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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.

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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.

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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



Kelly Clark Wins 2014 US Open Halfpipe Title


Kelly Clark & Taylor Gold Win 2014 US Open Halfpipe Titles
Vail, CO (March 8, 2014) — Kelly Clark (USA) and Taylor Gold (USA) became 2014 halfpipe champions and went away $45,000 dollars richer at the 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain today. On a classic bluebird afternoon, the fourth and final day of the legendary event was perfection.

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2014 Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Clark solidified her seventh Burton US Open halfpipe title this afternoon with a run that included a frontside 1080 indy, Cab 720 mute grab, indy to mute grab, backside 540 tail grab, frontside 900 indy, and a backside air, scoring an 89.33. 30-year-old Clark holds the honor of the most wins in US Open history. In other achievements, Clark picked up her fourth World Snowboard Tour halfpipe title today too.

“The US Open means a ton to me,” said Clark. “I grew up nine miles away from the US Open. It really holds a near and dear place in my heart. If I could pick a contest to win, it would be this one. I’m really happy I was able to put down my run today.”

Taking second place honors behind Clark was 2014 Olympian Queralt Castellet (ESP) followed by Chloe Kim (USA), who landed her first podium at the US Open. At just 13 years old, Kim became the youngest World Snowboard Tour Overall Champion with her win today. Her results towards the overall title are impressive. In addition to achieving extraordinary halfpipe results for her age, including a silver medal at X Games, she managed to land two slopestyle results this season— fifth place at the US Rev Tour and 11th in USASA Nationals.

After the women, the top 10 men put on an incredible performance for the packed house. 2014 Olympian Taylor Gold (USA) won his first US Open halfpipe title today. 20-year-old Gold took a victory lap after stomping the best run of the day complete with a massive method air, frontside 1260 tail grab, double Michalchuk melon grab, frontside double cork 1080 indy, Cab 1080 roastbeef, and a crippler chickensalad, scoring an 87.63.

“Coming into the event, I wasn’t really putting a lot of expectations on myself,” said Gold. “It was a relief to have the Olympic cycle over with. Just having fun here was my main goal, so walking away with this is beyond anything I expected.”

In second place for the men was 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka (JPN) and 17-year-old David Habluetzel (SUI) finished third. The World Snowboard Halfpipe Title also went to Hiraoka, for his great season.

The Sicktrix.com best trick award presented went to Chloe Kim for her switch method and Ben Ferguson for his double crippler. Each rider walked away with $5,000.

To celebrate the final night of the 2014 Burton US Open, there will be a rider awards ceremony starting at 6:30pm MST at the Solaris Stage followed by a free concert with Capital Cities and the official US Open closing party at Dobson Ice Arena featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and A Tribe Called Red.

That’s a wrap for the 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships at Vail Mountain. For anyone who missed the live webcast, check out highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays and contest recaps atwww.Burton.com/USO. Also check your local listings to watch US Open re-airs, the US Open Lifestyle show, and men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

Follow all Burton US Open happenings at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, @burtonsnowboard on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

Women’s Halfpipe Final Results:

1. Kelly Clark (USA), BURTON, 89.33
2. Queralt Castellet (ESP), YONEX, 85.73
3. Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 83.95
4. Hannah Teter (USA), BURTON, 75.03
5. Rana Okada (JPN), BURTON, 67.15
6. Sophie Rodriguez (FRA), OAKLEY, 59.80

Men’s Halfpipe Final Results:
1. Taylor Gold (USA), BURTON, 87.63
2. Taku Hiraoka (JPN), BURTON, 86.88
3. David Habluetzel (SUI), BURTON, 83.23
4. Ben Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 77.93
5. Kent Callister (AUS), LIB TECH, 77.58
6. Gabe Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 73.10
7. Jake Pates (USA), BURTON, 73.00
8. Louie Vito (USA), VIVE, 68.28
9. Christian Haller (SUI), BURTON, 67.38
10. Yiwei Zhang (CHN), MINI, 62.03

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annualBurton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.

About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.



Kelly Clark On Top – 2014 Burton US Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results


2014 Burton US Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results
Vail, CO (March 6, 2014) — It was a stellar second day at the 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain, as world-class riders put on a show at the halfpipe semi-finals. 16 women and 31 men had two runs to perform for a spot in Saturday’s anticipated final. In the end, it was Kelly Clark (USA) and Yiwei Zhang (CHN) with the highest scores of the day in the 22-foot superpipe. A total of six women and 10 men are moving on for their chance at the Burton US Open halfpipe title.

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2014 Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Clark upped her first run score of an 82.20 with an 87.53 on her second. Clark’s run was complete with a huge frontside 1080, Cab 720, frontside air, backside 540 double tail grab, frontside 540 indy, and a method air. She will advance to go for an unprecedented seventh US Open halfpipe title on Saturday.

“Last year this pipe was the best pipe we rode all year and I didn’t know if that was just a one time thing,” said Clark. “After riding now, it wasn’t just a one time thing. It’s perfect.”

Right behind Clark was Queralt Castellet (ESP) in second and Chloe Kim (USA) in third. Tune into the women’s halfpipe finals live from Vail on Saturday, beginning at 11:30am MST.

After the women’s semi-finals, 31 men showcased their abilities in the halfpipe, with 2014 Chinese Olympian, Yiwei Zhang, soaring his way into first position. Zhang’s furious second run included a method air, frontside double 1080, Cab double cork 1080 indy to mute grab, frontside double 1260, double barrel roll, and a frontside 1080 tailgrab, scoring an 93.00.

Taylor Gold (USA) came in second and Ben Ferguson (USA) took third.

“It’s such a relief,” said Gold. “I didn’t really know if it was going to happen coming in because I’ve had some trouble in the last few contests, so I was happy to get in with my first run score.”

Watch the top 10 men from semi-finals battle it out for the 2014 Burton US Open halfpipe title and the $45,000 first place cash purse, on Saturday beginning at 2pm MST on FOX Sports 2 and Burton.com/USO.

Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:
1. Kelly Clark (USA), BURTON, 87.53
2. Queralt Castellet (ESP), YONEX, 85.40
3. Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 78.83
4. Hannah Teter (USA), BURTON, 74.08
5. Sophie Rodriguez (FRA), OAKLEY, 72.90
6. Rana Okada (JPN), BURTON, 72.78

Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:
1. Yiwei Zhang (CHN), MINI, 93.00
2. Taylor Gold (USA), BURTON, 84.38
3. Ben Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 81.85
4. Gabe Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 80.50
5. Jake Pates (USA), BURTON, 79.63
6. David Habluetzel (SUI), BURTON, 78.80
7. Louie Vito (USA), VIVE, 78.65
8. Taku Hiraoka (JPN), BURTON, 77.35
9. Kent Callister (AUS), LIB TECH, 76.28
10. Christian Haller (SUI), BURTON, 75.28

For anyone who missed the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more are here. Also check your local listings to watch US Open re-airs, the US Open Lifestyle show, and men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, @burtonsnowboard on Twitter and Instagram, the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to www.Burton.com/USO.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annualBurton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.

About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.



2014 Burton US Open Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results


2014 Burton US Open Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
Vail, CO (March 5, 2014) — The 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI at Vail Mountain, officially kicked off today with men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals. An idyllic bluebird day made for perfect conditions for the riders, who had two runs to win their spot for Friday’s final. Jamie Anderson (USA) and Stale Sandbech (NOR) were the top qualifiers in Wednesday’s semi-finals and will go for the Burton US Open slopestyle title, along with 14 other riders.

2014 burton semi-finals
South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson, proved why she’s an Olympic gold medalist, with a second run consisting of a gap to backside boardslide, 50-50 to 50-50, and 50-50 to frontside boardslide to fakie on the upper rail section, a Cab 540 indy, frontside 720 mute grab, and backside 540 indy on the three jumps, scoring an 86.80.

“The conditions were awesome today,” said Anderson. “The sun came out and the course was really fun. I’m happy I got a good score.”

Isabel Derungs (SUI) took second for the ladies and Spencer O’Brien (CAN) finished third. Out of the 16 women in today’s event, the top six move on to Friday’s final starting at 10am MST.

After the women’s semi-finals 32 men hit the slopestyle course, but only 10 advanced, with Norwegian Olympic silver medalist, Stale Sandbech, holding the top spot. Sanbech’s first run included a frontside lipslide to backside lipslide, 50-50 to frontside 360 out, and 50-50 to frontside boardslide to fakie on the upper rail section, and a Cab 1260, frontside 1080 to backside triple cork 1440, scoring an 87.05 and holding throughout the semis.

“Today was a really good day for me,” said Sandbech. “The weather was great and it just makes you warm and loose. It’s easier to try big tricks when it’s not icy.”

Behind Sandbech was Brandon Davis (USA) and Roope Tonteri (FIN) in third. The top 10 of 32 men advanced to finals, and will go for the 2014 Burton US Open slopestyle title, starting at 2pm MST on Friday.

Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Final Results:
1. Jamie Anderson (USA), BILLABONG, 86.80
2. Isabel Derungs (SUI), RIDE, 78.45
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN), NIKE, 78.25
4. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), BURTON, 77.25
5. Ty Walker (USA), RED BULL, 74.15
6. Cheryl Maas (NED), VOLCOM, 70.80

jamie andersonJamie Anderson gives the thumbs up after her run.
photo by Hardbodynews.com

Men’s Slopesyle Semi-Final Results:
1. Stale Sandbech (NOR), OAKLEY, 87.05
2. Brandon Davis (USA), NEFF, 81.30
3. Roope Tonteri (FIN), BURTON, 80.85
4. Kyle Mack (USA), BURTON, 77.05
5. Tyler Nicholson (CAN), LIB TECH, 76.25
6. Sebastien Toutant (CAN), ONEILL, 75.70
7. Darcy Sharpe (CAN), MONSTER ENERGY, 74.85
8. Maxence Parrot (CAN), ONEILL, 74.30
9. Mark McMorris (CAN), BURTON,73.85
10. Emil Ulsletten (NOR), NITRO, 72.05

Tonight, an Olympic Rider Celebration will take place at the Solaris main stage in downtown Vail from 6-7pm. Emcee, Sal Masekela, will interview top medalists who are in Vail competing at the Burton US Open. Complete with a DJ and fireworks, it’s sure to be a memorable evening.

Tomorrow, don’t miss day two of the Burton US Open with halfpipe semi-finals beginning at 10am MST, with live coverage on Burton.com/USO. Starting Friday, tune in to watch live coverage from Vail Mountain on FOX Sports 2, plus additional airings, run replays, full webcasts, broadcast schedules and more on www.Burton.com/USO

For anyone who missed the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more are here. Also check your local listings to watch the US Open Lifestyle show, and Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle and Halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

Follow all Burton US Open happenings at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, @burtonsnowboard on Twitter and Instagram, and the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

Results and Photos
Rider start lists will be announced prior to the event. For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow #BurtonUSOpen and head to www.Burton.com/USO.

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annualBurton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.

About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.



Tune-In to the 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Presented by MINI


Tune-In to the 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Presented by MINI
Vail, CO (March 4, 2014) — Beginning Wednesday, March 5th, the 32nd Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Presented by MINI, will be broadcast live at Burton.com/USO and on FOX Sports 2 from Vail Mountain. With more than 50 Olympians ready to take the stage, it’s lining up to be the best Burton US Open yet. Watch as Mark McMorris, Jamie Anderson, Stale Sandbech, Danny Davis, Kaitlyn Farrington, Kelly Clark and many more, compete for their chance at the Burton US Open slopestyle and halfpipe titles.

us open
Here’s where you can tune in. FOX Sports 2 will air five hours of live coverage during the finals on Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th, with additional events on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Regional Networks. In addition, Burton.com/USO will premiere 18 hours of entertainment beginning during the semi-finals on Wednesday, March 5th through Saturday, March 8th.

If you are unable to catch the action in person, check out the full broadcast schedule listed in the attached release. Times and events are posted in Eastern Time (ET), and subject to change, so please check your local listings.

In addition to the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more can be found at the US Open website. Also check your local listings to watch the US Open Lifestyle show, and Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle and Halfpipe highlight shows on FOX Sports 2.

For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow head to www.Burton.com/USO and follow #BurtonUSOpen.

A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.

About MINI
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.

About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary  Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.



2014 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships


The 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado are quickly approaching and will showcase some of the world’s top snowboarding talent. The event will feature Men and Women’s Slopestyle and Halpipe competitions, an Olympic Athlete Celebration, concerts and more. Invited athletes include Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Elena High, Torah Bright and many more.

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Some of the 411 on the event and for complete details, schedule, info and updates visit burton.com.

Women’s Slopestyle
Spencer O´Brien
Jamie Anderson
Brooke Voigt
Sarka Pancochova
Enni Rukajärvi
Silje Norendal
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas
Christy Prior
Sina Candrian
Aimee Fuller

Women’s Halfpipe
Kelly Clark
Hannah Teter
Arielle Gold
Kaitlyn Farrington
Queralt Castellet
Elena Hight
Torah Bright
Sophie Rodreguez
Jiayu Liu
Gretchen Bleiler
Chloe Kim

Wednesday, March 5: SLOPESTYLE SEMI FINALS
Slopestyle:
9:00am – 9:45am Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak
11:10am – 12:15pm Men’s Slopestyle Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm Men’s Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Entertainment:
6:00 – 7:00pm Olympic Athlete Celebration at Solaris Concert Stage

Thursday, March 6: HALFPIPE SEMI FINALS
Halfpipe:
9:00am – 9:45am Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak
11:10am – 12:15pm Men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm Men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Friday, March 7: SLOPESTYLE FINALS
Slopestyle:
10:00am – 11:15am Women’s Slopestyle Finals Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm Women’s Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
12:45 – 1:15pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Women’s Slopestyle winners
12:45pm – 1:45pm Men’s Slopestyle Finals Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm Men’s Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
4:30 – 5:00pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Men’s Slopestyle winners

Entertainment:
6:30pm – 6:45pm Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Awards Ceremony at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 9:30pm FREE Concert with Big Gigantic at Solaris Concert Stage

Saturday, March 8: HALFPIPE FINALS
Halfpipe:
10:00am – 11:15am Women’s Halfpipe Finals Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm Women’s Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak
12:45 – 1:15pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Women’s Halfpipe winners
12:45pm – 1:45pm Men’s Halfpipe Finals Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm Men’s Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak
4:30 – 5:00pm – Press conference at Media Room, Manor Vail for Men’s Halfpipe winners

Entertainment:
6:30pm – 6:45pm Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Awards Ceremony at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 9:30pm FREE Concert with Capital Cities at Solaris Concert Stage
10:00pm – 1:30am US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena

NOTE: Times are subject to change based on competition running times, weather and any unforeseen circumstances. Always check the website and/or Burton’s facebook page for the most up to date schedule.

Women’s Halfpipe & Slopestyle
1st – $45,000
2nd – $20,000
3rd – $10,000
4th – $5,000
5th – $2,500
6th – $1,500

More info at: burton.com



Rowdy Ronda Rousey Remains Undefeated


Two Olympic athletes. Two undefeated records. Two women who respected one another. The fight didn’t go two rounds. Heck it didn’t even go two minutes.

ronda rousey ufc

Heading into UFC 170 there was very little media hype, at least compared to the first time Ronda Rousey stepped into the Octagon. On paper, this was to be her toughest opponent and one many felt should have been the first match-up. Sara McMann was undefeated heading into this fight. She was an Olympic medalist, something she shared in common with her opponent. Sara medaled in 2004 Olympic wrestling and Ronda in Judo at the 2008 Olympics.

Ronda made quick work of her Sara and moved to 9-0 in the process. This was the third time she defended her belt but the first time she’s won by TKO. Referee Herb Deen stepped in and called the after 1:06. McMann was clearly hurt when she fell to the matt after being pinned against the cage and kneed hard to the liver.

What’s next for Ronda? Acting. She told ESPN’s Jim Basquil that she’ll be filming for the movie Entourage next month. She shared, “I wouldn’t be fighting again that soon so why not fill that time with a quick acting job?” Rousey has yet to suffer much physical damage inside the octagon and finishing fights inside the first round allows her to do things like acting.

Who will Ronda face next? There’s Cat Zingano however cat is still recovering from a knee injury and yet to fight since being sidelined. UFC president, Dana White confirmed in a post-fight interview that Cat is next in line to fight Ronda. Aside from Zingano there’s really no one else on the current roster to put the champ to the test.

The internet is all a buzz with Chris Cyborg (who isn’t currently in the UFC) dropping down in White to fight her however the UFC Prez isn’t convinced. He’d like to see Cyborg make weight and fight at 135lbs before bringing her into the UFC. Only time will tell if we see Cyborg in the UFC. In the meantime, Ronda remains on top of the world and one of the biggest stars of the UFC.

Lead photo via espn video.



Gold Medal Rematch Set in Women’s Olympic Hockey


SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Not once in the five Olympics since women’s hockey was added to the Winter Games has Canada failed to reach the final.

They’ve got three gold medals and one silver so far. All that’s left in these Winter Games is yet another game against the U.S. to determine which medal they’ll bring home from Sochi.

The unbeaten Canadians clinched a spot in the Olympic championship game on Monday for the fifth straight time, beating Switzerland 3-1 in the semifinals. Natalie Spooner scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 21 shots to help the three-time defending gold medalists claim their Olympic birthright.

“We feel like we’ve prepared all year for this game,” Spooner said.

The U.S. beat Sweden 6-1 earlier in the day to reach the gold medal game, which it has not won since the sport’s Olympic debut in Nagano in 1998. Canada and the United States have won every gold medal and all but one silver in the sport’s Olympic history, and they’ve met in the final of every world championship since the inaugural event in 1990.

Canada beat the U.S. in the round-robin of the Sochi Games on Wednesday — the Americans’ only loss of the tournament. Canada and the United States also played seven times in the run-up to the Olympics, with the Americans holding a 4-3 edge.

“We’ve played a lot of great games against them,” Spooner said. “It’s going to be another one of those in the final.”

Melodie Daoust also scored for Canada, and five-time Winter Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser had a pair of assists to extend her Olympic career points record.

Florence Schelling, who went to Northeastern University in Boston, made 45 saves for Switzerland in what was the closest game against Canada in Swiss Olympic history. The Swiss will play Sweden on Thursday for the bronze medal.

“I think for us, it was a great game,” said Swiss coach Rene Kammerer, who described himself as “happy to be disappointed.”

“Months ago, if we lose to Canada just 3-1, it would be a great game for us,” he said. “I’m disappointed to lose. But, hey, it’s Canada, one of the best teams in the world, and we know it.”

Spooner scored 7:29 into the game after circling behind the net, putting a high wrist shot just beyond the reach of Schelling’s glove. She made it 2-0 on a power play less than four minutes later, and Daoust needed just 23 seconds after that to give Canada a 3-0 lead.

Jessica Lutz scored for Switzerland 5:14 into the second period to make it a two-goal game, and Szabados needed several good saves to keep if from getting any closer.

via AP



Kelly Clark Leads The Way into Women’s Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Finals


The Olympic veterans moved directly to the finals after the qualification rounds. Leading the way was American Snow Idol, Kelly Clark with a 95.00 score. Nipping at her heels was Australia’s sweetheart Torah Bright and fellow American Hannah Teter. Clark topped the scores but all that goes out the window with the finals. Twelve riders will have two runs in hopes of capturing Olympic Gold. The best score of the two will determine the next Olympic medalists. Clark, Bright and Teter have all been on the Olympic podium before.

women olympic halfpipe snowboarding

Team USA’s Kaitlyn Farrington narrowly missed the direct to finals qualification but nailed her first run in the semi-finals which puts her back in the mix once again. Unfortunately teammate, Arielle Gold had to opt out of the Games due to a reported dislocated shoulder injury. Arielle’s brother Taylor, also an olympic snowboarder, confirmed via twitter that she suffered the injury in a practice run just before the qualification run.


The finals will take place LIVE on NBCOlympics.com and broadcast later this evening on tv. This will be an incredibly competitive field with the odds-on favorite being Kelly Clark. The halfpipe conditions have been challenging for the riders so anything is possible when it comes time for the finals.

HEAT ONE RESULTS
1. Kelly Clark (USA), 95.00
2. Queralt Castellet (ESP), 93.25
3. Sophie Rodriguez (FRA), 78.50

HEAT TWO RESULTS
1. Torah Bright (AUS), 93.00
2. Hannah Teter (USA), 92.00
3. Xuetong Cai (CHN), 88.00

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS
1. Kaitlyn Farrington (USA), 87.50
2. Jiayu Liu (CHN), 81.25
3. Shuang Li (CHN), 80.00
4. Ursina Haller (SUI), 44.50
5. Mirabelle Thovex (FRA), 70.75
6. Rana Okada (JAP), 70.00

Follow live coverage on twitter @hardbodynews.



Women Ski Jump for The First Time In The Olympics


Sarah Hendrickson will be the first official woman “allowed” to ski jump in the Olympics. Mark this day down and file it away for future trivia questions. The world will finally get to see the women in the Olympic Ski Jump.


Sarah is having some fun with the history making event on twitter.




Dara Howell Wins First-ever Women’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The lasting image of freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke is her ever-present smile, the one that helped inspire kids across Canada to slap on their skis and open their minds.

In an event that Burke’s extraordinary vision helped bring to the Olympics, Dara Howell channeled her idol’s style.

Mouth agape after a spectacular run on slush more suited for a snowcone, Howell continued Canada’s dominance at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park by soaring to gold as women’s slopestyle skiing made a sometimes inauspicious Olympic debut.

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Canada’s Dara Howell celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

“I said the other day that I really hope a Canadian brings home a gold medal and it will be for Sarah,” Howell said. “This medal is definitely for Sarah. She pushed the sport.”

Burke died in 2012 at age 29 following an accident while training on the halfpipe.

A charismatic and accomplished performer and one of the key players in expanding freestyle skiing’s role in the Olympics, she served as a role model to a large swath of the Canadian freestyle team, including the 19-year-old who found herself atop a podium on Tuesday.

“She always wanted to see the progression,” Howell said. “To see the girls throwing what the guys were throwing … today I feel like that’s what I did.”

Howell unleashed a switch-900 — an off-axis spin that includes 2 ½ rotations — during a run that finished with a score of 94.20, trouncing the rest of the field on a warm and sometimes frightening day.

Devin Logan of the United States took silver. Kim Lamarre earned bronze to give Canada seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the three spots on the podium.

“We’re over the moon right now,” said Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Skiing Association. “Our target was to get six total — and we still have a few events left.”

Howell’s triumph was tempered by a series of frightening crashes, including one by teammate Yuki Tsubota. That ended with Tsubota being carried off the mountain on a stretcher with a possible fractured jaw. Russian Anna Mirtova wiped out during both of her final runs and said she’s heading for knee surgery.

“It was tough conditions,” Lamarre said. “It’s not easy for speed on slushy snow. You can’t always be perfect and land everything.”

Maybe, but Logan conceded that the Canadians are more perfect than most at the moment. While the U.S. grabbed gold in both men’s and women’s slopestyle snowboarding over the weekend, Canada has dominated everything else. Slopestyle snowboarder Mark McMorris earned bronze and Canada went 1-2 in both men’s and women’s moguls.

“They’re really good as you can see,” Logan said. “They’re definitely giving us a run for the money. It helps us progress our sport. It’s nice having a little bit of a rivalry trying to beat them or one up them.”

Only Logan’s acrobatic run to an 85.40 in the slopestyle skiing finals prevented the top of the podium from being covered with the Maple Leaf flag. Logan’s medal-winning sprint included a frontside 720-degree spin in which she gamely held on while landing.

Logan, who is from West Dover, Ver. but now lives in Oceanside, Calif., turns 21 next Monday.

After a soul-testing stretch that included two comebacks from a torn ACL in her right knee, her celebration includes a trip to Las Vegas and adding a tattoo.

“Not of the Olympic rings,” she added with a laugh.

Howell’s plans are more demure, including a trip back to Canada to ski with her 99-year-old grandfather, who still finds a way to get out on the mountain near her hometown of Huntsville, Ontario, every day. The two chatted briefly after her victory, a conversation that included a lot of screaming if not a lot of detail about what Howell had just done.

“He tries his best to understand it,” she said. “I don’t think he’s got it yet.”

The same could be said for a sport that looked more than a little unpolished in its Olympic debut.

Nearly half of the 44 qualifying runs over the series of rails, jumps — and one oversized Russian nesting doll — ended with a skier face down in the snow or pulling out of self-preservation.

“On days like this, normally we wouldn’t be trying to do our gnarliest tricks because we’re getting stuck,” said American Keri Herman, who came in as a medal contender but finished 10th. “But right now, we’re at (the Olympics), so here we go, let’s do it.”

Finals
1. Dara Howell (CAN) – 94.20
2. Devin Logan (USA) – 85.40
3. Kim Lamarre (CAN) – 85.00
4. Anna Segal (AUS) – 77.00
5. Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) – 75.40
6. Yuki Tsubota (CAN) – 71.60
7. Katie Summerhayes (GBR) – 70.60
8. Silvia Bertagna (ITA) – 69.60
9. Eveline Bhend (SUI) – 63.20
10. Keri Herman (USA) – 50.00
11. Julia Krass (USA) – 42.40
12. Camillia Berra (SUI) – 30.40

See more at: http://www.nbcolympics.com

Story via AP.

(AP Photo/Andy Wong)



Julia Mancuso Wins 4th Olympic Alpine Medal


Julia Mancuso 4th medal

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — For years, Julia Mancuso’s skiing accomplishments — and there were many — were overshadowed by Lindsey Vonn’s.

When it comes to Olympic Alpine events, though, no American woman comes close.

Turning in a terrific run to lead after the downhill, then recovering from a rattling start in the slalom, Mancuso earned the bronze in the super-combined at the Sochi Games on Monday for her fourth medal at an Olympics. She already was the only U.S. female Alpine racer with more than two, which is Vonn’s total.

“Skiing and growing up with someone like Lindsey, who’s just amazing on the World Cup and breaking records left and right there — to have something that I can break records in at the same time is also fun and exciting for me,” said Mancuso, whose two-run time of 2 minutes, 35.15 seconds was 0.53 slower than champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

“If I can keep the Olympics as my thing, that’s fine,” Mancuso said, “and I’m really proud of it.”

It sure showed Monday, the way she punched the air and screamed for joy after the slalom, did a jig on her step of the podium during the flower ceremony, then ran around with a U.S. flag, hugging family members.

She won the gold in the giant slalom at the 2006 Turin Games, then silvers in the super-combined and downhill at Vancouver in 2010. Only two other Winter Olympians from the U.S., speedskater Bonnie Blair and short track star Apolo Anton Ohno, have won individual medals at three editions of the games.

“She is everything you want your athletes to be,” said Bill Marolt, CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. “She brings herself to her best possible level of preparation and puts it all out there.”

Only four women from anywhere own more Alpine medals than Mancuso, who can increase her total over the next two weeks, starting with Wednesday’s downhill. The record of six is shared by Croatia’s Janica Kostelic and Sweden’s Anja Paerson.

The 29-year-old Mancuso, who grew up in Squaw Valley, Calif., was asked what’s different about her when she’s in an Olympic start hut.

“I feel more nervous. It’s not nerves of failure, it’s just nerves,” she explained. “There’s just a lot of emotion and knowing that, ‘This is my chance. This is my shot.’”

At the 2010 Olympics, Vonn edged Mancuso in the downhill and added a bronze in the super-G. But because of recent knee surgery, Vonn is back in the U.S. this time around, commentating for NBC instead of competing.

While Vonn’s resume includes 59 World Cup race victories and four overall titles, Mancuso’s never enjoyed that sort of success. Mancuso has seven career World Cup wins, and really struggled this season, never better than seventh.

There were problems figuring which boots to use. There was the potential for a real crisis of confidence.

In December, she took time off to gather herself with an eye to the Olympics.

“You definitely start to doubt things, for sure. … The best thing we could have done is take a break for Christmas and New Year and then get back into it,” said Chris Knight, Mancuso’s personal coach on the U.S. team. “It was like pressing the reset button for her, and it has worked.”

Knight, who’s from New Zealand, also offered a theory for why Mancuso thrives at the Winter Games.

“She loves peaking for the big events. I mean, America doesn’t know what’s going on outside of the Olympics, right?” he said.

After Mancuso’s strong downhill Monday morning gave her a nearly half-second lead on the field, she still had to deal with a steep slalom course, one that nine of 31 starters failed to complete in the afternoon. No small matter, given that it had been more than a year since she completed a full slalom.

And the last time she raced such a challenging slalom?

“It’s been a while,” U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser said with a laugh.

But with the lights along the Rosa Khutor course gleaming off her neon orange helmet, and a gold scarf tucked under her chin, Mancuso was good enough to sneak into the medals, 0.13 behind silver winner Nicole Hosp of Austria, and 0.10 ahead of fourth-place finisher Tina Maze of Slovenia, last season’s overall World Cup champion.

“It’s really inspiring,” U.S. teammate Leanne Smith said, “for everyone here to see how much of a gamer she is, every Olympics.”

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AP Sports Writers Andrew Dampf and Pat Graham contributed to this report.

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Photo by: (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)



Jamie Anderson Shines Bright on the Slopes of Sochi


American snowboarding Jamie Anderson took home the first-ever Olympic gold medal in Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle. Despite being only 23-years old she has become one of the most successful women in the snowboarding. It doesn’t matter if she’s on the podium or hanging with fellow riders, she’s always wearing a smile.

Jamie Anderson Gold Medalist Snowboarder

Get to know more about Jamie Anderson on NBC OLYMPICS.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — There was a lot of ugliness out on that supersized Olympic slopestyle course Sunday — crashes, splashes, face plants, even a cracked helmet.

As she so often does, Jamie Anderson made things look beautiful again.

The world’s most consistent rider came through big under a huge amount of pressure — “I was freaking out,” she said — riding clean on the rails and stomping down three high-flying jumps on her second, and make-or-break, trip down the mountain. She scored a 95.25 on that run to make America 2 for 2 in slopestyle’s colorful and treacherous debut on the Olympic stage.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” said the gold medalist, who earlier this winter had conceded she was heading to Russia with some reservations about what the Olympics really stand for. “This is The Event.”

Enni Rukajarvi of Finland won silver and Jenny Jones took bronze to give Britain its first Olympic medal on the snow.

A heady piece of history for Jones, the 33-year-old, one-time ski resort housekeeper from Bristol, who was unapologetic in revealing she prepared for the big day by watching “Downton Abbey” back at her place in the athletes village.

Jones calls Anderson a “hippie,” and it’s true, the 23-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., likes yoga and meditation — and granola every now and then.

“I think it’s fair to say Jamie marches to the beat of her own drummer,” American coach Mike Jankowski said. “She likes to do things her way out here.”

Much as she wanted to relax while getting ready for her final run, she said it was, indeed, a little disconcerting standing at the top of the mountain, watching rider after rider take a fall. Of the 24 runs in finals, no fewer than 17 of them included a hand drag, a fall or worse — and that wasn’t counting Austrian Anna Gasser’s failed climb back up the first embankment after she was given the ‘go’ sign a second too soon.

Isabel Derungs of Switzerland fell off a rail and face planted into the snow.

Silje Norendal, the Norwegian who handed Anderson one of her few losses two weeks ago at the Winter X Games, fell off the first rail, bobbled on the second, then washed out completely on her second jump.

Worst of all, Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic lost it on the first jump of her second run, the back of her head slamming against the snow. Her body skittered down the hill, flipping side to side, with her legs flopping like a rag doll. Somehow, she got up and rode down the hill under her own power. When she got there, she showed off a pencil-wide crack that ran the length of her helmet.

“Well, it seems broken, but that’s what they are for, right?” said Pancochova, who was not seriously injured, according to team officials.

Against that backdrop, and overcast skies, Anderson, who lost her balance and nearly fell on the final jump of her opening run, reached the starting gate for the second.

“I was just visualizing, like, seeing myself already landing and coming down here,” she said. “Just trying to believe.”

She made a mini-Usain Bolt pose, as if getting ready to arch an arrow, pounded on her snow pants, then took off.

On a course thought by some to be too tough for women, where even Anderson fell and hurt her back during training, she was almost flawless.

She executed her half-rotating jumps on and off the rails — the most technical part of these runs — without problem, then set up for the show: Cab 720 jump with a grab, switchback 540 with a grab, frontside 720. That’s three jumps with a total of 5½ rotations and two fancy grabs of the snowboard. The landings: All perfect. Everyone knew it, including Anderson, who spread-eagled her arms as she crossed the finish line. Safe.

“Jamie is a lot of things,” said 19-year-old Karly Shorr, who finished sixth. “Jamie is a leader. She’s an awesome person. She’s a good friend. She thinks about other people and, honestly, she’s a good competitor. She does whatever she has to do to win. She never cracks under pressure. She uses it. She lands every time.”

Jankowski said the United States came into slopestyle’s debut hoping for a pair of medals. Shaun White pulled out, which may have dimmed those chances, but Sage Kotsenburg came up with the ride of his life to win the men’s contest Saturday.

Anderson had something different riding on this outcome.

“Jamie has been the face of women’s slopestyle for quite a few years now,” Jankowski said of the four-time X Games champion who routed the competition in four of five Olympic qualifying contests this winter. “That’s all very important, but when you’re at the Olympics, you have to land your run at the right time to cement your legacy.”

Anderson will celebrate with five of her sisters, a brother, a niece and her 80-something Bavarian neighbor, Gabriela, who she calls her “spirit grandmother.”

Her mom, Lauren, was there, too, holding a red-and-yellow scarf that read “Team Every1.”

“She’s tough. She’s a go-getter. She knows how to stay calm when the tension is on, somehow,” Lauren said of a daughter who turned pro when she was 13.

Must be all that Zen-like peace she gets from yoga and meditation, right?

“No,” Mom said. “Chutzpah. She’s got that chutzpah thing.”

Via AP Lead image by Isaac Hinds at the espnW Summit



NBC Olympics Presents Olympic Gold Map to Promote Youth Involvement In Sport Across U.S.


NBC OLYMPICS PRESENTS OLYMPIC GOLD MAP TO PROMOTE YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN SPORT ACROSS U.S.
Grassroots Television and Online Initiative as Part of NBC Olympics’ Coverage of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia – Feb. 5, 2014 – In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and the winter sport national governing bodies in the United States, NBC Olympics has created a ground-breaking initiative, the Olympic Gold Map, to promote grassroots youth involvement in Olympic and Paralympic sport. The initiative will be integrated into NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, which begin tomorrow on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

Olympic Gold Map

During its broadcast and cable coverage from Sochi, NBC Olympics will integrate a series of short promotional features driving viewers to a special section of NBCOlympics.com, NBCOlympics.com/gold-map, which will host an overview video and provide links to the various U.S. winter sport national governing bodies.

“For years, we have been receiving letters after each Olympics from parents describing the moment when their children, watching our coverage, fell in love with one sport or another,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “We want to capitalize on that moment of maximum inspiration and help kids take the first steps towards turning their own Olympic dreams into reality.”

Users will be encouraged to select the sport or sports that have piqued their interest, and the NGB websites, in turn, will provide further information about how children can get involved in their sports, such as contact information on the nearest opportunities for coaching and training.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to join in partnership with NBC and our national governing bodies on the Gold Map initiative to encourage American children to get involved in sport at a young age,” said Scott Blackmun, Chief Executive Officer, United States Olympic Committee. “When NBC first surfaced the Gold Map idea during its bid for the rights to the Sochi Games, we were impressed by their visionary thinking, and we are very excited to see the planning put into action.”

THE OLYMPICS BEGIN TOMORROW
With more Winter Olympic events than ever before, competition for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, will begin one day prior to the Opening Ceremony. As a result, NBC will begin its primetime coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics tomorrow night, Feburary 6 – one night before the broadcast network provides its traditional coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday February 7. This marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony, and will feature the Olympic debuts of snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s) and team figure skating, as well as women’s freestyle moguls.

ABOUT NBC OLYMPICS
A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history.



NBC To Premiere How To Raise An Olympian


NBC TO PREMIERE HOW TO RAISE AN OLYMPIAN PRESENTED BY P&G WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET
Special To Feature Olympians Nick Goepper, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Mikaela Shiffrin, J.R. Celski, Amy Purdy, and Lindsey Vonn

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Stamford, Conn. – February 3, 2013 – With three days remaining until the first competition day of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, NBC will premiere the Olympic primetime special How to Raise an Olympian, presented by P&G, on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

How to Raise an Olympian is hosted by TODAY correspondent and Opening Ceremony co-host Meredith Vieira. Produced by Weiden & Kennedy for P&G, How to Raise an Olympian expands on P&G’s “Thank You Mom: Raising an Olympian” campaign and features the love, support and challenges overcome by the mothers and families of:

• Olympic freeskier Nick Goepper (mother Linda);
• Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White (mother Cheryl and Jacqui, respectively);
• Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin (mother Eileen);
• Olympic short track speed skater J.R. Celski (mother Sue);
• Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy (mother Sheri);
• Olympic gold medalist and TODAY and NBC Olympics correspondent Lindsey Vonn (mother Lindy).

How to Raise an Olympian debuts Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

THE OLYMPICS BEGIN FEB. 6, 2014
NBC will begin its primetime coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 6, one night before the broadcast network provides its traditional primetime coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7. This marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony. The primetime broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, is scheduled to include competition in snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), in which two-time gold medalist Shaun White will compete in slopestyle’s Olympic debut; team figure skating, which is also in the Olympics for the first time; and women’s freestyle moguls.



Video: Winter Olympic Slopestyle Course Preview


The Winter Olympic slopestyle qualifiers will take place on Thursday, February 6th. If you’re curious what the course looks like check out this video from Russian snowboarder, Alexey Sobolev. It gives you unique view from the rider’s perspective while checking out the 2014 Winter Olympic course.

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Inaugural Snowboard Cross U.S. Paralympic Team Announced


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 10 athletes have been nominated to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team to compete in the inaugural snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-16. The nominations are subject to the approval of the USOC.

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In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that men’s and women’s snowboard cross for athletes with lower limb impairments would debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as a part of the alpine skiing program.

“This is a very exciting day to name our first-ever snowboarding team for the Paralympic Winter Games,” said Kevin Jardine, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing and snowboarding. “We have some of the best snowboarders in the world, and this group of 10 athletes is going to make history in Sochi. Some of these athletes have been training for this moment for years, while others found the sport more recently, but the common thread that runs throughout this team is just how dedicated and passionate they are. It is going to be an honor to work with this team in Sochi.”

The U.S. enters the Games with three of the top-ranked men in the world, with Evan Strong (Nevada City, Calif.) and Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.) sharing the current No. 1 spot on the IPC world rankings, and Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah) is tied for third with Carl Murphy of New Zealand. Shea won four of the five world cup competitions this season, while Strong won one and earned two silver medals.

On the women’s side, Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colo.) are tied for the No. 2 spot on the world rankings. Purdy and Duce, the national champion, have battled back-and-forth for podium positions throughout much of the season. Duce won two silver and two bronze medals in world cup competition this season, with Purdy winning two silvers and one bronze. American Nicole Roundy (Salt Lake City, Utah) is also at the top of the rankings, sitting in fifth.

Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City, Utah), who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, is the only military veteran on the team. Burdick is No. 4 on the U.S. list and ranked No. 12 in the world.

Other nominees to Team USA include: Cristina Albert (Denver, Colo.), Megan Harmon (Huntsville, Ala.) and Dan Monzo (Vernon, N.J.).

The men’s and women’s snowboard events will be held on March 14. Paralympic snowboarders compete in snowboard cross, an event where athletes race one-at-a-time down a course with features including turns, drops and berms. Each athlete completes three runs of the course with the combined time of their best two runs determining the final winner based on time.

The USOC and NBC Olympics have partnered to provide an unprecedented level of coverage for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine to air 50 hours of television, starting on March 7 with the Opening Ceremony. It will be followed by daily coverage of all five Paralympic sports in the Sochi program, before the Games’ Closing Ceremony is broadcast on March 16. In addition to the unprecedented U.S. television coverage, the USOC and streaming sponsors BMW, BP, Citi, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Procter & Gamble and The Hartford will provide live online coverage at TeamUSA.org.

U.S. Paralympic Team nominees for alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling will be finalized by the USOC no later than Feb. 21, the deadline to submit Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games delegation rosters to the International Paralympic Committee. Selection procedures and dates can be found at TeamUSA.org/ParalympicGames/.

2014 U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding Team nominees

Women
Cristina Albert (Denver, Colo.)
Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colo.)
Megan Harmon (Huntsville, Ala.)
Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Nicole Roundy (Bountiful, Utah)

Men
Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah)
Dan Monzo (Vernon, N.J.)
Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.)
Evan Strong (Nevada City, Calif.)

Press Release via teamusa.org/US-Paralympics



A Day in the Life of Samantha Briggs – Fittest


Spend a day with 2013 Crossfit Champion Samantha Briggs. Sam takes you through her day of training, nutrition and more in this video. She was crowned the “Fittest Woman on Earth” last summer after three brutal days at the Crossfit Games in Carson, California. She’s a been training with Crossfit since 2009 but is a firefighter by trade. Learning she was out of the 2012 Games with a broken patella, her rise to the top of the podium is even more remarkable.

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Samantha discusses the importance of warming up and her working on her mobility before going into her workouts. She knocks out an intense workout and then walks you through her diet and what she typically eats. After watching this video you’ll want to hit the gym and step up your workout intensity. Samantha is the real deal.

YOUTUBE:
What’s the secret to Samantha Brigg’s speed, agility, and strength? We spent a day with Sam to find out just that. Tune in to see how she trains, what she eats, and how she’s preparing for the 2014 CrossFit Games.

Samantha shares that she finds three meals a day combined with shakes work best for her. She also supplements her training with vitamins and protein shakes.

Post Workout
Protein shake with Coconut Water + 2 Fish Oil Capsules

Breakfast
1 Banana
Scrambled eggs made with coconut oil. Peanut Butter mixed in.

Lunch
Protein: Salmon/Chicken/Turkey
Carbs: Salad or Babyfood
Fats: Nuts

Dinner
Steak/Chicken/Fish
Vegetables – Spinach

Video by Pure Pharma.



Universal Sports Presents 2014 SIA Snow Show


Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, presents 2014 SIA Snow Show on Saturday, February 8, from 7 to 8 PM ET. Hosted by Craig Hummer and Doug and Kelley Lewis, 2014 SIA Snow Show is an exclusive, one-hour TV show featuring the latest trends, innovations, product lines and fashion from inside the snow sports industry’s largest trade show.

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2014 SIA Snow Show Takes Snow Sports Enthusiasts Inside the Industry’s Largest Trade Show
Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2014) – Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, presents 2014 SIA Snow Show on Saturday, February 8, from 7 to 8 PM ET. Hosted by Craig Hummer and Doug and Kelley Lewis, 2014 SIA Snow Show is an exclusive, one-hour TV show featuring the latest trends, innovations, product lines and fashion from inside the snow sports industry’s largest trade show.

For more than five decades, the SIA Snow Show has been bringing the entire snow sports market together in one place, making it the most important trade event for the entire industry. Showcasing the latest trends, innovations, product lines and styles, the SIA Snow Show represents the only global event where 900+ brands are presented in an authentic environment both on and off the snow; all powered by the passion and culture of snow sports.

Universal Sports will visit various booths and conduct interviews on the floor of the SIA Snow Show expo at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, from January 30-February 2 creating a must-watch consumer guide that showcases the latest products from industry manufacturers.

“For serious athletes and all winter sports enthusiasts, Universal Sports will bring the SIA Snow Show convention to life,” said Robert James, Universal Sports’ VP of Programming and Acquisitions. “The show will provide an inside look at the new technology and gear, latest trends, clothing styles, and everything in between from all of the industry’s top manufacturers.”

“SIA is thrilled to have Universal Sports covering this year’s Snow Show. With the Winter Games in sight, this is an exciting time for our industry and having Universal Sports capture all the energy on the Show floor is fantastic,” commented David Ingemie, SIA president.

Universal Sports Network provides viewers unparalleled access to a wide range of world-class sporting events from around the globe including the FIS Alpine World Cup and other winter sports including snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, bobsled and speed skating.

Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon FiOS and CenturyLink Prism, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.

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About Universal Sports
Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.

About SIA
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a nonprofit member-owned trade association with a long history of working to support the snow sports industry. SIA works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, reports, reps and service providers to develop products and programs for their individual and collective business needs. With member support and industry participation, SIA annually hosts the industry’s largest core winter sports trade show, the SIA Snow Show, along with the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest and the Sourcing Snow supplier show. SIA also helps retailers and resorts connect with snow sports participants around the country through Snowlink.com. Learn more at Snowsports.org.



New Winter Olympic Event – Snowboard SlopeStyle


The Winter Olympics are quickly approaching and new to the Games this year will be the Snowboard Slopestyle event. The event will debut with 30 male and 24 female snobwoarders at the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Games. The event features athletes doing tricks at insane heights, riding rails and performing at a level worthy of an Olympic medal. It’s truly something you have to see to believe.

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The competition has three rounds… Qualification, Semi-Final and Finals. Each athlete has two runs in each round and the highest score of the two determines their placing. They are scored on the variety and execution of their tricks, amplitude, difficulty and landing. The highest scoring run in the final wins.

NBC analyst, Bob Costas has referred to this new event as ‘Jackass’ stuff on a recent TODAY show interview. We respect his right to an opinion and his contributions to sports over the years but c’mon man. Bob clearly needs to spend some time on the slopes and educate himself. Matt Lauer isn’t much better as he laughs it up like a giddy toddler watching a dog eat popcorn. Thankfully the clueless duo won’t be calling the action on this event in Sochi. NBC has since pulled the interview down citing “usage restrictions” but like anything on the Internet it lives on.

The final Olympic qualifiers are schedule to take place this week in Mammoth, California. There will be two qualifiers due to events being cancelled last week in Breckenridge, Colorado. It’s been a bit of a challenge for event organizers due to lack of snow in California and too much snow in Colorado (the cause of the Breck cancellation). The U.S. team rosters should be finalized and announced this weekend. A confusing set of rules left the snowboarder out in the cold after the event was cancelled. The skiing qualification round counted for the final placings however a different set of rules didn’t allow for that to be the case in snowboarding.

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Jamie Anderson after winning the 2013 Dew Tour.

Jamie Anderson leads the women’s Snowboarding slope style heading into the final two events. Ty Walker and Jessika Jenson are close behind in the current point totals. On the Men’s side of things, Chas Guldemond leads with rockstar snowboarder Shaun White in second.

Lead image via youtube.



P&G Thank You Mom – Raising an Olympian: Amy Purdy


“Love life. Have confidence in yourself.” Simple advice but convincingly true. Those word of wisdom were what what Amy Purdy’s mother shared with her. Amy is a paralympic snowboarder and the feature of this moving video. Proctor & Gamble does a great job with their “Thank You Mom” campaign. You might remember this campaign from the Summer Olympics. It’s one that never gets old and helps to tell the story of not only athletes but also their moms.

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Amy shared this on Facebook after seeing the video, “Wow this turned out amazing and brought me to tears! ‪#‎thankyoumom‬ for being so loving and supportive all the wonderful things you shared in this video brought me to tears! This reminds me of how far I have come! I am who I am ‪#‎becauseofmymom‬.”



US Snowboarding Grand Prix Start List Finals – Ladies’ Snowboard Halfpipe


US SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX START LIST FINALS – Ladies’ Snowboard Halfpipe
What: Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle
When: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Where: Breckenridge, CO (USA)
Start Time: TBD
Number of Competitors: 8

Start Order / Bib / Name / Country
1 / 8 Holly Crawford – AUS
2 / 7 Sophie Rodriguez – FRA
3 / 6 Kelly Clark – USA
4 / 5 Arielle Gold – USA
5 / 4 Queralt Castellet – SPA
6 / 3 Elena Hight – USA
7 / 2 Kaityln Farrington – USA
8 / 1 Chloe Kim – USA



FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2014 Start List Finals – Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle


FIS FREESTYLE SKI WORLD CUP 2014 START LIST FINALS
What: Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle
When: Friday, January 10, J2014
Where: Breckenridge, CO (USA)
Start Time: 09:30am
Number of Competitors: 8

Start Order / Bib / Name / Country
1 / 8 Zuzana Stromkova – SVK
2 / 7 Dominique Ohaco – CHI
3 / 6 Camillia Berra – SUI
4 / 5 Yuki Tsubota – CAN
5 / 4 Kim Lamarre – CAN
6 / 3 Devin Logan – USA
7 / 2 Emma Dahlstrom
8 / 1 Keri Herman – USA



Breck Grand Prix Day One Competitors’ Lists


The start lists are set for the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colorado. Twenty-four women will compete in the Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe. Some of the biggest names in women’s snowboarding are scheduled to compete. Kelly Clark took the top spot on the podium at the first stop on the tour. Look for Arielle Gold, Gretchen Bleiler and Chloe Kim to give her a run for the top spot. If Elena Hight can put down a solid run in the finals, she could be a threat but has struggled to find the podium in recent events. Hanah Teter is a name you might recognize, she was the gold medal in the 2006 Olympic Games.

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US SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX START LIST
Women’s Snowboarding HalfPipe – Start Time 10:25am – Wednesday January 8, 2014

StartNr Bib Name Nat
1 9 Emma Bernard FRA
2 10 Arielle Gold USA
3 11 Rebecca Sinclair NZL
4 12 Yuki Furihata JPN
5 13 Shuang Li CHN
6 14 Kelly Clark USA
7 15 Xuetong Cai CHN
8 16 Alexandra Duckworth CAN
9 17 Sophie Rodriguez FRA
10 18 Elena Hight USA
11 19 Kaitlyn Farrington USA
12 20 Mercedes Nicoll CAN
13 21 Queralt Castellet SPA
14 22 Mirabelle Thovex FRA
15 23 Gretchen Bleiler USA
16 24 Holly Crawford AUS
17 25 Haruna Matsumoto JPN
18 26 Calynn Irwin CAN
19 27 Hannah Teter USA
20 28 Kelly Berger USA
21 29 Madeline Schaffrick USA
22 30 Summer Fenton USA
23 31 Maddie Mastro USA
24 32 Chloe Kim USA

The Visa U.S. Grand Prix Slopestyle will have two heats with 18 women in each. Look for Maggie Voisin, Darian Stevens, Devin Logan, Keri Herman and Grete Eliassen to make a run for the top spots. They currently hold the top five spots in the Olympic Standings.

HEAT ONE

StartNr Bib Name Nat
1 9 Eveline Bhend SUI
2 10 Kim Lamarre CAN
3 11 Camillia Berra SUI
4 12 Anna Vincenti GBR
5 13 Devin Logan USA
6 14 Maggie Voisin USA
7 15 Reiko Oka JPN
8 16 Philomena Bair AUT
9 17 Darian Stevens USA
10 18 Hitomi Sato JPN
11 19 Megan Olenick USA
12 20 Yuki Tsubota CAN
13 21 Grete Eliassen USA
14 22 Nikki Blackall CAN
15 23 Jamie Crane-Mauzy USA
16 24 Filippa Ring SWE
17 25 Nanaho Kiriyama JPN
18 26 Melanie Kraizel CHI

HEAT TWO

StartNr Bib Name Nat
1 27 Anna Willcox-Silfverberg NZL
2 28 Katie Summerhayes GBR
3 29 Alexi Micinski USA
4 30 Silvia Bertagna ITA
5 31 Giulia Tanno SUI
6 32 Julia Marino PAR
7 33 Rebecca Roberts USA
8 34 Keri Herman USA
9 35 Zuzana Stromkova SVK
10 36 Anna Segal AUS
11 37 Anna Mirtova RUS
12 38 Emma Dahlstrom SWE
13 39 Julia Krass USA
14 40 Annabel Blake AUS
15 41 Dominique Ohaco CHI
16 42 Maude Raymond CAN
17 43 Taylor Lundquist USA
18 44 Tanja Gmuer SUI

 

Photo by Isaac Hinds – Athletes Kelly Clark



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