Olympic Sports

Brittany Hochevar – The Versatile Volleyballer

Athlete CRUSH

Our Woman Crush Wednesday is Brittany Hochevar! The impressive volleyball player, Olympic commentator & pilates instructor (with an amazing sense of humor) does it all! The crazy talented and fellow Coloradical native @catherineaeppel captured this during a rad shoot in Malibu this week. It pretty much sums up the crazy balance of living bicoastal and…

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The Evermoving Journey of Simon Lawson

After suffering a devastating spinal injury as a motocross racer, Simon Lawson’s competitive career looked all but over. But through the long recovery process, his drive to compete again never waned. Eventually, he would fight and grind his way back to the track – this time in a different sport. It’s a poignant story of…

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Paralympian Rowan Crothers Passing On The Torch

Although Australian swimmer Rowan Crothers is participating in his first Paralympics Games, he already has fond memories of the quadrennial event. In fact, he describes his greatest moment as witnessing fellow compatriot Peter Leek win gold in the 200m individual medley at the 2008 Paralympic Games. Just like Leek, Crothers suffers from the same debilitating…

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Ibrahim Al Hussein: The Voice For Millions Of Refugees

Today, we highlight Paralympian Ibrahim Al Hussein, who is truly an inspiration to the entire sports world. Al Hussein had dreamed of swimming for his native Syria at the Olympic Games, however, after civil war broke out in Syria five years ago, that dream would hit a wall. Having suffered a serious leg injury during…

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The Professor Rules The Pool

With the second, and perhaps final, retirement of 23-time Olympic Gold medallist Michael Phelps imminent, the sport of swimming will be looking for its next global superstar. Our Athlete CRUSH for today, 22-year-old Cameron McEvoy, has the potential to take the mantle and dominate the pool for years to come. Whilst his swimming talent is…

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Claressa Shields: Rose From the Concrete

When people hear of Flint, Michigan they often think of the ongoing three-year water crisis that was brought to light earlier this year. Like many news stories, the Flint water crisis has faded from the media. Thus is the case for a number of Olympic athletes whose fame is short-lived following competition on the world’s…

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Filip Filipović Making his Splash

For many Olympic athletes, winning two bronze medals is a major achievement. Taking a quick peak at the career of water polo superstar Filip Filipović, and it’s easy to see how he might not be satisfied with that. While coming home with any medal should be celebrated, Filipović has developed a standard for the very…

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Pavlos Kontides: Sailing for Home

Entering his third Olympic Games, sailor Pavlos Kontides, like many competitors, has just one goal in mind – to win Olympic gold. But unlike a large number of athletes in Rio, Kontides will also be attempting to claim his country’s first gold medal – ever. His ascent into the sailing spotlight has made him not…

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Lidewij Welten: Oranje Crush

Well known for its tulip fields, wooden shoes, orange-clad fans, and occasional adult entertainment, the Netherlands is also home to the best women’s field hockey team on the planet. This summer as the Dutch take the field at Rio 2016, they’ll roll out an impressive cast, headed by standout Lidewij Welten. There, the world-class midfielder…

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Guaranteed to Get Your Heart Racing

Raised by a minister, track star Allyson Felix grew up surrounded by boys – perhaps unconventional for an innocent preacher’s daughter. Yet all peer jokes and promiscuous stereotypes aside, the truth is Felix enveloped herself with the male crowd so she could beat them in sports. To this day, that training has paid off in…

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Family First, Then Gold For Katie Ledecky

Take a moment and imagine yourself swimming down the lane of an Olympic pool – the competitive pressure building beneath the water, hundreds of people screaming from the stands, the muffled roars increasing as you come up for air. For most 19-year-olds, and most adults in general, this is hardly a familiar scene. For Katie…

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Spieth: The New Face of Golf

With the decline of Tiger Woods, the sport of golf had been dealing with an identity issue. The PGA Tour was struggling to find a new face; gone were any superstars that could vastly improve sales and viewership. However, those problems now appear to be a thing of the past. In April of 2015, Jordan…

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Isles: Shifting Gears to a Different Sport

Bo Jackson. Michael Jordan. Deion Sanders. Great athletes who made their mark in more than one sport. Generally, when athletes target a new athletic endeavor, they have some sort of prior relationship with that sport before becoming involved. Carlin Isles is Unique in that department and my Athlete CRUSH because he grew up a track and…

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Mariel Shines In and Out of Competition

Many people may recognize Mariel Zagunis for her bright smile and reminisce about her carrying the United States Flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games. People may not know that Mariel has won every title fencing has to offer and is also an outstanding member of her community. It is for these…

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