five nations champion

Boston socialite Eleonora Randolph Sears (1881-1968) was a five time national champion in doubles tennis.  Eleanora was also a champion squash player and she made headlines for long distance walks between major cities.  She was one of the best known American female athletes of the early 20th century.

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Everyone is talking about how Yuri’s dance moves at the banquet are so similar to his Eros routine but let’s not forget that it was Victor who choreographed that skate. Victor who had already been skating those moves before he had even been Yuri’s coach.

When Yurio first shows up in Hatsetsu he walks in to see Victor skating the routine that he’d been planing to do that year and if you watch you’ll realize that it’s actually Eros.




Adriana’s Workout

With the 2014 World Cup starting next week, all eyes are on Brazil, a country as beloved for its five-time-world-champion national football team as it is for its celebration of the female form. And, really, with one look at the Bahia-born Adriana Lima, it’s no wonder. The perennially toned, delightfully curved supermodel could have been designed by the late “form follows feminine” Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. In reality, her shape is a result of ten years of training exclusively with Michael Olajide, Jr., at New York City’s Aerospace. There, Lima can be found at least twice a week working out, in her words, “like a professional boxer getting ready for a fight.” 

“It’s the only thing I do for exercise,” says Lima of her regular 90-minute sessions with Olajide, who, in turn, trains her as he would a real boxer—because, more than a good sweat, says Lima, boxing for her “is a passion.” 

As physically involved as the sport is, it requires quick thinking, so Olajide begins Lima’s workouts with five to ten minutes of exercises designed to sharpen her mental concentration, including jumping jacks and shadowboxing—complicated eight-count combinations to keep Lima on her toes. “She is really smart. If it’s too repetitious, she doesn’t want anything to do with it,” says Olajide, laughing. 

Next, the former middle-weight champion hands her a jump rope—which he calls the “rainmaker” for its ability to induce sweat—for up to 30 minutes of intense double unders (rotating the rope around your body twice within one jump), cross overs (crossing the rope in front of your body), and side-to-sides, during the course of which Lima performs complicated footwork that would put Double Dutch champions to shame. 

At this point, Lima dons mitts and takes to the speed bag for a rhythmic, high-frequency ten minutes of throwing punches, followed by ten minutes of double-end bag work. “I think of cardio as muscular endurance,” says Olajide. “Through bodyweight resistance and high repetitions, everything she does burns calories.” 

Better yet, the mere rotation from throwing technically perfect hooks, uppercuts, and jabs defines her Victoria’s Secret–worthy abs, meaning she never needs to do crunches. “I call it Grand Central,” says Olajide of her core, “because that’s where everything originates.” 

For the end of the workout, the pair heads into the ring to spar for up to 40 minutes. With gloves on, they throw choreographed punches at high speeds. “It’s like a dance,” says Olajide, “but she has to remember to duck.” To make sure Lima is perfectly toned and that “her butt really pops,” they round out each session by zeroing in on bodyweight-resistance strength-training exercises. 

The challenging full-body workout ensures that, on the road, Lima need only squeeze in ten minutes of jumping rope each day to stay fit. Aside from keeping her famously toned form in high demand, boxing bestows her with confidence and patience. “You know how powerful you are and how much strength you have. When you’re confident, you’re not bothered by much,” says Lima. And what’s more beautiful than that? 


Born in Beijing, Jet Li was a five-time national wushu champion. After retiring from wushu at the age of 17, he demonstrated his skills in cinema, and won great acclaim in China as a debut actor with the film Shaolin Temple. He went on to star in many martial arts films, of which the most notable are the Once Upon A Time in China series, portraying famous folk hero Wong Fei Hung. His roles in Hollywood films include being a villain in Lethal Weapon 4, acting alongside Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables, as well as Hero, Fealess, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.