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Oct 14, 2012 11:48pm
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MONTE CARLO —Atletico Madrid striker Falcao scored three goals and the Spanish
side beat Champions League winner Chelsea 4-1 in the European Supercup on
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all three goals in a mesmerizing first half, and hit the post twice. It was his
second hat trick in five days, after scoring three times in a 4-0 victory over
Athletic Bilbao on Monday. Miranda completed the scoring for Atletico just after
the hour mark. Chelsea dominated the possession but produced little of note,
until defender Gary Cahill grabbed a consolation goal 15 minutes from time.
Falcao scored twice in last seasons Europa League final to help Atletico to a
3-0 win against Athletic Bilbao, sealing its place in the European Supercup. Its
the second time Atletico has won the trophy. The 26-year-old Falcao looked
dangerous immediately, and almost gave Atletico the perfect start. Filipe Luis
made a superb run down the left flank and crossed in toward Falcao, whose diving
header crashed off the crossbar, with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech stranded.
Falcao did get off the mark in the sixth minute, though, collecting the ball
from Gabi and drawing Cech towards him before firing the ball in off the far
post. David Luiz tried in vain to clear off the line. Chelsea almost restored
parity immediately but Frank Lampards fierce shot from about 25 yards was
blocked by Juanfran. It could have been worse for Chelsea as Mario Suarez found
Adrian Lopez who streaked away from defender Branislav Ivanovic, but his shot
was well blocked by Cech. The Chelsea goalkeeper had no chance in the 19th
minute when Koke picked out Falcao, who cut inside into the right side of the
penalty area and curled an unstoppable left-footed shot into the top left
corner. Gabi could have extended Atleticos lead following a surging run, but
Cech again did well to block. Atletico seemed certain to score again 10 minutes
from halftime. Arda Turan broke down the right flank and sent a ball across the
face of the goal which eluded everyone before falling to Lopez, who scuffed his
shot. Falcao then headed the loose ball against the post and Chelsea managed to
scramble it clear. Chelsea was dominating but the Spanish side looked dangerous
on the counter. And it was from one of its speedy breaks that it scored again in
first-half stoppage time. Atletico cleared the ball following a Chelsea corner
and Turan raced about 60 yards before slotting the ball to Falcao, who lashed it
home for his 37th goal in 40 European matches. Former Atletico idol Fernando
Torres—who got a rousing cheer from the Spanish fans when his name was
announced before the match—almost scored against his former club five minutes
after the break, but he fired wide of the left upright. More woeful Chelsea
defending helped Miranda put the game out of sight on the hour mark. Suarez
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boat docked in the old port of Quebec City, she momentarily loses her footing
when the Louis Jolliet sways from side to side.Though she admits to sometimes
getting seasick, she quickly regains her composure.Heading into her second
Olympics after winning a silver medal in taekwondo in 2008, the petite athlete
is all about staying focused.So the 27-year-old doesnt want to dwell on the
health issues that have plagued her in the last two years, including hip surgery
in 2009.”Im conscious youll always have challenges in life, no matter what youre
doing, its just I didnt think it would be my health,” she said during the recent
unveiling of the Canadian team aboard the Louis Jolliet.Making sure to live in
the moment has become something of a mantra for Sergerie in the four years since
the Beijing Olympics.There, she narrowly lost the 67-kilogram class final 2-1 to
Hwang Kyungseon of South Korea, picking up silver in Canadas best Olympic finish
ever in the sport.While she came away with a medal, Beijing wasnt necessarily a
happy time for Sergerie.”I remember leaving the Games and I still think about it
right now — I just said to myself I didnt enjoy myself,” she said. “It was just
stress, stress and stress and thats it.”The Olympics are bigger than athletes
realize until theyre actually there, Sergerie said.So this time around, shes
working with a sports psychologist to help manage the tension.She also made a
major move from Montreal to Quebec City in order to train with her
teammates.”When I think about these Games, I really just want to be in the
moment, focus on the things I can control and have a good time, thats the most
important thing to me,” said Sergerie.Joining her on the Canadian Olympic team
are Sebastien Michaud and Francois Coulombe-Fortier.Its the second Games for
Michaud, who placed in the top 10 in Beijing, while Coulombe-Fortier will make
his Olympic debut, tthough he was in China as a training partner. Jacoby Ford Jersey. “Im surrounded by a team
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that she feels it is their camaraderie that has helped contribute to her
success.Sergerie first took up martial arts at the age of five, introduced to
the sport by her father.Her interest in taekwondo came later, just before the
sport was introduced to the Sydney Olympics in 2000.Her coach, Alan Bernier,
says the sport has changed considerably since then.Most notably, theres been the
addition of technology that allows a computer to register hits, and therefore
points, instead of relying on the human eye.Bernier says since 2008, Segerie has
also changed.”The experience in Beijing matured her enormously,” he said.She was
overwhelmed in China, he said, and since then has learned to appreciate calm and
her own standing in the sport.Thats allowed her to enjoy it more, he said.”The
results, points, win or lose thats something else,” Bernier said.And if she has
a moment of doubt about keeping that focus, Sergerie doesnt have to look too far
for inspiration.Last October, she had a passage from her favourite films, “Lord
of the Rings,” tattooed on her right forearm.It is the response a character
gives when hes asked why hes been entrusted with the burden of the ring: “All
that we have to decide is what to do with the time thats given to us.”Underneath
the words are the Olympic rings and the date of the Beijing and London Games.And
Sergerie says if there are more Olympics in her future, shell add those dates
too.But the passage from the book inspires more than just her sports career.”I
really believe that in life there are some things you cant control but you do
have a certain control of things you can take care of in the moment,” she said.
“And thats the kind of philosophy I try to have with my training, with competing
and my life in general.” ’ ’ ’ 

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