The film takes on depth with "Medicine Ball," wherein, with the arrival of a sports trainer (capably played by Curtis McGee), Elements develops into a meditation on camaraderie—with a frisson of sexual tension. "It may be a corny name," Kournikova coos in a voiceover, "but the Superman Toss is pretty cool."
"Medicine Ball" sets up a dramatic climax called "Cones and Boxes." Or, rather, an anticlimax, for here the starlet's line readings prove so awkward that one begins to wonder if she's been miscast. It may indeed be the case that the double leap "develops explosive lateral power," but you wouldn't know it from Kournikova's flat delivery: She's just lobbing it in. After that disappointment, the graceful "Cool Down" does indeed, to quote Kournikova, "feel so good."
Trade in your Razors. The scooter-last year's craze—has been supplanted by the latest must-have sports accessory: Heelys, thick-soled sneakers with a wheel embedded in each heel. Since the $89.95 sneakers-cum-skates hit shelves last December, they've been on a major roll. Several chains that carry Heelys have sold out their stock this summer, and by the end of the year Heeling Sports, maker of the hybrid shoes, hopes to have shipped a million pairs.
Heelys have caught on particularly with teens. In addition to being able to do jumps and tricks with them (heelers can reach speeds of more than 30 mph), wearers can casually heel in places like schools and malls (for now, at least) where skates are often banned. "I see this becoming a sport and a lifestyle," says Heelys inventor Roger Adams, a Tacoma, Wash., psychologist who was once listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the youngest person to roller-skate (nine months). "However, there's always the risk of it being just a fad."
Having seen Razor suffer from a flood of imitations, Adams, who holds a patent on the shoe, is keeping an eye out for faux-Heelys. "Will we have knockoffs? Probably," says Adams. "Will there be lawsuits? Probably."
Honor Among Foes
Vince Lombardi notwithstanding, winning isn't everything, even for pro athletes. Most sports have unwritten rules of conduct that are often observed even when they blunt a competitive advantage. During a late stage of this year's Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was tailing chief competitor Jan Ullrich when the German missed a turn, ran off the road and tumbled from his bike. Rather than press on, Armstrong followed cycling etiquette and waited for Ullrich to catch up. Here are other rules of good behavior.
If a player is injured, a teammate usually stops play by kicking the ball out of bounds. Custom dictates that on the ensuing throw-in, the opposing team give the ball back. In a 1999 F.A. Cup match between Arsenal and Sheffield United, with the score tied l-l, Sheffield midfielder Lee Morris was hurt, and his keeper kicked the ball out of bounds. Arsenal's Nigerian striker, Nwankwo Kanu, who would claim he didn't know Morris was injured, intercepted the throw-in, leading to an easy goal—and a tainted win. Embarrassed by the breach of form, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger offered Sheffield a rematch, which Arsenal won 2-1.
Drivers out of contention should allow those still in the hunt to pass. With II laps remaining in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 in June, race leader Robby Gordon was a few lengths ahead of Tony Stewart. Between them was rookie Kevin Harvick, who was a lap down. Instead of permitting Stewart to get by, Harvick made a move of his own and tried to pass Gordon. Harvick and Gordon bumped, creating just enough space for Stewart to slip by and get the win. Said Gordon: "Even if [Harvick] had his lap back, did he honestly think he would catch us to race us for the win?"