Days, 7 Good News: Between Mommy Joys, Maternity Leave and Heavenly Honors

LISTICLE | 02/02/2022
7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.
Antonia Wille

We think so: Good news is needed every now and then. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news items every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood - that's our motto in this news format. And we get started right away. With a one-armed world-class surfer, maternity leave for professional female soccer players and a Spaniard in the tennis Olympus.


Get Out of Mommy Mode

What does a world-class surfer in "full mama mode" do when called upon? Get back on the board and show everyone, of course. Bethany Hamilton, who became a mother for the third time just a year ago, was only there at the start of the World Cup season in Hawaii because a starter was out due to Corona. "There's so much positive energy on the beach here, everyone showing their love," Hamilton enthused. The 31-year-old, who has been one-armed since a shark attack as a young girl, returned the love to the fans - she survived the first round without much preparation.


The King Is Dead? Long Live... The Surprise

The king is dead, long live the king, football fans around the world would have shouted if everything had gone as normal. After the voluntary retirement of NFL legend Tom Brady (after 22 years and seven Super Bowl titles), the red carpet seemed to be rolled out for heir apparent Patrick Mahomes as the superstar of the next few years. But quarterback Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs missed the Super Bowl (finale on Feb. 14) because Evan McPherson of the Cincinatti Bengals, only 22 years old, scored the decisive points from 31 yards away. The king is dead? Long live the surprise!


Maternity Protection for Professional Female Soccer Players

Of course, the mother country of soccer is a big step ahead here: In England, there will be extended maternity leave professional female soccer players will have extended maternity leave. Players will then be entitled to 14 weeks' maternity leave with full pay and bonuses, after which they can still receive the statutory rate. Even before that, English women's soccer players had negotiated a convergence of their salaries with those of men. And in Germany? Goalkeeper Almuth Schult is the only mother who plays for Wolfsburg. Last fall, when Schult delicately brought up the idea of soccer clubs building daycare centers, everyone turned a deaf ear... We'd like to see good news for Germany soon, too!


They Run, and Run, and Run

"These men crochet flip-flops" - headlined Impulse in September 2015. And now things are going better than ever: Rosenheim-based Matthias Drexlmaier and Maximilian Hundhammer, founders and managing directors of Doghammer, will be working with Schwan-Stabilo in the future. This is an important milestone for the further expansion of the young company, which produces toe separators (flip-flops) as well as vegan hiking boots. Hundhammer: "We have reached a point where we need a strong partner. We have found this in the family-owned company Schwan-Stabilo."

Partners (from left): Sebastian Schwanhäußer/Company Group Schwan-STABILO, Christian Schneidermeier/ORTOVOX, Maximilian Hundhammer/Doghammer, Martin Riebel/Outdoorgroup Schwan-STABILO, Matthias Drexlmaier/Doghammer

Arrived in the Tennis Olympus

When he began his professional career, Gerhard Schröder (SPD) was still Chancellor and the Germans paid in deutschmarks: Rafael Nadal really is the perennial champion of men's tennis. His tenacity and consistency are probably also what made him the record holder in Grand Slam victories. 21 times winner Nadal - in Spain he is now the "new God". But what did the 35-year-old say after his final victory at the Australian Open? "I'm super, super tired. I can't even celebrate." That's sympathetically worldly!


A Bavarian as a Swedish Turbo

In Germany - almost - no one knows him, but in Sweden he is king. Johannes Lukas, a native of Bavaria, just extended his contract as the Swedes' biathlon coach until the 2026 Olympics. No wonder the Scandinavians adore the sports scientist. Under the 28-year-old, who started as an intern, the tradition-steeped team won a medal record at the recent world championships. For him, the team is a second family, says Lukas. That sounds like a great bond and a long collaboration.


The Greatest Happiness of the Tour Winner

He won the Tour de France in 2019 - but Egan Bernal celebrated his biggest victory in the hospital in Bogotá. Overjoyed to recover from his serious training accident (broken spine, broken thigh, open fracture of the kneecap). the 25-year-old Colombian first thanked those around him: "After having a 95 percent chance of becoming a paraplegic and almost losing my life doing what I love most, today I want to thank God, the clinic, all its specialists who did the impossible, my family and all of you." We send best recovery wishes!

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