Noam is sent to Helsinki to meet the Arctic Avengers. The arctic avengers are a terrorist group know in many games such as half-life. They created a perfect kind of camouflage in snow which can be helpful. Okuns mission is to try to force the terrorists to tell the secret and discover if it can be used for desert camouflages.
Mission 1.1- Helsinki Challenger Round 32- Against Tobias Kamke (GER)
To keep the perfect undercover, Okun will be playing Helsinki challenger and faces Kamke in the first round. Good luck Okun.
11-24-2009, 04:09 AM
good luck Noam.
it is scheduled a meeting at Tikkakoski base with finnish militaries to check/investigate F-18 Hornets. Kuwait Air Force new adquisition :rolleyes:
i scare of Arabian secret services seeking this thread
11-24-2009, 04:17 AM
Dudi Sela, one of the other agents
band of brothers?
11-24-2009, 04:20 AM
Safin scared of saying hi to Okun in the net because he knows about him.
11-24-2009, 10:29 AM
11-24-2009, 12:48 PM
Okun lost 4-6 0-6 felip xaxaxa.
11-24-2009, 12:53 PM
losing 10 games in a row to Kamke? :lol:
11-24-2009, 02:06 PM
losing 10 games in a row to Kamke? :lol:
Okun "retired", he can focus in his real mission now :clap2:
Okun is going to Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia). The arctic avengers told him that the camouflage clothes come from a secret factory located in Siberia.
Okun will take the transiberian train wednesday to go to Ekaterimburg.
Okun is 2nd seed in Khany Challenger.
1 Kudryavtsev, Alexandre RUS 225
2 Okun, Noam ISR 259
3 Rudnev, Valery RUS 293
4 Kirillov, Evgeny RUS 301
5 Luncanu, Petru-Alexandru ROU 316
6 Niland, Conor IRL 354
7 Przysiezny, Michal POL 357
8 Kravchuk, Konstantin RUS 361
Noam was in the Chess World Cup looking exciting chess matches today :worship:
the israelian former chess player Boris Gelfand is supporting him in the operation ;)
12-01-2009, 04:45 AM
Noam vs Fufygin 1st round
ALIEN ARCHITECTURE? NEW AMBIENT, PROTECTION FROM COLD?
Okun will make contact with new tehnology, perhaps.
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12-01-2009, 07:30 AM
So this is the thread where the communist deleted felip's posts.
12-28-2010, 04:49 PM
Not sure how I ended up in this thread but there is an excellent interview with Noam on Haaretz atm. He just retired:
The recently retired Noam Okun looks back at a career that failed to reach the dizzying heights he had in mind.
By Maayan Efrat
Noam Okun woke up Sunday morning with a startling realization: This week will not be devoted to anything tennis-related. This past weekend, Okun retired. On Sunday evening he returned home from a day of work at a Tel Aviv corporate office specializing in capital markets.
"Even today I feel there is something inside of me that hasn't been fully exhausted," he said. "I feel as if I could've climbed to a higher ranking, perhaps not in the top ten but certainly much higher than the rank I finished with . This is something that will haunt me, because I'm an athlete at heart. But this is something I need to come to grips with."
Okun says the work ethic of young Israelis needs to improve for tennis to have a real future here.
Photo by: Nir Keidar
Okun's announcement that he is retiring from tennis came after two excruciatingly difficult years on the ATP Tour. Bothered by nagging back injuries, Okun also had to combat a serious drop in motivation common for tennis players of his rank who are forced to take part in drab, peripheral tournaments.
"That's what broke me in the end," Okun said. "Those flights, the tournaments that aren't really worth competing in from a psychological as well as a financial standpoint. Suddenly, I didn't feel as eager to play tennis. One day before boarding a flight, I found myself totally depressed. I was saying to myself, 'I'm going away for two weeks just to play in some far-off dump?' The positive energies are no longer there like they used to be. That means it's time to look for something else to do."
Okun could never string together enough victories to earn a higher ranking and the glitz and glamour that comes with it. "After getting a taste of the big time and then failing to stay there, you have to play in the small tournaments in order to accumulate rankings points and improve and gain confidence in the hope that you can progress down the line. You hope to get back to the big tournaments, but it's difficult. There was a time when I promised myself I would never go back to those tournaments. They simply drain too much energy."
Then how did you go on playing, particularly in recent years?
"I had a good career. I expected to go farther than I did, but I gave it my all. I also know that I didn't reach my goal due to injuries and because I didn't have the best available means to succeed. I had some means, but I could've made a huge leap forward if given the proper tools. It's very difficult in Israel when there are no sponsors and financial backers. I always had to pay my own way, and that's the problem with tennis. The expenses are huge, and I didn't have anybody to help me. It's strictly business. I reached a point where I was spending whatever I was earning. That's when you start to reevaluate things."
Is there anything you would have done differently?
"In recent years, I played in tournaments that were just not big enough. There simply wasn't enough interest in these competitions, and when I did succeed, I was pretty much alone. The absurd part of it is that only now do I feel the support more so than I did 10 years ago. More people recognize me now and they showed some of my recent matches on television even though I used to be in the newspapers much more in the past. Strange things have been happening to me. Recently I met a number of people who are close to tennis and who have expressed interest in helping me. But now I don't need their help. I needed it 10 years ago. It's frustrating, because these people could have changed my career."
To what extent is money really significant in tennis?
"In the beginning, it could be especially significant. If you don't have a sponsor or money from home and you don't score a lot of victories early on, you can't compete in tennis. Unfortunately, it's a sport that you can only play abroad. There aren't enough tournaments in Israel, and you can't improve as a player just by playing in Israel alone. For tennis players in other countries, once they reach the ages of 18-20 and they still do not earn money or win matches, they can still accumulate points and experience, perhaps even make a little money playing in their home country. In Israel, we don't have this luxury. And if you don't start competing in foreign tournaments by a certain age, then you can forget about it."
Is this what prevents Israel from producing quality players?
"It's not just that. I haven't seen many Israeli athletes who were good at their craft and did not succeed. But there's a certain situation in which you have to first show some potential and only then begin to compete in tournaments abroad. Dudi Sela is a perfect example. He has unbelievable potential, but he doesn't come from a wealthy family. He began his playing career at the tennis center in Kiryat Shmona. It was only after a sponsor was found that he was able to fly abroad and play in tournaments. But someone like that could easily be left behind if he doesn't have the means to get better. And that's not good. It's not good for sports, for the country, or for the athlete."
Youth is not served
So what is the main problem in churning out good players?
"It's a combination of many things. Myself, Harel [Levy], Andy [Ram], and Yoni [Erlich] - all of us grew up in a different time. This was before personal computers and cellphones. We were also crazy about sports and we knew how to accept authority, which is something that the kids of today don't particularly like. We had potential. We also had an unbelievable coach - Ronen Morali, who turned us into warrior-athletes. You cannot succeed without hard work. Nowadays, coaches take it easy on the young kids, who in turn give up on themselves. There just isn't enough competitiveness. Every so often, I would pay a visit to the tennis center at Ramat Hasharon and see things that I wouldn't accept from kids if I were their coach."
What piece of advice would you give to a young player?
"I would tell that player to focus on him or herself, and not what other people say. It wouldn't hurt to do some self-promotion, which is something I wasn't good at. I wasn't one to toot my own horn and tell people how much potential I had, even though that's exactly what I felt. I would tell the player to aim high and to work hard and hope for the best. You always need a little bit of luck as well. If you don't reach the top 50 relatively quickly and everybody wants to be your friend and your sponsor, and you're in the 150-200 range in the rankings, and you're making money but you're not some shooting star, then you need to be a bit of a businessman. You need to organize your trips, the flight, the hotel, everything on your own.
"In tennis, the player is an entity unto himself. At the end of the year, you compare income earned to expenses. In order to maximize profits, just like in the capital markets, you need to work, to schmooze, and to minimize expenses. I wasn't a businessman during my playing career, but I loved playing. I made sure to practice hard and to give it my all the only way I know how. But sometimes you need that extra little self-promotion and media exposure, and that's something I didn't always like. I thought that I didn't need to force myself into the media spotlight or on anybody else. Maybe this was the right way to go about it, or maybe it wasn't."
12-28-2010, 04:54 PM
12-28-2010, 06:33 PM
The real reasons of why Okun has retired will be announced soon: :sad: