Posts Tagged ‘Rio 2016’

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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All Blacks’ Williams Fits the Bill

If one athlete deserved a double Athlete CRUSH, it might be Sonny Bill Williams. Not only is Sonny Bill a good-looking rugby star, but he’s also a professional boxer with a physique that’s a piece of art. We’re still talking about the same guy, he’s just twice as accomplished and impressive as your average standout.…

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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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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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Delle Donne: A Star on a Quest

First in points per game. Third in rebounds per game and blocks per game. Only missed 11 free throws all season (out of 218). Playoff Appearance. League MVP. This was the incredible season that Elena Delle Donne had for the Chicago Sky in 2015 in what was an WNBA MVP season. At 26 years old,…

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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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