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Find Out Who Qualified for The 2014 Olympia


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The 50th Olympia is quickly approaching and it promises to be one of the biggest and best yet. The best of the best will compete for the coveted Olympia title on September 18-21, in Las Vegas. This year’s contest has a number of seasoned veterans and a few rookies looking to shake things up. The lists below are for who qualified to compete in the 2014 Olympia but not necessarily who will compete. Look for a couple BIG names to NOT be competing this year. The final lists won’t be out until the week of the Olympia, so check back to see who will be stepping on stage.

2014 MS OLYMPIA
Iris Kyle, USA
Alina Popa, Romania
Debi Laszewski, USA
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, Venezuela
Brigita Brezovac, Slovenia
Simone Oliveira, Brazil
Anne Freitas, Brazil
Rita Bello, Argentina
Sheila Bleck, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Margie Martin, USA, 6
Christine Envall, Australia, 6
Alana Shipp, USA, 5
Lisa Giesbrecht, Canada, 5
Jennifer Sedia, USA, 4

2014 FITNESS OLYMPIA
Adela Garcia, USA
Oksana Grishina, Russia
Tanji Johnson, USA
Myriam Capes, Canada
Bethany Cisternino, USA
Marta Aquiar, Uruguay
Fiona Harris, Canada

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Regiane Da Silva, Germany, 18
Danielle Ruban, Canada, 12
Whitney Jones, USA, 9
Trish Warren, USA, 8
Amanda Hatfield, USA, 5
Somkina Liudmila, Russia, 5

2014 FIGURE OLYMPIA
Nicole Wilkins, USA
Erin Stern, USA
Candice Keene, USA
Heather Dees, USA
Mallory Haldeman, USA
Camala Rodriguez, USA
Alicia Coates, USA
Candice Lewis, USA
Jessica Graham, USA
Dana Ambrose, USA
Natalia Revajova Lenartova, Slovakia
Ann Titone, USA
Zsuzsanna Toldi, Hungary
Gennifer Strobo, USA
Cydney Gillon, USA
Karina Grau, Paraguay
Latorya Watts, USA
Julie Mayer, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Allison Frahn, USA, 17
Andrea Calhoun, USA, 13
Sasha Brown, USA, 12
Wendy Fortino, USA, 12
Krista Dunn, USA, 11

2014 BIKINI OLYMPIA
Ashley Kaltwasser, USA
Yeshaira Robles, USA
Stacey Alexander, USA
Nathalia Melo, Brazil
India Paulino, USA
Lacey DeLuca, USA
Vladmira Krasova, Czech Republic
Jennifer Andrews, USA
Narmin Assria, USA
Amanda Latona, USA
Taylor Methany Bentson, USA
Crystal Matthews, USA
Christie Marquez, USA
Sarah LeBlanc, USA
Noy Alexander, USA
Janet Layug, USA
Sandi Forsythe, USA
Christina Strom Fjaere, Norway
Jenee Leger, USA
Angela Marquez, USA
Stephanie Mahoe, USA
Tawna Eubanks, USA
Brittany Taylor, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Jessica Arevalo, USA, 17
Dayna Maleton, USA, 14
Candice Conroy, USA, 13
Kelsie Clark, USA, 12
Nicola Weiterova, Slovakia, 11
Noemi Olah, USA, 11

2014 OLYMPIA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Dana Linn Bailey, USA
Tycie Coppett, USA
Sara Hurrle, USA
Toni West, USA
Patricia Mello, Brazil
Sabrina Taylor, USA
Jennifer Robinson, USA
Frances Mendez, USA
Nathalie Falk, Germany
Juliana Malacarne, Brazil
Samantha Hill, USA
Mindi O’Brien, Canada
Tamee Marie, USA
Leila Thompson, USA
La’Drissa Bonivel, USA
Karin Hobbs, USA
Heather Grace, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Rachel Baker, USA, 11
Karina Nascimento, USA, 10
Olga Beliakova, Russia, 8
Roxie Beckles, USA, 7
Jacklyn Sutton-Abrams, USA, 7
Sandra Lombardo, USA, 7
Jillian Reville, USA, 7

2014 MR. OLYMPIA
Phil Heath, USA
Kai Greene, USA
Dennis Wolf, Germany
Shawn Rhoden, USA
Dexter Jackson, USA
Ibrahim Sami Fahim, Egypt
Justin Compton, USA
Steve Kuclo, USA
Branch Warren, USA
Mamdouh Elssbiay, Egypt
Juan Morel, USA
Roelly Winklaar, Curacao
William Bonac, Netherlands
Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Jonathan Delarosa, USA, 16
Evan Centopani, USA, 8
Lionel Beyeke, France, 8
Cedric McMillan, USA, 7
Fred Smalls, USA, 7
Johnnie Jackson, USA, 7
Jojo Ntiforo, USA, 7
Essa Obaid, UAE, 7

2014 OLYMPIA 212 SHOWDOWN
James Lewis, UK
David Henry, USA
Kevin English, USA
Jose Raymond, USA
Eduardo Correa, Brazil
Sami Al Haddad, Bahrain
Guy Cisternino, USA
Aaron Clark, USA
Charles Dixon, USA
Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Mark Dugdale, USA, 12
Raul Carrasco Jimenez, Spain, 11
Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden, 9
Baito Abbaspour, Iran, 8
Mboya Edwards, Canada, 7

2014 OLYMPIA MEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Mark Anthony Wingson, USA
Jeremy Buendia, USA
Matthew Acton, USA
Sadik Hadzovic, USA
Jason Poston, USA
Tyler Anderson, USA
Tory Woodward, USA
Michael Anderson, USA
German Pacheco, USA
Arya Saffaie, USA
Anton Antipov, USA
Steve Cook, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Jonathan Sebastian, USA, 15
Xavisus Gayden, USA, 12
Felipe Franco, Brazil, 10
Jeff Seid, USA, 10
Matt Christianer, USA, 7
Tonnell Rodrigue, USA, 7



2014 Olympia Schedule of Events


2014 Olympia Schedule

HOTEL / EVENT CENTER:
The Orleans Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada
(800) 675-3267

Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

See where your favorite company will be at on the EXPO Map.

2014 Olympia Schedule of Events:

Thursday, September 18th
12:00 PM
Mr. Olympia Press Conference – Orleans Hotel – Showroom – Open to The Public

7:00 PM
Meet the Olympians – Orleans Arena Concourse Level – VIP Ticket Holders & Platinum Members Only

8:00 PM
Meet the Olympians Orleans Arena Concourse Level – Free Admission/Open to Public

Friday, September 19th
9:30 AM
Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall
Early Entry for VIP Ticket Holders & Platinum Members (click for VIP packages)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10:30 AM
IFBB Pro League Women’s Judging: Fitness, Bikini, Figure, Women’s Physique and Ms. Olympia Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

1:00 PM
212 Showdown – Athlete Weigh-Ins – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

1:30 PM
BPI’s FLEX Bikini Model Search – Judging – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

1:30 PM
Muscle & Fitness Model Search – Judging – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

7:00 PM
Fitness, Bikini & Ms. Olympia Finals and Mr. Olympia Judging – Orleans Arena

Saturday, September 20th
9:30 AM
Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall
Early Entry for VIP Ticket Holders & Platinum Members (click for VIP packages)

10:00 AM
5:00 PM – Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10:30 AM
IFBB Men’s Physique Showdown – Judging & Finals,
IFBB Women’s Physique Showdown (posing & confirmation round)
IFBB Men’s & Women’s Physique Awards and 212 Showdown – Judging and Posing

2:00 PM
BPI’s FLEX Bikini Model Search – Finals – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

2:00 PM
Muscle & Fitness Model Search – Finals – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

7:00 PM
Figure, 212 Showdown & Mr. Olympia Finals – Orleans Arena

11:00 PM
Olympia Victory Gala – Orleans Hotel – Mardi Gras Ballroom

12:00 AM
Official Olympia After Party

Sunday, September 21st
11:00 AM
Olympia Superstar Seminar – Orleans Hotel – Mardi Gras Ballroom

 

For more info on the Olympia, purchase tickets and more visit mrolympia.com.

 



2014 Olympia Webcast FREE on Bodybuilding.com


2014 Olympia Webcast

The 2014 Olympia is quickly approaching and the folks at bodybuilding.com will once again be broadcasting the event LIVE and FREE on their website. There was some confusion amongst a fans, mainly do to irresponsible reporting by a few websites, that there would be no live webcast due to NBC SPORTS filming this year’s 50th Anniversary. If there were any lingering doubts on a webcast, you can put them to bed with today’s announcement.

Bodybuilding.com Announces Exclusive 2014 Olympia Webcast
Boise, ID – August 28, 2014 – Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited fitness website and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, will offer a free worldwide webcast of the 2014 Olympia Weekend, presented by BSN, MuscleTech, and Dymatize Nutrition.

This year marks the historic 50th anniversary of Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend, and is a must-see event for all fans of physique competition. Thanks to Bodybuilding.com, everyone can tune in—for free! Our live HD webcast, as well as post-event VOD (video-on-demand) replays, will stream in the Bodybuilding.com Webcast Player (available soon), the Bodybuilding.com Livestream Channel, the Livestream Roku channel for those watching on big-screen TVs, and the Livestream mobile app*.

Bodybuilding.com’s live webcast will stream the IFBB pro events on Friday night and Saturday night (September 19th and 20th) from The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PDT (9:30 p.m. EDT) both nights. The Friday night webcast segment will feature the Mr. Olympia judging round, and the finals for the beautifully fit women of the Bikini, Fitness, and Ms. Olympia competitions.

The Saturday night webcast segment concludes the pro competitions with the finals for the women’s Figure division, the men’s 212 Showdown, and the main event—the Mr. Olympia finals. Reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath will battle to defend his title against fierce challengers (and champions in their own right) Kai Greene, Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, Shawn Rhoden, and Victor Martinez—just to name a few!

The webcast also features plenty of expert pre-show discussion and post-show analysis and athlete interviews, and also includes the annual Webcast Fan’s Choice Award, where fans get to vote for their favorite athlete. The presentation of the 2014 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards winners will also be viewable via webcast. The annual Supplement Awards continue to set the standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry.

Read more on the webcast and a Q&A with some of last year’s champions.



2014 Figure Olympia – Find Out Who Qualified


2014 Figure Olympia
The 2014 Figure Olympia is quickly approaching and we now know who is qualified to compete in the upcoming event. The Tahoe Pro sent Julie Mayer to the Olympia via her win and finalized who would get in via the Olympia Point Series. It came down to the final show before we knew who made it in via points but now, we’re set.

Nicole Wilkins will be looking for her fourth Olympia title, something no other woman has done. Candice Keene has won two Arnold Figure International titles but has yet to add Olympia champ to her resume. We know Erin Stern is not competing this year. Heather Dees and Mallory Haldeman will also be opting out of the show despite qualifying. That leaves a huge opportunity for the women qualified to end up in the top five spots.

2014 FIGURE OLYMPIA QUALIFIED
Nicole Wilkins
Erin Stern
Candice Keene
Heather Dees
Mallory Haldeman

Camala Rodriguez
Alicia Coates
Candice Lewis
Jessica Graham
Dana Ambros
Natalia Revajova Lenartova
Ann Titone
Zsuzsanna Toldi
Gennifer Strobo
Cydney Gillon
Karina Grau
Latorya Watts
Julie Mayer

Qualified Via the Olympia Point Series
Allison Frahn
Andrea Calhoun
Sasha Brown
Wendy Fortino
Krista Dunn

Visit mrolympia.com for more information on the #50thOlympia and purchase your tickets to watch the Figure Olympia live and in person.



2014 IFBB Tahoe Pro Figure Results


Tahoe Pro Figure Results
The 2014 Tahoe Pro Figure competition was the final stop for the IFBB Pros looking to qualify for the Olympia. Thirteen women took the stage looking for the win but there could only be one. Win and you’re in the Figure Olympia. Finish in the top five and collect points towards an invite via the Olympia Point Series. Allison Frahn was the only competitor who had a lock on an Olympia spot but the remaining spots were up for grabs.

After prejudging it was apparent that Andrea Calhoun, Julie Mayer, Allison Frahn and Wendy Fortino were a lock for the top four but where would they finish? We never saw the fifth and sixth place finishers stand next to the top four and it was clear it would come down to these four women for the top spots. Fifth was significant as it helped determine the point total in the Olympia series.

Julie Mayer, Krista Dunn and Andrea Calhoun were all in a tie for 3-5 in the Point Series with Wendy Fortino in sixth. Julie Mayer was awarded first place and that took her out of the point series hunt. Coming in second was Wendy Fortino which earned her enough points to head to the Olympia. Third place went to Andrea Calhoun and locked in her spot for the Figure Olympia. Allison Frahn was already qualified and the fourth place finish earned her two more points but was it a risky move entering the show? It was definitely a roll of the dice. Win the show and you have momentum going into the Olympia but a fourth place finish definitely wasn’t what she had hoped for. She’ll have her work cut out for her to get in the top ten conversation come Olympia time. Rounding out the top five and earning a spot in the Olympia line up was Krista Dunn. She’s competed a number of times and has been up and down in her placings throughout the year. She can breathe a sigh of relief now that she’s qualified for the Olympia in Las Vegas.

2014 IFBB Tahoe Pro Figure Results (score is after the name)
1. Julie Mayer – 3
2. Wendy Fortino – 6
3. Andrea Calhoun – 10
4. Allison Frahn – 11
5. Krista Dunn – 16
6. Shalako Bradberry – 19
7. Bojana Vasiljevic – 22
8. Jami DeBernard – 23
9. Beckie Boddie – 25
10. Sarah Dominguez – 31
11. Michell Shepherd – 32
12. Katrina Tarbox – 35

Next stop… the Figure Olympia. The IFBB Border States in October will be the next open event for the Figure pros.



2014 Bikini Olympia – Find Out Who Qualified


2014 Bikini Olympia

The final Olympia qualifying pro show took place today and has set the field for the Bikini Olympia. The top five at the Olympia are automatically qualified for the following year’s competition. The winners of each pro show qualify with the victory. The competitors who place second through fifth earn points throughout the year and the top five highest point totals are qualified to compete in the Olympia. If there is a tie, there is currently no tie-breaker, all go to the big show. In the Bikini division six women will go to the Olympia via the Point Series due to a tie.

Keep in mind this is the list of women who have qualified, it isn’t a final list of who will compete. There will be a competitor or two who will not compete despite being qualified. Check back for the final list.

2014 BIKINI OLYMPIA QUALIFIED COMPETITORS
Ashley Kaltwasser
Yeshaira Robles
Stacey Alexander
Nathalia Melo
India Paulino
Lacey DeLuca
Vladmiria Krasova
Jennifer Andrews
Narmin Assria
Amanda Latona
Taylor Methany Bentson
Crystal Matthews
Christie Marquez
Sarah LeBlanc
Noy Alexander
Janet Layug
Sandi Forsythe
Christina Strom Fjaere
Jenee Leger
Angela Marquez
Stephanie Mahoe
Tawna Eubanks
Brittany Taylor

TOP OLYMPIA POINT SERIES TOTALS and QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIA:
Jessica Arevalo – 17
Dayna Maleton – 14
Candice Conroy – 13
Kelsie Clark -12
Nicola Weiterova – 11
Noemi Olah -11

Visit mrolympia.com for more information and purchase your tickets to watch the Bikini Olympia live!



2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini Results


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The last opportunity to qualify for the Bikini Olympia went through St. Louis, Missouri on August 23rd. The final IFBB Pro Bikini in the competition calendar year (Olympia to Olympia) proved to be one of the more interesting ones simply based on the Point Series. Win and you’re in the Olympia Finish in the top 5 and collect points. The top five highest points at the end of the season are granted an invite to the Olympia.

Brittany Taylor and Justine Munro were compared side by side a number of times and the winner was in the Olympia and second place stay home. This was Justine’s best look to date but wasn’t quite sharp enough to hold off rookie Brittany Taylor. Brittany took top honors and in doing so punched her ticket to the Olympia. She was the 2014 Overall NPC Jr. Nationals Bikini Winner in June and this is her first pro win. Munro came up short in the point series and fans of the Canadian will have to wait another year as she will not be competing in this year’s Olympia. Coming in third was California’s Candice Conroy. The third place finish launched her into fourth place in the point series and she is officially in the big show. Fourth place went to Bianca Berry who come on strong in the final three shows after some time away from competition. She came up just short in the point series but will be one to watch in the shows after the Olympia. Definitely one who you could see on the Olympia stage in 2015. The fifth and final spot went to Noemi Olah. The placing earned her one point which ties her for the fifth and final point series spot with Nicola Weiterova.

Despite placing sixth in the show, Jessica Arevalo will head to the Olympia on points. A questionable move as to why she competed was she was already in the Olympia on points and the finish here does little for her momentum heading into the Olympia.

2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro Bikini Results (score behind the name)
1. Brittany Taylor – 3
2. Justine Munro – 6
3. Candice Conroy – 9
4. Bianca Berry – 12
5. Noemi Olah – 15
6. Jessica Arevalo – 18
7. Caryn Paolini – 21
8. Kamilah Powell – 24
9. Solmay Hernandez – 27
10. Janet Harding – 20
11. Svetlana Eregina – 33
12. Shawn Hecktor-Lewis – 36
13. Yanya Rachan – 39

Next up for the IFBB Bikini Pros is the 50th Olympia on September 18-21, 2014. After that is the Korean Pro and the Prague Pro. The next stateside Pro Bikini show will be the Ft. Lauderdale Cup on October 18th.



Carrie Underwood & 11 NFL Players Star in “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT”


Opening SNF Theme Includes Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Clay Matthews, LeSean McCoy & Philip Rivers
Carrie Underwood Records Special Opening Theme for NBC’s Telecast of Super Bowl XLIX

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2014 – Eleven NFL players will join six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood for her performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC.

After making her debut last season, Underwood returns in 2014 beginning with NBC’s first SNF broadcast of the 2014 NFL season as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET, and the opening theme will continue each week of the season to kick off Sunday Night Football, culminating with a special opening theme for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

Eleven NFL players, who have accounted for 44 Pro Bowl selections, five Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP trophies and eight first-round draft picks (five in the top 10), will participate in the open (nine, denoted with an asterisk*, took part in a shoot this past June).

Following is the complete list:
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham*
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick*
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly*
New York Giants QB Eli Manning
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall*
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews*
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy*
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers*
Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware*
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson*

Players who participated in this year’s SNF shoot provided some commentary on the set:

Philip Rivers on SNF: “It’s great to be a part of it, it really is. My children are all old enough now, and we all sit and watch it every week.”

Brandon Marshall on his SNF opening theme debut: “I’ve been waiting nine years to do this. It took you guys nine years, to give me a call, to finally do the open.”

LeSean McCoy on his vocal chops: “They might want me to replace Carrie Underwood…out of all the players, I’m definitely the best singer.”

SNF open veteran Clay Matthews: “This year they’ve got me stage diving and crowd surfing. It’s always something to look forward to.”

Luke Kuechly on preparing for his first SNF open shoot: “You know what I did last night? I watched the Sunday Night Football intros from the previous couple of years, and I was like…I like that.”

Jimmy Graham on his future in Hollywood: “I need my filming career to start today. Stunt guy, only. I don’t want to talk, you know?”

Colin Kaepernick: “I wasn’t singing, I was just going along with the words…”

LeSean McCoy, putting on his jersey for the shoot: “I don’t wanna mess up my makeup”

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

Earlier this summer, NBC Sports Group produced for movie theatres a 2½-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s SNF open. The cinema spot was viewed on more than 19,000 movie screens in theaters nationwide. To view the behind-the-scenes cinema spot, click here.

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum – tallied 38 weeks at No 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide.

A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood last year became the musical voice of primetime television’s No 1 program, Sunday Night Football and starred as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour, holiday blockbuster and Emmy-winning, The Sound of Music Live!, which attracted 44 million viewers.

SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION FOR 3 YEARS RUNNING: For the third consecutive September-May television season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the only three times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season. For the 2013-2014 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranked as the highest-rated (12.8), most-watched show (21.7 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 broadcast program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 and Women 18-34 and 18-49.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs., Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun., Sept. 7 Week 1 Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Sun., Sept. 14 Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun., Sept. 21 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun., Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs.Nov. 2 7Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–



Hardbody Hot Seven Picks – 7 Things You Must See (or read)


hardbody hot picks
Check out these seven things that caught our attention. Something related to sports, health and fitness catch your attention? Let us know and we’ll check it out.

1. Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient.
“In a study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a research associate in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, report that children who are more fit have more white matter in their brains than those who aren’t as fit.” - Read this story on Time.com.

2. See-Through Packaging Boosts Sales.
The Wall Street Journal provides an in-depth look at see-through packaging. Lengthy but interesting read.

3. Marie Purvis Instagram Workout. Give this a try!

4. How does one of the greatest female tennis players warm up? Watch Serena Williams demonstrate.

5. 40 Year Old Joe Pavey wins the 10,000m Final 2014 European Athletics Championships

6. Tickets are on sale for the 2014 NPC Music City Muscle Contest. This is the largest NPC event in the state of Tennessee and it’s one of the best events to compete and attend. This year’s guest performer is IFBB Fitness Pro Tanji Johnson.

7. Russia Allows Import of Allergen-Free Products, Seeds, Dietary Supplements

Have something that should make our Hot Seven Picks? Email editor@ Hardbodynews.com or send a tweet to @hardbodynews.



Sam “Sweet Feet” Gordon is Back


sam gordon
Sam “Sweet Feet” Gordon made national news when the video of her football highlights went viral. “Going Viral” is often an overused term but in Sam’s instance it’s a case study in what it truly means to “go viral” with a video. She went from unknown 9 year-old (at the time) girl on a football team to a Wheaties Box, multiple tv show appearances and hanging with the NFL commissioner during the Super Bowl.

Sam Gordon and FriendsIt’s never too early to be a hardbody.

Sam has set up her own Youtube Channel and been diligently updating it with a variety of videos. In the videos you’ll see she has charisma, talent and isn’t afraid of hard work. After watching her speed and agility workouts you’ll see why she’s able to smoke the boys on the field.

Sam shows why she’s a champion in her latest video. As the video shows her yards ahead of the pack she shares, “We started out with conditioning and I wanted to set the pace for my teammates.”

Check out her room tour. It’s pretty awesome.

Follow Sam:
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM
YOUTUBE
TWITTER



Peanut Butter Recall


We know a number of you are big peanut butter fans and with that you should take notice of the voluntary recall issued by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. Their products are sold throughout the world and available online. Check the FDA’s complete list of recalled products to see if you may have purchased one of the products.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 19, 2014 - nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The potential risk was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following routine testing. The Company has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products.

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is committed to producing the highest quality products and our top priority is the safety of our consumers. For this reason we are initiating this voluntary recall of the products below as a precautionary measure.

The use-by date can be found on the top of the jar lid. The Company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy products with the above use-by dates from store shelves and warehouses.

Products were distributed across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic. The products also were available for purchase on the internet.

The recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact the Company at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund, and with general inquiries.

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Female Fitness Stars Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


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You’ve probably seen it at least once. A video of someone getting a bucket of ice or water dumped over them. What is this ice bucket challenge and why are people doing it?

It’s called the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The official website describes ALS as, “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.”

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe.

How the challenge typically works is a participant dumps a bucket of ice or ice cold water over their head and donates money to ALS. If you accept the challenge the suggested donation is $10. If you opt out of dumped ice water over your head the suggested donation is $100. Obviously it’s up to each individual whether they take the challenge and donate or not. Those who accept the challenge are then asked to nominate three friends to do the same. ALS.org reports, “As of Monday, August 18, The ALS Association has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 18).”

Of course, there are going to be people complaining about the videos. If you’re on Facebook or twitter you’ve likely seen people say things like “we’re in a drought” and “stop wasting water” as a response to the videos. I’m fairly certain people are being far more wasteful than dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads and creating awareness for a good cause. Instead of bitching about the videos and people “making it all about themselves” educate others on what it’s about and why it’s worthwhile. Even if you don’t participate it’s part of a great good and there’s nothing wrong with sharing positivity.

Before you complain about raising awareness for ALS watch this video of Steve Saling who suffers from ALS.

Here’s an on-going collection of some Fitness Stars who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. See more on youtube and use #icebucketChallenge throughout your social media to help raise awareness for this devastating disease. You can donate here.

Jennie Finch, Olympic Gold Medalist

Ronda Rousey, UFC Champion

Gabrielle Reece, Pro Volleyball Player

Celeste Bonin, Former WWE Champ aka Kaitlyn

Dana Linn Bailey, Women’s Physique Olympia Showdown Winner

Nicole Wilkins, 3x Figure Olympia Champion

Candice Keene, 2x Arnold Figure Champion

Jen Hendershott, Arnold & Olympia Fitness Champ

Jamie Eason Middleton, Cover Model / Fitness Spokesmodel

Whitney Jones, Fitness Olympia Competitor

Candice Lewis-Carter, Figure Champ and her husband

Valerie Haines, Figure Pro

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.



13-Year-Old Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like A Girl


13-Year-Old Mo'Ne Davis Throws Like A Girl

Mo’Ne Davis throws like a girl. She is a girl. She’s the first girl to throw a shut out in Little League World Series (LLWS) history. At just 13-years-old she’s already become a bit of a sports celebrity.

In an Associated Press story she shared, “It’s very unreal. I never thought at the age of 13 I would be a role model.” Davis went on to say, “Hopefully, more girls play Little League.”

She isn’t the first girl to play in the LLWS, but it doesn’t make her accomplishment any less remarkable. The first female to play in the Little League World Series was Kathryn “Tubby” Johnston Massar. In the summer of 1950, Kathryn cut her hair short and used the nickname “Tubby” to give the impression she was a boy so she could play baseball. Masser, now 78, told the Associated Press, “It’s truly amazing. I’m very happy to see girls playing.”

Mo’Ne’s instagram account already has over 8,500 fans with just three posts.


Davis became the fourth American girl to play in the LLWS and a total of 18 girls have played over the tournament’s 68-year history.

In an interview earlier this week, FOX NEWS’ Eric Bolling asked Mo’Ne about playing in a more “female friendly sport like soccer”. She let’s him know she plays soccer but it’s not her favorite sport. When Bolling’s co-host asks if she could strike him out Mo’Ne doesn’t hesitate with saying “yes”. Eric chuckles and says, “now there’s a challenge.” Seriously dude?

Let’s hope he sticks to his promise of being “up for that challenge” after the Little League World Series and Mo’Ne can show him how a 13-year old girl throws.



Yahoo Bulks Up Heath Division


Women’s Health editor in chief, Michele Promaualayko will be leaving her position at the magazine and joining Yahoo Health. She will take over as editor in chief of Yahoo Health on August 25th. Yahoo has been bulking up its staff in preparation of its “magazine initiative” set to launch this fall.

Yahoo shared, “Michele joins us from Women’s Health where she was editor in chief for 5 years. Under her leadership, Women’s Health has experienced tremendous growth digitally and in print, while garnering some of the magazine industry’s highest accolades including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. She is also the author of the popular book Look Better Naked: The 6-Week Plan To Your Leanest, Hottest, Body—Ever. Michele is frequently called on as an expert to comment on trends and news in health & fitness.”

A few of Michele‘s colleagues tweet about her move.






Foods Labeled Gluten-Free Must Meet FDA’s Definition


As of August 5, 2014, all foods labeled gluten-free must meet all requirements of the gluten-free labeling final rule published in August 2013.

The requirements apply to packaged foods labeled on or after today. FDA recognizes that many foods currently labeled as gluten-free may already meet the new federal definition. However, consumers should be aware that there may be some products still on store shelves that were produced and labeled before the compliance date for FDA’s rule.

Today’s compliance date was established in the final rule one year ago to allow the food industry sufficient time to make changes needed in the formulation or labeling of their foods that voluntarily bear a gluten-free claim in the United States.

The final rule provides a uniform standard definition to help consumers with celiac disease manage a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free foods must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten. Foods may be labeled “gluten-free” if they are inherently gluten free; or do not contain an ingredient that is: 1) a gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt wheat); 2) derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour); or 3) derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat starch), if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 ppm or more gluten in the food.

On June 25, 2014, the FDA issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with the final rule’s requirements. FDA will continue to work with, educate and monitor industry on the use of the gluten-free claim.

Outreach will be conducted to assist the industry, as needed, to ensure that the provisions of the rule are fully understood. In addition, FDA will use its existing compliance and enforcement tools, such as inspection, laboratory analysis, warning letters, seizure, and injunction, to ensure that the use of the claim on food packages complies with the definition.

FDA recognizes that people with celiac disease are also interested in being able to identify gluten free foods served in restaurants and other retail establishments that serve prepared foods to customers. The gluten-free final rule applies to packaged foods, which may be sold in some retail and food-service establishments such as some carry-out restaurants. Given the public health significance of “gluten-free” labeling, FDA says that restaurants and other establishments making a gluten-free claim on their menus should be consistent with FDA’s definition. State and local governments play an important role in oversight of these establishments.

We look forward to working with the states, the restaurant industry and other stakeholders to support education and outreach on the appropriate use of the term gluten-free.

For additional information: www.fda.gov/gluten-freelabeling

Story via www.fda.gov



2014 Olympia Lineups – Find Out Who Qualified


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The 2014 Olympia is quickly approaching and we’re beginning to see who will qualify for the big show in Las Vegas. Over the weekend, most of the fields were set. The Bikini, Men’s Physique and Figure still have a handful of shows remaining on the schedule to qualify but for the most part we know who will be qualified for the Olympia.

Keep in mind these lists are for those who qualified, it doesn’t mean they will actually compete. We know Erin Stern, Mallory Haldeman and Heather Dees are are officially out of the Figure lineup. A couple of top competitors in other divisions will not be competing but have asked not to be mentioned just yet as they haven’t made things “official”. Stay tuned on that front as it will definitely get people talking when their absence is announced.

Fitness Olympia
Adela Garcia
Oksana Grishina
Tanji Johnson
Myriam Capes
Bethany Cisternino
Marta Aquiar
Fiona Harris

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Regiane Da Silva
Danielle Ruban
Whitney Jones
Trish Warren
Amanda Hatfield
Somkina Liudmila

Ms. Olympia
Iris Kyle
Alina Popa
Debi Laszewski
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
Brigita Brezovac
Simone Oliveira
Anne Freitas
Rita Bello
Sheila Bleck

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Margie Martin
Christine Envall
Alana Shipp
Lisa Giesbrecht
Jennifer Sedia

Women’s Physique Showdown
Dana Linn Bailey
Tycie Coppett
Sara Hurrle
Toni West
Patricia Melo
Sabrina Taylor
Jennifer Robinson
Frances Mendez
Nathalie Falk
Juliana Malacarne
Samantha Hill
Mindi O’Brien
Tamee Marie
Leila Thompson
La’Drissa Bonivel
Karin Hobbs
Heather Grace

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Rachel Baker
Karina Nascimento
Olga Beliakova
Roxie Beckles
Jacklyn Sutton Abrams
Sandra Lombardo
Jillian Reville

Mr. Olympia
Phil Heath
Kai Greene
Dennis Wolf
Shawn Rhoden
Dexter Jackson
Ibrahim Fahim
Justin Compton
Steve Kuclo
Branch Warren
Mamdouh Elssbiay
Juan Morel
Roelly winklaar
William Bonac
Victor Martinez

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Jonathan Delarosa
Evan Centopani
Lionel Beyeke
Cedric McMillan
Johnnie Jackson
Jojo Ntiforo
Essa Obaid
Fred Smalls

212 Olympia Showdown
Flex Lewis
David Henry
Kevin English
Jose Raymond
Eduardo Correa
Sami Al Haddad
Guy Cisternino
Aaron Clark
Charles Dixon
Hidetada Yamagishi

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Mark Dugdale
Raul Carrasco
Ahmad Ahmad
Baito Abbaspour
Mboya Edwards

The following divisions are not final and still have shows remaining however this is how the lineups look as of Monday August 11, 2014.

Figure Olympia Qualified
Nicole Wilkins
Erin Stern
Candice Keene
Heather Dees
Mallory Haldeman
Camala Rodriguez
Alicia Coates
Candice Lewis
Jessica Graham
Dana Ambrose
Natalia Revajova Lenartova
Ann Titone
Zsuzsanna Toldi
Gennifer Strobo
Cydney Gillon
Karina Grau
Latorya Watts

There’s just one qualifying show to go in the Figure division (Tahoe Pro). It’s safe to call Allison Frahn and Sasha Brown qualified for the Olympia. There are a number of scenarios that could change the remaining lineup after the Tahoe Pro but here’s the leading contenders with a chance to qualify via the points series. The magic number is 10 anything less than that and there’s not chance to qualify via the points system. Three women have ten points and four have mathematical chances to get in with a top finish in Tahoe.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Allison Frahn, 15
Sasha Brown, 12
Krista Dunn, 10
Andrea Calhoun, 10
Julie Mayer, 10

Wendy Fortino, 8
Laurie Green, 7
Monica Labriola, 6
Amanda Doherty, 6

Bikini Olympia Qualified
Ashley Kaltwasser
Yeshaira Robles
Stacey Alexander
Nathalia Melo
India Paulino
Lacey DeLuca
Vladmiria Krasova
Jennifer Andrews
Narmin Assria
Amanda Latona
Taylor Methany Bentson
Crystal Matthews
Christie Marquez
Sarah LeBlanc
Noy Alexander
Janet Layug
Sandi Forsythe
Christina Strom Fjaere
Jenee Leger
Angela Marquez
Stephanie Mahoe
Tawna Eubanks

There are two IFBB Pro Bikini shows remaining on the schedule. The Dallas Pro and the St. Louis Pro will determine who is in the Bikini Olympia lineup. In order to make the Olympia via the point system a competitor needs at least 10 points. Anything less than ten and they are on the outside looking in. It’s a safe bet to call Jessica Arevalo and Dayna Maleton in the Olympia but not it’s not set in stone. Kelsie Clark, Nicola and Michelle Lewin are likely in but not a sure thing. A number of scenarios could play out given two remaining shows. There will be a clearer scenario after the Dallas Pro. This one could come down to the wire to see who gets in.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Jessica Arevalo, 17
Dayna Maleton, 14
Kelsie Clark, 12
Nicola Weiterova, 11
Michelle Lewin, 10

Noemi Olah, 9
Anna Virmajoki, 7
Candice Conroy, 6
Callie Bundy, 5

Men’s Physique Olympia Showdown
Mark Anthony Wingson
Jeremy Buendia
Matthew Acton
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Tyler Anderson
Tory Woodward
Michael Anderson
German Pacheco
Arya Saffaie
Anton Antipov

There’s just one qualifying show to go in the Men’s Physique division (Dallas Pro). It’s safe to call the top two gentleman qualified for the Olympia. There are a number of scenarios that could change the remaining lineup after this weekend.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Jonathan Sebastian, 15
Xavisus Gayden, 12
Felipe Franco, 8
Jeff Seid, 7
Matt Christianer, 6
Sheridan Hause, 6



Crossfit® Games Winners Reveal How Much They Workout


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If you’re familiar with Crossfit® the work outs of the day (WOD) are typically short and sweet. You get your workout in and you’re done, unless of course you want to be the best at Crossfit. Curious how much time this year’s top competitors workout a day? Check out the video below and it might shock you. The women start at minute two.

Top Athletes Reveal How Many Hours A Day They Workout from The Rx Review on Vimeo.

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Sports Illustrated Misses Opportunity with Their Fittest 50


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People love reading lists and naturally I was intrigued when I saw Sports Illustrated (SI) post a link to their “Fittest 50″ list. Their “first ever Fittest 50″ was assembled by their editors and writers using a “40-point rating system”. Sounds cool right?

The opening page of the web site’s list reads…

Fitness. For the professional athlete it is the very foundation of success. But even among the pros, some athletes stand head and sculpted shoulders above the rest. The natural question, then: Who is the fittest athlete in sports? For our first-ever Fittest 50, SI’s editors and writers set out to find the answer. We assessed the best of the best across all sports, using a 40-point rating system based on four criteria.

According to the site, their system calculated Strength, Speed, Endurance and Agility. The last sentence on the page reads, “As the rankings that follow make clear, the fittest of the fit come in all shapes and sizes, and from all corners of the athletic world. Count down to see who’s the fittest of them all.”

Apparently the writers and editors at SI don’t view gender as part of the equation. Call it what it is… “Our Top Fifty Fittest Men in Sports.”

As with any list/rankings, there will be controversy but not ONE female athlete? C’mon man. They missed a golden opportunity to gain more fans and show readers they view women as more than just swimsuit models. I find it hard to believe that there’s not one female who could make the list. Yes, the number of professional female athletes pales in comparison to the men but I’m pretty sure there’s at least one female who would meet the criteria.

What’s your take on it? Share you thoughts on Facebook or twitter.

Lead image compiled via SI video.



2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Competitor Lists


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The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro will take place on August 8-9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida and it’s one for the record books. The competitor lists have been released and there will be over 200 IFBB Pro competitors on stage. It’s a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication promoter Tim Gardner has put into this event. Every IFBB Pro division will be featured along with a NPC event. Fans of Female Bodybuilding will be in for a treat as 8x Ms. Olympia, Lenda Murray will be a special guest of honor.

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Competitor Lists

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Fitness
Tiffany Chandler
Bethany Cisternino
Lishia Dean
Krista Duba
Natalie Graziano
Amanda Hatfield
Sara Kovach
Somkina Liudmila
Shannon Siemer
Debbie Sizemore
Darrian Tissenbaum
Aurika Tyrgale
Eileen Wells

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Figure
Holly Beck
Beckie Boddie
Jennifer Brown
Andrea Calhoun
Alicia Coates
Jennifer Cardovez
Cheryl Davis
Jami DeBernard
Amanda Doherty
Edith Driver
Krista Dunn
Wendy Fortino
Angie Garcia
Ivana Ivusic
Vanessa Jacobs
Katharine Lane
Gretchen Lichtenstein
Eliyan Lobez
Georgina Lona
Kamla Macko
Very Mallet
Bernadette Matassa
Arja Moilanen
Heather Nappi
Megan Olson
Selena Pons
Cinderella Richardson
Megan Riby
Katrina Tarbox
Jennifer Taylor
Jacqueline Timberlake
Bojana Vasiljevic
Amy Villa Nelson
Latorya Watts
Christina Woodward

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Bikini
Gigi Amurao
Nicole Ankney
Bianca Berry
Callie Bundy
Angeles Burke
Vanessa Campbell
Lacey DeLuca
Meghan Duncan
Aly Garcia
Svetlana Eregina
Mariana Fernandes
Shawn Hecktor Lewis
Catherine Hernon Schamleffel
Michelle Lewin
Asia Mendoza
Samatha Morris
Sabrina Nicole
Noemi Olah
Amanda Otero
India Paulino
Jennifer Peoples
Jessica Pimentel
Catherine Radulic
Lisa Schimkat
Michelle Sylvia
Kenea Yancey

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Physique
Rose Brunner
Jeannea Burritt
Margarita Charaim
Ava Cowan
Jill Dearmin
Kendel Dolen
Dre Dillard
Cassandra Floyd
Jessica Gaines
Karen Gatto
Heather Grace
Lisa Grasso
Lenore Gregson
Jennifer Hernandez
Tracy Hess
Rosela Joseph
Candrea Judd Adams
Anne Marie Kam
Carrie Lawyer
Jill Marie Livoti
Sandra Lambardo
Lisa Lopez
LaDawn McDay
Gail Meadows
Teresita Morales
Karina Nascimento
Vicki Nixon
Dona Oliveria
Danielle Reardon
Jillian Reville
Tonya Shull
Pamela Slemmons
Olivia Terry
Melissa Tucker

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding
Alicia Alfaro
Sheila Bleck
Kim Buck
Kahla Bullemor
Lisa Cross
Angela Debatin
Roxanne Edwards
Judy Gaillard
Lisa Giesbrecht
Alventina Goroshinskaya
Mimi Jabalee
Mary Ellen Jerumbo
Monique Jones
Janeen Lankowski
Zoa Linsey
Olga Puzanova
Virginia Sanchez
Jennifer Sedia
Melody Spetko
Beth Wachter
Aleesha Young

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
Baito Abbaspour
Pablo Ayala Zayas
Mohamed Ali Bannout
Jeff Beckham
William Bonac
Max Charles
Constantinos Demetriou
Lloyd Dollar
Stephen Frazier
Timmy Gaillard
Kenneth Jackson
Rafael Jaramillo
Manuel Lomeli
Victor Martinez
Alexandre Nataf
An Nguyen
Julius Page
Manuel Romero
Jonathan Rowe
Ben White
Bill Wilmore
Robert Youells

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro 212
John Arendsz
Ray Arde
Thomas Benagli
Alejandro Cambronero
Marco Cardona
Pierre Chamoun
Gilmar De Souza Silva
Derik Farnsworth
Wendell Flloyd
Darron Glenn
Tricky Jackson
Jocelyn Jean
Emro Karadjuzovic
Derek Leverant
Daron Lytle
Milton Martinez
Cory Mathews
Fernando Noronha Almeida
Anthony Paitaris
Luis Santa
Steve Silverman
Rixio Tapia
Marvin Ward
Hidetada Yamagishi

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s Physique
Chad Abner
Shareef Alikhan
Anton Antipov
Emmanuel Banks
Michael Barnt
Michael Bivens
Travales Blount
Anthony Brigman
Shane Eslahi
Michael Ferguson
Igor Gajic
Sadik Hadzovic
Sheridan Hause
Brian Hay
Brandon Hendrickson
Joe Herr
Brant LaRose
Jacques Lewis
Steve Mousharbash
Tristan Murray
Geobanny Paula
Butch Rolle
Jeff Seid
Tyler Stines
Al Shukoori
William Sulliva
Stephen Talamo
Russell Waheed
Jermaine Ward

Visit timgardnerproductions.com for more info and tickets to the show.

 



Chika Amalaha, 16-Year-Old Nigerian Weightlifter, Fails Drug Test


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday.

Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Glasgow Games after testing positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last Friday.

Amalaha’s “A” sample contained amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Amalaha asked for the backup “B” sample to be tested, which will happen in London on Wednesday.

Amalaha would be stripped of the gold medal if the second sample also comes back positive.

WADA is set to investigate how someone so young had access to banned substances.

“I am rather saddened and disappointed this has happened to a 16-year-old,” WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press. “We will need to see if the `B’ sample matches the `A.’ Then if it does the girl will be removed from the games and it will be up to the international weightlifting federation to apply a sanction and then she would lose her medal.

“WADA will look at the circumstances surrounding this case once we know the full facts.”

The test was part of an anti-doping program at the games targeting specific sports based largely on intelligence, rather than testing every medal winner.

“It shows we have a very robust anti-doping program in place,” Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said. “It sends a strong message to anybody in any sport that if you go down the path of doping, any substance to enhance performance, they will be caught … it’s an ongoing battle.”

Amalaha set Commonwealth Games records in her weight category with a total of 196 kilograms (432 pounds), breaking the previous mark of 188 kilograms (414 pounds). Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea won silver and Santoshi Matsa of India earned the bronze.

Amalaha said last week that she took up weightlifting despite opposition at home.

“I started at the age of 12, but my family were strongly against me doing the sport at first,” she said. “They kept me telling to stop doing it, but I persuaded them by getting a female coach.

“From then on, it was hard work, training, a lot of pain and dedication that got me here today. And now my family were in the audience and they are so excited and so proud.”

The positive test is the latest setback for weightlifting, which has been marred by doping cases. Nigeria’s weightlifting team didn’t compete at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester because of a doping ban imposed in 2001 after four members of the squad failed drug tests.

Four years ago in New Delhi, three Nigerian runners failed doping tests. Folashade Abugan was stripped of silver medals in the women’s 400 meters and 4×400-meter relay after testing positive for a steroid. Osayomi Oludamola had her gold medal in the 100 meters taken away after testing positive for a banned stimulant and hurdler Samuel Okon, who did not win a medal, also tested positive.

Hooper told The Associated Press on Sunday that about 1,500 random doping tests would be conducted in total in Glasgow. About two-thirds will be carried out during the competition, with the rest completed before the games began on July 23.

Two Welsh athletes had to withdraw over doping offenses committed ahead of the Glasgow Games.

European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out on Friday after being charged with an anti-doping violation at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11.

His Welsh teammate, Gareth Warburton, who had been due to compete in the 800 meters at the Commonwealth Games, is going through a U.K. Anti-Doping disciplinary procedure after being charged with earlier anti-doping offenses.


Story via Rob Harris for Associated Press.



Camille Leblanc-Bazinet Tops The 2014 Crossfit® Women Rankings


2014 Crossfit

Canadian Camille Leblanc-Bazinet competed in her fifth Reebok CrossFit Games and finished on top of the podium for the first time. Camille beat out the 2011 and 2012 champion, Annie “Iceland Annie” Thorisdottir by 40 points. In 2013, Camille finished in 16th place but bounced back to claim the top spot this year. Prior to this year’s Games her highest finish was sixth in 2012. Camille’s gymnastic background proved to be helpful in route to her fist win at the Games. “I attacked more of my weaknesses. I worked my ass off. Every year, you get better at finding your weaknesses,” Leblanc said in post win interview.

Thorisdottir was second, and Julie Foucher finished in third.

2014 Crossfit Women top 3
Photo courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.

CrossFit introduced “the sport of fitness” in 2007. The 2007 Crossfit Games pale in comparison to what the event has become today. Today, thousands of spectators attend the Games and many more watch on ESPN. The total Games payout in 2014 grew to $1,750,000. The total 2015 prize purse will increase to $2,000,000 and by 2020 plans to reach $3,000,000. At the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, the top 20 men and 20 women took home prize money. First place (for both the men and women) received $275,000. It’s one of the few sporting events where the women’s pay is equal to the men. Individuals earned extra money by winning individual events. Along with the individual open competition, the Games features a Team event and Master’s competitions.

Individual Crossfit® Open Prize Money:
1st – $275,000
2nd – $75,000
3rd – $45,000
4th – $20,000
5th – $18,000
6th – $16,000
7th – $14,000
8th – $12,000
9th – $11,000
10th – $10,000
11th – $9,000
12th – $8,000
13th – $7,000
14th – $6,000
15th – $5,000
16th – $4,000
17th – $3,500
18th – $3,000
19th – $2,500
20th – $2,000

Per Individual Event
1st – $3,000
2nd – $2,000
3rd – $1,000

Team
1st – $40,000
2nd – $20,000
3rd – $10,000

Masters
1st – $10,000
2nd – $5,000
3rd – $3,000

Total Payout in 2014
$1,750,000

Top 25 2014 Crossfit® Women
1. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
2. Annie Thorisdottir
3. Julie Foucher
4. Michele Letendre
5. Valerie Voboril
6. Emily Bridgers
7. Lauren Brooks
9. Lauren Fisher
10. Jenn Jones
11. Tiffany Hendrickson
12. Michelle Kinney
13. Emily Carothers
14. Elisabeth Akinwale
15. Chyna Cho
16. Kristin Holte
17. Denae Brown
18. Dani Horan
20. Amanda Goodman
21. Christy Adkins
22. Anna Tunnicliffe
23. Alessandra Pichelli
24. Rebecca Voigt
25. Sheila Barden

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 40-44
1. Amanda Allen
2. Cheryl Brost
3. Marcie Wells
4. Tracy Shuford
5. Merrill Mullis
6. Nikki Ralston
7. Janet Black
8. Pamela Gagnon
9. Ami Wight
10. Tonia Osborne

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 45-49
1. Kim Holway
2. Karen McCune
3. Shellie Edington
4. Jessica Clevenvik
5. Amy Mandelbaum
6. Lynne Fitzharris
7. Dawn Sibilia
8. Karyn Silvestri
9. Joyanne Cooper
10. Christine Wells

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 50-54
1. Mary Beth Litsheim
2. Cindy Kelley
3. Kelli Dean
4. Linda Elstun
5. Lynne Knapman
6. Susan Habbe
7. Hylie Thompson
8. Marion Valkenburg
9. Bonnie Lynn
10. Colleen Fahey

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 55-59
1. Susan Clarke
2. Kathy Ehrsam
3. Patty Failla
4. Lisa Long
5. Diana Flynn
6. Karen Miller
7. Kimberly Luber
8. Beth Hoppe
9. Debby Brouwer
10. April Kitagawa

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 60+
1. Karen Wattier
2. Mary Schwing
3. Sharon Lapkoff
4. Bernadette Elliott
5. Susan Wallis
6. Marilou Seiff
7. Nancy Steen
8. Joke Dikhoff
9. Lones Stern-Banks
10. Karen Pocius

See the complete leaderboard here.

Lead image via games.crossfit.com video.



Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet: Crossfit Lifestyle – 2


camille leblanc training

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet talks about pushing herself and going as hard as you can. “I love training by myself. I also love turning the clock off.” Learn how the Crossfit® athlete pushes herself in her workouts. Camille finds eating carbohydrates like sweet potatoes work best for her training. Check out the video to hear what Camille eats when she competes and more. works best for her fuel.

CAMILLE LEBLANC-BAZINET
BSN Athlete / CrossFit Competitor

In her most dominant performance to date, BSN Athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet bested all other female contestants at the Canada East Regional CrossFit Games, finishing first in seven out of eight events, punching her ticket to the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games at StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA for what will be her fifth appearance on the big stage.

ATHLETE BIO
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is one of the world’s top CrossFit athletes. She has finished in the top 10 at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past three years, improving her placing each year (9th in 2010, 8th in 2011, and 6th in 2012). She has also been the highest-placing Canadian athlete at the Games each of the past three years, male or female, which makes her the fittest woman in her country. Along with her CrossFit accomplishments, Camille has qualified for the National Championship in weightlifting in Canada, while also remaining a full-time student in chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke.

Camille has been a competitive athlete her entire life. She did high-level gymnastics for 14 years, starting at 2 years old and retiring at 16 in order to coach younger girls and to try new sports. She played senior AA soccer, played volleyball in high school, was the captain of her college flag football team, and also enjoys running half-marathons, skiing and playing rugby. Always passionate about sports and health, Camille is continuing her sports education and working toward her Olympic lifting, CrossFit and gymnastic certifications. She is also interning to be on the staff for CrossFit Headquarters and to coach with legendary Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener.

Camille’s profile continues to rise and she is constantly in demand for appearances and photo shoots, and has graced the covers of numerous sports and fitness publications. She’s also been nominated as one of the five most influential female athletes in Canada. With her youth, athleticism and dedication to constant improvement, Camille’s career seemingly has nowhere to go but up, and BSN® is thrilled to have her represent the brand to the CrossFit community and the world at large.

Read more about Camille on BSN’s Website.

via Youtube



Hearst Corporation Launches CosmoBody


CosmoBody

Cosmopolitan magazine publisher Hearst Corporation has launched CosmoBody, an “on-demand fitness & lifestyle video channel”. The video subscription service features celebrity trainers, workout plans and more.

The CosmoBody Youtube Channel features:
Celebrity Trainers
Fun. Fearless. Life.
Workouts
Body Changing Challenges

Check it out on cosmobody.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cosmobod
Twitter: twitter.com/cosmo_body

cosmobody

PRESS RELEASE
HEARST CORPORATION LAUNCHES COSMOBODY—A NEW PAID SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO ON-DEMAND CHANNEL—THROUGH ITS NEW HEARST DIGITAL STUDIOS UNIT

NEW YORK, July 15, 2014 – Hearst Corporation today introduced CosmoBody, its first premium subscription video on-demand service created by the newly formed Hearst Digital Studios, a group dedicated to developing all-new digital products and video channels from brands across the company. CosmoBody is a fitness and lifestyle channel conceived and designed in conjunction with the Cosmopolitan editorial team to capture the unique voice and sensibility of the iconic brand.
Available today at $9.95 a month, CosmoBody membership provides access (via Web, iOS and Android) to streaming on-demand workout and lifestyle videos, produced by Mark Burnett’s VIMBY studios, and original editorial content that is updated daily—all through the fun, fearless lens of Cosmopolitan and designed to get users hot and fit fast. A 10-day free trial of the service can be activated at CosmoBody.com.

“Basically, it’s Netflix for fitness and lifestyle content…Cosmo-style…with workout videos with names like ‘Get in the Mood Yoga,’ dating advice that takes you into the mind of a man, food and fashion tips and even healthy(ish) cocktail recipes,” said Neeraj Khemlani, head of Hearst Digital Studios and co-president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. “It’s our first channel and we look forward to developing more brands–both inside Hearst and with outside partners—into new over-the-top video networks that can be accessed by subscribers on any platform or device, at any time, anywhere in the world.”

“We want to empower our Cosmo audience to feel sexy and strong, without sacrificing any of the fun,” said Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. “There’s an inextricable link between looking good and feeling good, and CosmoBody inspires women to create that connection whenever they need it, wherever they are.”

The CosmoBody channel features eight celebrity trainers with big personalities, including dance cardio trainer Jennifer Johnson, boot camp specialists Astrid Swan McGuire and Adam Rosante, martial arts expert Ary Nunez, strength trainer Don Saladino, yoga specialist Tara Stiles, dance instructor Katia Pryce and basic fitness instructor Rique Uresti, as well as celebrated food blogger Camille Becerra, in highly stylized and seductive videos. Shot in fresh and vibrant locations ranging from New York rooftops to the beaches of Santa Monica, Calif., the videos offer a glimpse into trainers’ personal lives, while giving viewers the food and fitness tools—as well as life coaching advice—to power through their own lives. Members can browse a growing selection of videos that are organized by trainer and workout type.

Some of the key features of the CosmoBody channel include:

CHALLENGES: Editors and trainers create structured 1-4 week programs to get women ready for their key reveal moments: whether it’s helping a bride get a “Wowza Wedding Body,” “Sexier by Saturday” for the big date, or “Revenge Body” to help recover from a breakup.

AIRPLAY: On iOS, users can stream workouts from their phones and tablets to their big screens via Apple TV – a first step in a series of screen integrations debuting in the coming months.

STATS: Users can track approximate calories burned from workouts and soon will be able to link CosmoBody with key fitness trackers and wearable devices. This is a first step in an increasingly personalized experience.

“The CosmoBody channel is part of a larger umbrella strategy around the Cosmo brand, and an excellent template for how Hearst Magazines and the Studios will work together going forward,” said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines.

Hearst Digital Studios works alongside various brands and content creators across the company, as well as outside of Hearst, in order to further connect with audiences in innovative and exciting ways. Executive Creative Director David Vogler is the Studios’ chief designer. Chris Grosso, former head of AOL’s front page, is senior vice president and general manager of the platform team. Liz Plosser, senior editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, is also CosmoBody’s editorial director.

About Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 34 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18 percent of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, HISTORY and ESPN; significant holdings in automotive, electronic and medical/pharmaceutical business information companies; a 50 percent stake in global ratings agency Fitch Group; Internet and marketing services businesses; television production; newspaper features distribution; and real estate. Follow us on Twitter @HearstCorp and subscribe to Hearstlink.



Kacy Catanzaro Crushes America Ninja Warrior Course


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Bigger isn’t always better. Former Division 1 gymnast, Kacy Catanzaro is just 5 foot tall and tips the scale at 100 pounds but don’t let her size fool ya. She unleashed the beast from within and tackled what no other woman (and many men twice her size) has done… Finish the American Ninja Warrior course and advance to the next level. America Ninja Warrior (ANW) is an obstacle course with more than a few challenges. The grueling course makes other obstacle courses look like a McDonald’s playground. Check out the video of Kacy’s course run and you’ll be amazed more than once. It’s worth watching all the way through and by the end you’ll have know doubt why #MightyKacy was trending on twitter when it aired.

Kacy Catanzaro Crushes America Ninja Warrior Course

Follow Kacy on Facebook, twitter and instagram. She’s a HARDBODY!

Foreshadowing? A young Kacy as Wonder Woman.



‘TRY’ VIDEO: Colbie Caillat – Don’t you like you?


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Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat’s new EP ‘Gypsy Heart’ is out now and her newest music video is resonating with women in a big way. Caillat tweeted earlier this month, “‘Try’ is the 1st video I’ve never prepared for. Didn’t go tanning or diet or heavily workout… & it felt wonderful!”.

It’s not Colbie’s self-admitted lack of effort in preparing for the video that’s hitting home for women but rather the message shown in the video. The video shows women stripping away layers of makeup and fake hair as the song asks, “Why should you care, what they think of you”?

The great thing about the song and the video is the conversation it’s sparked. Like any form of Art it’s inevitably interpreted a number of ways, as evident with the youtube comments. The video has over 7 million youtube views and thousands of comments in less than a week online. The song is powerful but when combined with the visuals it’s a home run.

Last month Colbie released the same song with a lyric video. She invited some of her friends to send photos of themselves without makeup on. The lyric video has under 200,000 views and flew virtually under the radar until now. One of lyric video participants was Olympic Figure Skater, Michelle Kwan who tweeted…


Caillat told ELLE,

When I did the lyric video for “Try,” and I asked some of my celebrity friends if they would send a picture of themselves, you have no idea how difficult it was. Some of them said no, some of them said they’ll send me a picture in a couple of days because they have a pimple on their chin, and they didn’t want it showing in the picture. And I was like, no, no, no! That’s good!

If you’re not convinced of Colbie’s authenticity then take a peek at her twitter timeline where she shares vines of herself without makeup on and relatable tweets like…


VARIOUS COMMENTS ONLINE ABOUT ‘TRY’:

“This song/video is refreshing and empowering.”

“She’s not saying that wearing makeup is bad in anyway she’s saying stop trying so hard to get others to like you, just be yourself.”

“Being the father of 4 wonderful girls, and a husband to one very wonderful wife, this video and the song touch me.”

“What an empowering video! It serves as a great reminder that we don’t have to change ourselves or act a certain way for someone else’s approval. Nothing is more beautiful than being true to yourself.”

“Try” Lyrics
Oooh
Oooh

Put your make up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim so they like you, do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don’t be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong, so they like you
Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
Yooou don’t have to try

Oooh
Oooh

Get your shopping on, at the mall, max your credit cards
You don’t have to choose, buy it all, so they like you
Do they like you?

Wait a second,
Why should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
Yooou don’t have to try

Noooo
Oooh

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
You don’t have to try

Take your make up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
Cause I like you



Alicia Harris – Baby on Board


alicia harris

Four-time Figure Olympia competitor, Alicia “Smiley” Harris shared some exciting news with us today. The track star turned IFBB Figure pro has been known to light up the darkest room with her smile. She’s shown her pearly whites and rock’n hardbody on more than one magazine cover and appeared in numerous Optimum Nutrition ads. The diehard Chicago Bears fan, currently living in Des Plaines, Illinois, continues to work with Optimum Nutrition but has been noticeably absent from the Pro Figure stage.

She hasn’t officially retired from competition and has shifted her focus on building a family. Alicia was engaged shortly before the 2012 Figure Olympia and wed a year later to the man of her dreams, Jacob. Alicia and Jacob are expecting their first child the end of this year. The new mom-to-be shared, “We don’t know the sex yet but we’ll find out. The due date is December 20th. We’re blessed and excited!”

Congratulations Alicia and Jacob!

See Alicia’s competition photos here. Follow her on Instagram @figure_prole, twitter @figure_proLE and Facebook.



ESPN Films & espnW to Launch Nine for IX Shorts


nine for nine

On July 28th ESPN Films and espnW will launch a new documentary series, Nine for IX Shorts. The short films are an extension of the Nine for IX series that aired on ESPN last summer. The films bring attention to variety of topics in women’s sports and are beautifully produced by female filmmakers.

A new film will premiere on espnW.com every day and a clip will be featured on SportsCenter.

 

The five films in the series include:

Rowdy Ronda Rousey:  
Directed by the Mundo Sisters

On February 23, 2013, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey made history by becoming UFC’s first female Bantam Weight Champion. After beating her opponent Liz Carmouche with her signature armbar, Rousey also became the #1 female MMA fighter in the world. The film will take an inside look at this record breaking fight and how Rousey is paving the way for women in the sport. We’ll learn about Rousey’s rough childhood and how it shaped her fighting career. The film will also explore the extreme physical challenges and emotional strength behind becoming the world’s greatest female fighter.
Premiers July 28th.

Think Normal:
Directed by Nikki Reed

Jason McElwain’s 20 points in four minutes inspired sports fans around the world and fine-tuned the conversation surrounding people diagnosed with autism. But it was the perseverance and undeterred support of Jason’s mother, Debbie, who coached her son and provided him with the strength and confidence to step onto his high school basketball court and hit six 3-pointers, and one 2-pointer in four minutes of play. Featuring heartfelt interviews from Jason, his mother Debbie and his brother Josh, “Think Normal” is a look at what a mother sacrificed for her sons.
Premiers July 29th.

 

Brittney Griner: Lifesize:
Directed by Melissa Johnson

This is a rite of passage story following Brittney’s inaugural season with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. Director Melissa Johnson will collaborate with espnW’s Kate Fagan to chronicle not only Brittney’s transformation from amateur to professional but also from a celebrated kid with unlimited potential to a self-reliant adult with a deep inner capacity to make her championship dreams a reality. Blazing with authenticity, humor and irreverence, this story about the courage it takes to become everything that’s you — in the biggest, boldest way imaginable — is certain to delight and inspire.

Premiers July 30th.

 

Uncharted Waters:
Directed by Tina Carbone

In 1995, Bill Koch put together the first ever all-women America’s Cup team. Made up of top female athletes from across the country, the team made history onboard America3 and inspired fans across the country. But the team morale faltered after a series of changes were made including a new boat they weren’t use to, the replacement of a female team member with a male, and a last-minute rule change that allowed three teams to make it to the finals instead of two. In the last race of the Defender Series, the Mighty Mary lost their lead and rival Stars & Stripes beat them to the finish line.

Premiers July 31st.

 

Play a Round With Me:
Directed by Jessica Wolfson

In the 1980’s, Jan Stephenson became professional golf¹s first tabloid star, shaking up the game with her sex appeal and charismatic self-promotion. Amid intense media attention, Stephenson’s colorful and controversial life off the course often overshadowed her fierce determination to win championships. This film follows a tense year where, against all odds, Jan Stephenson tried to prove she was more just a pretty face.

Premiers August 1st.

 

All Nine for IX Shorts will air back-to-back in a two-hour block on Saturday, August 2, at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning, Producer’s Guild Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the critically-acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the webby award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts.

About espnW
espnW’s mission is to serve women as fans and athletes. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women.

Founded in July, 2010, espnW lives across television, films, events, digital and social platforms. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice for espnW.

Info via ESPN press release



New Sports Bras – Nike Pro Bra Collection


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The Nike Pro Bra Collection is the result of more than two years of research, testing, design and development. It features five bras that offer a continuum of support, including the revolutionary new Nike Pro Rival Bra, helping provide the female athlete with the right fit and the right support.

NIKE PROVIDES THE 411:
The sports bra is at the heart of every female athlete’s workout. It’s often the first thing she puts on and is arguably the most important.

More so than any other part of the workout wardrobe, sports bras make it clear no two women are the same. Different physiques and different needs across a wide range of activities require a heightened focus on narrowly tailored personalization.

In this regard, fit and support are paramount. A sports bra that doesn’t fit right is motivation not to work out.

“We have a saying here, ‘No bra, no workout, no run’,” says Julie Igarashi, Vice President of Global Design for Nike Women’s Training. “The majority of women are wearing the wrong-sized bra. This is something we needed to fix.”

This insight inspired Nike to devote more than two years of research, testing, design and development to creating a new sports bra solution. The result of that work is the Nike Pro Bra Collection, an innovative line of sports bras designed for the body in motion to provide the right fit and right support for every female athlete.

The Nike Pro Bra Collection features five bras designed for each athlete’s desired level of support. The centerpiece of the collection is the Nike Pro Rival Bra, which delivers the highest level of support and is offered in 25 sizes to help the female athlete find the right fit. The collection also features the new Nike Pro Fierce Bra, as well as the updated Nike Pro Classic and Nike Pro Indy Bras. The Nike Pro Classic Bra is also available in a padded version.

The bras are complemented by the new Nike Pro 360 Fit System, which employs a Nike-created calculator to help female athletes find their precise size.

Together, the bras and fit system represent the culmination of a global design journey in which every detail was obsessed, all the way down to the fibers found in the fabrics.

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The Nike Pro Bra Collection and calculator will be available beginning July 14. A breakdown of each bra in the collection, from highest to lightest support, follows below.

NIKE PRO RIVAL BRA
Inspired by traditional lingerie construction and employing lingerie and sport-appropriate materials, the Nike Pro Rival Bra achieves the highest level of support in the collection. The bra features tightly-knit nylon fabric with appropriate stretch and modulus for increased support and a consistent, compression fit. It is the only part-encapsulation style bra in the collection, with separate fully-molded cups to help deliver shaping and support where the female athlete needs it most. The contoured foam inserts in the cups and racerback design provide additional support.

The Nike Pro Rival Bra is available in 25 sizes, ranging from 30B to 38E. This helps the female athlete find the fit that’s best for her. Despite its lingerie inspiration, the bra achieves a sporty look with its matte finish. Still, it’s designed to be versatile enough to handle any run or workout in the gym and any look outside of it.

NIKE PRO FIERCE BRA
The lightweight Nike Pro Fierce Bra offers medium-to-high support through a blend of compression and part-molded construction. The slight molding in the cups provides shaping and support, and the stretch power mesh in the racerback design enhances ventilation in a key sweat zone. The polyester compression materials that comprise the bra were held to new testing standards for enhanced support and a more consistent fit.

Nike Dri-FIT material in the bra’s cups helps provide one-way moisture transport. As the female athlete sweats, the resulting moisture is designed to move from inside the bra to outside of it to help keep her dry and comfortable. The chest band is brushed for an ultra-soft feel, while also featuring the appropriate amount of stretch and recovery.

NIKE PRO CLASSIC BRA
Evolving from the popular Nike Pro Bra, the Nike Pro Classic Bra features a new racerback design for increased support. Also updated is the chest band, which is brushed for a soft feel. The Nike Pro Classic Bra is positioned as a medium support bra and is offered in a padded version for modest coverage.

NIKE PRO INDY BRA
Offering light support, the Nike Pro Indy Bra employs adjustable elastic straps to help provide the right fit. Removable pads help with shaping, modesty and support. Stretch power mesh enhances ventilation in the racerback design, and nylon fabric delivers appropriate stretch and a soft feel.

via NIKE



Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: The Crossfit Lifestyle – 1


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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet shares a bit about her diet and training in the first episode of The Crossfit Lifestyle by BSN. One of the top ranked women in Crossfit, Camille shares, “For me having fun is pushing my limits”. She encourages others to keep having fun, keep improving and embrace your weakness. Sound advice whether you’re a competitor in Crossfit or not.

CAMILLE LEBLANC-BAZINET
BSN Athlete / CrossFit Competitor

In her most dominant performance to date, BSN Athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet bested all other female contestants at the Canada East Regional CrossFit Games, finishing first in seven out of eight events, punching her ticket to the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games at StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA for what will be her fifth appearance on the big stage.

ATHLETE BIO
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is one of the world’s top CrossFit athletes. She has finished in the top 10 at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past three years, improving her placing each year (9th in 2010, 8th in 2011, and 6th in 2012). She has also been the highest-placing Canadian athlete at the Games each of the past three years, male or female, which makes her the fittest woman in her country. Along with her CrossFit accomplishments, Camille has qualified for the National Championship in weightlifting in Canada, while also remaining a full-time student in chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke.

Camille has been a competitive athlete her entire life. She did high-level gymnastics for 14 years, starting at 2 years old and retiring at 16 in order to coach younger girls and to try new sports. She played senior AA soccer, played volleyball in high school, was the captain of her college flag football team, and also enjoys running half-marathons, skiing and playing rugby. Always passionate about sports and health, Camille is continuing her sports education and working toward her Olympic lifting, CrossFit and gymnastic certifications. She is also interning to be on the staff for CrossFit Headquarters and to coach with legendary Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener.

Camille’s profile continues to rise and she is constantly in demand for appearances and photo shoots, and has graced the covers of numerous sports and fitness publications. She’s also been nominated as one of the five most influential female athletes in Canada. With her youth, athleticism and dedication to constant improvement, Camille’s career seemingly has nowhere to go but up, and BSN® is thrilled to have her represent the brand to the CrossFit community and the world at large.

Read more about Camille on BSN’s Website.

via Youtube



Adidas Unveils FIT SMART


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UNLEASH YOUR BEST WITH WRIST-BASED WORKOUT INTENSITY TRAINING
adidas miCoach unveils FIT SMART, the latest product in its wearable ecosystem

9th July 2014, Wearable Tech Conference, San Francisco – adidas today announced the latest addition to its growing miCoach digital fitness ecosystem with the introduction of FIT SMART; a workout intensity training device that measures heart rate, calories, pace, distance and stride rate, all from the wrist.

Designed for running, training and fitness, FITSMART is unlike many of the activity trackers on the market today as it measures heart rate response to physical activity and then guides the user train at the right intensity for the best results.

Marrying clean and simple design lines with an intuitive user experience, FIT SMART is engineered in Germany to become an essential piece of any fitness enthusiast’s training gear. Weighing in at 58 grams, FIT SMART offers unparalleled comfort and fit with a soft touch silicon strap. A distinct LED light array provides at-a-glance visual guidance on the user’s current workout intensity presented in color zones: blue, green, yellow and red. Vibration and visual prompts provide feedback and coaching so the user can make the most out of every workout.

Intended for those seeking meaningful guidance and feedback, FIT SMART works with an all-new mobile app experience aimed at helping people set and reach weekly goals, as well as commit to longer term training plans. Weekly goals are a key feature update in the August release of the popular miCoach Train and Run app. and, uniquely combine the effectiveness of heart rate based training with the flexibility and motivational benefits of short-term attainable goals.

“Setting weekly goals initiates a change in mindset that results in much more successful personal training.” comments Mark Verstegen, President and Founder, EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance / Core Performance) “Who we are and how we perform are a direct reflection on our existing habits, so much that 90% of our daily actions run from our sub-conscious. Creating weekly goals allows you to create winning rituals, which become new habits in weeks. In training terms, you are behaviorally upgrading your operating system and this builds your confidence and courage to be relentless in finding ways to continually upgrade yourself and your performance in the direction of your goals.”

FIT SMART stores up to 10 hours of workout data and syncs with the miCoach platform, using Bluetooth Smart, via the miCoach Train and Run app on the users mobile phone. From the app the user can customize wristband settings as well as access 100s of free training plans created in partnership with the elite coaches at EXOS.

Speaking at the launch today, Paul Gaudio, GM adidas Digital Sports, said “We are always working closely with athletes to understand their needs and, bring meaningful performance innovation that helps them be their best. FIT SMART is the next step in making elite level sports science and wearable technology available to every day athletes, and people who are just looking to look and feel better. We believe FIT SMART is more than a credible and effective training tool. It is also a real difference maker for people looking to get active, and stay active – it works because it measures you, not only what you do, and the weekly goals and personalized training plans turn your workout data into action, so you can turn action into results.

FIT SMART will be available in black and translucent white in two sizes and will be priced at $/€199. The product first launches in mid-August 2014. In the USA, FIT SMART will launch in late August exclusively at leading Best Buy locations and at bestbuy.com. In the rest of the world it will be available from August 15th at adidas.com and adidas Sports Performance stores. Starting September 1st, 2014, FIT SMART will be available in wider distribution through leading sports and electronic retailers globally.

About adidas miCoach
miCoach is a digital training service for anyone who wants to train for his or her favorite sport, general fitness or just for fun. Bringing the knowledge and experience of adidas’ elite coaching partners to the masses, miCoach provides users with real-time coaching and all the tools they need to track performance and monitor progress to get the results they want. The breadth of the offer includes a free to access web platform and training community with hundreds of free training plans, free mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 as well as a comprehensive range of devices for tracking all aspects of performance, both in game and in training. Visit www.micoach.com.

About EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance / Core Performance)
EXOS partners with adidas to provide coaching methodology and training content for the miCoach ecosystem. Together, adidas and EXOS have been helping athletes of every level elevate their game for over a decade. EXOS has worked with many adidas athletes and teams globally, including all-stars in the NHL, MLB, and MLS. Founded in 1999 to maximize the potential of athletes, EXOS designs and delivers health and performance game plans that guide people to achieve higher levels of success. With world-class partners, facilities, technologies, and specialists spanning six continents, EXOS is progressing the intelligence behind human performance wherever necessary. To learn more, visit www.TeamEXOS.com.

Follow miCoach on facebook.com/adidasmicoach and @adidas_micoach on Twitter



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