Daily: 15th March 2011

15 March, 2011 at 07:00 (GMT)

By amandoloss

No, no, no ... I haven't forgotten you. I wasn't able to write this piece of a daily post yesterday before midnight, that's all. But Christine & Mr.C knew all about it.

So. Something new in the F1 world? Ehmmm ... oh, Sebastian Vettel extended his contract with Red Bull till the end of 2014. 50 other contracts at Red Bull were extended too. They seem to like each other, ay ...

Lewis Hamilton announced his new manager Simon Fuller. This humble looking guy (with a terrible haircut) become famous as a manager of Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell and Anny Lennox to name a few. And he got rich with "Idol".

Jacque Villeneuve is looking for a car ... oh boy. Does he never give up? Couldn't he just carve himself somewhere (I'd prefer the desert) and leave the world in peace? We already have to deal with this M. Schumacher bloke ... Mercy!!

That's all form the F1, as far as I can see, Vettel is all over the media all over the world anyway. *yawn*

Let's move to ski jumping then. Yaaay! In case you missed the second last competition before the season ends in Planica next week: it's been a weekend of farewells. Big names in this sport announced their retirement; Janne Ahonen, the Master and Commander, The Special One of this sport, a great bloke, genius sportsmen and an idol (yes, mine too) is finished with jumping from hills. I grew up with this guy, he has always been there, and he has always been in the top then, he has always been among the best, and for several years he has been The One. Have a look at the numbers yourself ... It's his second retirement from the sport, as he allready decided to finish his career in 2008, however he made a comeback in 2009. Even though it was great to see him back (it felt so empty without him), it wasn't a lucky comeback. There were injuries, new material he couldn't really cope with (it didn't fit to his jumping style) and then there is this army of this cracking good Austrian youngsters: Thomas Morgenstern, Andreas Kofler, Martin Koch, Gregor Schlirenzauer ... They've been invincible so far, and if you ask me: Lovin' it! Normally, the people tend to hate the best, the dominating and the inevitable ones, but in this case it's impossible. Those lare not only fab athletes, but also nice, funny, congenial guys, and good mates too, which makes them so likable.

However Janne Ahonen's retirement (this time for good) does make me feel sad (it really does), Thommy and his mates are going to fill this gap next season.

Thank you for being there Janne, for the excitement, for all this unforgettable moments, for the inspiration, for the memories. You are truly a Legend, Kiitos, Janne. All the best of luck. Ehm, I'm getting sentimental in here, so let's just ... you know ... a moment of silence for the great man ...

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Ehm ... well then. I said "weekend of retirements", because not only Janne said "Au revoir" to the skis and hills, Adam Malysz and Primoz Peterka also did (Michael Uhrmann did too, but he's not important). Adam is one of the greatest sportsmen (if not the greatest) Poland has ever had. Furthermore he's just a genuinely nice and down-to-earth chap. In Poland he's a saint. For my mother, who is Polish, he SO is. He also has been in this sport for many years; had a great start in the 90', followed by a down, but he came back and become one of the greatest ski jumpers ever. Thank you for the memories, Adam. You'll be missed too.

Primoz Peterka wasn't there for that long, but when he was there, he was genuinely a, like we say it in Germany: "ein Überflieger". There was no way to stop him! He was one of my idols and I'm also a lucky owner of an autograph. :D

Thank you for this two World Cup wins, Primoz! Man, those were days ...

All right, this is the end of the excursion into winter sports. Hope you like it at least a bit. ;-)

Upcoming sports event this week? Yep, quite a few: Champions League, Europa League, Cricket World Cup, Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Six Nations rugby, and the last ski jumping competition of the season in Planica on Saturday in Sunday.

Have a great day and don't forget to leave a comment or two. :-) I am off to work.

P.S. Next week my daily is going to be published I bit later again, like today. Hope it's fine. If not, let me know. :-)

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