• Sweden’s AMF, AP1 and Folksam buy SEK5bn of new Volvo shares

    first_img“The picture that emerges is impressive,” he said. “Volvo Cars is now a well-run and profitable company with a robust growth strategy and promising prospects.”Volvo Cars has been 100% owned by Chinese private company Geely since it bought the company from Ford Motors in 2010.Some 17,800 of Volvo Cars’ 28,500 staff are based in Sweden, and production focused on premium cars is located in Sweden, Belgium and China.Volvo Cars, whose headquarters is in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been separate from the Volvo Group since 1999.Olof Jonasson, head of equities at AP1, Sweden’s first national pensions buffer fund, said Volvo cars now had modern platforms that were adjusted to produce electric as well as self-driving cars.“As well as this, it has launched a number of exciting partnerships and invested in a more geographically balanced production,” he said. “We believe the future development of Volvo Cars can contribute positively to returns on pensions capital.”Meanwhile, at Folksam, Michael Kjeller, head of the pensions and insurance group’s asset management, said the investment would give customers a good risk-adjusted return, as well as the chance to be owners of a company with a strong link to Swedish industry.“Volvo Cars has a strong profile as far as safety is concerned, and not least from a sustainability perspective,” he said.Folksam said the investment in Volvo Cars preference shares would be divided between its subsidiaries, with SEK450m going to the life and pensions business Folksam Liv, SEK100m to Folksam Sak, the non-life insurance business, and SEK400m going to KPA, its local government pension scheme unit. Three Swedish pension funds – AMF, Folksam and AP1 – have agreed to buy SEK5bn (€514m) of newly issued preference shares in Chinese-owned but traditionally Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars, hoping the issue marks a step on Volvo’s path back to stock market listing.AMF has signed up to buy SEK2.5bn of the new shares – which include the right to have them converted into new ordinary shares in a possible future initial public offering (IPO) – AP1 has agreed to buy SEK1.5bn, and Folksam is to buy SEK1bn of the investments.Anders Oscarsson, equity manager and head of ownership at the SEK550bn pensions provider AMF, said: “We are very excited about this opportunity to be on what will hopefully become Volvo Cars’ journey back to a position as a listed company in the future.”He said the pension fund had recently looked carefully at the company’s development, met with management and examined the firm’s figures and research, as well as its new model programme.last_img read more

  • Tribunal rejects Lloyds bid to sack manager from £100bn mandate

    first_imgA spokesman for Scottish Widows said: “We are disappointed with the decision of the arbitration tribunal, and will look to discuss its outcome with Standard Life Aberdeen. Our strategy remains unchanged, which is to do the right thing for customers. Lloyds Banking Group has failed in an attempt to sack Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) from a £100bn (€117bn) mandate for its insurance subsidiary Scottish Widows, following a tribunal ruling.It means the planned transferral of assets to BlackRock and Schroders has been delayed while the two parties decide how to conclude the contracts.Lloyds announced its decision to shift the mandate away from SLA a year ago, after deciding that the 2017 merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life had meant the money was being run by a direct competitor.SLA disputed the decision and took the case to a tribunal, which this week ruled that Lloyds was “not entitled to give notice” on the relevant investment management agreements.  “We will discuss starting the process of an orderly transfer of assets to our new partners BlackRock and Schroders. We will continue to work closely with Standard Life Aberdeen to ensure there is no disruption to performance or service.”SLA said it was “carefully considering the terms of the decision and appropriate next steps” but would continue to run the assets in the meantime.Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, said: “Now that the arbitration panel has ruled in our favour, we will carefully consider our next steps, working constructively with LBG to bring the matter to resolution.”Scottish Widows had already appointed BlackRock to run a £30bn slice of the mandate in October, to be allocated across a range of index funds.Schroders was granted the remaining £80bn as part of a strategic partnership with Scottish Widows to set up a wealth management and financial planning business.last_img read more

  • Sports and May

    first_imgIt is probably safe to say that winter is finally behind us.  When May rolls around, you have a lot of sports activities to follow.  It starts with the Kentucky Derby which is on the 7th this year and ends with two huge auto racing events.  Those are the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 both run on the 23rd this year.   High school sports start their playoff runs in May, and most of them will conclude around the first of June.  There is something for everybody.In pro sports, the NFL draft was just concluded last week so ESPN will be talking about that all month.  The NBA playoffs will continue through the month of May.  For those of you who are not big into sports, we have Mother’s Day on the 8th and Memorial Day (the official start of the summer season) at the end of the month.  Enjoy this month when the weather is nice and not yet too hot to enjoy being outside.last_img read more

  • Serie A star rejects Manchester City switch again

    first_imgAccording to Goal.com reporter Romeo Agresti, the Premier League champions are going to make another attempt to sign Bonucci over the summer.Pep Guardiola said repeatedly over the years that Bonucci is his ideal centre-back, because he is able to start moves with long, raking passes.However, Bonucci turns 33 next week and only signed a new contract in November, holding him to the Turin giants until June 2024.Above all, he learned from the dismal one-season spell at Milan in 2017-18 that leaving the Juventus jersey behind can have more risks than rewards.Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19The Italy international has been in Turin since 2010 and is expected to take over the captain’s armband once Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon retire.Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per monthFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City are trying again to bring Leonardo Bonucci to England, it’s reported, but he is committed to Juventus now more than ever.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchAlbino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate Beauty6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

  • Ince in line for Swans talks

    first_imgTom Ince is set to hold talks with Swansea over an initial loan move from Blackpool, Press Association Sport understands. Any deal would see a fee paid to take Ince on loan until the end of the season, when a permanent switch could be completed once his Blackpool contract comes to an end. Ince, whose father Paul was sacked as Blackpool manager last week, had been reportedly set to join Monaco earlier in the January transfer window, but a move to the Ligue 1 club did not materialise. The Seasiders had confirmed Ince would hold talks over a move to the top-flight in a club statement which read: “Blackpool Football Club can confirm that, following discussions with Thomas Ince and his representative, permission has been given for Thomas to discuss a loan move to a Premier League club. “Thomas has expressed his ambition to play in the Premier League for the remainder of the season, a decision that the club fully understands and supports.” Swansea’s Welsh rivals Cardiff agreed an £8million fee for Ince last summer, but the player eventually turned down a move to Cardiff City Stadium. The winger is expected to arrive in south Wales on Monday afternoon after the Seasiders gave the England Under-21 international permission to discuss a switch to the Liberty Stadium. Other clubs are also keen to sign Ince, with Crystal Palace believed to be among them, who is out of contract in the summer. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Bruce facing a month on sidelines

    first_imgHull defender Alex Bruce will be out for up to a month after injuring his hamstring. After a spell out of the side, Bruce returned for the Tigers in their 0-0 draw at Liverpool last month and was expected to keep his place for Saturday’s home clash against Southampton. But he went down at the end of the final pre-match training session and missed the match. The 30-year-old will also be unavailable for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania on November 14, though it is understood he was not in the provisional squad. “Alex got injured in training on Friday, one of the last kicks of the session,” manager Steve Bruce told Hull’s official website. “It’s a hamstring but we don’t think it’s too serious. It’s probably going to be two, three or four weeks.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Steve McClaren opens up on Siem de Jong’s training ground accident

    first_img Head coach Steve McClaren, who was attending the memorial service for former Magpies goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek at the time, said: “It was just in training and he accidentally got poked in the eye. “He went down screaming, so they said ‘Let’s have a look at your eye’ and there was blood pouring from it. He wears contact lenses, and one of the contacts had come out and gone into his eye.” Asked if there was a fear de Jong could have been blinded, McClaren replied: “Yes, yes, a massive danger, a big danger. He was rushed to hospital. “I was just back from the memorial and I got a call saying there’d been an accident in training, so I was thinking, ‘Which one?’, and it was Siem. “But by the time I got back, he was here (at the training ground) and the doc said, ‘It’s not too bad – but it looks bad’. “I’ve seen him this morning and it looks a lot better. Fortunately, the doctor says [it needs] probably a week or two to settle down, so he’s very lucky.” The accident is the latest misfortune to hit de Jong, who has made just 22 appearances, only seven of them starts, for the club he joined from Ajax during the summer of 2014. His fitness problems to date include a collapsed lung – the second of his career – which sidelined him for two months last season. Press Association The 26-year-old Holland international was rushed to hospital with blood pouring from the eye after a training ground accident on Wednesday, and there were genuine fears that he had suffered permanent damage. However, while he faces up to two weeks on the sidelines, a relieved De Jong has been told he should make a full recovery. center_img Luckless Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong feared he could lose the sight in one eye after a freak training ground accident. last_img read more

  • The Latest: Virus-stricken Avalanche players feeling better

    first_imgThe event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.The Canadian Open is the third oldest event on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.___The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs.The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season. World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”___The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press This will be the first year without the figure skating worlds since 1946, the last of a seven-year layoff because of World War II. Since the event’s founding in 1896, the only other cancellations occurred from 1915-21 because of World War I and its aftermath.The World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York have been formally canceled as well. That event was originally set for April 3-5.The ISU plans another online meeting April 28 to discuss scheduling possibilities for the 2020-21 skating season. ___More than 50 Major League Baseball players representing all 30 teams have raised nearly $1 million to provide over 4 million meals to support childhood hunger prevention during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dolphins said Thursday the program provides wrapped meals for health care and nonprofit organizations and first responders. It is also aimed at keeping food service workers employed.___Mike Conley Jr. expected to spend this week starting a quest for a championship with the Utah Jazz.He’s playing for the NBA HORSE title instead.Conley is one of four semifinalists in the tournament. The conclusion will be streamed Thursday night on the ESPN platforms. The other semifinalists are retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky. ___Rutgers football players have had family members get sick with the coronavirus and some have dealt with a death, coach Greg Schiano says. Speaking to the media for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Big Ten Conference university and its athletic programs last month, Schiano said Thursday his biggest concern is the health of his players and their families. Schiano said none of his football players is known to have had the virus. Once he hears about a virus-related illness in a player’s family, Schiano telephones the player to ask how the school can help. ___ The HORSE tournament was born to give basketball-starved fans some content and Conley says it scratched his itch to be competitive again as well.Conley says “HORSE is something that we’ve all played growing up and it’s something I actually play after most of my workouts in the summertime.”Conley adds “I like to still have fun and throw shots off the backboard, the walls, bounce stuff in. It’s just good to get the creative juices flowing again and I know all the competitors are feeling that way.”___The Canadian Open golf tournament has been canceled because of the to the coronavirus pandemic. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. NCAA rules require a sports-safety certified staff member be present when athletes do required physical activities such as conditioning, strength training or practicing. Normally, coaches are allowed two hours per week to work with players and an additional six hours per week of strength and conditioning in the offseason.The NCAA also said teams are prohibited from requiring any activities beginning one week before the start of their school’s final examination period for the spring semester through the conclusion of exams.___Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown says he’s “scared” the NFL will not have a 2020 season because of the threat of coronavirus. The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP.The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing. The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June and calls the prospect of holding the Grand Slam tournament without spectators because of the coranivirus pandemic “highly unlikely.”Mike Dowse, whose term began on Jan. 1, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.It would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar because the French Open’s start was postponed from May until September and Wimbledon was canceled altogether.The men’s and women’s tennis tours are on hold entirely until at least mid-July, and one tournament in August already has been scrapped.As for holding the U.S. Open with no fans, Dowse said the USTA is “not taking anything off the table, but right now, I’d say that’s a highly unlikely scenario.” He did add that the USTA “may reconsider.”___The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ISU made the decision after an online meeting of its governing council.The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships were initially set for March 13-15 in Seoul, South Korea, while the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to be held in Montreal from March 16-22. Both events had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown caused by the pandemic. Now, it’s official — they won’t be held at all. The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.___ Ascoli is in 15th place in the 20-team division.No soccer games have been played in Italy since March 9. That was when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The lockdown is set to expire after May 3.___Former NFL coach Don Shula and three of his former Miami Dolphins players are providing free meals to those seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from team owner Stephen Ross.Shula, John Offerdahl, Kim Bokamper and Bob Brudzinski — all involved in the restaurant business — have teamed to help deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner to those most at risk. Italian second-division soccer club Ascoli has fired its coaching staff because of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Ascoli says it made the decision only after coach Roberto Stellone and his staff refused to terminate their contracts consensually with a settlement agreement.The Serie B team says the move is part of measures being taken to “safeguard” the squad’s future “amid the temporary situation we are experiencing.”Stellone was hired in February to replace Paolo Zanetti. The former coach and his staff are still under contract with the club.Youth team coach Guillermo Abascal has been promoted to direct the first squad. The Home Plate Project is a partnership between Major League Baseball, country music superstar Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact, a program led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson.The Home Plate Project initiative was originally scheduled to launch its second year in the fall. But Brooks, Wainwright and Gibson saw the urgency now to provide meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at schools that are closed because of the pandemic.On short notice, the charity groups were able to raise $937,100.Wainwright founded Big League Impact in 2013. He says the big leaguers felt the need to jump in right away to help feed kids in their cities.___ Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Colorado coach Jared Bednar says the three Avalanche players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better. The Latest: Virus-stricken Avalanche players feeling better While the start of horse racing season at Belmont Park is being postponed from the original April 24 date, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes in this year.NYRA on Thursday announced the spring/summer meet will be delayed but did not set a new opening day. It continues to assess options for the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 6, including shifting the third jewel of the Triple Crown to a later date.The Kentucky Derby has already been rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled infield activities for the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore but not announced whether it would be held May 16 or a later date.Racing at Belmont Park is scheduled to go on through July 12 before New York racing shifts to Saratoga in upstate New York.___ In a teleconference call Thursday, Bednar said the players adhered to the guidelines and self-isolated.“As far as I know, they’re all doing good and back with their families,” Bednar said. “Those guys are lucky and were lucky there wasn’t anything too serious with their symptoms. They were able to come through it without any major complications.”J___The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday through May 31.The Division I Council Coordination Committee made the adjustment this week to allow coaches more time to connect with their teams while social-distancing measures are in place to fight the coronavirus. The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.___ April 16, 2020 Brown continues to train in Oklahoma but is unsure if Baltimore will get a chance to defend its AFC North title.“I’m a little scared. It’s a serious situation,” he said. “You can only control what you can control, and for me personally that’s making sure I come back in the best shape and making sure my weight is where it needs to be.”The final decision by the NFL is out of his hands.“I am a little worried that we won’t have a season, but that’s up to the governors, the President, (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell and all those other people.”–David Ginsburg reporting in Baltimore French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

  • States Battle for YSFON Chief of Naval Staff Cup

    first_imgBy Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe 15th edition of Youth Sports Federation (YSFON) Chief of Naval Staff football tournament kicked off yesterday at the Old parade Groud Abuja. The event will feature many states in the federation vying for honours in the boys U-14 and girls U-17 categories.Sixteen states; Kogi, FCT,  Kwara, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Delta, Edo, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nigeria Navy  Secondary School,  Calabar, Bauchi and Ekiti will compete in the boys tournament, while four states, including Delta, Benue, FCT and Lagos will feature in the female event. The final will be played on April 23.YSFON President, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, expressed gratitude to the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok- Ete Ekwe Ibas for facilitating the return of the grassroots football tournament since the last edition was held in 2012.Gawuna said no price money will be attached to the tournament as YSFON is using very minimum recourses to organise the tournament. He appealed to people with means to aid of the association.He also revealed that teams would be screened to ensure that only players within the age limit will compete, while YSFON also boasts of the record of all the teams including the players’ pictures, declaration of age and record from their local government of origin which are documented.According to him, the state from where the winning team emerges will be written by YSFON, which will in addition, encourage them to take the youths to many international competitions for further exposure.He clamoured for corporate bodies to aid YSFON in financing its activities so that the federation, a Non Government Organisation (NGO) can develop programmes that can help in returning Nigeria to the  glorious past when virtually all the country’s national youth players were products of the federation.“It is imperative to pursue grassroots oriented programme if we aim to sustain Nigeria’s domination of youth football, which is the underlying philosophy behind the creation of YSFON. We are already in partnership with West Ham United for talent exposure, while we also held a coaching seminar in Abuja for talent hunt. We want to explore avenues for our teeming youths, Gawuna said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Still young, Rigsby continues to thrive in goal

    first_imgSophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby has been a steady presence in goal since suiting up for the first time last year. With her in goal, Wisconsin is eyeing another national title.[/media-credit]From undergoing surgery to winning a national championship in less than one year, Alex Rigsby is proving herself virtually unbeatable yet again this season.In the first eight games of the season, Rigsby, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s sophomore goaltender, has led the Badgers (7-1-0) to seven wins, playing three tough opponents (North Dakota, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth) consecutively. While this playoff-like schedule holds the potential to cause panic so early in the season, Rigsby met the challenge.After a career-high 80 saves this past weekend against the Bulldogs – 46 coming in Saturday’s win alone – Rigsby was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second week in a row. She earned her first award after posting 52 saves against the Minnesota Gophers the previous weekend.“She has gotten herself off to a good start; she seems to be comfortable and confident,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “In the last six games, she has been good in all six of them, and when you look at the quality of the opponents, she is one of the big reasons we have been able to win five of those six games.”Rigsby’s confidence is apparent in the consistency of her performance thus far. Against North Dakota, she saved 68 shots, which helped the Badgers hold onto two close wins. The series against Minnesota was no different, as the Delafield native posted a .912 save percentage.Rigsby’s consistent play has assisted her teammates and provided a backbone for the Badgers. She has given the defensive lines an extra boost of confidence knowing they have such a strong goalie behind them.“Mistakes do happen – it is part of the game – but when your goaltender can bail you out, it gives you a sense of relief,” junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough said. “We have the utmost confidence in our goaltender.”What lies behind this confidence and consistency is a set of personal triumphs. Most notable is Rigby’s successful performance in the WCHA playoffs last season that led the Badgers to a national championship. As only a freshman, Rigsby was able to effectively handle the high-pressure situations.Rigsby said she believes this experience has made her a better player today, though she does not boast about her prior success as the reason for her play this season.“This year is a completely different season, and you kind of have to just forget about last year,” Rigsby said. “Obviously, I gained huge experiences [last year], but you have to take it one game at a time.”Preparing for the current season was much more enjoyable for Rigsby than it was her freshman year. After having major hip surgery prior to summer training camp last year, her focus was then centered on rehabilitating herself.Traveling away from the team for rehab purposes throughout the summer, Rigsby had to re-learn everything, including how to skate and the basic fundamentals of being a goalie. This set her at a disadvantage from the start, as she was unable to consistently train with the team and did not make a full recovery until December of last year.Not having to deal with such a strenuous recovery has allowed Rigsby to focus more on her conditioning and further her improvement, which is proving to be triumphant.“It was definitely a huge thing for me to learn that you can overcome something like that situation,” Rigsby said.Her resiliency to bounce back from such a setback and turn it around into a national championship has been noted and admired by her peers. As a coach, Johnson sees this determination as an admirable attribute in a player – especially as goalie, which he argues takes a very unique athlete to be successful at.“What she went through last year, you can’t buy that experience,” Johnson said. “So she did it at a real high level and certainly has continued to get better, and that is what you look for in an athlete. Having those experiences has helped give her the start that she has had up to this point.”Rigsby’s impressive opening to the season is just the beginning of what she hopes for in the coming months. With another national championship in mind, she plans to continue to work hard every practice to translate this goal into a reality. But beyond being a Badger, Rigsby aspires one day to play in the Olympic games and represent Team USA.For now, though, she remains focused on improving and setting an example for the rest of the team determined to bring the trophy back to Madison once again.“I don’t think you can put [her success] into words,” McKeough said. “Last year, being a freshman and leading us to a national championship game, obviously that is saying something very special about her and her talents … and this year, she proved it to us even more.”last_img read more