Kenneth Leroy Roberts is an American former professional motorcycle racer and racing team owner. In 1978, he became the first American to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship, he was a two-time winner of the A. M. A. Grand National Championship. Roberts is one of only four riders in American Motorcyclist Association racing history to win the AMA Grand Slam, representing Grand National wins at a mile, half-mile, short-track, TT Steeplechase and road race events. Roberts left his mark on Grand Prix motorcycle racing as a world championship winning rider, an advocate for increased safety standards in racing, as a racing team owner and a motorcycle engine and chassis constructor, his dirt track-based riding style changed the way. Roberts' proposal to create a rival motorcycle championship in 1979 broke the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme hegemony and increased the political clout of Grand Prix racers, which subsequently led to improved safety standards and a new era of professionalism in the sport.
In 2000, Roberts was named a Grand Prix Legend by the FIM. Kenny Roberts' parents were Melton "Buster" Roberts; as a child growing up in the rural agriculture area just off highway 132 near the West side vineyards of E & J Gallo Winery of Modesto, Roberts was interested in horseback riding. He rode his first motorcycle at the age of 12. Roberts accepted the experience thrilled him, he built his own motorcycle by attaching his father's lawn mower engine to a bicycle frame. Roberts began his career in dirt track racing after attending a local race in Modesto and deciding that he wanted to compete himself, his father purchased a Tohatsu bike for him, but once it proved itself uncompetitive as a race bike, he moved up to a more powerful Hodaka motorcycle. Roberts began winning local races. In 1968, his race results drew the attention of a local Suzuki dealer Bud Aksland, who offered to sponsor Roberts aboard a Suzuki motorcycle, he made the decision to drop out of high school before his senior year to pursue a career in motorcycle racing.
Roberts was allowed to compete professionally when he turned 18, on the day after his eighteenth birthday, he entered his first professional race at San Francisco's Cow Palace, finishing in fourth place. Realizing that Roberts needed more help if his racing career was going to progress, Aksland introduced Roberts to airline pilot and amateur motorcycle racer Jim Doyle, who would become Roberts' personal manager. In 1971, Doyle and Roberts approached Triumph's American distributor to ask about the possibility of a sponsored ride, but were told that Roberts was too small for one of their bikes, they turned to the American Yamaha importer's team, who agreed to make Roberts a factory sponsored rider at the age of 19. Yamaha asked the head of their American racing program, former 250 cc world champion Kel Carruthers to help guide Roberts' racing career, it marked the beginning of a productive relationship between the two men. Carruthers ended his riding career after the 1973 season to concentrate full-time on managing Roberts' and Yamaha's efforts in the A.
M. A. Grand National Championship, a series which encompassed events in four distinctive dirt track disciplines plus road racing. In 1971, Roberts won the AMA Rookie of the Year Award. In his first professional race as an expert class rider in 1972, Roberts rode to victory at the Grand National short-track race in the Houston Astrodome. Roberts made a name for himself that year by battling the dominant Harley-Davidson factory dirt track team aboard an underpowered Yamaha XS 650 motorcycle, making up for his lack of horsepower with sheer determination, he finished. In 1973, in just his second season as an expert, Roberts won the national championship, amassing a record 2,014 points in the 25-race series. While Roberts had a natural talent for riding motorcycles on dirt surfaces, on paved road circuits, the motorcycle felt unsettled beneath him while negotiating a turn. During a race at the Ontario Motor Speedway, he observed Finnish rider Jarno Saarinen using a riding style where he shifted his body weight towards the inside of a turn.
Roberts found that it helped settle the motorcycle. He adopted the cornering style and exaggerated the body shift to a greater extent than Saarinen had by extending his knee out until it skimmed the track surface. With his new riding technique, Roberts began to excel in road race events. Yamaha motorcycles performed well in road racing, where the Yamaha TZ750 was the dominant motorcycle of the era. In the 1974 Daytona 200, after early leader Gary Nixon retired, Roberts battled for the lead with former 500 cc world champion, Giacomo Agostini before an overheated engine forced him to settle for second place. In April 1974, Roberts ventured to Europe for the first time to compete in the prestigious Imola 200 road race for 750 cc motorcycles, he made a positive impression competing against the best road racers in the world, once again finishing second to Agostini. He traveled to England with a team of American riders to compete against a British riding team in the 1974 Transatlantic Match races; the conventional wisdom at the time was that American riders, who competed in dirt track races, could not race on asphalt at the same level as the British riders, who specialized in road racing events.
Roberts dispelled any such notions by winning three of the six races and finishing second in the remaining three races. Roberts was the top individual points scorer in the event with 93 points, five more than Barry Sheene, the top British rider. Roberts re
Hoàng Anh Tuấn is a Vietnamese weightlifter. At the 2005 Junior World Championships, he won the silver medal in the men's -56 kg class, with a total of 276 kg, he participated in the men's -56 kg class at the 2005 World Weightlifting Championships and won the bronze medal, with a total of 279 kg. Tuấn participated in the men’s -56 kg class at the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships and won the bronze medal, finishing behind Li Zheng and Sergio Álvarez Boulet, he jerked an additional 152 kg for a total of 276 kg, 4 kg behind winner Li. He won a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games, at 56 kg, lifting 128 kg in the snatch and 157 kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 285 kg. At the 2008 Asian Weightlifting Championships, he won the gold medal in the men's -56 kg class, with a total of 279 kg, he won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics after lifting a total of 290 kg. In some weightlifting statistics, he appears misspelled as "Anh Tuan Hoang". Hoàng Anh Tuấn was named 2008 Vietnam Sportsman of the Year.
From 18 September 2010, he was handed a two year ban for testing positive with oxilofrine, a substance banned by World Anti-Doping Agency in competitive sports. After retiring from competitive weightlifting, he became a coach, training his fellow athletes to participate in international competitions such as Asian Games
The Jacob P. Mesick House is located on Van Wyck Lane in Claverack, New York, United States, it is a wooden house in the Greek Revival architectural style built in the mid-19th century. It is a strong example of that style in the region that has remained intact since its construction, with its original front facade restored in the early 20th century. Jacob Mesick, its builder and first resident, was a prosperous local farmer who went into politics; the house has remained in family hands. In 1997 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Mesick House is on a rise above Van Wyck Lane, at the west end of a 79-acre parcel with several other buildings on it, none of them contributing to its historic character. Shaw Bridge listed on the Register, is to the south along the street, crossing Claverack Creek a short distance east of NY 23/9H, the main north-south through route through Claverack; the land crosses the creek to an area of cultivated fields in the east. The house itself is a two-story, five-by-five-bay clapboard-sided frame structure on a stone foundation topped with a hipped roof pierced by four brick chimneys.
The Colonial Revival main entrance, a paneled door with sidelights and transom, opens into a wide center hall with stair. The walls have their original French print wall covering. On either side the large parlors, the small rooms behind them, retain all their original finishes as well. An archway connects the back rooms on the north; the outbuildings are located near the main house. South of it is a modern garage. To the east are the other two, a pole barn and barn/apartment. All are of modern construction; the land was part of the Van Buren family holdings. It passed to the van Rensselaers, from them Jacobus Delamater bought it in 1785. He, in turn, sold it to Mesick in 1831. Mesick built a prosperous farm on the lot, which led to the house's construction around 1840, it is one of the few Greek Revival buildings in Claverack, showing the adaptation of that style into the local architectural tradition. Its level of decoration and massing are strong and distinctive aspects of the Greek Revival style.
In his career Mesick served in the state assembly. From him it passed to the grandson, it remains in the family. During the 19th century, the original colonnade was replaced with a full-length front porch. In the early 20th century, the original entrance was restored in keeping with the Colonial Revival movement of the era. Slight modifications include the archway added on the first floor and the removal of the original oven and firebox pump from the kitchen in the mid-century. National Register of Historic Places listings in Columbia County, New York