According to the mythological Greek Alexander Romance, Queen Thalestris of the Amazons brought 300 women to Alexander the Great, hoping to breed a race of children as strong and intelligent as he. According to the legend, she stayed with the Macedonian king for 13 days and nights in the hope that the great warrior would father a daughter by her. However, several of Alexander's biographers dispute the claim, including Plutarch, a regarded secondary source, he mentions fourteen authors, some of whom believed the story, while others took it to be only fiction. Plutarch mentions when Alexander's secondary naval commander, was reading the Amazon passage of his Alexander history to King Lysimachus of Thrace, on the original expedition, the king smiled at him and said "And where was I, then?"The story is rejected by modern scholars as legendary. Behind the legend lies the offering by a Scythian king of his daughter as a wife for Alexander, as the latter himself wrote in a letter to Antipater. Thalestris is the name of a character in Mary Renault's historical novel The King Must Die, set in the time of the mythological Theseus, who lived - if he existed at all - a thousand years or more before Alexander.
The Thalestris character is depicted by Renault as a skilled Amazonian bull-dancer and valiant warrior -, why the writer gave her the name of an Amazon queen. There is a brief reference to the courtship between Alexander and Thalestris in Beaumarchais' Le Mariage De Figaro'
X Games XV was the fifteenth annual X Games extreme sports event. It took place from July 30 - August 2, 2009, in Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center and the Home Depot Center, it was broadcast on ESPN networks, ABC, EXPN.com. The game featured the sports of motocross, skateboarding, BMX, rallying. Highlights from the competition include: Jake Brown wins gold in Skateboard Big Air, two years after he suffered a horrific crash in the same event. Danny Way wins a contest which he created. Josh Hansen, son of champion Moto X rider Donnie Hansen, wins his second consecutive gold in Moto X Super X. Kyle Loza becomes the first person to win three consecutive gold medals in Moto X Best Trick in controversial fashion by using the same trick he used to win in 2008, The Electric Doom. Ricky Carmichael suffers an injury during Moto X Step Up. Due to the circumstances, dual gold medals were awarded to Ronnie Renner. Anthony Napolitan lands the first double front flip on a bicycle. Blake Williams becomes the first non-American rider to win Moto X Freestyle gold.
Jamie Bestwick wins his third consecutive gold in BMX Vert. Pierre-Luc Gagnon wins his second consecutive gold in Skateboard Vert. Travis Pastrana crashes in the final round of Rally Car Racing, while neck-and-neck with Kenny Bräck who could go on to win the gold. EXPN.com ESPN events schedule
Torrian Gray is an American football coach and former player. Gray was three times an all-Big East selection for the Virginia Tech Hokies, his college teams won two Big East championships and in 1995, upset the Texas Longhorns in the 1995 Sugar Bowl. Following his playing career at Tech, Gray was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 49th overall in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, he played two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings backing up Orlando Thomas at free safety. He started five games including two playoff contests, he contributed as a starter in the nickel package and as a special teams player before retiring in the spring of 2000 due to a knee injury. The Vikings advanced to the playoffs in each of his three seasons. Gray returned to Virginia Tech to coach defensive backs following the departure of Lorenzo Ward to the Oakland Raiders.. Gray coached several players who played in the NFL including: Aaron Rouse, Brandon Flowers, Macho Harris, Kam Chancellor, Roc Carmichael, Jayron Hosley, Kyle Fuller, Antone Exum, Kyshoen Jarrett, Kendall Fuller, Chuck Clark, Terrell Edmunds, Greg Stroman, Brandon Facyson.
On February 4, 2017, Gray was named Defensive Backs coach of the NFL's Washington Redskins. On January 21, 2019, Gray chose to join the University of Florida football team as the Defensive Backs coach