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Houston 2015 behind-the-scenes: The Warmup Room

When I went to my first World Championshipss way back in 2010 the experience was very much a guerrilla affair: I arrived with no tickets, no media pass, and no clue how I was going to gain entry into anything. … Continue reading

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Houston: The Kazakhstan of America and the 2015 World Championships

Much like last year, I very nearly didn’t make it to this year’s World Championships, held in glorious Houston, Texas. After an unseasonably warm autumn in the Midwest, the climate here went from Tatooine to Hoth in what felt like a … Continue reading

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Arrival in Almaty… finally…

It’s 5:30AM local time and after a voyage that was only slightly less grueling than landing on a comet halfway across the solar system, I have arrived in glorious Almaty, Kazakhstan. This is not a place that’s easy to get … Continue reading

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The teams start to arrive; some casual training by the Chinese…

Unlike at previous years’ Worlds—Turkey in 2010, Paris in 2011—I’ve arrived at this year’s Championships before the actual start of the competition, and indeed before almost anybody else. When I went to get my accreditation (The Human Circus this year having … Continue reading

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WROCLAW: A prelude to the 2013 Worlds…

“Kwiat bez zapachu, jak człowiek bez duszy” (Traditional Polish proverb; loose translation: “A flower without a smell is like a World Championships without a Klokov.”) After a hellish drive through the nightmare of traffic that perpetually surrounds the city of … Continue reading

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