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2015 Arnold Classic Europe Competitors


The 2015 Arnold Classic Europe will take place on September 25-27, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The men’s bodybuilding invites have been announced and it will be a competitive field. Many of these competitors will be top contenders in the 2015 Olympia.

2015 Arnold Classic Europe Competitors
William Bonac
Brandon Curry
Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
Alex Fedorov
Dexter Jackson
Aziz Jelali
Steve Kuclo
Alex Lesukov
Juan Diesel
Shawn Rhoden
Fred Smalls
Roelly Winklaar
Dennis Wolf

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/arnoldsports



Ronda Rousey is ‘femininely badass as f*ck’


Ronda Rousey Rio

UFC Champion Ronda Rousey puts her Bantamweight title on the line this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil against Bethe Correia. If you’ve followed Ronda for any amount of time you know the hardbody champion is never short on giving people something to talk about. She unapologetically speaks her mind and consistently provides writes with headlines on a silver platter.

In the second episode of UFC 190 EMBEDDED we’re treated to a perfect example of this. It’s 10:45pm and Ronda is all business. She’s doing cardio on an elliptical machine. Her headphones are on, hands are wrapped and she’s working up a sweat. She’s not talking or texting…she’s focused.

After cardio and a training session, Ronda discusses her body and the type of woman she isn’t. She’s not a ‘do-nothing bitch’ and she find her body to be ‘femininely badass as f*ck’. What? Watch around the 6:10 minute mark for some of the best of Ronda yet…

“Being put in the position of being like a role model, I don’t think I’m infallible enough for that. I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be. And I call it a ‘do nothing bitch.’ Or I call it a DNB a lot of the time. The kind of chick that just like just tries to be pretty and get taken care of by somebody else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious like or if people like say my body looks masculine or something like that. I’m just like, ‘listen, I’m like, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fucking millionaires, doesn’t mean it’s masculine.’ I think it’s femininely badass as fuck because there’s not a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because I’m not a do-nothing bitch. It’s not very eloquently said but it’s to the point and maybe that’s just what I am. You know, I’m not that eloquent but I’m to the point.”

Be like Rhonda. Don’t be a #DNB. Be femininely badass.

Ronda Rousey Quote - femininely badass as fuck



Ronda Rousey & JJ Watt Star in New Reebok Commercial


rousey jj watt reebok

A new Reebok commercial with NFL standout J.J. Watt and UFC Champion Ronda Rousey launched today. “Before Ronda Rousey and J.J. Watt begin punishing their workouts, they get locked in with the ZPump Fusion from Reebok.” Check it out.


Ronda Rousey & JJ Watt Star in New Reebok Commercia



Jen Welter – NFL’s First Female Coach


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason.

The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men’s professional sports league.

“I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,” Welter said on Twitter on Monday night.

Welter coached linebackers and special teams for the Revolution last season, becoming the first woman to coach in a men’s pro football league. Her general manager with the Revolution was 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown.

Welter played linebacker for more than 14 seasons in the Women’s Football Alliance, mostly with the Dallas Diamonds, where she helped the team win four championships. Welter holds a master’s degree in sports psychology. A rugby player at Boston College, she also earned two gold medals on Team USA at the International Federation of Football Women’s World Championships in 2009 and 2013.

A news conference was scheduled for Tuesday to introduce Welter and Levon Kirkland, a former Pro Bowl linebacker who is the inaugural participant in the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship established to give recently retired NFL players a chance to coach in the league. He will work with outside linebackers for the next two seasons.

Four months ago at the NFL meetings, Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked about the possibility of a woman coaching in the NFL.

“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said.

Speaking to azcardinals.com on Monday, Arians said: “Coaching is nothing more than teaching. One thing I have learned from players is ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, I’ll listen.'”

“I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her,” Arians said.

It’s the second such barrier to be broken in the NFL this year. The league announced in April that Sarah Thomas would be the first woman to be a full-time NFL official.

In the NBA, Becky Hammon is an assistant coach with San Antonio and served as the head coach for the Spurs’ team that won the Las Vegas Summer League championship.

Via AP



Ronda Rousey Appears in New Budweiser Brazil Commercial


Ronda Rousey Budweiser
UFC champion, Ronda Rousey appears in a new Budweiser Brazil commercial in front of her title defense against Brazilian Bethe Correria on August 1st. The commercial doesn’t really have anything to do with Budweiser and could be an ad for pretty much anything minus the occasional Budweiser sign. It’s still a well done commercial, as you might expect from Budweiser.

Ronda is shown training solo throughout the 60 second spot with a voice over…

You have to have fear in order to have courage.

You’re not just training to be the best in the world… You’re training to be the best in the world on your worst day.

Nobody is easy until after you defeat them.

I work hard to make the fight easy.

I always perform above myself when the pressure is the highest.

I’m scared of failure all the time… but I’m not scared enough to stop trying.

Never forget where you came from.



Meet Janae Marie Kroc… Formerly Matt Kroc


Matt Kroc to Janae Marie Kroc
While the mainstream media has been fixated on Caitlyn Jenner, the powerlifting/bodybuilding world has its own Transgender story. Over the past year, powerlifting champion and amateur bodybuilder Matt Kroc has been transitioning himself into the woman he’s always wanted to be… Janae Marie Kroc.

Looking back on the Matt Kroc’s Instagram page you can see some of the changes taking place of the past year. While continuing to update the Matt Kroc account, Janae Marie was quietly documenting the journey to a new identity. The profile reads, “Janae Marie Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body Single at the moment.” The first post was after surgery…


First no makeup pic 5 days post op FFS. :-)

A photo posted by Janae Marie (@janaemariekroc) on

From GymFlow100.com

“Transitioning is a very difficult process and even tougher at an older age (I’m 42). Your body doesn’t respond to hormones very well as compared to being in your teens or twenties and I have built a very good life for myself that I am hesitant to give up. And living as a transgender woman that is honest about her situation is very difficult and can be very dangerous. I am a very realistic person and I don’t think the transitioning will magically solve all of my issues without creating new challenges. Whatever path I choose there will be sacrifices to be made.”

In a story with GymFlow100.com Janae shares her full story.

#transgender #genderfluid #mtf #m2f #nonbinary #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #girlslikeus #macgal #macgirl #brunette

A photo posted by Janae Marie (@janaemariekroc) on

The last post was three weeks ago but the comments continue to pour in. The comments are overwhelming positive and visitors are treated to a response from both Matt and Janae Marie in some of the posts. Janae Marie tells a confused commenter, “sexuality and gender identity are two different things. One isn’t necessarily linked to the other. Sexuality is who you like, gender identity is who you are. :-)”

When asked by one visitor if Matt Kroc would be coming back to powerlifting Matt writes back, “I’ve been having a lot of shoulder issues for the last 4-5 months which have prohibited me from training regular flat bench. So that has postponed any return for now. I’m training around it the best I can and trying to get it healed up. I will come back 100% or not at all. It’s not in me to do things half way.”

Janae Marie’s story has been picked up by a number of news organizations. Hngn.com writes, “Elite Bodybuilder Matt ‘Kroc’ Kroczaleski Transitions To Janae Marie Kroc” and outsports.com shares, “World record powerlifter transitions to Janae Marie Kroc.”

See more of Janae Marie’s journey on her Instagram account.



Boston Bails on 2024 Olympic Summer Games Bid


boston bails on olympics

The United Stats Olympic Committee (USOC) and Boston 2024 Partnership announced that they have “jointly ended the campaign for Boston to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” Boston was selected in January as a potential host for the Olympic Games. They put together an impressive website, social media and marketing campaign but ultimately the pulled the plug.

In a statement released today, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun shared, “we have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto.”

The USOC isn’t ruling out another American City bidding on the game and have begun exploring other potential cities.

Steve Pagliuca, Boston 2024 Partnership chairman added, “Boston 2024 Partnership will offer our support and the extensive knowledge we have gained in developing our Bid 2.0 to any American city that may choose to participate in the 2024 bidding process going forward.”

Read the full statement here.



Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir Wins the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games


2015 CrossFit Games Winner
The third time was a charm for Iceland’s Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir. Katrin proved that persistence pays off. In 2012 she finished in 30th, in 2013 she moved up to 24th but in 2014 she failed to qualify for the Games. Today, she finished forty point ahead of her nearest competitor and was crowned “The Fittest Woman on Earth.” Along with that prestigious title she also collected $275,000 with the win. The same amount her male counter part, Ben Smith collected for his victory.

Rounding out the Women’s top five were Tia-Clair Toomey in second, Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir in third, Sam Briggs was fourth and Kara Webb finished in fifth.

2015 Reebok CrossFit Games Women’s Results
1 (790) Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
2 (750) Tia-Clair Toomey
3 (743) Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir
4 (735) Samantha Briggs
5 (703) Kara Webb
6 (661) Chyna Cho
7 (636) Lindsey Valenzuela
8 (623) Emily Abbott
9 (620) Margaux Alvarez
10 (616) Amanda Goodman
11 (606) Stacie Tovar
12 (590) Sammy Wood
13 (586) Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
14 (582) Brooke Ence
15 (575) Nicole Holcomb
16 (572) Brooke Wells
17 (566) Kristin Holte
18 (562) Michele Letendre
19 (560) Whitney Gelin
20 (556) Alethea Boon

2015 CrossFit Games Prize Money for the Top 20 at the Games
1st – $275,000
2nd – $90,000
3rd – $60,000
4th – $30,000
5th – $20,000
6th – $18,000
7th – $16,000
8th – $14,000
9th – $13,000
10th – $12,000
11th – $11,000
12th – $10,000
13th – $9,000
14th – $8,000
15th – $7,000
16th – $6,000
17th – $5,000
18th – $4,000
19th – $3,000
20th – $2,000

Visit games.crossfit.com for more information.
Photo via CrossFitGames.



FDA Proposes Additional Revisions to the Nutrition Facts Label


July 24, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing additional revisions to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The supplemental proposal would, among other things, require declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars. The proposed rule is a supplement to the March 3, 2014 proposed rule on updating the Nutrition Facts label. The percent daily value indicates how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet and would help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.

The percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently summarized scientific data related to added sugars. The FDA considered the scientific evidence that the DGAC used, which showed that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie requirements if one exceeds 10 percent of total calories from added sugar, and has determined that this information supports this daily value for added sugars. The DGAC also recommended that Americans limit their added sugars intake to less than 10 percent of total calories. This and other recommendations from the DGAC, which is an independent advisory committee, will be considered in the development of the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

The FDA’s initial proposal to include the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is now further supported by newly reviewed studies suggesting healthy dietary patterns, including lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

The FDA is also proposing to change the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept. In addition, the FDA is releasing results of its consumer studies on the declaration of added sugars and the footnote.

The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposal for 75 days. The agency continues to review comments received on the 2014 proposed rule and is reopening the comment period on its March 2014 proposal for 60 days to invite public comment on two consumer studies related to label formats. The agency will consider comments on the original and this supplemental proposed rule before issuing a final rule.

The FDA is accepting public comments starting July 27, 2015.

To electronically submit comments to the docket, visit http://www.regulations.gov.

To submit comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number FDA-2012-N-1210 on each page of your written comments.

Division of Dockets Management HFA-305 Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852



New Chucks From Converse


2015 Chuck Allstars

The diehards of Hardbody Nation know that Chucks are great. Many meatheads from the casual to the serious love squatting or doing deadlifts in Chuck Taylor shoes. Will the new Chuck Taylor All Star shoes be a hit with the weightlifting world? We’ll keep you posted. Check out the video preview on our Facebook page.

CONVERSE USHERS IN NEW ERA WITH GROUND-BREAKING CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR II

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Sneaker is built for more with innovative comfort technology and premium materials.

Today, CONVERSE Inc. debuts the all new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II, a contemporary adaptation of the exemplary Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette, for the first time overflowing with innovative Nike Lunarlon technology to support the always-on creative lifestyle. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is ready for more, boasting the most recognizable exterior attributes of the original Chuck Taylor All Star. Details include the unique white foxing, rubber toe-cap and statement All Star patch, while dialing up consumer-led features and benefits to deliver a comfortable and versatile premium sneaker for Chuck Taylor lovers everywhere.

“The Chuck Taylor All Star is one of the most legendary and iconic sneakers of all time,” said Jim Calhoun, Converse President and CEO. “The launch of Chuck II is a ground-breaking moment for Converse as we continue to move the brand forward through creativity and innovation, ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking.”

Since its debut in 1917, the Chuck Taylor All Star has become one of the world’s most celebrated sneakers, with fans, artists and musicians adopting the brand as a badge of creativity and self-expression. In creating the Chuck II, Converse obsessed over creative spirits around the world joining them on tour, in concert halls and art studios, on sidewalks and at all-night parties, and realized they wanted more. The Chuck Taylor All Star II is designed to meet the demands of the creative lifestyle and is built for the next generation of self-expression. Now, this beloved classic receives an innovative refresh, with product enhancements that stay true to the time-honored aesthetic while also providing modern comfort solutions in a premium execution.

“The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is a sneaker that started with one simple notion: obsession,” said Richard Copcutt, Vice President/General Manager of Converse All Star. “We listened and took it to heart that people love their Chucks and want sneakers that are built to enable them to do more. The Chuck II is the full expression of this consumer obsession, staying true to the DNA of the original.”

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II delivers:

  • Innovative features
    • Nike Lunarlon sockliner for superior full foot cushioning and arch support
    • Foam padded collar and non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort
    • A perforated micro suede liner, for breathability during extended periods of wear.
  • Premium details

Constructed from durable premium canvas, the exterior of the Chuck Taylor All Star II elevates the sneaker’s most recognizable features with premium details including:

  • A fully embroidered All Star patch
  • On-trend high foxing
  • Monochrome matte eyelets

The new Fall 2015 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II sneaker makes its debut on Tuesday, July 28, for a suggested retail price of $70 USD (ox) and $75 USD (hi-top) at Converse retail stores, select retailers and online at Converse.com, in the following colors: Black, White, Red and Blue.


ABOUT CONVERSE

Converse Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 92 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, please visit Converse online at media.converse.com.



Emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games


2020 Olympic Emblems

Tokyo 2020 Unveils the Emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Symbolising the Power of the World Coming Together as One

24 Jul. 2015 – Tokyo 2020 Unveils the Emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Symbolising the Power of the World Coming Together as One

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today held an event to unveil the official emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020’s Games Vision was further manifested as the emblems capture its core essence.

When the world comes together for Tokyo 2020, we will experience the joy of uniting as one team. By accepting everyone in the world as equals, we will learn the full meaning of coming together as one.

The Tokyo 2020 emblems were created to symbolise the power of this unity.

The black colour of the central column represents diversity, the combination of all colours. The shape of the circle represents an inclusive world in which everyone accepts each other. The red of the circle represents the power of every beating heart.

These elements combine to create the emblems of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem is inspired by the T in
TOKYO
TOMORROW
TEAM

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic emblem is inspired by = the universal sign of equality.

2020 is almost here.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic - Paralympic

Let’s unite in the spirit of these emblems to stage an Olympic and Paralympic Games for a better world and a brighter future.

Tokyo 2020 President Mori remarked, “The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. The Tokyo 2020 Games emblems are a wonderful work of art that represent the aspirations and the ultimate goal that athletes around the world aim to achieve – taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The emblems are also symbols behind which the whole of Japan can unite as a single integrated body and join the collective endeavours of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, the Japanese business community, as well as the Games volunteers and everyone who is assisting with the preparations for the 2020 Games. Let us all unite our efforts under the new Games emblems and work together as one to ensure the realisation of a truly inspirational Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.”

IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates said, “The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem is a powerful symbol of Tokyo’s Games vision. By embracing the concept of unity in diversity, it shows the unique ability of the Olympic Games to bring together people from all over the world in peace and harmony. Its inclusiveness and its representation of the power of the human heart is testament to the spirit in which the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are being prepared. They will be a global celebration that we can all be a part of and enjoy.” He continued, “Most importantly, this emblem represents Tokyo and its people. It reflects the vibrant nature of the city and the welcoming spirit of its citizens – two elements that the Olympic athletes in 2020 will fully appreciate. I congratulate the Tokyo 2020 team on their work and believe that this emblem will have an important influence on the future of Olympic design.”

Andrew Parsons, Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee said: “I would like to thank and congratulate the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for developing this wonderful emblem. When the Paralympic Games return here for the second time they will do so with a growing reputation for being the world’s number one sporting spectacle for driving societal change. The performances of the para-athletes will not just inspire and excite the world, but act as a catalyst for a more inclusive society, here in Japan, across Asia and the whole world. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will create a brighter tomorrow for millions of people around the world. This emblem, whilst paying testament to Japan’s rich heritage, will represent that brighter future and will become globally synonymous with sporting excellence and the incredible achievements of Paralympians.”

The designer of the emblems is Kenjiro Sano. Born in Tokyo in 1972, Sano is an art designer, who graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University. He is the founder of MR_DESIGN Inc., and is active in the fields of logo mark design, character design, graphic design, package design and advertising art direction. Sano has won numerous awards including the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, the Mainichi Design Prize, the New York ADC Gold Award, the Cannes Lions Gold, the London D&AD Black Pencil, the One Show Design Gold Pencil, the Tokyo Art Directors Club Members’ Award, the Japan Package Association Gold Prize, and the Traffic Advertisement Grand Prize. Sano’s works are also featured in the permanent collection at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.



Lindsey Valenzuela Partners with HumanX by Harbinger


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HumanX by Harbinger Proudly Signs Professional CrossFit Athlete Lindsey Valenzuela as Brand Ambassador
An elite level CrossFitter, Lindsey brings strength, power, and spirit to the HumanX team
FAIRFIELD, CALIF. – HumanX by Harbinger, makers of specialized functional training gear, is proud to announce the addition of CrossFit champ Lindsey Valenzuela to their growing team of sponsored athletes.

Lindsey is an accomplished Olympic lifter and elite level CrossFit competitor, making her a perfect addition to the HumanX team. Her superwoman strength, competitive drive and determination, and easy-going demeanor have made her a favorite among CrossFit fans everywhere.

“Lindsey’s talents and accomplishments are only part of the package,“ says Chanin Cook, HumanX’s Director of Marketing. “She is truly “the peoples’ champion” – extremely down-to-earth, personable and the embodiment of strength and power. These are the qualities we look for in our athlete ambassadors to best represent the HumanX by Harbinger brand.”

A competitive CrossFitter for the last 5 years, Lindsey’s accomplishments include:
• 2nd place – 2014 Kill Cliff East Coast Championships
• 1st place – 2014 OC Throwdown
• Team USA – 2013 CrossFit Invitational
• 2nd place finish at the CrossFit Games in 2013
Most recently she placed 2nd in Reebok CrossFit California Regional, and will compete for the podium at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games next week in Carson, Calif.

“I discovered Olympic weightlifting while playing collegiate volleyball. I used the lifts as my off-season strength program. When I finished college, I became a competitive Olympic weightlifter and through that, discovered the sport of CrossFit,” says Lindsey. “I now use CrossFit to satisfy my competitive spirit, and am very thankful to be an elite athlete partnering with companies like HumanX by Harbinger. The motto I swear by is simple, BELIEVE and that’s what I’m taking to the Games next week!”

About HumanX by Harbinger
HumanX by Harbinger is a line of high performance gear from Harbinger, the fitness company known as the “go to” brand for weightlifting and conditioning gear for over 25 years. HumanX products meet the demand for functional training tools in today’s evolved fitness market, with a focus on high intensity, multi-discipline programming.

The HumanX product line includes Speed Ropes, Kettlebell Arm Guards, Red Line Wrist Wraps, 20# Weight Vest, Gloves, GRIPS, AbX and Foam Core Belts. HumanX gear is found in gyms and sporting goods retailers worldwide. For more information, visit www.humanxgear.com.

Photo Courtesy HumanX.



Under Armour Partners with USA Boxing


Under Armour Announces Official Partnership with USA Boxing through 2020 Olympic Games
Innovation Leader to Outfit All USA Boxing Divisions with Customized Apparel and Footwear
BALTIMORE, MD (July 21, 2015) – Under Armour (NYSE: UA) and USA Boxing announced today that the Baltimore, MD-based leader in athletic performance and innovation has been named the official performance partner of USA Boxing and will provide athletes at all levels of competition – Youth, Junior Olympic and Elite – with head-to-toe apparel and footwear. Under Armour will outfit the entire team with training and competition gear for the next six years, including the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, respectively.

In an effort to help elevate USA Boxing’s performance in training and competition, Under Armour has developed a custom collection of boxing gear featuring Armourvent® technology that has been rigorously tested for high intensity action to maximize effectiveness in the ring. Under Armour has also developed the UA ClutchFit™ Title Hunter boxing boot which utilises UA ClutchFit technology to give each boxer a flexible feel with locked-in support enabling every movement.

“This partnership reflects the multitude of core values that Under Armour shares with USA Boxing, including Passion, Integrity and Will. Both our organizations exist to make all athletes better,” said Peter Murray, Vice President, Global Brand & Sports Marketing at Under Armour. “We are honored to support USA Boxing’s incredible legacy of building champions on the Olympic stage and beyond, as we work together to help strengthen the sport in the U.S. grassroots to elite levels.”

“USA Boxing is proud to partner with Under Armour, who has demonstrated a relentless commitment to supporting young athletes by providing them with the world’s most innovative performance gear. We look forward to many shared successes through the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Mike Martino, Executive Director, USA Boxing.

USA Boxing team members first appeared in Under Armour® uniforms and footwear at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada this past weekend. Additionally, Under Armour’s hometown of Baltimore will host USA Boxing’s second Trials Qualifying event September 7-12.

In addition to USA Boxing, Under Armour supports the Olympic pursuits of over 100 athletes from over 12 countries including USA Gymnastics, US Speedskating, Canada Rugby, Michael Phelps, Lindsey Vonn, Stephen Curry, Andy Murray and Jordan Spieth.

About Under Armour, Inc
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.

About USA Boxing
USA Boxing’s mission is to enable United States’ athletes and coaches to achieve sustained competitive excellence, develop character, support the sport of boxing, and promote and grow Olympic style boxing in the United States. The responsibility of USA Boxing is not only to produce Olympic gold, but also oversee and govern every aspect of Olympic-style boxing in the United States. For more information on USA Boxing, go to www.usaboxing.org.



Women of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games


2015 Women of the CrossFit Games

This week the 2015 Reebok CrossFit® Games kick off in Carson, California and the women’s field is as strong as ever. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is back to defend her title but she has some fierce competition. Camille has competed in the Games five times and finished in the top 10 four times. Two-time champ Annie Thorisdottir will be back after a second place finish to Leblanc last year. The 2013 champ, Sam Briggs will look to return to the podium but has been battling injuries throughout the year. Emily Bridgers showed tremendous potential in the Regionals and you can’t overlook rookie Brooke Ence. The three women who could shake things up on the podium are Margaux Alvarez, Lindsey Valenzuela and Dani Horan.

Women’s Open CrossFit® Games Winners:
2007 – Jolie Gentry
2008 – Caity Matter
2009 – Tanya Wagner
2010 – Kristan Clever
2011 – Annie Thorisdottir
2012 – Annie Thorisdottir
2013 – Samantha Briggs
2014 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

The Women of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games:
Annie Thorisdottir
Samantha Briggs
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
Emily Bridgers
Brooke Ence
Michele Letendre
Kara Webb
Emily Abbott
Brooke Wells
Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir
Margaux Alvarez
Lindsey Valenzuela
Dani Horan
Alethea Boon
Carleen Mathews
Nicole Holcomb
Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
Amanda Goodman
Anna Tunnicliffe
Chyna Cho
Kari Pearce
Tia-Clair Toomey
Jessica Core
Stacie Tovar
Jenn Jones
Cassidy Lance
Alessandra Pichelli
Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
Denae Brown
Regan Huckaby
Elisabeth Akinwale
Kristin Holte
Maddy Myers
Whitney Gelin
Rebecca Voigt
Kelley Jackson
Sammy Wood
Alex Parker
Lindy Barber
Thuridur Erla Helgadottir

ESPN will air the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games highlight shows this Fall. Schedule details will be released at a later date. ESPN Inc. is in its fifth year of presenting the CrossFit Games.

2015 Reebok CrossFit Games schedule: 

Date Time (ET) Event Networks  
Tues, July 21 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Masters and Teenagers ESPN3 Live
Wed, July 22 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 10:40 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN3 Live
  12 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Masters and Teenagers  ESPN3 Live
Thurs, July 23 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Masters and Teenagers ESPN3 Live
Fri, July 24 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN3 Live
 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN, WatchESPN Live
Sat, July 25  10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN2, WatchESPN Tape
  12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN, WatchESPN Tape
   3 p.m. – 6 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN, WatchESPN Live
  12 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN3 Live
Sun, July 26 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN2, WatchESPN Tape
  12 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual and Teams ESPN3 Live
  3 p.m. – 5 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Team Finals and Individual ESPN2, WatchESPN Live
  7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games: Individual Finals ESPN2, WatchESPN Live

*Schedule subject to change.



WalletHub Study: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation


With July being National Park and Recreation Month and America’s largest cities investing more than $6.4 billion on park and recreation in 2014, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation.To highlight the benefit of public spaces and recreational activities to consumers and the local economy, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 27 key metrics. The data set ranges from parkland acreage to the number of attractions to average movie cost.
WalletHub Study: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

 

Best Cities for Recreation Worst Cities for Recreation
1 Cincinnati, OH 91 Anaheim, CA
2 Omaha, NE 92 Garland, TX
3 Scottsdale, AZ 93 Fremont, CA
4 Tampa, FL 94 North Las Vegas, NV
5 Boise City, ID 95 Chula Vista, CA
6 Orlando, FL 96 Hialeah, FL
7 Minneapolis, MN 97 Laredo, TX
8 St. Louis, MO 98 Irving, TX
9 Reno, NV 99 Newark, NJ
10 Denver, CO 100 Jersey City, NJ

Key Stats 

  • Madison, Wis., has 14 times as many park playgrounds per 100,000 residents as Hialeah, Fla.
  • The percentage of the population with walkable park access is 4 times higher in San Francisco than in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Washington spends 100 times more on parks per capita than Hialeah, Fla.
  • Seattle has 46 times as many coffee shops per 100,000 residents as Laredo, Texas.
  • The number of bike rental facilities per 100,000 residents is 28 times higher in San Francisco than in Tulsa, Okla.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-recreation/5144/



Top 3 Reasons Female Entrepreneurs Succeed


Top 3 Reasons Female Entrepreneurs Succeed
“We have seen a rise in female entrepreneurs, with over 15 million female entrepreneurs now in the United States,” says Carolin Soldo, Success Coach and Marketing Mentor. “As a coach to some of the country’s top business women, I have put together what I see as the top 3 reasons female entrepreneurs have all that it takes to be an entrepreneur.”

Businesses are Built on Solid Relationships 

“Women have the innate ability and drive to build relationships, which is critical when it comes to marketing, building teams, and working with their clients,” says Carolin. “Successful businesses thrive on healthy relationships and healthy relationships thrive on trust. Women naturally aim to cultivate trust and thereby organically grow their business through referrals and winning over potential clients.”

Gut Feeling Matters in Business

“Women are emotionally charged and often very in tune with their passions and purpose. They trust their intuition. While men focus on the structure and systems of a business, women have the ability to look inside themselves to find their true calling and purpose,” says Carolin. “This purpose and desire to follow their calling is what drives them to overcome challenges and struggles, which any entrepreneur faces in business. These experiences lead to greater persistence and the foundation of a ‘no matter what’ kind of attitude. Trusting their intuition also allows women to make decisions faster and take action.”

Selfless Attitude

“Women’s natural ability to assume the ‘caretaker’ role and give selflessly provides them with an edge. In today’s society, attracting clients to a business has more to do with giving than promoting and asking the client for money,” says Carolin. “Business success is now about showcasing what we have to offer, and providing freely without holding back, which will, in turn, cause our clients to be so much more willing and interested to work with us.”

Carolin Soldo is an Online Business and Marketing Coach with an MBA and a background of over 10 years in a high-powered corporate marketing career, Carolin’s Mission is to help passion based women entrepreneurs build their dream business and live a free and abundant lifestyle doing what they love, while making a difference in the world. Based on her own success story as an online health and fitness coach, she teaches business building, brand-identity, and online marketing strategy in her signature program From Passion to Profits™. Most importantly, she gives her clients the confidence they need to be fierce and visible in a really noisy online marketplace. With loving yet bottom-line focused advice, Carolin inspires the health and life coach community and women entrepreneurs around the world to take charge of their success and happiness by boosting their business skills, ridding themselves of limiting beliefs, and living free and abundant lives while making the impact they are here to make.



Joey Thurman’s Five Tips to Becoming A Celeb Trainer


Chicago’s top celeb trainer explains what you need to know:

There is no one more valuable on a celebrity’s trainer team than their fitness trainer. “When Chris Pratt went from ‘dad bod’ to ripped, his career skyrocketed,” explains Joey Thurman, model, celebrity fitness trainer, and nutrition expert, “He is starring in the most lucrative movie of all time, and it just couldn’t have happened without his trainer coaching him to physical perfection.”

But becoming a celeb trainer isn’t easy. It requires a unique set of skills and determination, explains Thurman. Here are his top five tips:

  1. First, you have to be willing to sweat with the best. “Listen,” says Thurman, ”It’s not enough for your body to be on point (although it definitely has to be). But you also have to be willing to sweat with your clients. Not only does this give them extra motivation, it helps them see the correct form and gives them something to work towards.”
  2. Second, you have to be able to keep secrets. “You are probably going to have to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to work with a celeb,” he says, “As a trainer, you are going to be in their home and working with them intimately. You learn about everything from their health conditions to their sex life. So you gotta be able to stay professional and keep secrets.”
  3. Third, you have to be able to speak truth to power. “It can be really hard to tell a beautiful and powerful actress that her abs need major work, but that is part of the job. I don’t believe in wasting time on tact or being phony. I tell my clients the truth, even when it could be painful to hear, and even when I could get fired because of it. At the end of the day, they respect my integrity.”
  4. Fourth, you have to stay current. “Celebs always want to know about the latest and the greatest thing. They want to be on the top of every trend, whether it’s something like SoulCycle, Bikram Yoga, Barre, juice cleanses, b-12 shots, you name it. All of those trends started in L.A.and N.Y.C. with celebs, and then they spread to the rest of the nation,” explains Thurman, “In today’s landscape, that means being on the holistic train as well. People are shying away from Western medicine a bit. They don’t want to turn to drugs for everything. As a trainer, you can be a fountain of knowledge for everything from vitamins to herbs to acupuncture to massage.”
  5. Fifth, you have to know celebrities! “You can’t work with celebrities if you don’t know any,” laughs Thurman, “So get yourself out there. Network. Go to events. Get a publicist. Have a strong media presence. Hustle, hustle, hustle!”

 

About Joey Thurman:

Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Joey was named the best trainer in Chicago by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015 and NEWBEAUTY.com‘s top 3 favorite celebrity trainers. He has appeared on CBS, WGN, FOX, ABC and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer, published author and nutrition expert. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, NPR, People MagazineLivestrong.comBodyBuilding.com, Inspiyr, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, American Global Traveler, CaliDiet, Chicago Sun Times, and Brazen Women.   Joey is a fashion model represented by Chosen Model Management where he works with brands including Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, Kohl’s, and Carson Pirie Scott. He has also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and TimeOut Chicago. Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional (CCNP) and a FITchef. Fitness Reel:  http://youtu.be/2ljeGMEhSME



Reebok and UFC partner with DraftKings for UFC 189


Reebok Fight Kit
Reebok and UFC partner with DraftKings for UFC 189 **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Reebok, the official athletic footwear and apparel partner of the UFC, will also be partnering with DraftKings to run a fantasy UFC game for UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor on the night of July 11th.

This highly anticipated fight will debut Reebok’s UFC Fight Kit from their new Fight Shop.

DraftKings is a major online fantasy gaming site with brand partnerships including UFC, MLB, and other US pro sports leagues and teams. Prize for the game will include:

• Cash prize contributed by Draft Kings
• Shopping spree or gear pack from Reebok’s online Fight Shop

Rousey ReebokKing Reebok

Paige Reebok

Images via Reebok.com



Muscle & Fitness Hers Online Moves to Muscle & Fitness


Muscle And Fitness Hers
Muscle & Fitness Hers online has moved to MuscleandFitness.com. When typing in MuscleAndFitnessHers.com visitors are redirected to a section on MuscleAndFitness.com. The M&F HERS logo appears on the top navigation of the site with five main sub-categories; Workouts, Nutrition, Supplements, Athletes & Celebrities and Features.

The move is described as “creating a single site for both male and female fitness enthusiasts to find the M&F brand content they have grown to know and trust.”

The Muscle & Fitness HERS social media handles will remain the same and the magazine will continue to be printed six times a year.

If you visited the HERS site in recent months you probably noticed it had become a bit stale and felt dated. Change was necessary and a complete overhaul of the site would have required a fair amount of work and a decent budget. The move will likely help the site’s traffic but the M&F template doesn’t provide much of a feminine touch.

Nearly a year ago, Muscle & Fitness HERS came under fire for plagiarism. Former Editor-In-Chief, Mona Muresan dismissed the plagiarism as the work of a freelancer.

No word if the consolidation resulted in trimming staff.

Visit the new site and read the announcement on MuscleandFitness.com.



2015 ESPYs Nominees Announced


2015 ESPYs
The 2015 ESPYs Nominees were announced today and leading the way with two nominees each are UFC champ Ronda Rousey, Tennis star Serena Williams and Skiing sensation Lindsey Vonn. The three of them face each other in the “Best Female Athlete” category. Ronda is also up for an ESPY in the “Best Fighter” category. Serena Williams is nominated for “Best Female Tennis Player” and Lindsey Vonn is up for “Best Comeback Athlete.” Little League Baseball’s star Mo’Ne Davis has been nominated for “Best Breakthrough Athlete”. Scroll down for a complete list female nominees and cast your vote at ESPYs.com.
WHAT:
Initial list of nominees for The 2015 ESPYS presented by Capital One, are revealed today and voting has begun.

Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Wednesday, July 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHERE:
A current list of The 2015 ESPYS nominees is available at ESPYS.com. Additional nomination categories will be released before the show.

WHEN:
Voting is underway and all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

HOW:
Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPYS.com up to the start of The 2015 ESPYS.

2015 ESPYS FACTS & FIGU
RES:
• For the first time since 2000, none of the nominees for Best Male Athlete are returning from the previous year. 2015’s fresh slate includes NBA MVP Stephen Curry, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt, and two-time Best Male Athlete-winner LeBron James.

• UFC-champion Ronda Rousey is in pursuit of a 2nd-straight “Best Female Athlete” honor. She faces stiff competition from 2-time winners Serena Williams and Lindsey Vonn, as well as returning nominee Breanna Stewart.

• LeBron James is the only returning nominee for “Best NBA Player,” gracing the category for an 11th-straight year. He is joined by first-timers Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.

• Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award. She will have to top returning winner, Maria Sharapova, who is after her 6th.

• Peyton Manning is in contention to repeat as “Best Record-Breaking Performance.” While the Denver signal caller was honored at the 2014 awards for single-season passing records, this year the attention is on a career accomplishment–the most passing touchdowns ever thrown by an NFL quarterback.

• Rory McIlroy is chasing his second “Best Male Golfer” award. He faces stiff competition from Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel.

• Little League standout Mo’ne Davis is looking to become the youngest athlete ever to win the “Best Breakthrough Athlete” Award.

• The “Best Male College Athlete” nominees stretch the category’s age range in both directions. 18-year-old BU hockey star Jack Eichel would be the youngest player ever to win the award, while 24-year-old OSU wrestling champ Logan Stieber would be the oldest.

• Fresh off winning the Triple Crown, American Pharoah is the first horse ever to be nominated in the “Best Championship Performance” category. He is up against MLB World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, Women’s College World Series MVP Lauren Haeger, and NBA Finals leading-scorer LeBron James.

2015 FEMALE ATHLETE NOMINEES:

Best Female Athlete:
Ronda Rousey – MMA
Breanna Stewart – UConn Basketball
Lindsey Vonn – Skiing
Serena Williams – Tennis

Best Female Action Sports Athlete:
Paige Aims – Surfing
Kelly Clark – Snowboarding
Stephanie Gilmore – Surfing
Laia Sanz – Enduro / Motorbike

Best Female Golfer:
Lydia Ko
Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park

Best Female Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams
Petra Kvitova
Simona Halep

Best Breakthrough Athlete:
Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants
Mo’ne Davis – Little League Baseball
Cardale Jones – Ohio State Buckeyes
Jordan Spieth – PGA

Best Championship Performance:
Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
Lauren Haeger – Florida Softball
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
American Pharoah – Race Horse

Best Fighter
Floyd Mayweather, Jr – Boxing
Ronda Rousey – MMA
Donald Serrone – MMA
Terrence Crawford – Boxing
Gennady Golovkin – Boxing

Best Record-Breaking Performance:
Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st Home Run – Oklahoma Softball
Devin Hester scores 20th punt return TD – Atlanta Falcons
Peyton Manning throws record 509th touchdown pass – Denver Broncos
Klay Thompson most points in a quarter – Golden State Warriors

Best International Athlete:
Lionel Messi – Soccer
Lydia Ko – Women’s Golf
Cristiano Ronaldo – Soccer
Novak Djokovic – Tennis
Lewis Hamilton – Forumla One

Best College Female Athlete:
Taylor Cummings – Maryland Lacrosse
Missy Franklin – Cal Swimming
Lauren Haeger – Florida Softball
Micha Hancock – Penn State Volleyball
Breanna Stewart – UConn Basketball

Best WNBA Player:
Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx
Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury
Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock
Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury
Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

Best Female Athlete with a Disability:
Kendall Gretsch – Triathlete
Oksana Masters – Sit-Skier
Tatyana McFadden – Sit-Skier / Wheelchair Racer
Becca Meyers – Swimming
Greta Neimanas – Cyclist

Best Comeback Athlete:
Rob Gronkowski – NFL
Alex Rodriguez – MLB
Derrick Rose – NBA
Lindsey Vonn – Skiing

About:
The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale, most widely known for hosting The Soup on E! as well as playing Jeff Winger on Community. The ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

The award show gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993. Follow The 2015ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.



ESPN’s SportsCenter Concert Series Launches this Week


ESPN Concert Series
SportsCenter Concert Series Launches this Week with Wiz Khalifa and Wale on Consecutive 6 p.m. ET Shows
ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter will debut its “Center Stage” music series this week with performances by Wiz Khalifa (Thursday in Bristol, Conn.) and Wale (Friday in Los Angeles).

The series aims to expand the SportsCenter brand further into the world of music and follows last year’s memorable SportsCenter appearance by Lil Wayne and one by Willie Nelson.

“Want to make any sports highlight more dynamic? Just add a soundtrack. Sports and music have always had a cool connection, and we hope ‘Center Stage’ will further that relationship in a way that will resonate with our fans,” said Senior Vice President, SportsCenter and News Rob King. “To be able to kick it off with Wiz Khalifa and Wale, back-to-back, is instant confirmation of how impactful ‘Center Stage’ can be.”

Wiz Khalifa is in the midst of his of “Boys of Zummer” tour, with a date at Hartford’s Xfinity Theatre on Friday. The multi-platinum recording artist can also be found on the No.1 Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with the smash hit, “See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth),” which reached the No.1 spot in 30 countries around the world. The SportsCenter appearance will mark the first time a full band has performed on SC’s year-old, state-of-the-art set in Digital Center 2.

Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records recording artist Wale released his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, “THE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING,” on March 31, 2015, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. Wale collaborated with Jerry Seinfeld himself for the latest installment in his famed “About Nothing” mixtape trilogy, inspired by his favorite TV show, “Seinfeld.” He heads to the LA Live stage where he will perform on SportsCenter on Friday from the BET Fan Fest, in advance of Sunday’s BET Awards, where he is nominated in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category.

via ESPN



Dana Linn Bailey on American Ninja Warrior – “I’ll take my five seconds”


DLB on Ninja Warrior
Dana Linn Bailey’s fans were upset after her American Ninja Warrior appearance. Dana took to Youtube to reach out to her fans and discuss her thoughts on the show. In one day, the video has over 40,000 views and a testament to her faithful following. Dana was humble in her video and explained to her fans what’s next. Dana Linn Bailey shared “I’m happy… I’ll take my five seconds.” Watch the entire video below.

pic via Youtube



Dana Linn Bailey Fans Are Not Happy With American Ninja Warrior


Dana Linn Bailey
The first-ever Women’s Physique Olympia champion, Dana Linn Bailey has established one of the largest fan bases in the competitive bodybuilding and fitness industry. She has hundreds (often thousands) of fans waiting hours in an expo line just to meet the champ and snag a Selfie with her. Many times Dana doesn’t sell anything at her booth, she just poses for photos with fans and signs autographs. Something that’s unheard in the bodybuilding industry.

There’s no clear explanation as to why she’s become one of the most popular female competitors but there’s no disputing she has achieved super-star status in the bodybuilding world. Dana recently graced the cover of Muscular Development magazine and proudly endorsed being called “The Baddest Bitch in the Gym.” She’s one of the few women to ever have a solo Muscular Development cover.

As you might imagine, when she announced she’d be appearing on national television and competing on American Ninja Warrior, her fans went nuts. In April, Dana Linn Bailey (DLB) posted the announcement on her Youtube channel.

After the big announcement, DLB posted training videos geared towards her newfound goal. She set out to show the world that women with muscle are athletes. Most people (in and out of the industry) don’t look at physique competitors as athletes. If physique competitors are athletes and what determines that is a topic for another day. Making it through American Ninja Warrior test someone’s athleticism or lack there of.

Tonight was the moment DLB fans had been waiting weeks for. American Ninja Warrior Orlando Qualifiers aired tonight and well… you could say things didn’t go quite as her fans had hoped. DLB’s tv time on American Ninja Warrior lasted about 10 seconds. Fans couldn’t believe it! Not that she didn’t make it through the course but that they didn’t air any background story. The fans were furious that they (ANW) didn’t featured the woman they admire and look up to. DLB fans were expecting NBC to roll out the red carpet and talk about her training, winning the Olympia, her successful clothing line and more but alas they got nadda. These super fans took to social media and boy oh boy they were not happy with American Ninja Warrior.

A few Facebook Fan comments:

Tiffany Lewis – REALLY?? They only gave you a commercial break appearance?? You deserved a story and an intro too!!

Katie Boucher We are all pissed they only did a recap of her run. Literally 5 seconds!!

Alexis Eggleston That was not worth it. No interview, no props given to her, no mention of ms olympia

Lauren Toth She is so popular and such an amazing person. They could of given her a back story!!!!!! Basically gave everyone else one!!!!

Jennifer L Athoe I put my kids to bed, was gone for 3 minutes and totally missed it. WTH?!

Shannon Harrington I like how the Chik-fil-a team leader got an intro with a backstory but they just swept all of Dana’s incredible accomplishments under the “commercial” rug. Wtf

Check out how DLBmaniacs went off on American Ninja Warrior’s Instagram post.


#AmericanNinjaWarrior is back! Tonight at 8/7c we’re headed to @universalorlando!

A photo posted by American Ninja Warrior (@americanninjawarrior) on

One thing is for certain when it comes to DLB… She has passionate fans. Some took to twitter to voice their displeasure as you can see in response to her tweet before the show.


UPDATE: Dana responds to her fans.


I HEART you guys!!! Thank you everyone that took the time out of their day to watch little ol' me on the big TV!!! I've been reading all your comments, obviously can't reply back to all of you. So this is a group reply… I just want to THANK every single one of you! Means so much, to have so many people behind me, rooting for me, and cheering for me!!! #AmericaNinjaWarrior was such an awesome experience for me! I am not the best at everything. This was something very new to me. Something I had no idea how to train for. I conquered fears. I overcame obstacles. With practice, I got better at things, and that was the most exciting part. Not being able to do something, then practicing it over and over and over, till you got it! That's exciting! That's why you continue to see me still training for it! It's not over for me!! Failure is the first step to success. You learn from it, grow from it, prepare for it, and better yourself so it never happens again! The only way to fail is quit or never try and that is NOT happening! Failure does not have to be negative. Embrace failure. Use it. Learn from it. And success will always follow….#DLBwillbeBACK (insert Arnold voice here 👇) Thank you guys and I love ya!! @americanninjawarrior #AmericaNinjaWarrior #ninjawarrior #doitforTiny #makeTinyProud

A photo posted by DayDay Knucks (@danalinnbailey) on

ABOUT AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR
Esquire Network and NBC have teamed again to bring the heart-racing competition series, American Ninja Warrior, with hosts Matt Iseman, former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, and co-host Kristine Leahy. The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1,000,000. Although many have come close, no competitor has yet to achieve total victory and claim the prize.

Lead photo via ANW.



2015 ESPN Magazine’s BODY ISSUE Roster Announced


2015 ESPN BODY ISSUE
The 2015 ESPN BODY ISSUE will be released online on July 6 and hit newsstands on July 10th. This year’s issue features a variety of men and women in the issue. One of the fittest couples in the world, Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton will appear in the issue along with a number of other top athletes. Gymnast Aly Raisman, Skateboarder Leticia Bufani, WNBA star Brittney Griner and Olympic Swimmer Natalia Coughlin are just a few females featured in the issue.

2015 ESPN Magazine’s BODY ISSUE Roster Announced
Odell Beckham Jr
Leticia Bufoni
Amanda Bingson
Anthony Castonzo
Todd Clever
Natali Coughlin
Dallas Friday
Brittney Griner
Laird Hamilton
Bryce Harper
Todd Herremans
Jermaine Jones
DeAndre Jordon
Ali Krieger
Khutana Lorig
Kevin Love Chantae McMillan
Jack Mewhort
Sadena Parks
Aly Raisman
Gabby Reece
Tyler Seguin
Paige Selenski
Stan Wawrinka

Bryce Harper‘s on-field body of work this season includes a .345 batting average and 24 home runs.

The star Washington Nationals outfielder’s off-field body of work includes a wish fulfilled: Harper is one of 24 athletes in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, online on July 6 and on newsstands July 10.

“I’ve always wanted to do the Body Issue,” Harper said. “I want to put baseball out there.”

Harper is joined by NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers andDeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Giants wide receiverOdell Beckham Jr., two-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, USA women’s soccer star Ali Krieger, Olympians Aly Raisman and Natalie Coughlin, and newly crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete,” said Krieger, whose team is currently in the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup. “Being naked is just another aspect of that.”

This is the seventh annual edition of the Body Issue. It will include photos, personal interviews and videos of the athletes, including NHL star Tyler Seguin and three members of the Indianapolis Colts offensive line: Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans and Jack Mewhort.

“I’ve always been a big kid,” said the 23-year-old Mewhort, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds. “That’s why when I got this call I was like ‘they want to see me naked?’ I thought I was getting Punk’d.”

Others in the issue include professional wakeboarder Dallas Friday, rugby player Todd Clever, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, golfer Sadena Parks, archer Khatuna Lorig, soccer player Jermaine Jones, U.S. Olympians Paige Selenski (field hockey), Amanda Bingson (hammer) and Chantae McMillan (heptathlon), along with the husband-wife team of surfer Laird Hamilton and former beach volleyball player Gabby Reece.

“Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year,” ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman said. “The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving.”

“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” said Coughlin, who has won 12 Olympic swimming medals. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”

Lead photo via ESPN.



Europa Sports to Open Distribution Center in Las Vegas, NV


Europa Sports

New Operation Will Service Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Southern California Customers

LAS VEGAS, NV – Europa Sports Products is excited to announce the opening of its seventh warehouse and distribution center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The addition of the new strategically placed facility helps put Europa in a better position to support their Southwestern customers more efficiently, providing them with an even higher level of personal service.

With an integrated network of 7 distribution centers, Europa Sports now has a total combined inventory area of over 432,000 square feet. This national footprint allows Europa to develop multi-facility fulfillment solutions that deliver the hottest nutritional brands and products to most customers in 1-2 business days, using both standard shipping and route delivery.

“Helping our customers succeed is the hallmark of our business, and delivering the supplements they need in less time is just good business,” states Europa Sports Products CEO and Co-Founder, Eric Hillman.

The 46,000 square foot facility, located in Las Vegas, will allow Europa to improve delivery times to all customers in the gym, health food, and specialty supplement retailer markets. In addition to standard shipping services, Europa is also pleased to announce the addition of two new truck routes to its ever-growing fleet. These new routes will span from Las Vegas to Arizona as well as provide local same day service to Las Vegas.

For information and orders, contact Europa Sports Products at 1-800-447-4795, or on the web at EuropaSports.com.

About Europa Sports
Based in Charlotte, NC, Europa is recognized as the industry leader in the distribution of sports supplements, sports drinks and accessories to gyms, health food stores and specialty supplement retailers. Europa offers more than 7,000 unique items representing more than 300 of the industry’s leading brands. Now with seven locations strategically placed across the nation, Europa’s quick and complete deliveries allow businesses to keep “just in time” inventory. It’s just what businesses need to stay competitive and profitable. Europa is committed to excellence in service, product assortment and customer satisfaction.



FDA Gives Food Manufacturers 3 Years to Remove Trans Fats


The FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods
Action expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year

Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products.

“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” said FDA’s Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D. “This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

This determination will significantly reduce the use of PHOs, the major source of artificial trans fats, in the food supply. In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination that PHOs could no longer be considered GRAS and is finalizing that determination after considering public comments.

Since 2006, manufacturers have been required to include trans fat content information on the Nutrition Facts label of foods. Between 2003 and 2012, the FDA estimates that consumer trans fat consumption decreased about 78 percent and that the labeling rule and industry reformulation of foods were key factors in informing healthier consumer choices and reducing trans fat in foods. While trans fat intake has significantly decreased, the current intake remains a public health concern. The Institute of Medicine recommends that consumption of trans fat be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally-adequate diet.

“Studies show that diet and nutrition play a key role in preventing chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and today’s action goes hand in hand with other FDA initiatives to improve the health of Americans, including updating the nutrition facts label,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “This determination is based on extensive research into the effects of PHOs, as well as input from all stakeholders received during the public comment period.”

The FDA has set a compliance period of three years. This will allow companies to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs. Following the compliance period, no PHOs can be added to human food unless they are otherwise approved by the FDA.

The FDA encourages consumers seeking to reduce trans fat intake to check a food’s ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils to determine whether or not a product contains PHOs. Currently, foods are allowed to be labeled as having “0” grams trans fat if they contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, including PHOs, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods.

Many companies have already been working to remove PHOs from processed foods and the FDA anticipates that many may eliminate them ahead of the three-year compliance date.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.



U.S. Senator Probing Supplement Retailers


WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is probing retailers and online companies about sales of dubious dietary supplements, especially those promising seniors protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related problems.

The pills, tablets and formulas targeted by Senator Claire McCaskill bear names like “Brain Awake,” ”Dementia Drops” and “Food for the Brain,” which claims to ease “forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.”

In letters sent this week to 15 companies — including Wal-Mart, Target Corp., Amazon, Google and Walgreen’s — McCaskill asks executives to explain how they vet dietary supplements and weed out products making false claims. The Missouri Democrat is the ranking member on the Senate Aging Committee, which frequently investigates health scams targeting older Americans.

“Frankly, I think there’s a special place in hell for someone who markets a product and says it will cure Alzheimer’s,” McCaskill told The Associated Press. “And that’s essentially what these scammers are doing and they’ve had assistance in that.”

This is the latest probe into the $30 billion dietary supplement industry, which encompasses thousands of products and has long been plagued by questionable advertising, marketing and manufacturing practices. Supplements have never been subject to the same Food and Drug Administration regulations as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which must be reviewed as safe and effective before being sold in the U.S.

Earlier this year, 14 state attorneys general asked Congress to investigate the herbal supplement industry. They pointed to DNA-based test results apparently showing that some store-brand supplements have none of the ingredients listed on their labels.

McCaskill’s probe focuses on supplements targeting seniors who are concerned about dementia. More than 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no cure and prescription drugs only temporarily ease symptoms.

But rather than focusing on the supplements themselves, McCaskill’s investigation is probing how they make their way into consumers’ shopping carts and medicine cabinets.

In a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, McCaskill asks for a briefing with the company to “better understand Wal-Mart’s policies and practices related to dietary supplements.”

A spokesman for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said in a statement: “We appreciate the opportunity to share information about our supplement business and look forward to cooperating with the committee as appropriate.”

A spokesman for the Kroger grocery chain said the company would respond to the senator. A spokeswoman for GNC said the company “has not had an opportunity to review Senator McCaskill’s inquiry but will respond directly in the appropriate form.”

McCaskill also requests meetings with Internet search engines, including Google Inc.

“As one of the leading search engines that now provides a retail function through Google Shopping, Google Inc. plays a pivotal role in determining what supplements are being used and trusted,” McCaskill writes in a letter to Google’s CEO, Larry Page. She requests details about how Google is compensated by supplement producers who advertise through the search engine and whether Google reviews customer complaints about such products.

Google declined to comment.

Companies are not legally required to comply with congressional requests, but they can be ordered to appear before Congress and turn over documents, when compelled by subpoena.

The new investigation shines light on how supplement makers skirt federal rules that are supposed to stop companies from marketing their products for specific diseases and conditions. A product called Eureka Intensified Focus, sold through Amazon, claims to “support and maintain memory, concentration and focus.” Another product available on Amazon, AloeMarine, is promoted to support “increased memory and brain function.”

A spokesman for Amazon Inc. declined to comment for this story.

Because the FDA does not review supplements, manufacturers are technically responsible for making sure their products are safe and truthfully advertised. Products making certain types of health claims are required to carry a disclaimer that “this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA,” though many supplements do not.

The FDA frequently sends warning letters to companies that appear to be violating federal rules, but the agency cannot withdraw a supplement from the market until it shows that it is unsafe. Attempts to pass new laws giving the FDA more authority over supplements have repeatedly been scuttled by industry lobbyists and their allies in Congress.

Despite the FDA’s limited powers, McCaskill suggests the agency could be doing more.

“They do have some authority here and we want to take a closer look at how they are using that authority,” she said.

For example, the FDA can penalize companies for failing to register their manufacturing facilities with the FDA, and for not notifying the FDA of side effects reported by customers.

In a letter to the FDA, McCaskill and Senate Aging Committee chair Susan Collins, R-Maine, ask the FDA to turn over a list of all FDA actions against companies violating those rules since December 2007. They also ask the FDA to turn over information about its review of new dietary supplement ingredients. The introduction of new ingredients is the one chance regulators have to evaluate supplements before they launch.

An FDA spokeswoman said in a statement the agency would respond directly to the Senators.



Body-For-Life Author Bill Phillips Joins Muscle Pharm


Denver based supplement company, Muscle Pharm announced that Bill Phillips will be joining MusclePharm as Strategic Advisor and Chief Editor of Content. In a press release issued today Muscle Pharm stated, “As a part of his scope, Mr. Phillips will also develop with MusclePharm a direct selling model aimed at the over 40 demographic — a segment that the Company has not yet had a significant penetration in. This is expected to be launched by early 2016.”

Bill Phillips Joins Muscle Pharm

Author of Body-for-LIFE and Former CEO/Owner of EAS Performance Nutrition Bill Phillips Joins MusclePharm

Phillips Will Serve as Strategic Advisor to Executive Team and Chief Editor of Content

DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – Jun 16, 2015) – MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a scientifically-driven, performance-lifestyle sports nutrition company announces fitness and bodybuilding pioneer Bill Phillips joining MusclePharm as Strategic Advisor and Chief Editor of Content. Mr. Phillips is one of the most credible voices in the world on fitness and brings with him three decades of experience and knowledge in the nutritional and supplement field and a proven leader in science-based products. As a part of his scope, Mr. Phillips will also develop with MusclePharm a direct selling model aimed at the over 40 demographic — a segment that the Company has not yet had a significant penetration in. This is expected to be launched by early 2016.

MusclePharm has set the standard in the industry with its commitment to the science and quality of its products. With Mr. Phillips as chief editor of content, he will help position the Company as a thought leader through an educational and motivational platform making fitness more accessible to everyone. This will allow the Company to better empower the prospective customer and convert them into a customer, expanding our base. As a part of his educational platform, he will work closely with the Company and MP’s Sports Science Institute (MPSSI) providing educational content on all of its multi-media platforms.

“I am honored and excited to join the MusclePharm Team for two primary reasons; first, I believe in their vision, and next, because of my previous experience as the CEO of EAS, I am confident I can offer key insight that will help MusclePharm reach its incredible potential,” said Bill Phillips, author of New York Times best seller Body-for-LIFE which has sold over six million copies worldwide.

In addition, Mr. Phillips will be Strategic Advisor to the CEO and the Executive Team. With his proven experience, he will provide advice and counsel as the company continues on its growth trajectory and is now entering its next stage of growth.

“Bill Phillips is one of the most credible voices in fitness coupled with his expertise in the science-based nutritional products business, he will be an asset to the company as we move to our next stage of growth,” said Brad Pyatt, founder and CEO of MusclePharm. “When I first founded MusclePharm, I viewed Bill Phillips as a mentor on how to build a company committed to helping people live healthier lives through science-based, quality products. I am looking forward to working with Bill as we expand to new customers who are looking to transform their lives.”

“At MusclePharm, we believe that everyone is an athlete,” added Mr. Pyatt. “Working with Bill Phillips, we will broaden our base to many more consumers who want to get into shape. We will be there to help bring out their inner-athlete and be a partner in their journey to live happier and healthier lives.”

Bill Phillips’ background in the fitness and supplement business and his years spent as the CEO and owner of EAS give him insight and strategies that he will share with MusclePharm’s young and ambitious management team. He will help maximize the company’s growth and profitability as it continues to set the standard in quality and science-based products. Mr. Phillips sold EAS for $320 million in 2004 to pharmaceutical giant Abbot Labs.

“I feel at home here at MusclePharm because they share my same vision, which is to advance the science of sports supplements for the benefit of athletes and fitness enthusiasts everywhere,” added Mr. Phillips.

Bill Phillips speaks to a new market for MusclePharm with those seeking not only a better body, but a better quality of life, greater longevity, and increased energy. He will focus on motivating and inspiring people from all walks of life to get off the sidelines and back into the game. He believes that fitness is the best medicine, especially for men and women over 40 years old.

For more on Billl Phillips, please go to http://www.musclepharm.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Bill-Phillips-Fact-Sheet.pdf.

About Bill Phillips
Bill Phillips is one of the major pioneers of the bodybuilding and fitness industry and the true godfather of modern sports supplementation, as we know it today. Mr. Phillips is the author of Body-for-LIFE which has sold over 6 million copies worldwide, and spent more than five years on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Body-for-LIFE brought millions of people to strength training for the first time. Phillips also authored New York Times Best Selling Books: Eating for Life, Body for Life Success Journal, and Transformation. Mr. Phillips was the CEO and owner of EAS Performance Nutrition, which introduced the fitness world to breakthrough products including: creatine, HMB, CLA, Whey Protein Isolate, Myoplex, etc. In 2000, Phillips sold a portion of the company to North Castle Partners for $160 million and in 2004 sold the entire company to Abbot Labs for $320 million.

About MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP)
MusclePharm® is a scientifically driven, performance lifestyle company that currently develops, manufactures, markets and distributes branded nutritional supplements. The company offers a complete range of powders, capsules, tablets and gels. Its portfolio of recognized brands, including MusclePharm® Hybrid and Core Series, Arnold Schwarzenegger Series™ and FitMiss™, are marketed and sold in more than 120 countries and available in over 45,000 retail outlets globally. These clinically-proven and scientific nutritional supplements are developed through a six-stage research process utilizing the expertise of leading nutritional scientists, doctors and universities. MusclePharm is the innovator of the sports nutrition industry. For more information, visit www.musclepharm.com. Follow MusclePharm Corporation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Photo via Bill Phillips Facebook.



NIKE Soccer – ‘American Woman’ features U.S. National Team


Nike Women Soccer NIKE Soccer – ‘American Woman’ features U.S. National Team. Strong alone. Unstoppable together.

Train like the #uswnt with the right Women’s soccer gear, training apps and inspiration for on and off the field. Find everything you need to own the game: http://Nike.com/WomensSoccer #NoMaybes

“AMERICAN WOMAN” FILM ILLUSTRATES THE #NOMAYBES ATTITUDE OF U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Individually, members of the U.S. Women’s National Team are blessed with speed, agility, strength, and power. Collectively they inspire millions.

“American Woman,” part of Nike Soccer’s #NoMaybes campaign, features Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe.

The film captures their journey from training to match day.

Before they ever step onto a pitch surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, U.S. Women’s National Team players go through hours of preparation, both alone and alongside their teammates. When training gets tough, they feed off motivation from each other and, in turn, motivate other players. Taking the field at the Women’s World Cup, they carry their own championship dreams and bear the hopes of fans across the country.

“You have to have a team mentality with the competitiveness of the individual,” said U.S. Women’s National Team captain, Abby Wambach. “You want to make sure that everyone around you has the same mentality and then enmesh those individualities. We are masters of controlling ourselves and bringing out the best in each other.”

The film launched on the Nike Soccer App (gonike.me/SoccerApp) and includes the song, “American Woman,” by The Guess Who.

Nike Women Soccer

Nike Soccer’s Women’s World Cup Footwear Pack – Hypervenoom II, Mercurial, Magista, and Tiempo (from left to right)

Additionally, athletes appearing in “American Woman” wear the new collection of Women’s-specific Nike cleats: the Hypervenom II, Mercurial, Magista, and Tiempo. The boots are available in the Nike Soccer App, Nike stores and on nike.com.

NIKE Soccer – ‘American Woman’ features U.S. National Team



Dane Jackson Wins First Title of the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games


Kayaking Go Pro Mtn Games
Things kicked off today at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Dane Jackson stepped up big by winning the first title of the Games. We’ll be in Vail this weekend for the GoPro Mountain Games and reporting live throughout the weekend.


Dane Jackson Takes Steep Creek Title in Day One of the GoPro Mountain Games

Jackson Wins First of Nine Whitewater Events

June 4, 2015 (Vail, Colo.) – Dane Jackson lived up to the high standards of his family name today, taking top honors at the first event of the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games: The Coors Light Steep Creek Championships. Jackson is among the many athletes to watch during the four-day festival, and will continue to compete in nine other Coors Light whitewater competitions this weekend, including the Kayak Freestyle, the Down River Kayak Sprint and the Tudor Ultimate River Challenge.

In the women’s Steep Creek Championships, Nouria Newman of France edged out 14-year-old Sage Donnelly for the win. All four female competitors ran impressively clean lines through the intimidating stretch of class V whitewater on Homestake Creek.

“Last year we had a lot of swimmers, but this year we saw a lot of really clean lines and great runs,” said Clay Wright, Coors Light Steep Creek Championships announcer. “The women had zero swimmers, and there were more fast men here than we’ve had in a long time. For the men, Nick Troutman’s early lead was knocked off by paddler after paddler. It was a really close finals.”

Gerd Serrasolses of Spain took home second place in the men’s competition followed by Cole Moore from Maryland. Newman’s win was followed by Adriene Levknecht from Nevada in second place and Hayley Stuart from Denver taking home third place.

The whitewater competition moved to Vail Village in the afternoon with Freestyle qualifiers on Gore Creek. The Jack Link’s International Slackline Invitational presented by Slackline Industries also kicked off at Solaris with the best of the best competing to take home a piece of the $10,000 price purse.

KIND Adventure Village at Golden Peak opened in the afternoon with DockDogs Outdoor Big Air practice and the first few waves of preliminary competition. Children also enjoyed complimentary climbing and kayaking provided by Avid4 Adventure in the KIND Kids Adventure Village. The afternoon wound down with free yoga by Vail Vitality Center at Mountain Plaza and a group run with nine-time USA National Mountain Running Champion Joseph Gray.

The first day ended with DJ Dojah entertaining during après activities, GoPro Outdoor Reels in Mountain Plaza and a free concert by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Run DMC Remixed.

Day two of the GoPro Mountain Games starts with free yoga in Gear Town at Solaris. Other highlights include DockDogs, the men’s and women’s Bouldering World Cup qualifier, Coors Light Raft Cross qualifiers and finals, as well as the Rocky Dog Trail Run. Families can enjoy a number of great kid-friendly, free activities such as rock climbing and kayaking at KIND Kids Adventure Village in Golden Peak. The evening will wind up with a free concert by headliner Iration with opening act Natty Vibes, in the heart of Vail Village, and the GoPro Outdoor Reels kicking off at 8pm in Mountain Plaza.

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About the GoPro Mountain Games/Vail Valley Foundation

The GoPro Mountain Games is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. The Vail Valley Foundation is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to enriching the Vail Valley and sustaining its unique spirit through the delivery of unparalleled arts, world class athletics and inspiring education programs throughout the community. For additional information on the GoPro Mountain Games, please visit http://www.mountaingames.com. For the Vail Valley Foundation, please visit www.vvf.org.

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About GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) 

GoPro, Inc. is transforming the way people capture and share their lives. What began as an idea to help athletes self-document themselves engaged in their sport has become a widely adopted solution for people to capture themselves engaged in their interests, whatever they may be. From extreme to mainstream, professional to consumer, GoPro enables the world to capture and share its passion. And in turn, the world has helped GoPro become one of the most exciting and aspirational companies of our time.

For more information, visit www.gopro.com or connect with GoPro on YouTubeTwitterFacebookPinterest or LinkedIn.

GOPRO® and HERO® are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Photo Credit – Ben Markhart


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