Two Brothers, Two Sneakers, And A Global Battle For Footwear

January 20, 2019

A little more than seventy years ago, German brothers Adolf Dassler and Rudolf Dassler parted ways in a bitter sibling quarrel. Their business split, the family divided, and soon enough even the townsfolks migrated to opposite sides of the camp. This seemingly inconsequential feud in a provincial corner of Germany had enormous repercussions on what future athletes would wear on their feet, their backs and over their shoulders.

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“City of Champions”, a storybook tale of leather helmets and iron wills

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10 years ago

HOCKEY January 25, 2009  At the 57th NHL All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference beats the Western Conference 12-11 with the final point decided by a shootout. Over 21,000 fans attended the game which was part of a weekend of activities held at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Eastern Conference captain Alexei Kovalev earned the MVP award.

20 years ago

TENNIS January 30, 1999  Martina Hingis wins the Australian Open, defeating Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-3. It was the third consecutive Australian title for the Swiss national who turned pro 5 years earlier at the age of 14. In 1997, one of her greatest years, Hingis took the Australian, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, but lost the final at the French to Steffi Graf.

30 years ago

BASKETBALL January 25, 1989  Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th year with the Chicago Bulls. The celebrated athlete who lifted the popularity of the NBA around the world won his first title in 1991 and retired in 2003 with 6 championships. Acclaimed as the all-time best player on the court, Jordan averaged 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 5.3 apg.

40 years ago

BASEBALL January 23, 1979  Center fielder Willie Mays is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Spending most of his 22-season career with the NY/San Francisco Giants, Mays won the World Series in 1954 and was the 3rd highest home run hitter (660) at retirement in 1973; he is currently 5th of all time. Mays is described by some as the best “5-tool” player ever.