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2015 ESPN Winter X Games Invited Athletes


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The ESPN Winter X Games return to Aspen, Colorado on January 22-25, 2015. This will be the 14th consecutive year for the winter games in Aspen. The snowboarding, freeskiing, and snowmobiling competitions will be free and open to the public. The event will also play host to concerts, sports and more. Expect to see some of the top Winter Olympic athletes competing in the 2015 Winter X Games. Olympic Gold Medalist, Jamie Anderson leads the pack in the Women’s Snowboard slopestyle and other top female athletes like Torah Bright, Kelly Clark, Kaitlyn Farrington, Arielle Gold and Maddie Bowman. The rising star in the Women’s Snowboarding Superpipe is Chloe Kim. Kim was too young to be part of the Olympic team but don’t let her age fool you. She’ll be one to watch in the years to come.

Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
Torah Bright
Kelly Clark
Kaitlyn Farrington
Arielle Gold
Chloe Kim
Rana Okada

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Jamie Anderson
Isabel Derungs
Silje Norendal
Spencer O’Brien
Sarka Pancochova
Enni Rukajärvi

Women’s Snowboarder X
Carle Brenneman
Raffaella Brutto
Yuka Fujimori
Faye Gulini
Lindsey Jacobellis
Alexandra Jekova
Dominique Maltais
Nelly Moenne Loccoz
Helene Olafsen
Eva Samkova
Chloe Trespeuch

Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Dara Howell
Kim Lamarre
Kaya Turski
Maggie Voisin

Women’s Ski Superpipe
Maddie Bowman
Roz Groenewoud
Marie Martinod
Brita Sigourney

Competition Schedule:
Thursday, January 22, 2015
• Men’s Ski Slopestyle Elimination
• Mono Skier X Final
• Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final
• Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination & Final
• Snowmobile Speed & Style Finals

Friday, January 23, 2015
• Snowboarder X Men’s, Women’s and Adaptive Finals
• Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination
• Men’s Ski SuperPipe Elimination
• Snowboard Big Air Final
• Snowmobile Long Jump Final

Saturday, January 24, 2015
• Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final
• Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
• Snowmobile Hillcross Final
• Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
• Ski Big Air Final

Sunday, January 25, 2015
• Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
• Snowmobile SnoCross & SnoCross Adaptive Finals
• Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final

The X Games in Aspen will also feature concerts by Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo and Snoop Dogg , Jan. 22-25, 2015. For the complete list and more information on the X Games visit xgames.espn.go.com.



Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano booked for Feb. 28th – UFC 184


UPDATE: UFC President Dana White announced today (October 29th) that Rousey Vs Zingano will be held in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015. The event will take place as the co-main event at the Staples Center.


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The Women’s UFC Bantamweight Title will be on the line when Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano face off at UFC 182 on January 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was confirmed by UFC president Dana White on UFC Tonight. The women will be the co-main event along side the Light-Heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

Both women are undefeated in the octagon. Before Cat’s last fight the champ shared this on instagram.

Been waiting a long time for this fight to happen… Best of luck to @CatZingano tonight 👊😼

A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on

There’s a mutual respect between the two women and don’t expect too much shit talking leading into the fight. Rousey is coming off a 16 second routing over Alexis Davis in 175 and Zingano won via TKO over Amanda Nunes at 178. Let’s hope everyone stays healthy to kick the new year off with one helluva show.

Lead photo via instagram



Hendrickson Wins US Ski Jumping National Championships


Sarah Hendrickson won the K90 U.S. Ski Jumping Championship on Sunday in Lake Placid, New York. She won with a combined total of 245.5, narrowly beating out Jessica Jerome who finished second with 243.5 total. Coming in third was Tara Geraghty-Moats with 230.5.

Hendrickson was the first female ski jumper in Olympics History.


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Ending the summer with a National Title! Great competition for the US ladies out here today and ready for winter. World Champs Season 2015- Bring it! #wsjusa #fisskijumping #visa #redbull #usana #teamvisa #oakley #fluege.de

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US Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Championships
Lake Placid, New York – Sunday October 12, 2014

Women (K90) Results (pdf)
1. Sarah Hendrickson – 245.5
2. Jessica Jerome – 243.5
3. Tara Geraghty-Moats – 230.5
4. Nina Lussi – 212.0
5. Nita Englund – 113.5
6. Logan Sankey – 64.0
7. Cara Larson – 59.0
8. Sabina Gasiencia – 23.5
9. Gabby Armstrong – 21.0
10. Sophia Nester – 11.0
11. Hana Schrock – 4.0

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US Wins First Major Women’s Volleyball Title


US wins first major women’s volleyball title
MILAN (AP) – Kimberly Hill led the United States to its first major women’s volleyball title, scoring 20 points in a 3-1 victory over China on Sunday in the world championships.

Hill had the final kill, and captain Christa Dietzen added 15 points in the Americans’ 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24 victory before 12,600 fans at the Mediolanum Forum.

“We came here to make history and we made it,” said U.S. coach Karch Kiraly, a three-time Olympic champion. “It was a tough battle, but we made it.”

The U.S. women had never won the world championships, World Cup or Olympics. The Americans finished second in the world championships in 1967 and 2002.

“It’s the first time for the USA and we made it,” said Dietzen, the Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, player who had knee surgery in December. “We represented present and future volleyball programs, but most importantly we did it together.”

The 6-foot-4 Hill, from Portland, Oregon, was selected the tournament’s most valuable player and best spiker. She was 19 of 31 with only one fault and had 13 digs and 25 excellent receptions on 39 attempts.

“I feel ecstatic and happy and just cannot believe it is real,” Hill said. “The award was a surprise and I still cannot believe it either, it is just amazing. Tonight it is everything. Eating, drinking and we are just going to celebrate being together.”

Alisha Glass of Leland, Michigan, was honored as the best setter. She had 36 running sets, 53 still sets and four faults.

“I can’t find the words,” Glass said. “I am incredibly proud of this team, of the USA Volleyball organization, everybody that played a part. It was such a team win. We did something that’s never been done. This is only the beginning. We’re going to get better and better.”

Zeng Chunlei led China with 20 points.

“I would like to congratulate Lang Ping and her team,” Kiraly said. “They played a marvelous tournament. After we got a 2-0 lead we knew China would never give up. It was a battle to the end and they have some great young players, as do we.

“I hope that we will be playing against each other in the future. It is just good for the sport to have teams with such history performing at a high level.”

In Saturday’s semifinals, the U.S. stunned top-ranked Olympic champion Brazil 3-0.

Brazil beat Italy 25-15, 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 15-7 in the bronze-medal match.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.



‘The Box’ Backlash – Crossfitters Hate Photoshopped Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet Cover


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The Crossfit community is a tight knit group of people who tend to be extremely passionate about their sport. While some outsiders would argue they take their enthusiasm too far, I’d argue there are far worse things in life than to be fanatical about working out and following a specific nutrition plan. That’s a debate for another time. The reality is you don’t have to be a participant to appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to become one of the elite athletes in Crossfit.

The Crossfit Games are held once a year, usually the end of July, and crown “The Fittest Woman (and man) on Earth.” Helluva title, right? It’s the holy grail of Crossfit and a sacred stature that few have reached. There’s no denying that if you win it, you’re a bad ass. This year’s female winner was Canadian Camille LeBlanc. Camille has landed multiple endorsement deals and unquestionably has a marketable look because of the hardbody she’s built. She trains like a beast and is a role model for women and men, in and out of Crossfit. She works hard, eats right, trains consistently and has fun along the way. Winning this year’s Crossfit Games makes her a no-brainer to grace the cover of a Crossfit magazine.

Camille was featured on Oxygen magazine’s last issue out of the Canadian offices (July 2013). On that cover they asked, “Could this be the fittest woman on earth?” In the Crossfit world the answer, albeit it officially validated a year later, would be YES!

camille leblanc oxygen coverCamille LeBlanc-Bazinet on Oxygen Magazine

The mag shut down for a stint and reopened under new publishers, Active Interest Media (AIM). AIM acquired Oxygen and two other titles previously published by Robert Kennedy but why is this important? AIM publishes ‘The Box’ magazine. Their website states The Box Magazine “serves the vast — and growing — population of CrossFitters. It educates new practitioners about CrossFit’s benefits, motivates existing members of the CrossFit community and advocates for the sport of CrossFit.”

The Box typically shows an athlete or athletes in workout attire on their cover. The magazine is published bi-monthly and has done a good job of featuring men and women on their covers over the years. It’s one of the few magazines that showcases an athlete as an athlete… until now. This month, The Box opted to show the newly crowned Fittest Woman on Earth® in a swimsuit, on a beach for their cover.

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It’s not the first time she’s been on The Box cover. Camille was featured on the October-November 2012 cover and they called her “The Face of Fitness”. Pretty good call, right? So why would they stray from their usual covers and present Camille as a swimsuit model instead of an athlete? Great question and it’s one that has the Crossfit nation up in arms over. It’s not only because she’s presented as a swimsuit model but also the poor job they did “photoshopping” her.

Camille LeBlanc The Box CoverCamille LeBlanc-Bazinet on The Box cover in 2012 (left) and 2014 (right)

Let’s be clear. Yes, every magazine has “photoshopping” done to it. That’s the “reality” of the magazine biz however there’s a difference in recreating a body and retouching/editing one. Removing stray hairs, a bright spot in the skin and/or a skin blemish are part of retouching any image. I know, I’m a photographer and I edit photos daily. Did Camille get a bad photoshop job on her latest cover? Ya, her waist is the most obvious. She’s also got a sic set of abs but you’d never know that from the photo, in fact you’d wonder where they are if you had never seen her before.

There’s no reason to modify Camille, The FITTEST Woman on Earth, to be something she’s not. She’s not a swimsuit model. She never claims to be. She never strives to be one. When I interviewed her I asked her, “Do you feel like there’s pressure on women to look a certain way in CrossFit?” She shared, “Yes, I think women still want to be small and ripped, but I think we shouldn’t care about the way we look as long as our fitness is going up.” Camille’s fitness went up since then and she didn’t worry about being small and ripped as it’s irrelevant to her winning The Game. It’s a too bad The Box thought showcasing her as smaller and more ripped would be relevant to selling magazines. I find the corny “Life’s a Beach” and “awash in opportunity” nearly as silly as the image.

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The Box 2014 Cover with Camille Leblanc, The Fittest Woman on Earth.

The Crossfit nation has called bullshit on the cover and you have to appreciate some of the comments being posted online about it. Let’s start with the posting of the image on The Box’s Facebook page.

Ouch. I’m guessing not quite the response they expected but BRAVO for fans and readers calling it out.

When the fans asked (many demanded) for an explanation, The Box demonstrated how NOT to respond. Public Relations 101 – don’t try to be funny and don’t add fuel to a fire. You’d be more productive pissing into the wind. Here’s what they posted.

An angry mob photo. Funny. Ha. Not. FAIL.

A couple quotes from fans…

“I am NEVER negative and I keep my page that way for a reason….. But i just couldn’t help but feel sad just quite mad a magazine such a “The BOX magazine” would photoshop camilles picture and take away her muscles… Why??????

We’re suppose to EMBRACE our hard earned work not “hide” or take away from them and “conform” to what society wants. Truly disappointed in this one.
Always Always EMBRACE your muscles ladies… ALWAYS!!!”
CFStrongWomen FB

Reddit members are sounding off too.

The second I saw the cover I could tell something was wrong immediately. The thing is, Camille is obviously beautiful and strong and fit, but we all know she doesn’t have the smallest waist and that doesn’t matter at all. – emptycalsxycuriosityDeuce Gym

“That is insulting. She’s worked her ass off to get where she is and then this magazine photoshops her muscles OFF? I can’t wrap my brain around this… Usually people would photoshop MORE definition not take definition away. Wtf.” - patrickkevinsays

“The saddest thing about it is it buys into the fear that women who lift are too bulky/manly to be conventionally attractive. Women still need to be soft and curvy (but still thin) to be beautiful. Even the fittest woman on earth doesn’t have the ‘ideal’ body shape so they photoshopped out her amazing abs that allow her to do all the amazing gymnastic movements she’s known for.” – viaaa

Another Crossfit magazine, BoxLife, posted…

WOD Talk magazine was a little more subtle with their jab at the cover and posted…

As I was finishing this article The Box Editor-in-Chief posted a response on Facebook. I couldn’t help put do a face palm in horror at the opening, “My name is Jordana Brown, and I’m the editor-in-chief of The Box magazine. Before everyone looks at my profile and starts doubting, I’ll tell you this: I don’t have a robust profile here because I hate Facebook. I hate Facebook because I don’t trust it.” Way to embrace the fans/readers ON FACEBOOK while they are going bat shit crazy over your latest cover. It doesn’t matter if YOU like Facebook or not, it’s the medium you chose to post your latest cover on. Any who…

Jordana defends the cover by saying, “A professional photo shoot with an experienced photographer who uses camera angles and poses the athlete to compose a shot, along with expert lighting, hair and makeup, will result in photos that look completely unlike anything you might find from a Google image search. In fact, it was our intent to show you a Camille you haven’t seen before — and to prove that beauty and strength coexist in her perfect body.”

Very true however the same professional photographer was used for previous covers. The same photographer used “expert lighting” and “camera angles” to compose every previous cover shot. So that’s a ridiculous statement in defense of the image. Jordana isn’t wrong in the statement but wrong to use it as a defense for this cover and for this athlete. The same athlete they’ve shown on the cover before. Oh right, I forgot they wanted to show “a Camille you haven’t seen before” and “prove that beauty and strength coexist”. They accomplished the first part but how ridiculous on the second part. Everyone who has followed Camille (cough, cough your magazine readers and those commenting on the social media platform you hate) knows she embodies strength and beauty. They didn’t need to see a poorly photoshopped image to know they coexist. And back to that pesky photoshop topic. Jordana defends it by sharing, “Did we do some color correction and use Photoshop on the image? Yes. Did we airbrush or retouch Camille’s abs, legs, muscles? No. Did her body need any work? No. Do we regret having done anything at all? Yes.”

Only those who have seen the RAW, unedited image will know for certain what was done to it. At this point does it matter? The readers aren’t stupid and regardless of what was done or not done to the image it doesn’t reflect the buying audience of The Box. They clearly don’t give a crap about seeing The Fittest Woman on Earth in a swimsuit on the beach. You might want to buy the issue since I’ll bet it’s the first and last time you see a beach / swimsuit cover.

What can we learn from The Box Backlash?
Don’t play readers and fans for fools.
Strong is sexy.
Strong is beautiful.
Be authentic.
Crossfitters hate photoshop badly photoshopped images.

Also of note, no one (myself included) is bashing or blaming Camille for the cover. Some people have questioned “how could she allow this” and “how would she approve this cover”. When you shoot for a magazine (this goes for a model and photographer) you have no idea what image will run and how it will be used. Cover images are often swapped out a dozen times before going to print. Many times right before press there will be a completely different image or even a new model.

Camille is strong. Camille is beautiful. Camille is a bad ass.

Check out her instagram account and you can follow her strength and beauty as she presents it.

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ASP Becomes the World Surf League


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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will become World Surf League (WSL) in 2015. Five-Time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore shared, “Changing the name to the World Surf League is about taking the sport to more people, to broaden the audience, to let people understand that this is the place for professional surfing.”

Kelly Slater, 11-time World Champion, is on board with the name change as well. Slater joined Stephanie and others in a video. “I like the idea of changing ASP to the World Surf League. The ASP isn’t exactly self-explanatory.”

ASP CEO Paul Speaker released a letter to the community along with a video regarding the announcement.

To the ASP community,

At the start of the 2015 season, we will change our name to the World Surf League (WSL). We’re making this change because we believe the new name is easier to understand, and gets us on a better track to serve our fans, athletes and partners, and to grow the great sport of professional surfing worldwide.

There’s been a lot of change in the last two years. Part of it you can see, such as new venues and enhanced live broadcasts. Some of it is behind the scenes. All of it is driven by the twin goals of preserving the heritage and culture of surfing while, at the same time, creating an even better foundation to grow our sport in the future.

We want you to know that changing our name was a carefully considered decision for us. We felt it was important to share this idea with as many people in the ASP community as we could, from athletes to past world champions to event partners. In the end, we were greatly comforted by the fact that not a single person we spoke with opposed changing names to the World Surf League. Not one.

This is a decision we’ve made with our community and you can see their reactions for yourself.

We understand that for many of you reading this, the letters “ASP” have significant meaning and that this news might be unsettling. We hope you will give us the benefit of the doubt and that, over time, you will come to see this change as positive for the sport we all love. At the end of the day, professional surfing’s DNA remains intact: we’re about the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves. That will never change.

From day one, our commitment to you has been that we will do everything in our power to improve the overall experience for fans, athletes and partners. Of course, we still have a lot of work to do, but we are confident that we are heading in the right direction.

We want to salute everyone upon whose shoulders we stand, from the creators of the ASP to their forefathers at what was originally known as the International Professional Surfers (IPS). It was the hard work of all of these people that provided the platform that we all share today and it is with them, and with you, that we look forward to ushering in the new era of the World Surf League.

Sincerely,

Paul Speaker
Chief Executive Officer

For more visit www.aspworldtour.com.



Cat Zingano’s Warrior Code – Why I Fight


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Colorado’s Cat Zingano is returning to the Ultimate Fighting Champion’s octagon after a series of setbacks. The determined mixed martial artist is featured in the UFC’s “Warrior Code” video where she shares her thoughts on why she fights, the weight cut and more. The video points out that she’s the first-ever mom to fight in the UFC but there’s much more to Cat than that. Check it out.

“History’s first mom to ever triumph inside the Octagon illuminates the Warrior Code that drives her hunt for a UFC belt.”



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!



Sam “Sweet Feet” Gordon is Back


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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.

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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.



Forbes’ Top 10 Highest-paid Female Athletes of 2014


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Forbes has released it’s highest paid female athletes of 2014 and not surprising the list is mostly made up of tennis players. Seven of the top ten are tennis players with the other three coming from figure skating, golf and racing. Forbes breaks down the list in detail on their web site and notes that rising stars Ronda Rousey (UFC), Sloane Stephen (tennis) and Michelle Wie (golf) just missed the cut of $5.5 million to be considered.

Forbes based their top 10 list on prize money, salary, licensing, appearances and endorsements from June 2013 to June 2014. Only Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska made more from prize money than endorsements. Every other athlete earns the bulk of their total earnings from endorsements.

#1 Maria Sharapova – Tennis
Total earnings: $24.4 million
Prize money: $2.4 million
Endorsements: $22 million

#2 Li Na – Tennis
Total earnings: $23.6 million
Prize money: $5.6 million
Endorsements: $18 million

#3 Serena Williams – Tennis
Total earnings: $22 million
Prize money: $11 million
Endorsements: $11 million

#4 Kim Yuna - Figure Skating (up from #7 in 2013)
Total earnings: $16.3 million
Prize money: $300,000
Endorsements: $16 million

#5 Danica Patrick – Racing
Total earnings: $15 million
Salary/winnings: $7 million
Endorsements/licensing: $8 million

#6 Victoria Azarenka – Tennis
Total earnings: $11.1 million
Prize money: $3.6 million
Endorsements: $7.5 million

#7 Caroline Wozniacki – Tennis
Total earnings: $10.8 million
Prize money: $1.3 million
Endorsements: $9.5 million

#8 Agnieszka Radwanska – Tennis
Total earnings: $6.8 million
Prize money: $3.8 million
Endorsements: $3.0 million

#9 Ana Ivanovic – Tennis
Total earnings: $6.4 million
Prize money: $1.4 million
Endorsements: $5.0 million

#10 Paula Creamer- Golf
Total earnings: $5.5 million
Prize money: $1.0 million
Endorsements: $4.5 million

The women still have a ways to go before they reach the payouts the men see. Floyd Mayweather topped the men’s list with $105 million.

Info via forbes.com.



San Antonio Spurs Hire Becky Hammon as NBA Assistant


SPURS HIRE WNBA STAR BECKY HAMMON AS ASSISTANT
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As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.

She’s busting through the glass ceiling instead.

The San Antonio Spurs hired Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff. When Hammon retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of the San Antonio Stars’ season, she will immediately move to the staff of the defending NBA champions, working with the revered Gregg Popovich on scouting, game-planning and the day-to-day grind of practice like no woman has ever done before.

“Nothing in my life has really ever been easy. I’ve always been someone who did it uphill,” Hammon said. “I’m up for challenges. I’m up for being outside the box, making tough decisions and challenges. … And I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw those all in there and this was the perfect challenge and opportunity.”

That makes her fit right in with the Spurs, an organization with a reputation for bold decisions. Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford have long been at the forefront of the league’s international influx and earlier this summer hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina as an assistant.

During the 2001-02 season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Lucas brought Lisa Boyer into the team’s practices and some games. Boyer, now an assistant at South Carolina, was not paid by the Cavaliers and did not travel with the team, but did work with the players and coaches that season.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Popovich said in a statement released by the team. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

But Popovich and Buford were not available in person and Hammon had the spotlight entirely to herself.

“Congratulations to Becky on today’s announcement,” Boyer said in a statement. “It’s a great thing for her and for the NBA. I am still so thankful to John Lucas for giving me the opportunity to work with his NBA team during my time with the Cleveland Rockers. His staff and players welcomed me as a coach, and it was an incredible experience for me to spend that season with them.”

Last season, Hammon attended Spurs practices, film sessions and sat behind the bench at home game after suffering a torn ACL that kept her from playing. She’s been friends with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan since competing in an NBA All-Star shooting competition in 2008, a familiarity that will help as she makes her transition to coaching the two stars.

“As far as women coaching men, it’s really silly. People ask me all the time, will there ever be a woman player in the NBA?” Hammon said. “To be honest, no. There are differences. The guys are too big, too strong and that’s just the way it is.

“But when it comes to things of the mind, things like coaching, game-planning, coming up with offensive and defensive schemes, there’s no reason why a woman couldn’t be in the mix and shouldn’t be in the mix.”

It’s been a long time coming for female basketball players and coaches who have long dreamed of getting a chance in the NBA.

“I was so excited and pleased and the one thing that people have to remember is that the San Antonio Spurs don’t do anything for effect,” said Nancy Lieberman, a former star player who was a head coach in the NBA Development League in 2009 and now serves as the GM of the Texas Legends. “That’s not who they are. They don’t do this for the record-breaking barrier. They do things out of respect.

“And the fact that coach Popovich has this much respect for Becky’s basketball IQ, for how she handles herself with the guys in practice, her ability to relate to them, I’m sure he saw so much when she was working with them last fall. I’m sure he didn’t hire her because she was a woman. I’m sure he hired her because she was the best person for the job.”

“This will open the door for other women, even like myself,” Lieberman added. “My goal is to coach in the NBA and you’ve got to start somewhere. So this is a great day.”

Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready, who served as an assistant on the Coppin State men’s team as well as in the D-League, called Popovich the perfect person to hire Hammon “because he’s proven he has a tremendous track record and he does not make bad decisions.”

“That’s the first step, having the precedent set is very important,” Ready said. “A lot of it also is now women will know these jobs are available. In the past, a lot of women probably didn’t try because they didn’t think it was possible. I think you may very well see an increase in seeing some females hired.”

Hammon has a reputation of being a smart, hard-nosed, tough-minded player. She made six All-Star teams and averaged 13.1 points in her 16 seasons with the Stars and New York Liberty.

Hammon was receiving congratulatory messages from all over, including from Lieberman, Boyer and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

“I love seeing people I’ve been involved with have an opportunity in life to have these types of experiences,” said Stars coach Dan Hughes, who has coached Hammon for eight years. “This one is unique. She’s ready for it, she’ll do a great job.”

Even tennis great Billie Jean King weighed in on the hire, congratulating the Spurs for acquiring “a key person based on their qualifications and not allowing gender to play a role in their decision.”

But like it was only a matter of time before a woman got a chance to coach in the NBA, it’s also only a matter of time before said coach finds herself in Popovich’s crosshairs.

“I’m sure Pop will be yelling at me soon enough,” Hammon said, “with the rest of them.”

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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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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet Tops The 2014 Crossfit® Women Rankings


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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


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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.

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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



NBC Sports Group to Provide Coverage of The Inaugural National Pro Grid League


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE INAUGURAL NATIONAL PRO GRID LEAGUE PLAYOFFS AND FINAL
More Than 10 Hours of Coverage For First Ever Professional Fitness League on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Final to Air Live on NBCSN on Friday, October 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, CONN. – July 9, 2014 – NBC Sports Group and the National Pro Grid League, the country’s first ever professional fitness league, today announced an exclusive coverage agreement to present more than 10 hours of the league’s inaugural playoffs across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage will culminate with a live telecast of the National Pro Grid League Final on Friday, October 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC will broadcast an encore presentation of the NPGL Final on October 5 at 1 p.m. ET. Leading up to the Final, NBCSN will telecast the National Pro Grid League Quarterfinals, September 23-24 from Charlotte, N.C. and the NPGL Semifinals, September 30-October 1 from Las Vegas, Nev. All races shown on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Featuring some of the premiere functional fitness stars in the United States, including Annie Thorisdottir, Kenny Leverich, Lindsey Valenzuela, and Marcus Hendren, the National Pro Grid League is a collection of eight co-ed teams (five men and five women, one of each 40 years of age or older) who compete in head-to-head timed fitness competitions throughout a season. Teams include the Boston Iron, Los Angeles Reign, Miami Surge, New York Rhinos, Philadelphia Founders, Phoenix Rise, San Francisco Fire, and Washington D.C. Brawlers.

“We are thrilled to bring this new sport category and innovative league to television,” said Ron Wechsler, Vice President, Original Programming and Entertainment, NBC Sports Group. “The skill and athleticism of the National Pro Grid League competitors is incredibly compelling, and something sports fans and fitness enthusiasts alike will enjoy.”

During each telecast, viewers will be provided a front-row seat as teams go head-to-head across 11 different races. Each race is slightly different, incorporating a variety of weightlifting and bodyweight challenges such as, deadlifts, cleans and snatches, pull-ups, handstand push-ups, and sprinting. In addition, the all-access experience will chronicle the stories of many of the amazing athletes competing in the races.

“We are excited to showcase our first ever playoffs and championship to a national audience with a world-class partner like NBC Sports,” said Tony Budding, Founder and CEO of the National Pro Grid League. “Grid features many of the world’s best functional fitness athletes working together under a professional coach. Viewers will be astounded by the speed and strength of the players. No one has ever seen team racing quite like this.”

The Grid Playoffs and Final Television Schedule: (All times ET)

DATE LOCATION NETWORK TIME EVENT
Tues., September 23 Charlotte, N.C. NBCSN 8 p.m. Quarterfinal
Wed., September 24 Charlotte, N.C. NBCSN 8 p.m. Quarterfinal
Tues., September 30 Las Vegas, Nev. NBCSN 8 p.m. Semifinal
Wed., October 1 Las Vegas, Nev. NBCSN 8 p.m. Semifinal
Fri., October 3 Las Vegas, Nev. NBCSN 10:30 p.m. Final
Sun., October 5 Las Vegas, Nev. NBC 1 p.m. Final (Encore)

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets — will stream all Grid playoff presentations on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

ABOUT THE GRID
The National Pro Grid League is the world’s premiere expression of Grid competition. Currently, there are eight professional teams representing major U.S. cities competing for the championship trophy known as The Pinnacle. For more information, visit www.npgl.com



Olympian Alysia Montaño Runs Race 8 Months Pregnant


Alysia Montaño is known as the “Olympic runner with the flower in her hair.” She’s an accomplished middle distance runner with five national championships and represented the U.S. in the 2012 Olympic Games. Montaño is still the runner with a flower in hair, but  this week she was the “running pregnant lady”. On Thursday, Alysia ran the 800 meters in the U.S. track and field championships, nearly eight months pregnant. Despite being 35 seconds slower than her personal best, it wasn’t about setting records or even winning the race.

In a phone interview with espnW Montano said, “This is what it looks like for a professional woman, first of all, continuing her career and pursuing her dream and starting a family simultaneously.” Alysia was cool, calm and collected in her interview just like she was while running the race.

As you  might expect, the public has been chiming in with their opinions and not all of them are positive. Anyone who speaks negatively about Alysia’s race should take time to educate themselves. Pregnancy isn’t a disease. It isn’t a disability. Exercising while pregnant isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s enocouraged. Montano’s doctors were “100% on board” with her running the race. There will always be misguided comments from the uneducated and ill-informed. Kudos to Alysia for being bold and embracing her pregnancy in a positive light.


Alysia received a standing ovation from those in attendance and when asked about it she says with a laugh, “even though I came in last, I was the first pregnant lady.”

Follow her journey not only as an athlete but also as a role model. Visit alysiamontano.com and follow her on twitter @AlysiaMontano. Read more on espnW.com.



2014 ESPYS Nominees Announced


The 2014 ESPYS nominees have been announced and there are a few familiar female athletes on the ballot. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Chamion, Ronda Rousey will square off against the men in the “Best Fighter” category. She’s also nominated for the “Best Female Athlete” award. Snowboarder Jamie Anderson won gold in slopestyle’s Olympic debut, at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She’ll face fellow Olympic Gold Medalist, freestyle skier Maddie Bowman in “Best Female Action Sports Athlete” and “Best Female U.S. Olympian”.

ESPYs

NEWS:
Peyton Manning, Floyd Mayweather, David Ortiz, Kevin Durant, LA Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Rafael Nadal, Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams, Maya Moore are all nominees for The 2014 ESPYS, hosted by Grammy Award-winner, platinum selling recording artist and multi-faceted performer Drake.

WHAT:
Initial list of nominees for The 2014 ESPYS presented by Capital One, hosted by Drake, are revealed and voting has begun.
Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHERE:
A current list of The 2014 ESPYS nominees is available to members of the media at http://es.pn/1q4SgeV and for voters at ESPN.com/ESPYS. 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 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

HOW:
Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS up to the start of The 2014 ESPYS.

2014 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES:
• “Best Male Athlete” has stiff competition this year, with NBA MVP Kevin Durant, MLB AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, NFL MVP Peyton Manning, and undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, all vying to take home the honor for the first time.

• LeBron James is after his third-straight and fifth-total win in “Best NBA Player.” Five-time nominee Kevin Durant is angling to take his first.

• The “Best Female Athlete” category showcases a collection of fresh faces this year. WNBA star Maya Moore is the only returning nominee. She is joined by the first female UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin, and the college basketball Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart.

• The Connecticut women’s basketball team is in the hunt for their second “Best Team” award on the heels of a record ninth NCAA title. The Huskies have been nominated seven times, but have not taken home the honor since 1996.

• Novak Djokovic is chasing his third-straight “Best Male Tennis Player” award. He is up against two fellow 2013 nominees, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
Floyd Mayweather is going for his fifth “Best Fighter” ESPY in seven years, and his third straight.

• Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is nominated for the second-straight year in both the “Best Male Athlete” and “Best MLB Player” categories. He won the “Best MLB Player” award in 2013.

• Ronda Rousey is the first UFC athlete, male or female, to be nominated for a “Best Athlete” award. She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

• Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award, and her second straight.

The ESPYS gather 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 2014 ESPYS marks the show’s 22nd telecast and will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. 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.

Voting will be open June 24 through July 16 at 9 p.m. ET at ESPN.com/ESPYS. Follow The 2014 ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.

A limited amount of ESPYs tickets are available for public purchase at www.axs.com. For information on discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more, call (877) 234-8425.

Info provided by ESPN.



Celebrate Olympic Day with a Quiz


Happy Olympic Day! Every year on June 23, Olympic Day commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games. The event was first introduced in 1948 and was established to help promote the Olympic Values and participation in sport across the world. More than 160 countries around the globe take part in the celebration.

2014 Olympic Day Logo

In the U.S., Olympic Day events range the gamut from small to large events. Find out what Olympic Day Events happening in your area and how you can participate.

Test your Olympic knowledge in this true or false quiz. The quiz is targeted for children 12-13 years old however I’d guess most adults wouldn’t score 100%.

TRUE OR FALSE OLYMPIC QUIZ

Q1 – Each colour of the Olympic rings represents a particular continent.
False – This is a misconception. In reality, the rings represent the union of the five continents and the coming-together of the whole world’s athletes at the Olympic Games. As for the colours of the flag, they were chosen because at least one of them (blue, black, red, yellow, green and white) can be found in each national flag.

Q2 – One of the missions of the Olympic Movement is to promote peace in the world.
True - “The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” This is the second of the six Fundamental Principles of Olympism set out in the “Olympic Charter”, the document which governs the organisation, actions and functioning of the Olympic Movement.

Q3 – The Games host city is chosen in a draw from among the candidate cities.
False - The IOC members elect the Olympic Games host cities with an absolute majority (i.e. half the votes plus one). This happens seven years before the Games are held, at a meeting called the Session. Custom dictates that the IOC President does not take part in the vote.

Q4 – The Olympic Anthem was written by Rod Stewart, a 1980s singer.
False – The music was composed by Spiros Samaras and the words were written by Costis Palamas. The Olympic Anthem was played for the first time in 1896, at the Opening Ceremony of the first modern Olympic Games. It was later replaced by several other musical compositions (but none by Rod Stewart). It was only in 1955 that it finally became the official anthem.

Q5 The Olympic motto – CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS – means “Proud, tall, strong”.
False - The three Latin words mean “faster, higher, stronger”. These three words encourage the athlete to give the best of himself during competition. To better understand the motto, we can compare it to the Olympic saying: “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Q6 – Ice hockey and figure skating were on the Summer Games programme.
Neither true nor false - Skating was on the programme of the 1908 Games and ice hockey from 1920. At this time, there was no distinction between the winter and summer Games and the events could be staged over several months. It was only from 1925 that the IOC officially decided to separate the two events.

Q7 – Pierre de Coubertin, reviver of the Games, took part in the Games under a false name.
True – His “Ode to Sport” entered under a pseudonym for the Stockholm (1912) Olympic Games, won him first prize in the Art and Literature Contest, an event on the programme at the time.

Q8 – 50kg stone-lifting was on the Olympic programme.
True – It was part of the gymnastics all-round event in 1900, as was rope climbing and the pole vault! Sports, disciplines and events… the Games programme is continuously updated. Today, the Summer Games comprises 26 sports and the Winter Games seven. In the selection criteria it is specified that only sports that apply the World Anti-Doping Code can be included or remain on the program me.

Q9 – London is the only city to have hosted three Olympic Games.
True – London hosted the Olympic Games in 1908, 1948 and 2012. Six other cities have hosted the Games twice: Athens (1896 and 2004), Paris (1900 and 1924), St Moritz (1928 and 1948), Lake Placid (1932 and 1980), Los Angeles (1932 and 1984) and Innsbruck (1964 and 1976).

Q10 – The marathon was on the programme of the Olympic Games of Antiquity.
False – The marathon was not staged at the Games in Antiquity. This race was created for the Athens Games in 1896 to commemorate the legend of the Greek soldier who, in 490 BC, ran from Marathon to announce to the people of Athens the military victory over Persia (distance: about 34.5km). At the London 1908 Games, the distance of the race was extended, from 25 to 26.2 miles (42.195km), so that it could end in front of the Royal Box. This distance then became the standard for the marathon event and has remained so until today.

Quiz and information via olympicday.fusesport.com (PDF)



U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested


KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday on charges of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, police said.

Officers responded to the sister’s home just before 1 a.m. after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, the Kirkland Police Department said in a news release.

They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor, the release said.

She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault, and she was expected to remain in custody until an appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.

It wasn’t immediately clear if she had a lawyer. A telephone number listed for her was not accepting incoming calls Saturday, and the voice mail for a listing at the sister’s home was full.

The sister was not identified by police, but in her memoir, Solo writes that she has a half sister named Terry.

Solo, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals as a goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team. She also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

“We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information,” the Reign posted on the team’s Twitter feed.

In 2012, she married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving her, but he was not charged.

Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

“It’s unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It’s hard to see, but it’s a hard truth, and it’s part of life,” she said then. “I’m happy. I’m happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life.”

via AP



World Cup Bouldering Returns to Vail’s GoPro Mountain Games


May 22, 2013 (VAIL, Colo.)– The 2014 GoPro Mountain Games will be center stage for the best competitive climbers in the world when the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Bouldering World Cup hits Vail this summer. An international field of climbing superstars will face off on Friday and Saturday, with the finals taking place on the massive bouldering wall located near Gondola One at the foot of Vail Mountain at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Immediately following the Finals spectators can enjoy a free Cold War Kids concert in the heart of Vail Village.

At the GoPro Mountain Games bouldering events, athletes free climb the man-made climbing structure and are scored based upon their ability to complete a succession of increasingly difficult routes throughout several rounds of competition. The competitor’s score is determined by the overall number of routes completed, the number of attempts needed and is also affected by the climber’s ability to reach a bonus hold set within the course.

Austria’s dynamic Anna Stohr (AUT) will vie for her fourth GoPro Mountain Games gold at this year’s IFSC Bouldering World Cup event. She will be faced with intense competition from the likes of Akiyo Noguchi (JPN) who placed second at last year’s Games and American favorite Alex Puccio who finished third. Other likely contenders include Alex Johnson (USA), Shauna Coxsey (GBR), Juliane Wurm (GER) and Angela Payne (USA).

An impressive lineup of strong male climbers will try to upset current champion Dmitri Sharafutdinov (RUS) who simultaneously won last year’s event and the 2013 IFSC Bouldering Overall World Cup championship. Challenging Sharafutdinov are last year’s silver and bronze winners Rutam Gelmanov and Jorg Verhoeven (NED) and Killian Fischhuber (AUT) who won the event in Vail in 2011 and 2012. American climber Daniel Woods will have a home field advantage against a daunting field of international male competitors.

On Sunday, June 8 at 11 a.m. the climbing wall will be open to a citizen’s competition including a paraclimbing division, giving aspiring climbers the chance to compete on the same venue as the pros, with over 32 graded climbing problems to choose from. Earlier in the day, the wall will be open for youngsters, with the Youth Bouldering competition kicking off at 8 a.m.

For more information on bouldering events at the GoPro Mountain Games, please visit the the Mountain Games website.

About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is charged with 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 Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.

About GoPro
GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities. GoPro’s HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world. Based in San Mateo, California, GoPro’s products are available in more than 30,000 stores in over 100 countries worldwide and direct via GoPro.com.

GOPRO®, HERO®, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other company, product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their rightful owners.

News via www.mountaingames.com.



Top Active Lifestyle and Outdoor Brands Partner with GoPro Mountain Games


Top Active Lifestyle and Outdoor Brands Partner with GoPro Mountain Games
May 14, 2014 (Vail, Colo.) — For 12 years, the Mountain Games in Vail has teamed up with leading outdoor brands to produce the country’s largest celebration of mountain sports and culture. The Vail Valley Foundation, organizer of the annual event, is pleased to welcome many returning sponsors and a host of new brand partners to make the 2014 version of the GoPro Mountain Games the biggest and best yet.

Leading the list of brands is title sponsor GoPro, which returns for a second year.

“GoPro truly helped elevate the Mountain Games last year, raising overall awareness of the event on a global scale via their publishing platform and partnership,” states Michael Imhof, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Now that they’ve got a year of experience under their belt, the team at GoPro is really committed to making this the best outdoor festival in the world with bigger on-site activation, top music talent, more world-class athletes from their roster and more social media promotion.”

New to the event is Native Eyewear and sister brand Costa. Native will have a strong presence throughout the event footprint and Costa will be title sponsor of the new “Costa River Town” neighborhood inside Gerber Gear Town. Costa and Native will feature their latest sunglasses perfect for adventures on and off the water. 
Costa River Town will showcase daily free kayak & SUP clinics, morning SUP yoga, free fly fishing casting clinics and daily cocktail hours.

Another new brand partner at the event is Vasque, which is the title sponsor of the 10K Spring Run Off trail race, part of the Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Ultimate Mountain Challenge and one of the biggest and toughest 10K races in the country. LifeProof is also joining the GoPro Mountain Games as the presenting sponsor of the Gibbon Slackline World Cup event.

Returning to the GoPro Mountain Games are longtime sponsors Eddie Bauer, Redington, Thule, GNC, Eukanuba, Gerber, Vail Resorts, Subaru, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, Vibram, Goal Zero, Klean Kanteen and many more.

About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is charged with 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 Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.

About GoPro
GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities. GoPro’s HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world. Based in San Mateo, California, GoPro’s products are available in more than 30,000 stores in over 100 countries worldwide and direct via GoPro.com.

GOPRO®, HERO®, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other company, product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their rightful owners.



Hardbody Profile – Surfing Sensation Tia Blanco


I see the name Tia Blanco continue to pop up online and after reading her “Who’s Rad?” profile I knew she was a Hardbody. Women’s Surfing continues to gain popularity and with young women like Tia leading the charge it’s easy to see why. She’s talented, humble, confident but not cocky. Despite still being a teenager she realizes the importance of working out and eating healthy.  She’s the real deal in and out of the water.

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When I asked her manager Matt Meyerson how he came to manage Tia and to share his thoughts on the surfing sensation he had this to share…

Tia was brought to me through her coach, Mike Lamm. He expressed that Tia was something special and when I finally got to meet her, I understood. I had been approached by quite a few surfers for representation but with Tia I knew immediately I had to sign her. The fact that she is a true athlete and leads a healthy lifestyle focused on diet, training and eventually qualifying for the world tour was certainly a huge motivation for me to sign her. In women’s surfing the athletes are more often than not over sexualized and there is a lack of emphasis on their ability. With Tia I felt she could be marketed in a completely different light… as a true athlete; the future of women’s surfing. We love having this shining star on our roster and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

Hardbody Profile – Surfing Sensation Tia Blanco

Birthday:
May 5, 1997

Any Siblings?
1 sister – Aja Blanco

You started surfing at 3 with your dad but when did you first compete in surfing?
I started competing at 12.

What’s been your favorite event/contest so far?
I really liked the last contest that I surfed in. It was the ISA World Games. I got to meet so many talented surfers from around the world. It was also neat to compete as a team representing your country.

Tia represented the USA and finished third in the ISA World Jr final.

Congrats on your placing in Ecuador! How was that experience?
Thank you! Ecuador was an amazing place. The people were super nice and the food was good. I had a great time meeting surfers from all over the world. The best part of it all was cheering for my team! Whenever a teammate did well in their heat we all screamed really loud! I had so much adrenaline and got goose bumps cheering for them. When I made the grand finale it was so awesome hearing my whole team screaming for me! Best feeling ever :)

Where are you off to next?
My next contest will be in New Zealand.

Sweet! That’s not a bad gig. I read you Tahiti is your favorite place to surf, why is that?
Tahiti is such a beautiful place that it took my breath away. The waves I surfed were probably the most perfect waves I have ever seen (Teahupoo, Big Pass, and Haapiti).

Which do you prefer the long board, short board or SUP (stand up paddle)?
I prefer a short board because I love going fast and feeling loose when doing turns.

Stand Up Paddle is getting more and more popular and a great workout. Any advice for those who are thinking about trying it and tips to doing it?
I like SUPing it’s really good excersize but if you’re new at it be careful. You don’t want to hit yourself or anyone else those boards. They are big and can hurt you. Start at mellow beaches :)

Any rituals before paddling out?
I do my warm up that my trainer taught me. Basically, I just warm up certain muscles in my body.

Are surfers athletes?
Absolutely! Sometimes we are put in tough conditions that require you to be in good shape. However, to be at the top of your game ‘surf athletes’ train hard for all conditions.

Is the life of a surfer like it’s portrayed on ‘Blue Crush’?
Haha maybe for some people. I think its different for all surfers. When I was little I constantly watched that movie! I can relate to when she would get nervous and play mind games with herself. Sometimes winning and losing is all in your head!

What advice do you have for other women thinking about trying surfing for the first time?
I would say try on a long board 1st when the waves are really small. Don’t expect anything just have fun and you will easily fall in love with the best sport in the world.

What’s the key to eating healthy on the road, especially when traveling as much as you do?
Sometimes it’s really hard but I manage to get it done. I usually go shopping right before I leave on a trip and stock up on quinoa, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal etc. I think what many people need to realize that you don’t live to eat, you eat to live.

I read that you’re big on the Vegan lifestyle of eating. In basic terms how do you explain eating VEGAN to others especially those who comment on your protein intake?
Haha, I get that all the time. Most people always ask me where I get my protein from. What they don’t realize is that dark leafy greens, beans and nuts have more protein than meat will ever have. Also, plant based protein is a much healthier protein whereas animal protein can lead to different cancers and diseases.

You’re pretty involved in PETA – how did that come about and why are you so passionate about it?
They actually contacted me on Facebook because they heard I was vegan. I love animals and PETA is a movement that I strongly believe in and that I’m really passionate about.

What peaked your interest in health and nutrition, especially at such a young age?
My aunt and uncle. They are my inspiration.

Do you time your meals around your surf?
No I usually just listen to my body. I eat whenever I’m hungry.

Favorite health / nutrition related book that you’d recommend to others?
EAT TO LIVE is a really great book.

Coconut water – love it or not so much?
The funny thing is, I used to hate coconut juice when I was little now I can’t get enough of it.

Do you use almond milk, if so what’s your go to flavor?
I use almond milk all the time I like the plain kind.

Do you take any vitamins or supplements?
I take Tahitian Noni Juice from Morinda everyday. I use Braggs Aminos, Kal’s Flake Brewers Yeast, cacao nibs, chia seeds and whole flax seeds daily. Most importantly, I think nutrients should come from
the foods you eat.

What would be the Tia Special Shake – ingredients?
Spinach, Kale, dates, carrots and a banana mixed with almond milk and cacao.

Do you prefer to mix a shake?
I use a Vita Mix.

Do you notice a difference in how the food tastes in other countries?
Yes, I definitely feel as if certain foods are better in certain countries. For example, when you go I the tropics, they always have the best tasting fruit.

 

Surfing is obviously a heck of a work out – what else do you do besides surfing for workouts?
I like to hike, run, do yoga and tumbling.

What would be your favorite?
An hour of hot yoga or hiking

Do you run for time or distance (on the beach)?
I like to run about 4 miles at a constant pace.

What’s your favorite type of yoga?
I love doing hot yoga :)

What type of a cleanse would you recommend to others?
I actually just did a green juice cleanse for 3 days it was really good.

Do you feel like you’re treated differently being “a girl” or do the guys treat you like “one of the guys”?
I think the people that know me don’t treat me different because they know I can surf, but some people assume I can’t and treat me different.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest challenge female surfers face in the industry?
Getting sponsored. There are so many talented surfers now a days with no main sponsor. However, I believe women’s surfing is getting bigger and bigger every day so a lot is going to be changing.

You have a number of sponsors… What advice would you give to other women who are looking for sponsorship…Anything that helped you get big names like Reef?
I would say be nice and humble to every person you meet. You never know who that person is. Don’t think about it too much, just do what you do and work hard.

Tia’s Sponsors
Reef
J7 Surf Designs
Daphnes Greek Cafe
Sticky Bumps
Tonic Shop
DFS Movement
Forged in Fitness
RPRT  (management team)

Any advice for women looking to get into modeling…You’ve done quite a bit of it already at a young age – any dos or don’ts you’ve learned?
Make sure you know who you’re dealing with and be confident and relaxed.

What’s your favorite social media outlet?
My favorite is Instagram but I’m required to use all social media. I have a Facebook, Tumblr and I just got a Twitter account.

• Instagram: tiablanco
• Twitter: tia_blanco
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tia.Blanco
• Tumblr: http://tiablanco.tumblr.com
• Website: www.tiarahblanco.com

Anyone you’d like to thank or give a shout out to?
I would really love to say thank you to all the people that support me in this world especially my loved ones.

Thanks Tia and all the best!

Check out Tia’s interview with girlisnota4letterword.com. Thanks to Cindy Whitehead and Matt Meyerson of RPRT Management for the introduction and a special thanks to Sina Blanco for the awesome photos. Tia can be reached through rp-rt.com for sponsorship and other inquiries.

Photo credits: Sina Blanco



VOGUE Features CrossFit Athlete Iceland Annie


It’s not often you see women with muscle in an issue of VOGUE magazine which is why the profile on Annie Thorisdottir, known as “Iceland Annie”, is a big deal. At least for female athletes and women who with muscle. Annie was sidelined with an injury last year but has her sights set on reclaiming her title (she’s won the CrossFit Games twice) in July. She’s a great person to feature not because of her looks but because of her mindset. She tells Vogue, “I’m not preaching that everyone should try to become a CrossFit champion, but I want to show them that training can give them more confidence—and that being strong is beautiful.”

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From VOGUE
For Annie Thorisdottir, the fittest woman on the planet, working out means pushing her body to the outer limits of performance—and crushing it.

If you were to search a collection of stock images for the words women and exercise, you’d end up staring at a lot of willowy young moms standing in tree pose and skinny aerobics instructors brandishing pastel-colored dumbbells. Earlier this year, though, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit LeanIn.Org foundation teamed with Getty Images to create a collection of photos that portray women in a more empowering light. The athletes it depicts have actual, visible muscles, which they can be seen putting to use in pictures with such descriptions as “Woman pressing barbell overhead in CrossFit gym,” “Woman climbing rope in CrossFit gym,” and “Smiling group of friends working out in CrossFit gym.”

Read the entire article on VOGUE.

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Photograph by Bruce Weber for VOGUE.

See the slideshow featuring CrossFit Athlete Iceland Annie.



2014 Regional CrossFit Games Tickets on Sale


The CrossFit Open is over and the next stop will be the Region events. The field of 209,000 competitors worldwide will be trimmed to the fittest 48 men, 38 women and 30 teams in each region.

cross fit regionals

 

REGIONAL INFO
Now that the Open is over, the field will be trimmed from 209,000 competitors worldwide, to the fittest 48 men, 48 women and 30 teams in each region.

Starting in May, fans will be able to watch their region’s fittest athletes fight for the chance to compete at the CrossFit Games. Select heats will be streamed to the Games site from most regionals, and there will be plenty of articles, videos and analysis.

But nothing compares to watching the action from the stands.

Weekend 1: May 9-11
North Central (Chicago, Ill.)
Canada West (Vancouver, B.C.)
South East (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Latin America (Santiago, Chile)

Weekend 2: May 16-18
Central East (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Canada East (Toronto, Ontario)
North West (Kent, Wash.)
Europe (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Australia (Wollongong, Australia)

Weekend 3: May 23-25
Mid Atlantic (Washington D.C.)
SoCal (Del Mar, Calif.)
South Central (San Antonio, Texas)
Asia (Seoul, South Korea)

Weekend 4: May 30-June 1
North East (Canton, Mass.)
NorCal (San Jose, Calif.)
South West (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Tickets to the regionals are on sale now. Buy your three-day or one-day pass through the “Get Tickets” block on the righthand side of the CrossFit Games site. Three-day passes go for US$50, and single-day passes are just $20.

Three international regions will have reduced rates. In Asia and Africa, the three-day passes will go for $20, and the single day passes will cost $8. Tickets in Latin America will cost $20 for three days, and $10 for one day.

If tickets do not sell out in advance, they will be sold at the door only, and may be subject to the venue’s processing fees.

Individual and team competitors at the regionals will receive credentials to allow them on-site. These credentials will be available at athlete check-in on Thursday.

Each individual athlete will also receive one coach’s credential and one three-day spectator pass for a friend.

Each team will receive one coach’s credential, and six three-day spectator passes for their friends.

Venue and parking information, directions, schedules and more will be provided on each region page. The information is limited now, but will be updated as the regionals approach. Find your region page by clicking the region icons on the lefthand side of the Games site, or by selecting your region’s name from the dropdown here.

 

Lead Photo courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.



U.S. Soccer Fires Women’s Coach Tom Sermanni


CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Soccer fired coach Tom Sermanni hours after he was on the sideline for a 2-0 win against China on Sunday afternoon.

Sermanni took over the women’s program in January 2013. He previously spent eight years coaching Australia’s women’s team.

He helped the U.S. to a 13-0-3 record last season, but the Americans struggled at the Algarve Cup last month. They went 1-2-1 to finish an uncharacteristic seventh.

“We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a release. “We will begin looking for a new coach immediately to guide our women’s national team toward qualifying for the 2015 FIFA women’s World Cup.”

Jill Ellis, the director of development for U.S. Soccer, will serve as the interim coach. The women’s team faces China again on Thursday in San Diego.

Ellis also had a stint as the interim coach in 2012, going 5-0-2 in seven matches.

“I’m disappointed that things didn’t work out, but I’d like to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity to have coached this team and also the staff and players for all their hard work,” Sermanni said in the U.S. Soccer release.

Sermanni’s dismissal was announced a few hours after Lauren Holiday and substitute Megan Rapinoe scored in the victory over China in Commerce City, Colo.

If he knew that was his last game with the team, it sure didn’t seem like it. He experimented with a 4-3-3 alignment (four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards) as part of the team’s preparation for World Cup qualifying, and talked about the team making the most of its offensive opportunities.

“I thought our movement was good, thought our passing was quite incisive,” Sermanni said after the game. “What we should’ve done better is finish the game off a lot earlier. We really need to be finishing these games off when we’re creating chances.”

via ap.org



Ronda Rousey Expendables 3 Poster


The Expendables 3 will be released in August but today a few posters were released online. The only female in the Expendables 3 cast, at least with a poster and a main role. Ronda plays the part of an “athletic female bartender” named Luna. She’s one of the “Young Expendables” alongside the likes of Stallone, Stathan, Schwarzenegger and more.

ronda rousey poster


The Expendables 3

Release Date: August 15, 2014
In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. In order to defeat Stonebanks, Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. – via youtube

Starring:
STALLONE
STATHAM
BANDERAS
LI
SNIPES
LUNDGREN
GRAMMER
CREWS
COUTURE
LUTZ
ROUSEY
POWELL
ORTIZ
with GIBSON
with FORD
and SCHWARZENEGGER

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Ronda Rousey Expendables 3 Poster
 – via coming soon

View more EXPENDABLES 3 posters here, here and here.



2014 Reebok Crossfit Games – Top 10 Women Rankings


The 2014 Crossfit Open competition has ended and we’re one step closer to seeing who will make it to the 2014 Reebok Crossfit Games. “The Open” is just as it sounds,  an open event where everyone in the world is free to compete in five workouts over the span of five weeks. The scores are posted in real time and the top competitors are ranked both worldwide and by region.

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Competitors will be ranked both worldwide and by region. The fittest 48 men, 48 women, and 30 teams from each region will earn invitations to one of 17 Regionals. This is the first chance athletes will have in 2014 to establish their international standings.

After the Open, the fittest from each of 17 regions around the world move on to the next phase of the season—Regionals. Athletes and spectators will gather in masses to watch CrossFit competition in a live format. Under the critical eye of Level 1 judges and in front of hundreds of cheering spectators, each region’s best athletes will battle for a few precious Games-qualifying spots. - via games.crossfit.com

Top 10 individual women worldwide rankings:
1. Samantha Briggs
2. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
3. Kaleena Ladeairous
4. Jennifer Smith
5. Michelle Kinney
6. Valerie Voboril
7. Martina Barbaro
8. Alea Helmick
9. Emily Bridgers
10. Ruth Anderson Horrell

For more rankings and details on the 2014 Reebok Crossfit Games visit http://games.crossfit.com.

Photo courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Team World, Final Event – October 26, 2013



Free Concerts at 2014 GoPro Mountain Games


March 24, 2014 (Vail, Colo.) — The Vail Valley Foundation, organizer of the annual GoPro Mountain Games, is pleased to announce the preliminary music line-up for this year’s event. In its thirteenth year, the GoPro Mountain Games has grown to be considered the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, music and the mountain lifestyle. The event is scheduled for June 5-8, 2014 featuring three nights of free concerts from the heart of Vail Village, alongside more than 3,000 athletes competing across 25 sports for prize money exceeding $110,000.

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The free Bud Light Mountains of Music outdoor concert series kicks off on Thursday, June 5 with Australian singer/songwriter Xavier Rudd. Indie rock bands, Tokyo Police Club and Cold War Kids, perform Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, respectively.

“Free music has always been a big component of the GoPro Mountain Games and this year we’re excited to present our best concert line-up ever,” says Mike Imhof, Senior Vice President of Sales & Operations at the Vail Valley Foundation. “The Cold War Kids and Tokyo Police Club put on great shows and this will be their first time playing Vail. Xavier Rudd has proven to be one of our most popular acts and we’re happy to welcome him back for the Thursday night concert.”

“We are thrilled to elevate the overall concert activation and artist experience at the upcoming GoPro Mountain Games, “said Justin Wilkenfeld, GoPro’s Director of Lifestyle Marketing. “It is a natural progression to combine our passion for adventure with our love for music. Vail offers a beautiful backdrop to capture the on-mountain excitement, as well as epic music moments on stage and behind the scenes of this weekend-long festival.”

As lead sponsor of the Mountain Games, GoPro will outfit athletes and music headliners with cameras to capture unique POV footage of all aspects of the festival experience. GoPro, best known for its ties to the action and adventure sports communities, has recently expanded its presence in music with the launch of the HERO3+ Black Edition/Music, which includes specially designed mounts and accessories to capture professional quality photos and video of any musical moment. Musicians including Tokyo Police Club, Cold War Kids and Xavier Rudd can easily mount the camera to instruments, microphone stands, turntables and other stage equipment to capture immersive GoPro style footage of any performance, including those at the GoPro Mountain Games.

Xavier Rudd, who performed at the 2011 Mountain Games, returns to Vail with his multi-instrumental act on Thursday, June 5, following the Bud Light Lime Steep Creek Kayak Championships on class V Homestake Creek. Rudd is a favorite on the Colorado mountain music scene, playing a high-energy show that features didgeridoos, drums, banjos, harmonicas and guitars.

The Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club was formed in 2005 and are scheduled to release their third record, Forcefield, later this month. The quirky, high-energy rockers’ new album includes the tracks “Argentina (Parts I, II and II),” “Hot Tonight” and “Toy Guns” showcasing climactic drum builds, thundering bass lines and driving guitar riffs. Tokyo Police Club is slated to perform on Friday, June 6 following the GoPro Mountain Game’s marquee GoPro Slopestyle competition.

Formed in 2004, the Cold War Kids released their breakthrough album Robbers & Cowards to considerable acclaim in 2006. The Long Beach, California-based band released its fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, last year and has been on an aggressive touring schedule ever since, playing some of the country’s biggest music festivals. With dramatic vocals from lead singer Nathan Willet and plenty of drum heavy, foot-stomping instrumentals, the Cold War Kids free street concert in Vail is sure to be a crowd pleaser Saturday night, immediately following the IFSC Bouldering World Cup finals, the only World Cup bouldering event in the United States.

Registration for the 2014 GoPro Mountain Games is available at www.gopromountaingames.com. Spectating at the GoPro Mountain Games, and all concerts are free and open to the public.

About the Vail Valley Foundation

Founded in 1981, The Vail Valley Foundation is charged with 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. In addition to the GoPro Mountain Games, other examples of upcoming athletics-based Vail Valley Foundation projects include the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships (Feb 2-15, 2015), The Audi Birds of Prey World Cup (Dec 2-7, 2014) and the Korbel American Ski Classic (Mar 19-23, 2014). For additional information on the Foundation, visit www.vvf.org, or follow us socially on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

About GoPro
GoPro’s versatile cameras and accessories enable people to self-capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves enjoying their favorite activities. From extreme to mainstream, GoPro’s HERO® line of wearable and gear-mountable capture devices are transforming the way consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals capture, manage and share meaningful photo and video content. Based in San Mateo, California, GoPro’s products are sold through more than 25,000 stores in over 100 countries worldwide and direct via GoPro.com. GoPro branded content is shared and enjoyed by millions of people on popular media channels such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.

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



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