the two winners and made sure that 5 (3 b-boys) 2 b-girls - get to travel to Tokyo for YOG Qualifying at the World Youth Breaking Championship.

 Winners of the YOG Continental Qualifier | Africa & Europe

B-Girls

B-Girl Matina

RUS

Yashina

Kristina

B-Boys


B-Boy Bumblebee

RUS

Sergey

Chernyshev

Russia Dominant

22 Oct 2017 16:03

B-Boy Semi-Final Bracket

Russia fielded a maximum-size team of five b-boys and five b-girls in this Continental Qualifier. They were not the only country to do so: Austria, Great Britain and France are just three of the others ...

But Russia outdid itself by bringing two b-boys and two b-girls to the semi-finals. France managed to bring three breakers (2 girls, 1 boy) and Italy one to the decisive stage of this competition. In the 1-vs-1 B-Girl we have an all-Russian Final ... And Bumblebee is a finalist in 1-vs-1 B-Boy!

Here's the live stream from Essen!

France vs Russia

22 Oct 2017 15:10

FRA vs RUS

Both Semi-Finals of this B-Girl YOG Qualifier for Europe and Africa pit France against Russia - twice!

According to the Rules of the Stage Two Qualifying, all four semi-finalists will make it to Stage Three, the 2018 World Youth Breaking in Japan next May. But it will still be interesting to see who take the top honours today. Watch the battles  on the BREAKING for GOLD Facebook page

About To Go Live ...

22 Oct 2017 14:55

YOG Qualifier Americas © Kien Quan

So far, we have tried to keep you up to speed with information and a few short clips, now we're about to switch to LIVE ...

Stand by for the Top 4 B-Girl bracket! The live stream should go up on the BfG Facebook page between 17:00 and 17:10 CEST.

The live will be available on the BREAKING for GOLD Facebook page. Let the party begin!

On To The Round Robin

22 Oct 2017 12:47

Breaking for Gold in Essen

32 b-boys and 16 b-girls have made it past the Preselection Phase and will be battling in the Round Robin shortly.

Get their names in the respective photographs posted on the BREAKING for GOLD social media.

We will let you know whether and when some of the battles in the Knockout Round will be streamed from Essen. Stay tuned!

178 Under The Scrutiny of Legends

22 Oct 2017 10:30

BREAKING for GOLD Judges in EssenThe panel of judges at this second Qualifier is again made up of true breaking legends: head judge Storm as well as Renegade and Narumi sit on their second panel after Philadelphia, USA, Crazy Legs and Lamine assess for the first time with the Trivium system.

Here are the names of the entries in this Qualifier. The (LONG) list keeps the entries in the alphabetical order of the countries represented: happy scrolling!

B-Boy Frank-One

ALB

Franci

Tojalli

B-Boy Ibot

AUT

Tobias

Winkler

B-Boy Vic

AUT

Victor

Petro

B-Boy Marox

AUT

Maximilian

Rosenberger

B-Boy Philmo

AUT

Niklas

Karl

B-Boy Dizzy Mike

AUT

Michael

Sellner

B-Girl Sara

AUT

Sara

Latta

B-Girl Alina

AUT

Alina

Müller

B-Girl Sandra

AUT

Sandra

Eigensperger

B-Girl Ella

AUT

Anna

Thurner

B-Girl Pauli

AUT

Paulina

Kalhammer

B-Boy Rock Fok

BLR

Ivan

Kuharski

B-Boy FlashAR

BLR

Aliaksandr

Yermalayeu

B-Boy Dave

BLR

David

Karpovich

B-Boy LilTon

BLR

Anton

Zharikov

B-Boy Wild

BLR

Danik

Sorokin

B-Boy Flysi

BEL

Faisi

Van Hecke

B-Boy Jappe

BEL

Jasper

Ooms

B-Boy Sawyer

BEL

Thomas

Fadda

B-Boy Super Mario

BEL

Mario

van Reeth

B-Boy Flowing

BEL

Olivier

Warner

B-Girl Theory

BRA

Brenda

Alves

B-Boy McFly

BUL

Marco

Madzharov

B-Boy Machine-yo

BUL

Dimitar

Georgiev

B-Boy WildCat

BUL

Denis

Radev

B-Girl Lil Queen

BUL

Veronika

Slavova

B-Girl Tigra

BUL

Yana

Nedkova

B-Boy Paulinho

CRO

Paul Andrej

Milovan

B-Boy Double S

CRO

Sven

Sever

B-Boy Crazy Duro

CRO

Duro Pavo

Dolencic

B-Boy Cigo

CRO

Eros

Bukal

B-Boy Imax

CRO

Maks

Rucner

B-Girl MiniBela

CRO

Izabela

Tenzera

B-Girl Maura

CRO

Maura

Soldo

B-Boy Code-E

CYP

Constantinos

Dimitriou

B-Boy King

CYP

Stefanos

Michael

B-Boy Panas

CYP

Panayiotis

Charidimou

B-Boy Bull

CYP

Constantinos

Megalemos

B-Boy Finx

CYP

Demetris

Finiris

B-Girl Ivy

CYP

Irene

Tanos

B-Girl Frizzy

CYP

Eleni

Georgiou

B-Boy Oliver

CZE

Oliver Carlo

Daniels

B-Boy Inti

DEN

Daniel

Rojas

B-Boy Yeno

DEN

Jens

Normann

B-Boy Farlot

DEN

Noah

Schak Farlot

B-Boy Toby

FIN

Tobias

Karlenius

B-Boy Miklooppi

FIN

Mikko

Peltomaki

B-Boy Eric

FIN

Nicklas

Petersson

B-Boy Forest

FIN

Frej

Forsen

B-Boy C-flow

FIN

Kalle

Reini

B-Boy Jake

FRA

Mathias

Martin

B-Boy Martin

FRA

Martin

Lejeune

B-Boy Arnil

FRA

Arnil

Nguon

B-Boy Picsou

FRA

Tom

Belleau

B-Boy Classik Talent

FRA

Yannis

Sabbane

B-Girl Senorita Carlota

FRA

Carlota

Dudek

B-Girl Emmy

FRA

Emmy

Herault

B-Girl Maess'One

FRA

Maessane

Hafid

B-Girl Stitch

FRA

Elisa

Robein

B-Girl Emelia

FRA

Emelia

Varlet

B-Boy Vic

GER

Victor

Karwath

B-Boy Artur

GER

Artur

Meisner

B-Boy Pablo

GER

Azmi

Hani

B-Boy Mr.Flaver

GER

Daniel

Riedel

B-Boy Ben

GER

Ben Elias

Welker

B-Girl Ann

GER

Anna

Kayser

B-Girl Luca

GER

Luca

Schnepp-Pesch

B-Girl Jassi-D

GER

Jasmin

Dilshener

B-Boy Lilred

GBR

Tyrone

Hope

B-Boy Lil loui

GBR

Loui

Hock

B-Boy Lewpz

GBR

Lewis

Sharp

B-Boy Ghost

GBR

Teo

Crawford

B-Boy James Horsman

GBR

James

Horseman

B-Girl Kay-Roc

GBR

Mikaela

Cleal

B-Girl Guppy

GBR

Georgia

Perry

B-Girl Jazzy Bee

GBR

Jasmyn

Lowe

B-Girl Macie

GBR

Macie

Thirlby

B-Boy Trick

GRE

Vasileios

Oikonomou

B-Boy G-Space

GRE

Giorgos

Sarantou

B-Boy Aris

GRE

Aristeidis

Kokas

B-Boy TwinGo

GRE

Nikolaos

Oikonomou

B-Boy kicks

GRE

Iasonas

Sideris

B-Girl Dimi

GRE

Dimitra

Papadimitriou

B-Girl raf

GRE

Rafaela

Niaounaki

B-Boy Denis

HUN

Daniel

Paly

B-Boy Kev-In

HUN

Kevin

Bradacs

Krisz Four

HUN

Krisztian

Varga

B-Boy Dodo

HUN

Dominik

Karvaly

B-Girl Csepke

HUN

Eniko

Török

B-Girl Petra

HUN

Petra

Szarvak

B-Boy RJ

IRL

Bejenaru

Roger

B-Boy Gass

IRL

Arron

Daly

B-Boy Bump

ISR

Yarin

Layani

B-Boy Vader

ISR

Nick

Gershanov

B-Boy Lobo

ISR

Idan

Davidov

B-Boy Turbo

ISR

Tomer

Chen

B-Boy Flava D

ISR

Daniel

Deryi

B-Girl Papaya

ISR

Gaya

Inbar

B-Girl Nikolsky

ISR

Nicole

Tsirulsky

B-Boy Bad Matty

ITA

Mattia

Schinco

B-Boy Lele

ITA

Alex

Mammi

B-Boy Koi

ITA

Claudio

Lacarpia

B-Boy Kenji

ITA

Francesco

Bressan

B-Boy Lil Denios

ITA

Roberto

Donatiello

B-Girl Lexy

ITA

Simone

Tomasella

B-Girl Solid

ITA

Giovanna

Fontana

B-Girl Sabri

ITA

Bestia

Falcrow

B-Girl Seerf

ITA

Luna

Nataloni

B-Girl Anastasia

LAT

Anastasija

Solovjova

B-Boy Yori

LTU

Joris

Januskis

B-Boy Miguel Mifsud

MAL

Miguel

Mifsud

B-Boy Abner

MAL

Abner

Testa

B-Boy Daniel

MDA

Petru

Gozun

B-Boy Justen

NED

Justen

Beer

B-Boy LeeLou

NED

Leelou

Demierre

B-Boy Guus

NED

Guus

Siebers

B-Boy Rocket

NED

Paulos

Claessens

B-Boy Toby

NED

Toby

Tanate

B-Girl Cha-Ja

NED

Janelle

Dongen

B-Girl Vicky

NED

Vicky

Bergmans

B-Boy Tj

NIG

Tijesu

Adeagbo

B-Boy Sanhandro

NOR

Sander Alejandro

Nyseth

B-Boy John Trane

NOR

Emanuel

Vestrum

B-Boy B-Rage

NOR

Brage Eckhoff

Planke

B-Boy Oskar

NOR

Oskar

Permats

B-Boy Ansgar

NOR

Ansgar Lie

Jordheim

B-Boy Wigor

POL

Igor

Wypior

B-Boy Axel

POL

Piotr

Winiarski

B-Boy Chorzel

POL

Tomasz

Chorzelewski

B-Boy F-one

POL

Oskar

Maison

B-Boy AnteOne

POL

Antoni

Korzec

B-Girl Pucerka

POL

Natalia

Pucer

B-Girl Ola

POL

Aleksandra

Oborzynska

B-Boy Soso

ROU

Pirte

Sorin

B-Boy Bumblebee

RUS

Sergei

Chernyshev

B-Boy D-Way

RUS

Dmitry

Stolin

B-Boy Yung Dave

RUS

David

Kireev

B-Boy Frayz

RUS

Artyom

Motoshkin

B-Boy Muha

RUS

Pavel

Muhkin

B-Girl Lee

RUS

Liliya

Ryzhkova

B-Girl Flexie

RUS

Maria

Popova

B-Girl Matina

RUS

Yashina

Kristina

B-Girl Yara

RUS

Yaroslava

Bychkova

B-Girl UZELOK

RUS

Snezhana

Sedova

B-Boy Beuz

SEN

Boubacar Fountou

Kande

B-Boy Chris

SEN

Bob Chris

Lopez

B-Boy Aca Aleksandar

SRB

Aleksandar

Balac

B-Boy Aca

SRB

Aleksandar

Manojlović

B-Boy Vaske

SRB

Vasilije

Milic

B-Girl T-Crusher

SRB

Tatjana

Maric

B-Girl Iva

SRB

Iva

Vasiljevic

B-Boy Majko

SVK

Marian

Kois

B-Boy Borson

SLO

Bor

Rehak Fris

B-Boy Davey

SLO

David

Copot

B-Boy Fifty

SLO

Filip

Kovacic

B-Boy Tasic

SLO

Tilen

Grasic

B-Boy Evoq

SLO

Elias

Ljubec

B-Boy Benjamin

RSA

Benjamin

Williams

B-Boy Jordan

RSA

Jordan

Smith

B-Girl FlexZee

RSA

Zeenath

Jacobs

B-Boy Nille Rock

SWE

Niklas

Capel

B-Boy Switch rock

SWE

Ludvig

Karlsson

B-Boy Exentos

SWE

Mans

Bengtsson

B-Boy g_Force

SWE

Fabian

Gränjefors

B-Boy Mans

SWE

Mans

Hindso

B-Boy Marc

SUI

Marc

Stauffer

B-Boy Neyten

SUI

Nathan

Monhart

B-Boy Noel

SUI

Noel

Gasche

B-Boy Dric-C

SUI

Cedric

Pignal

B-Girl J-low

SUI

Julia

Späti

B-Girl Lina

SUI

Lina

Du

B-Boy Zulu Rema

TUN

Zulu

Rema

B-Boy Bullet

UKR

Artem

Ryabovol

B-Boy Rastishka

UKR

Rostyshk

Tkach

B-Boy Kill Danil

UKR

Daniil

Hrechaninov

B-Boy Tomsan

UKR

Artem

Chernokur

B-Boy Robokopiv

UKR

Vitaliy

Prokopiv

 

From The Battleground

22 Oct 2017 10:00

B-Girls 1-vs-1 WDSF figured that some 150 b-boys and b-girls, who had qualified on the basis of the video they had submitted in Stage One of BREAKING for GOLD, would make their way to Essen, GER.

As had happened in the first Continental Qualifier in Philadelphia, USA, quite a few would likely have problems with visa and travel arrangements, WDSF figured. But no, all who had firmed up their entry did show up, making it a total of 178 breakers who are present, ready for the Preselection! We will try to get a list with names.

Press Release: Breaking for Gold in Essen

21 Oct 2017 19:30

Breaking for Gold © getty images

In just under 12 months, 12 b-boys and 12-b-girls will be “BREAKING for GOLD” at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) for the first time in history. Next Sunday, 22 October, around 150 breakers from Europe and Africa will try to remain in the battle for one of the elusive YOG places by excelling in Essen, GER.

The second of three Continental Qualifiers for the Breaking events at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games takes place on Sunday 22 October at the Grugahalle in Essen, GER. It is the closing act to one of the longest-running competitions in the dance, the Battle of the Year. Thousands of b-boys and b-girls from around the world converge upon the city in North Rhine-Westphalia every year, making it, at least for a few days, an epicentre of the hip-hop culture and the global battleground for breakers to determine who is best amongst them.

For some 150 b-boys/girls from Africa or Europe and born in 2000, 2001 or 2002, Essen will be the place and 22 October the date deciding over who gets to continue his or her journey towards next year’s Youth Olympics in Argentina. The “U-18 by 2018” breakers of both genders have taken the first hurdle – one of the digital kind – in order to make it to Germany. They are the ones selected among more than 600 from 35 European and six African countries on the basis of a video they uploaded to the breakingforgold.com platform, demonstrating their dancing skills to the panel of expert judges through a short recording. 

The pressure will be on for each and every one of them. This time it is not dancing to a camera, but showing the best top- and downrock as well as power moves in one-versus-one battles staged in three distinct competition phases throughout the day. At the end of it all, after close to ten hours, a final between two b-boys and two b-girls, those who made it through the brackets by winning all their knockout battles, will decide over who is ranked #1 and #2 for the respective gender.

All four will be entitled to take part in the next and final stage of YOG qualifying, in the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship in Kanawasaki, JPN, in May. It is a privilege that a select number of their peers will also get to enjoy. Of all the participants in Essen, only the top 20 b-boys and the top 10 b-girls will be eligible to enter the World Championship next year. However, an important restriction limits a National Olympic Committee (NOC) to field maximum three b-boys and two b-girls in Japan, something that is bound to cause disappointment for some and joy for others, but also something that should help the International Olympic Committee to ensure the participation of 206 NOCs in the upcoming YOG.

Follow the WDSF Continental Qualifier | Africa & Europe through our reporting on

www.worlddancesport.org or www.breakingforgold.com and in the social media!

Battle of the Year

21 Oct 2017 18:37

YOG Qualifier for the Americas © Kien QuanOn Sunday, it will be the turn of 150 b-boys and b-girls to perform at their best at the Grugahalle in Essen, GER, if they want to continue on their journey to Buenos Aires, ARG, and the Youth Olympic held there next year.

On Saturday night, from 8 p.m. UTC/GMT, crews from all over the world take the stage to show off their skills. It is the "Battle of the Year" ... Red Bull TV streams live!

Click here!

On To Stage Three

20 Oct 2017 19:20

Silverback Open - Wayne, USA @ Kien Quan

Of the maximum 30 places - for 20 b-boys and 10 b-girls from the Americas - in Stage Three of YOG Qualifying, in the 2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championships in Japan, that were at stake today a total of 23 - 16 b-boys and 7 b-girls - ended up being awarded.

There was hardship for a few breakers from countries which had fielded big contingents of four or five b-boys. While they would have qualified on the basis of their rank, the cap of three b-boys by country keeps them out Stage Three.

Here is the standing  that was established with the Trivium Value system.

Breakers from the Americas Qualified for the

2018 WDSF World Youth Breaking Championships

 

1vs1 B-Girls

     

Rank

Name

Country

Battles

Rounds

1

Connie

USA

-

6

2

Emma

CAN

-

4

3

Esya

 COL

-

2

4

Nadjaya

USA

-

0

5

Olme

MEX

-

-

6

Jaybird

CAN

-

-

7

Mafer

MEX

-

-

         

1vs1 B-Boys

     

Rank

Name

Country

Battles

Rounds

1

D-Matt

CAN

1

6

2

Connor

CAN

2

5

3

Minus

CAN

3

5

4

Lil-T

USA

4

6

5

Jofran

PER

-

5

6

Carlitoz

COL

-

4

7

Rerunn

USA

-

4

8

Matifly

CHI

-

4

9

Marsue

COL

-

3

10

Anime

MEX

-

2

11

Will *

CAN

-

2

12

Piccolo

USA

-

2

13

Free

CHI

-

0

14

Stiv

COL

-

0

15

Marvin *

CAN

-

0

16

StarFenix

MEX

-

0

17

Llio

GUM

-

-

18

Juando

MEX

-

-

19

Kustala *

MEX

-

-

         
 

*) Did not qualify because of more than 3 athletes per NOC

 

The Crew Is Here

20 Oct 2017 12:33

Street Justic Crew @ probably dad and founder Present at the YSC Sports venue are the three members of the Street Justice Crew ... B-Girl Nadjaya is the only member left in contention for a berth in Stage Three of qualifying, her twin B-Boy Kid Force and the older brother B-Boy Hytek are at today's Qualifier to support her.

We'll be talking to all three of them later for our story on the @youtholympics Instagram account. Stay tuned!

We have done a story on the crew during Stage One, when all three of them were in the running. We even produced a video.




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Correspondent for YOG

20 Oct 2017 12:27

Silverback Open - Wayne, USAWDSF Communications also reports through stories published on the official Youth Olympics Instagram account about today's Qualifier. The learning curve seems steeper than anticipated: the first story on the judges getting acquainted with the latest version of the operation of the Trivium Value system at the hotel last night is up, but the timing of some of the slides is way  off ...

The next one will be better.



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Message From The President

20 Oct 2017 12:24

Lukas Hinder and Thomas Bach © IOCThomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, addresses the YOG athletes with a #1YearToGo message.

Maybe the origins of breaking's participation can be traced back to declaration which President Bach made to the German press in the lead-up to his election back in 2013.

"I can well imagine that a gymnast and a hip hopper will first meet at the Youth Olympic Games.

"Why shouldn't a hipp hopper or a skateboarder not show his or her tricks jointly with the gymnasts in the same arena?"

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Building Up Excitement

20 Oct 2017 12:20

IOC Members in front of the Obelisco © BAYOG6 October is the date that marks the start of the minus-365-days countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The organisers and the leaders of the Argentine Olympic Committee celebrate the occasion with the unveiling of the Olympic rings in front of the iconic "Obelisco" on the "Plaza de la República," the location for next year's ceremony.

At the same time, the International Olympic Committee releases a short video that should transmit the build-up of excitement perfectly. Watch for the breaking in it. Watch it on the Olympic Channel!


Night Class In Wayne, PA

20 Oct 2017 12:16

Night ClassThe YOG Qualifiers are among the first competitions that are adjudicated with the innovative judging system Trivium developed by the Breaking for Gold head judge Storm, fellow judge Renegade and the techies of and8.

We have given you a first glance at the unique features of Trivium and the philosophy that underlies it in a recent news post. Three of the five Breaking for Gold judges in Philadelphia will be giving the tablet-based system their first try under fire today. To get ready for that, they took the night class with Storm and Renegade. After a brief introduction, they went hands-on and re-judged the video recordings of some the tightest 1 vs 1 battles in last year's Silverback Open.

One piece of advice given by Storm keeps ringing in our ears: "Don't use the faders during the dancing, wait until the end." But here, sit it on the class!

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Present In Philadelphia

20 Oct 2017 12:12

Venezuelan Protest © Silva · ReuterStarting tomorrow, 6 October, we will report LIVE (i.e. in our customary nearly real-time fashion - through imagery and text) from the YOG Qualifier for the Americas! 

The first of the Continental Qualifiers that make up the second stage of "Breaking for Gold," the qualification process for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, is the smallest one in terms of participation. But that's what you get when half of the combined land mass of the Americas is taken up by two countries alone. With participation limited to 35 countries - plus a few dependent territories which are recognised by the International Olympic Committee - we seem to be doing alright with 15 nations/territories represented in Philadelphia.

But it is sad to see that some b-boys/girls cannot make it to the Qualifier for all the wrong reasons. How could they, travelling to the USA from a country with an annual inflation rate of 700%?

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ENTRIES | VERY PRELIMINARY LIST

20 Oct 2017 11:14

2016 Silverback Open @ Little Shao86 b-boys and b-girls have been selected by the BREAKING for GOLD judges to take part in the YOG Continental Qualifier for the Americas. It was the staff of the WDSF Heaquarters in Lausanne that set out to notify them that they would need to confirm their participation and register with the organisers of the Silverback Open. It was a challenging process to establish contact - through email and social media - and to get the confirmations in by the established deadline.

Finally, the UDEF team was able to report on more than 60 (tentative) entries ... But then all the other problems came to bear down on the process of firming up participation. They ranged from failing economies in some countries to poor relations between others - and just about everything in between. Here are the approx. 60 breakers who could be in Wayne tomorrow. Let's see how many will finally make it!

Eduardo Juvenal

Zarate Ardaya

Gama

BOL

Jose Manuel

Garcia Fulla

Turbo

BOL

Lucas

Cortez

B-Boy Lucas

BOL

Osmar Alex

Chata Choque

B-Boy Cosme

BOL

Luis Diego

Jerez Soruco

B-Boy Didac

BOL

Eliana Vallejas S.

Vallejas Saavedra

B-Girl Loli

BOL

Iveth

Rodriguez Hidalgo

Rapunzel

BOL

Rayan Lucas

Mendonça Dos Santos

Rayo

BRA

Wellington

Dos Santos Silva

Fominha

BRA

Mateus

Fernandes Pereira

B-Boy Negao

BRA

Jonas

Max Felix Dos Santos

Pe De Toddy

BRA

Fabricio

Oliveira

Prodigy

BRA

Naiara

Xavier Santos

Toquinha

BRA

Greice

Grehs

Greice

BRA

Connor

Ho

Connor

CAN

Marvin

Yan

 

CAN

Mathieu

Du Ruisseau

D-Matt

CAN

Hubert

Therrien

Minus

CAN

Emma

Misak

-

CAN

Jayden

Adler

Jaybird

CAN

Judith (Judy)

Russell

Bluefire

CAN

Jorge

Henriquez

B-Boy Aberracion

CHI

Matias Esteban

Martinez Saavedra

Matifly

CHI

Patricio

Caamanto

Pato

CHI

Ergev

Fuentes

B-Boy Goddines

CHI

Felipe

Carvajal Paredes

B-Boy Free

CHI

Jhonier

Pineda

B-Boy Carlitoz

COL

Cristian David

Martinez Suescun

Marsue

COL

Sebastian

Gomez Leon

B-Boy Skidflow

COL

Julian Stiver

Medina Jimenez

Stiv

COL

Harol Donato

Dimate Arana

B Boy Tachuela

COL

Estefania

Yate Ramirez

Esya

COL

Jhon Henry

Montenegro Pilla

B-Boy Luek

ECU

Bryan

Guarquila

K´Chorro

ECU

Andy

Cambisaca

Kamby

ECU

Marco Antonio

Peñaranda Naspud

B-Boy Markitos

ECU

Daniel Gerando

Tsigi Soloegano

Giant

ECU

Bryan Josua

Lopez Rivera

Nomil

SAL

Jordie Armando

Rivera Pacheco

B-Boy Rabbitt

GUM

Diego

Cotzal Sontay

Monky

GUM

Victor Geouanny

Mendoza Agustin

B-Boy Llio

GUM

Carlos

Rivas

B-Boy Dann

GUM

Fernando Jasiel

Argueta Perez

B-Boy Jasiel

HON

Luis Moises

Maldonado Mejía

B-Boy Moy Ldc

HON

Hugo

Juarez

B-Boy Anime

MEX

Juan Domingo

Carballo

B-Boy Juando

MEX

Melvin

Galvez Ortiz

Starfelix

MEX

Juan Paulo

Gomez Kustala

Kustala

MEX

Juan Carlos

Castillo Overa

Kukaramoto

MEX

Monserrat

Zavala

B-Girl Olme

MEX

Maria Fernanda

Diaz Resendiz

Mafer

MEX

Edson Daniel

Parra Rabello

Zddm

PAR

Aldair Emilio

Adama Alejo

B-Boy Lil Flow

PER

Kevin

Arpazi

Kevo

PER

Jonathan

Inga Rumiche

B-Boy Jofran

PER

Alex Yefer

Cabana Valeriano

B-Boy Lex

PER

Francis Bailey

Munoz

Bailrok

USA

Victor

Silva

 

PRI

Martin (Tino)

Gonzales-Sherwood

Lil-T

USA

Marquis

Bryant

Piccolo

USA

Imran

Islam

Rerunn

USA

Connie

Kingston

Connie

USA

Nadjaya

Delgado

Nadjaya

USA

Yonaiker

Guerra

Infinito

VEN

Reinaldo Alfonzo

Oropeza Garcia

Skiuter

VEN

Alexis

Mier Y Teran

Kidchito

VEN

 

BOTY Central Europe

27 Sep 2017 08:14

Final Result © Zahnd

B-Boy Spin, GBR, won the final against B-Boy Dosu, USA, at the Battle of the Year (BOTY) Central Europe, which was held as a BOTY qualifier in Zurich on 23 September. This made it Spin's second consecutive win of the event. What was new this year: the battles were decided with the "Trivium Value System," a tablet-based judging system that was developed for the upcoming YOG Qualifiers and the YOG by Storm and Renegade.

WDSF Project Coordinator Géraldine Zahnd, aka B-Girl GeGe, reported from Zurich: "Everything went well with the judging system. Judges handled it easily, and it’s easy comprehensible for the public to understand. It was just important to explain how the ranking works with the rounds and votes."

Trivium in a nutshell: the system considers both breakers as equals at the start of a battle, regardless of their seeding or results in previous battles, but as soon as the first breaker moves, the evaluation commences and both performances are compared until the battle is over. 

While comparing the performances of the breakers competing in real time, the balance between them may shift constantly. By using the scales of six crossfaders, the judges can avoid making "black and white" judgments, allowing their assessments in to be closer to the reality of a more gradual decision. The key feature of the Trivium is the crossfader, enabling subtle differentiation in a judge’s assessment of all six criteria that are judged.

Artistic Quality

Physical Quality

Interpretative Quality

- Creativity

- Technique

- Performativity

- Personality

- Variety

- Musicality

 

For each of these six criteria the judges have an allocated fader on their hand-held Trivium device. 

Trivium Value System

23 Sep 2017 10:34

BOTY Central Europe © BOTYAfter it had done so for Latin and Standard over the past ten years, the World DanceSport Federation collaborated once more with experts and software engineers to develop a judging system for top-tier competitions in Breaking.

What made this project particularly challenging was the fact that the timeline called for a roll-out only six months after the start of the development. Somehow the group contracted by WDSF to do the actual work was able to meet the deadline imposed by the first Continental Qualifier for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games taking place in Philadelphia, USA, during the Silverback Open on 6 October. Two weeks ahead of that, the "Trivium Value System" gets field-tested for the first time today at the BOTY Central Europe event in Zurich, SUI. We will report on the premiere next week.


Hoops and Battles

30 Aug 2017 15:01

B-Boy Pluto, UKR @ EgliEven some 50 years later, one can easily make out that FIBA 3x3 basketball and breaking evolved from the same culture and that they share traits which set them apart from the traditional game and other forms of dancing.

The common ground was emphasised by the International Basketball Federation, FIBA, and the World DanceSport Federation, WDSF, when the two governing bodies had their "urban" disciplines feature side-by-side in a FIBA 3x3 World Tour event.

This happened for the first time ever on 25 August 2017 in the Olympic Capital Lausanne, SUI, and it received general acclaim. The post-event report on the premiere will be published shortly. For the time being, we recommend you watch the final of the International Breaking Competition which brough the first day of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters Lausanne to a conclusion with the hard-fought battle between B-Boy Ciska and B-Boy Pluto.

DbizL4TESWA|Breaking Competition | FIBA 3x3 WT M Lausane 2017 | DanceSport Total

FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters LIVE

25 Aug 2017 12:25

2016 Lausanne @ Urband ProjectWatch the pool games of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters 2017 and the breaking competition from Lausanne, Switzerland!

Schedule CEST (GMT+2)

4:00 pm - Novi Sad Al Wahda (1) v Paide (8)
4:20 pm - Zemun (2) v Logatec (10)
4:45 pm - Krakow (3) v Mestre (11)
5:05 pm - Kranj (4) v Cergy (12)
5:40 pm - Paide (8) v Lausanne (9)
6:00 pm - Riga (7) v Logatec (10)
6:20 pm - Shoot-Out Qualifier
6:45 pm - Split (6) v Mestre (11)
7:05 pm - Saskatoon (5) v Cergy (12)
7:20 pm - WDSF Competition
7:55 pm - Novi Sad Al Wahda (1) v Lausanne (9)
8:15 pm - Zemun (2) v Riga (7)
8:40 pm - Krakow (3) v Split (6)
9:00 pm - Kranj (4) v Saskatoon (5)
9:20 pm - WDSF Competition

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Part of the Hip-Hop Culture

25 Aug 2017 10:31

BoxWon and FIBA CommunicationsBoxWon is one of the eight b-boys in the line-up for the battles scheduled today as part of the 3x3 World Tour Masters Lausanne.

He was picked to do the interview with the FIBA Communications team in charge of producing the extensive coverage on the pool games and the knockout battles from 17:25 UTC/GMT.

Asked about the common ground between streetball and breaking, BoxWon pointed out that the same footwear is worn and that both belong to the hip-hop culture.

"You just look at the sneakers, the same styles are worn by players and b-boys," BoxWon said, "and without the music, neither game would be quite the same." 

Watch the live stream here and on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel.

Here is the line-up for the 1 vs 1 knockout battles.

BoxWon: Ben Barnes (Monster Energy, USA): https://www.facebook.com/BboyBoxWon/?fref=ts

Jamal : Jamal Asadulaev (Predatorz Crew, Russia): https://www.facebook.com/jamal.prz?fref=ts

Pluto: Andrii Pluto (Ruffneck Attack, UKR): https://www.facebook.com/AndriiPluto?fref=ts

Max: Max Babunov (License to Chill, ITA) : https://www.facebook.com/max.babunov?fref=ts

Cska: Benoit Ciska: https://www.facebook.com/benoit.garraud?fref=ts

Eldro (Original Street Juice, SUI): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517725096&fref=ts

Flavio: Fabio Aebischer (SUI):

Moa: Andre Yamin (Skilluminated, SUI): https://www.facebook.com/andre.smkidycr?fref=ts

Common Ground

25 Aug 2017 05:02

FIBA 3x3 World Tour © FIBA

There is plenty of common ground between 3x3 basketball, the urban variation of the traditional game invented by James Naismith, and breaking. Both have emerged at about the same time and in virtually the same place - nearly 50 years ago, in determined parts of New York City - and have since conquered the world. But more about that later ...

The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Lausanne, SUI, will bring the two sports together in what should turn out to be a congenial side-by-side.

Top breakers will go to battle between the pool games of the Lausanne Masters today. Four b-boys from Switzerland and four representing the rest of the world will face off during two 30-minute interludes scheduled from 17:25 to 17:55 and from 19:20 to 19:55 UTC/GMT on the first day of the tournament. A player with the live stream will be embedded here. Stay tuned!

On To Stage Two

21 Aug 2017 08:48

Wroclaw, POL - 27 July © RolandThe final figures for Stage One of Breaking for Gold were encouraging by all standards: 1050 videos were submitted to the platform through 31 July. 134 had to be rejected on the grounds that they did not comply with the rules.

916 videos ended up being assessed by the panel of ten judges. 296 b-boys and 99 b-girls have qualified for Stage Two of Breaking for Gold by finishing in the top five of the ranking established for their country and gender.

The 395 breakers representing 81 nations have now been contacted and invited to confirm their entries into one of the three Continental Qualifiers. 86 (Americas) to the first event held on 6 October 2017 prior to the Silverback Open in Philadelphia, USA, 183 (Africa/Europe) to the second one held on 22 October, the day following the Battle of the Year in Essen, GER, and 126 to the last one taking place on 2 December as part of Taipei Bboy City in Taipei, TPE.