u.s. olympian

I can’t tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I’m Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn’t change how you look and how people perceive you.

Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American to medal for the U.S. in the Olympics, was recently detained at U.S. Customs for two hours without explanation.


Fights for tonight

UFC Fight Night 114 is tonight and it’s not good. The main event between flyweights Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno is fucking fire though. Alexa Grasso, who comes in missing weight at 119lbs, faces Randa Markos in the co-main event which is a solid fight. And Alan Jouban vs Niko Price should be a fun fight.

Over on ESPN, Vasyl Lomachenko will face off with Miguel Marriaga in the main event. On the undercard, Ray Beltran vs Bryan Vasquez. Plus former U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer makes her pro debut.

Eighty years ago this month, the United States competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, and 18 African-American athletes were part of the U.S. squad.

Track star Jesse Owens, one of the greatest Olympians of all time, won four gold medals. What the 17 other African-American Olympians did in Berlin, though, has largely been forgotten — and so too has their rough return home to racial segregation.

“Determination! That’s what it takes,” one of the athletes, John Woodruff, said during a 1996 oral history interview for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “A lot of fire in the stomach!”

Woodruff won the gold medal in the 800-meter race — and he did it in Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

“There was very definitely a special feeling in winning the gold medal and being a black man,” Woodruff said. “We destroyed his master-race theory whenever we start winning those gold medals.”

Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home

Photo: Bettman Archive/Getty Images
Caption: At the 1936 Olympics, 18 black athletes went to Berlin as part of the U.S. team. Pictured here are (left to right rear) Dave Albritton, and Cornelius Johnson, high jumpers; Tidye Pickett, a hurdler; Ralph Metcalfe, a sprinter; Jim Clark, a boxer, and Mack Robinson, a sprinter. In front are John Terry, (left) a weight lifter and John Brooks, a long jumper.

duyguerkilic6  asked:

What would be your best advice when your going for a run?

1 Accept the challenge "Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.“ -Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher

 2 Shoot for this (at least) "Running 8 to 15 miles per week significantly increases your aerobic capacity, and positively effects many of the coronary risk factors." -Dr. Kenneth Cooper, aerobics pioneer

 3 Be a minuteman "The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments-1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles." -Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach

 4 Wear good running shoes "Spend at least $60. A good pair of running shoes should last you 400 to 500 miles and is one of the most critical purchases you will make." -John Hanc, author of The Essential Runner

 5 Think big (and wide) "Buy all shoes, both street and running, slightly longer and wider than your bigger foot. Also, avoid pointed shoes. You’ll save yourself needless foot pain." -Ted Corbitt, ultrarunner and 1952 Olympic marathoner

 6 Take the "talk test” "The ‘talk test’ means running at a pace comfortable enough to converse with a training partner-but not so easy that you could hit the high notes in an Italian opera.“ -Runner’s World editors. 

7 Listen to the rumbling "If you feel like eating, eat. Let your body tell you what it wants." -Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic marathon champion

 8 Relax to the max "When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed." -Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist

9 Don’t crush the egg "Don’t clench your fists in a white-knuckle grip. Instead, run with a cupped hand, thumbs resting on the fingers, as if you were protecting an egg in each palm." -Runner’s World editors

 10 Make time for a quickie "If 15 minutes is all the time I have, I still run. Fifteen minutes of running is better than not running at all." -Dr. Duncan Macdonald, former U.S. record holder at 5000 (set when he was in medical school)

 11 Follow Road Rule Number One "Running against traffic allows the runner to be in command. Anyone who is alert and agile should be able to stay alive." -Dr. George Sheehan

 12 Try a "nooner” "Noontime running provides a triple benefit: daylight, a break from the workday, and a chance to avoid eating a heavy lunch.“ -Joe Henderson, runner/writer

 13 Warm up, then stretch "Try some light jogging or walking before you stretch, or stretch after you run. Stretching 'cold’ muscles can cause more harm than good." -Runner’s World editors

 14 Stay "liquid”… "Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! In cold weather and warm. We use water to sweat, lubricate joints, tendons, and ligaments, and to carry blood efficiently to major organs. I work all day at hydrating.“ -Dr. Alex Ratelle, former masters running great

 15 …But be moderate "Is beer good for runners? Sure…if it’s the other guy drinking it." -Jim Fixx, author of the running bestseller, The Complete Book of Running

 16 Listen up! "You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain." -Dr. George Sheehan

 17 Create your own running creed "My whole teaching in one sentence is: "Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately, and don’t eat like a pig." -Dr. Ernst van Aaken, renowned German coach

 18 Come ready to play "Fitness has to be fun. If it isn’t, there will be no fitness. Play is the process. Fitness is merely the product." -Dr. George Sheehan

19 Take what you can get "So-called 'junk miles’-those slow miles done on easy days or during warmups-do count. They burn calories as effectively as fast miles; it just takes longer. Regardless of pace, each mile you run burns about 100 calories." -Hal Higdon, runner/writer/coach

 20 Learn from your mistakes "You find out by trial and error what the optimum level of training is. If I found I was training too hard, I would drop back for a day or so. I didn’t run for 5 days before the sub-4." -Sir Roger Bannister, first man to break 4 minutes for the mile in 1954

 21 Dare to be different (but not dumb) "In training, don’t be afraid to be an oddball, eccentric, or extremist. Only by daring to go against tradition can new ways of training be learned. The trick is recognizing quickly when a new approach is counterproductive." -Benji Durden, 1980 U.S. Olympic marathoner

 22 Reach for fast, low-fat fuel "Energy bars are good portable food for runners. Look for bars with 4 grams of fat or fewer per 230 calories. Fat slows down digestion." -Liz Applegate, Ph.D., sports nutritionist

 23 Go for the goal "I believe in using races as motivators. It’s hard to keep on an exercise program if you don’t have a significant goal in sight." -Bob Greene, personal trainer of Oprah Winfrey

 24 Think big…but carry a small eraser "Brainstorm your training goals first, then write them down. Do this in pencil, so you can change some specifics when reality sets in." -Jeff Galloway, Olympic runner/author/coach

 25 Show some horse sense "During long, slow distance training, you should think of yourself as a thoroughbred disguised as a plow horse. No need to give yourself away by running fast." -Marty Liquori, running commentator and former world-class miler

 26 Build with care "If you put down a good solid foundation, you can then build one room after another and pretty soon you have a house. After your base mileage, add hills, pace work, speedwork, and finally race strategy." -Rod Dixon, New Zealand Olympian and 1983 New York City Marathon champ

27 Look at the big picture "Whether one shall run on his heels or his toes is hardly worth discussing. The main thing in distance running is endurance-and how to get it." -Clarence DeMar, seven-time Boston Marathon champion and U.S. Olympic marathoner

 28 Toss out the clutter "Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear….Run with your own imagination." -Lorraine Moller, 1992 Olympic marathon bronze medalist

 29 Listen to your body (yes, again!) "Your body is always trying to tell you where you are. Beware when you become tired and listless, when you lose interest in workouts and approach them as a chore rather than a pleasure." -Dr. George Sheehan

 30 Go steady "Day to day consistency is more important than big mileage. Then you’re never shot the next day." -John Campbell, former masters running star from New Zealand

 31 Find the right proportion "If you run 30 miles a week, then about 7 of those-or approximately one-quarter-should be quality miles. Quality miles will boost your aerobic capacity." -Owen Anderson, Ph.D., running writer 

32 Stay above bored "A 40-minute run punctuated with a half-dozen 30-second pace pickups (not all-out sprints) can really jazz up an otherwise boring training run." -Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World editor and 1968 Boston Marathon champ

 33 Be a "cross-eater” "Like cross-training, 'cross-eating’ adds needed variety to your diet-and life. Expand your nutritional repertoire by trying one new food each week.“ -Liz Applegate, Ph.D.

 34 Ease it back "After a run, don’t rush back into life. Take a few minutes to walk, stretch, relax, meditate." -Runner’s World editors

 35 Don’t force the tissue "Overly aggressive stretching can actually increase your injury risk." -Tim Noakes, M.D., author of Lore of Running

36 Think globally, act locally "We wrote our workout schedules in 3-week blocks. My coach and I knew what my immediate goal was-what I was trying to accomplish in the next 3 weeks. But in the back of my mind was the ultimate goal: what I wanted to do months away." -Bob Kennedy, U.S. record holder for 5000 meters

 37 Go with mind over grind "Any idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is doing the training that makes you gradually stronger." -Keith Brantly, U.S. Olympic marathoner

 38 Have fun on your easy runs "I make sure I have some really enjoyable training runs, remembering to 'smell the roses’ along the way. That way I don’t become caught up in the training-is-everything syndrome." -Sue Stricklin, top masters runner from the 1970s

 39 Have fun on your hard runs "Do tough workouts that you enjoy. Mile repeats and quarters are more fun for me than fartlek. ["Fartlek” is Swedish for variable-paced, up-tempo running.] I feel better about my running when I do the workouts I enjoy and that I know I benefit from.“ -Dan Cloeter, two-time Chicago Marathon winner

 40 Stay open-minded "When you try a new type of training, think like a beginner. Just because you can run 20 miles every Sunday doesn’t mean you can survive 10 x 400 meters on the track at a fast pace." -Jack Daniels, Ph.D., exercise physiologist, coach, and former world-class pentathlete

 41 Be a smart camel "Before you do your long run, place containers of sports drink out on your course, even if you have to bury them." -Runner’s World editors

 42 Work on your growl "The long run puts the tiger in the cat." -Bill Squires, marathon coach

  43 Don’t always watch the watch "I don’t wear a watch during my long runs. That way I’m not tempted to compare my time from week to week.” -Lynn Jennings, three-time World Cross-Country champion

 44 Rest assured "Back off at the first sign of injury. Three to 5 days off is better than missing a month or two. Take regular rest days.“-Pattisue Plumer, two-time U.S. Olympian

 45 Divide and conquer "Pick one thing each year that you need to improve, and work on that. It might be improving your diet, getting more sleep, or increasing your mileage. You can’t work on everything at once.”-Bob Kennedy

46 Join the resistance "Hills are the only beneficial type of resistance training for a runner.“ -Arthur Lydiard, Olympic coach from New Zealand

 47 "Chip” away at it "Think chest/hips/push, or CHP, when it’s time for uphill running. Chest up, hips forward, push strongly off each foot.“ -Jeff Galloway

 48 Adapt…or weaken "Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger." -Eamonn Coghlan, Irish Olympian and only 40-year-old to break 4 minutes in the mile

 49 Up the ante "Move into a hill session gradually, running the first few repeats moderately and increasing the effort as you go along." -Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion

 50 Avoid the downside "The advantage of running 'hills’ on a treadmill is you can go up without pounding down the other side." -Ken Sparks, Ph.D.

 51 Ramp it up "If you live in the flatlands, you’ll have to be creative about hill training. Deserted highway ramps or parking garages are possibilities, though they pose obvious safety problems. You may want to invest in a treadmill." -Bob Glover, runner/author/coach

 52 Grab hold of the rope "If you’re laboring up a steep hill, imagine that a towrope is attached to the center of your chest, pulling you steadily toward the top." -Jeff Galloway

 53 Lean into it "When going down, I lean with the hill. I know I’m doing it right if I feel like I’m going to fall on my face." -Ed Eyestone, RW columnist, coach, and two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner

 54 Save something for the summit… "Don’t attack a hill from the very bottom-it’s bigger than you are!”-Harry Groves, renowned Penn State coach

 55 …Then take off! "I’ve always found it effective in a race to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little, and you’re gone before they get over the top.“-John Treacy, two-time World Cross-Country champion from Ireland

56 Make the switch "The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race-entry blank." -Dr. George Sheehan

57 Get up to speed "Three half-mile repeats on the track at 5-K race pace with a short recovery jog in between shouldn’t scare anyone away-and it will improve your speed." -Frank Shorter

58 Just "Q” it "Quality counts, if you want to stay fast. Don’t do all your workouts in the comfort zone.“ -Ken Sparks, Ph.D., top masters marathoner

 59 Stay in control "Run your own race at an even pace. Consider the course, the temperature, the weather, and most importantly, your current level of fitness." -Marty Liquori

 60 Be flexible (or else) "The idea that you can’t lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved." -Arthur Lydiard

61 Make a pass "Passing competitors always gives you a lift. It probably has a physical effect, too, because you get a surge of adrenaline." -Libbie Hickman, world-class marathoner

 62 Get over it "If you have a bad workout or run a bad race, allow yourself exactly 1 hour to stew about it-then move on." -Steve Scott, coach and U.S. record holder in the mile

 63 Be patient "Expect to put in 6 to 10 successful track workouts before you begin to see some payoff in your races." -Marc Bloom, runner/writer/coach

 64 Keep your finger on the pulse "If your morning pulse rate is up 10 or more beats above your average, then you haven’t recovered from the previous day’s training. Take time off or back off until it returns to normal." -Dr. George Sheehan

65 Mix it up "Fartlek training can help you build strength and endurance, learn race pace, and practice race tactics all in a single workout." -Bill Dellinger, former University of Oregon coach and 1964 Olympic 5000 bronze medal winner

 66 Tie the knot "I double-knot my shoe laces. It’s a pain untying your shoes afterward-particularly if you get them wet-but so is stopping in the middle of a race to tie them." -Hal Higdon

 67 Observe certain rituals "Once you find a warmup routine that works, repeat it as habitually as possible." -Ted Corbitt

 68 Warm up, don’t wear down "At most, jog easily for 15 minutes before a race. Then stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, and lower back. With about 15 minutes to go, maybe do a few strides. But no more-you’ll warm up plenty in the early going." -Mark Plaatjes, 1993 World Championships marathon winner

 69 Wear the right pair "Feather-light racing flats might help you run a faster 5-K, but lightweight performance trainers (with better protection and cushioning) are a better choice for most runners, especially in longer races." -Bob Wischnia and Paul Carrozza, Runner’s World shoe experts

 70 Finish it off "To develop your kick, finish each repetition faster than you begin it. For example, if you’re running 6 x 400 meters on the track, start off at a steady, controlled pace, then subtly shift gears in the last 100 or 200 meters." -Robert Vaughan, Ph.D., coach and exercise physiologist

 71 Stay on pace "It’s better to run too slow at the start than too fast and get into oxygen debt, which is what 99.9 percent of runners do. You have to learn pace." -Bill Bowerman, renowned University of Oregon coach

 72 Don’t dodge the draft "Slip in behind someone running a similar pace and, yes, draft. It’s not illegal. It’s not even poor form. On the contrary, it’s just plain smart." -Priscilla Welch, former British Olympian and 1987 New York City Marathon champ

 73 Snap out of it "Occasionally pick up speed-for 2 minutes, tops-then settle back into your former pace. Sometimes this is all you need to snap out of a mental and physical funk. Pick a downhill stretch if you can, and really lengthen your stride." -Mark Plaatjes

74 Go minimalist "Marathon training doesn’t have to be a grind. By running for about 30 minutes two times a week, and by gradually increasing the length of a third weekly run-the long run-anyone can finish a marathon." -Jeff Galloway

 75 Step back a bit "Build up your mileage in gradual increments, but every third or fourth week, drop back in mileage to recover. This will help you avoid your breaking point." -Lee Fidler, coach and two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon qualifier

 76 Don’t push it… "In marathon training, 3 hours slow is better than 2 hours fast." -Pete Gavuzzi, coach of four-time Boston Marathon champ Gerard Cote

 77 …And enough is enough "Never run more than 3 hours straight in training, whether your marathon best is 2:42 or 4:24." -Ed Eyestone

 78 Be vigilant "During the hard training phase, never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest. If you’re at all sluggish, rest. Whenever you’re in doubt, rest." -Bruce Fordyce, nine-time Comrades Marathon champion from South Africa

 79 Pamper your muscles "When I’m training for a marathon, I soak in a hot tub every day, and get a weekly massage." -Anne Marie Lauck, two-time Olympian

 80 Try winning combinations "I include iron with vitamin C in my diet to prevent anemia. Without it, I wouldn’t have the energy I need to train." -Joy Smith, 2:34 marathoner

 81 Know when it’s show time "Just remember this: Nobody ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary." -Marty Liquori

82 Taper on time "The key step between a great training program and a great race is a great taper. Your last long training run before a marathon should come 3 weeks before the race-not 2." -Pete Pfitzinger, two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner

 83 Wait for the weights "If you strength train, shelve your routine about a month before your marathon, to help you feel fresh on the big day." -Steve Spence, 1991 World Championships Marathon bronze medallist

 84 Hone in on the range "Rather than going into a marathon with just one goal-such as finishing in a very specific time-develop a range of goals so that you increase your chances of success." -Jerry Lynch, Ph.D., marathoner and author of The Total Runner

 85 Don’t be in a rush "Thanks to the race-day adrenaline rush, any pace will feel easier than normal. So make a conscious effort to hold back in the early miles." -Lorraine Moller

 86 Divide by three "Divide the marathon into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart." -Mike Fanelli, runner and coach

 87 Walk before you crawl "When using the run-walk method to finish a marathon, the most important walk break comes in the first mile. The second most important one comes in the second mile, and so on. The point is, walk before you become fatigued." -Jeff Galloway

 88 Be a little shady "Squinting intently requires more energy than you can spare over 26.2 miles. So if it’s sunny or you’re allergic to dust or pollen, wear sunglasses." -Kim Jones, world-class masters marathoner

 89 Save up "To be effective over the last 6 miles of a marathon, one must harbor some sort of emotional as well as physical reserves." -Kenny Moore, writer and two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner

 90 Forget about it! "You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”-Frank Shorter

91 Find a cheerleader "The primary reason to have a coach is to have someone who says: 'Hey, you’re looking good today!’“ -Jack Daniels, Ph.D.

 92 Be a copy cat "Visualizing perfect running form will help you stay relaxed. Visualize before the race. Then, once you’re in the race, pick out someone who’s looking good and running relaxed. This will help you do the same." -Gayle Barron, 1978 Boston Marathon champion

 93 Don’t overthink it "In running I go by the axiom that my coach Jumbo Elliott of Villanova used: KISS-Keep It Simple, Stupid.” -Marty Liquori

 94 Take baby steps "You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your goal too high and don’t fulfill it, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.“ -Emil Zatopek, four-time Olympic gold medalist from Czechoslavakia

 95 Muster your mental might "Keep working on mental attitude. You have to fight that supposedly rational voice that says: 'I’m 50 years old, and I don’t have to be doing this anymore.’" -Ken Sparks, Ph.D.

 96 Train with someone… "It may seem odd to hear a coach say this, but I think a really great training partner is more important than a coach." -Joan Nesbit, coach and world-class runner

97 …Anyone… "Never underestimate the value of a good training partner, even if it’s your dog. Training allies will get you out the door on those days when exercise might otherwise be reduced to a finger on the remote control button." -Runner’s World editors

 98 …But sometimes go solo "The day after a hard workout, I always train alone. If you run with someone else, there can be a tendency to push harder than you should." -Mark Allen, former Ironman champion

 99 Find a reason why "We run to undo the damage we’ve done to body and spirit. We run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered." -John "The Penguin” Bingham

 100 Feel the magic… "For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I’m far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics.“ -Lorraine Moller

 101…But do what you must do "If one can stick to training throughout many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I’m tired? That’s beside the point. It’s simply that I have to." -Emil Zatopek

Souce: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/expert-advice-beginners-running-tips


Young Muslim Woman Breaks Ground In Fencing, Olympics

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Age: 27

Place of Residence: Maplewood, N.J.

Why she is a local hero: Muhammad, a fencer and a Muslim, could become the first American woman to compete in the Olympics with a hijab, the head scarf worn by Muslim women.

Muhammad is the first to admit how badly she wants to make it to the Olympics in London later this year, and as one of the top-ranked female sabre fencers in the world, she has an excellent chance of making the team. Though no official records have been kept, U.S. officials believe Muhammad would be the first American woman to compete in the hijab.

“It can be hard to imagine yourself as an Olympic athlete because of the way you dress,” Muhammad told the Huffington Post. “But I’m hoping this opens the door for Muslim girls to imagine themselves in this space. If this message reaches anyone, even one person, it will be worth it.”

Muhammad grew up in an athletic household but finding a sport she could play was a challenge. Playing volleyball, she couldn’t wear the short shorts or tight tops that other girls wore because of her religious beliefs, and she felt uncomfortable when her teammates would make comments about her dress.

One day, her mother saw fencers practicing in the high school cafeteria covered from head to toe as she was driving past.

“I don’t know what that is,” Denise Muhammad said to her daughter, “but when you get to high school, you’re doing it.”

And did she ever do it.

She captained two state championship teams at Columbia High School in Maplewood. In fencing, everyone had to dress the same. It was the first time that Muhammad truly felt as if she was part of a team.

She used the sport to take her to Duke University, where she excelled athletically and academically. Muhammad became a three-time All-American and earned a dual degree in International Relations and African-American Studies with a minor in Arabic.

Muhammad didn’t lose her love of fencing after college. She began working with 2000 U.S. Olympian Akhi Spencer-El in New York and won a U.S. national title in 2009. Now she’s competing for one of two spots on the Olympic team.

And it hasn’t been easy. While training during Ramadan, when eating and drinking are prohibited from sun up to sundown, Muhammad would wake during the night to eat every 90 minutes to keep her strength during the day. If she makes the Olympics, she’ll likely have to maintain a similar regimen as the event will occur during Ramadan.

“I didn’t have female Muslim role models to look up to in the athletic world,” Muhammad told The Star-Ledger. “It’s really important for people to know my story. I think it’s something I have to do, because I want Muslim female youth to believe they can do something like this.”

Denise often watches her daughter compete and sees the cameras focus on her daughter’s name.

“I realized, my God, she’s representing all of us,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “You feel the pride. Muslim women are struggling around the world. She’s not on the front lines but when she stands up there, she’s making her mark for them, for freedom, to have their voices heard.”

It’s a challenge Muhammad has accepted. She won’t know whether she’s made the Olympic team until the end of March. Whatever happens, Muhammad knows she has made a difference.

“I think my motto in this whole experience is that sports is something you can do in hijab, and you shouldn’t let your faith compromise how athletically gifted you’ve become. Just like race or gender, religion should not hinder you from achieving your goals,” said Muhammad


BREAKING: U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Wins Team Gold
In their red, white and blue leotards, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team smashed their astronomical expectations, winning the team gold medal on Tuesday by 8.209 points.
By Ben Cohen and Louise Radnofsky

“The United States won the women’s gymnastics team gold medal Tuesday that had been all but awarded to them before the competition even began. It was how they did it that was remarkable.

The complete American domination was nothing short of extraordinary for women’s gymnastics. The U.S.’s margin of victory was the highest since 1960. It was also more than one point greater than the difference between the No. 1 team and the No. 2 team in every Olympic team final between 1984 and 2008 - combined.

The only question coming into Tuesday’s final wasn’t if the Americans would win but by how much. After all, the U.S. is on a women’s gymnastics winning streak this decade that’s unprecedented for the country. The team has won the title at every major world event going back to 2011 - including the 2012 Olympics that spawned the “Fierce Five.”

Minutes after they won the gold medal on Tuesday, this year’s U.S. team revealed its preferred nickname: the “Final Five.” The women said they coined it to honor Martha Karolyi, the national-team coordinator who is retiring after the Rio Games, while it also works because the team event will consist of only four gymnasts in the 2020 Games. They came up with it in a group text message.”

Read the full piece here


U.S. Olympian Carl Lewis stands in the spot where he won the 100-meter final and set a new world record at the 3rd World Track and Field Championships in 1991 as he poses for photos with a poster promoting Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo National Stadium in Tokyo, Monday, March 25, 2013. Lewis along with former athletes Mike Powell, and Willie Banks held a press conference Monday, where they discussed their participation in the “ Tohoku Sports Summit,” a campaign to support some 70 young Japanese athletes from the disaster-hit Tohoku area. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Signs as U.S. Olympians

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Aries - Matt Anderson (Volleyball)
Taurus - Gwen Jorgenson (Triathlon)
Gemini - Aly Raisman (Gymnastics)
Cancer - Alex Morgan (Football/Soccer)
Leo - Kerri Walsh Jennings (Beach Volleyball)
Virgo - Tianna Bartoletta (Long Jump)
Libra - Kevin Durant (Basketball)
Scorpio - Anders Weiss (Rowing)
Sagittarius - Rachel Fattal (Water Polo)
Capricorn - Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics)
Aquarius - Melissa Gonzales (Field Hockey)
Pisces - Katie Ledecky (Swimming)

U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team Roster Notes:

  • The roster is broken down into two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and four forwards, but numerous players on the roster can and have played multiple positions for the USA.
  • Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Tobin Heath join a list of 12 other U.S. players to be named to three Olympic rosters. Christie Rampone is the only U.S. player to play in four Olympic Games.
  • Solo and Lloyd are tied for the most Olympic appearances on the current roster with 12 each.
  • Lloyd scored the winning goal in the gold medal game at each of the last two Olympics. In 2008, she scored the USA’s lone goal in a 1-0 overtime victory against Brazil, and in 2012 she scored both goals in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Japan. Lloyd is the team’s leading scorer heading into the Olympics with 87 career goals.
  • Solo is on track to earn her 200thcap during the Olympics. She would be the 11th U.S. player to hit 200 caps and the first goalkeeper in international soccer history to do so.
  • The 11 players making their first Olympic Team are: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defenders Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger, midfielders Allie Long, Lindsey Horan and Morgan Brian, and forwards Mallory Pugh, Crystal Dunn, and Christen Press.
  • Krieger most likely would have made the 2012 team, but suffered an ACL tear during the qualifying tournament. Krieger, who will be 32 when the Olympics begin, becomes the oldest first-time U.S. Olympian for women’s soccer.
  • Long, Horan, Dunn and Pugh are the only players on the 2016 Olympic Team who were not members of the 2015 Women’s World Cup team. At the 2012 Olympics in England, there was just one player on the roster who was not on the 2011 Women’s World Cup team: Sydney Leroux.
  • Pugh is the second youngest women’s soccer Olympian in U.S. history as she will be about a month older than Cindy Parlow was at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Pugh will be 18 years, 3 months and 5 days old when the USA opens the Olympics on Aug. 3rd. Parlow was 18 years, 2 months and 13 days old when the USA opened the 1996 Olympics in Orlando, Fla.
  • Should Pugh score in the Olympics, she would be the youngest U.S. player to score in the competition as Parlow did not find the net in 1996.
  • Pugh leads the USA in assists this year with seven. She is also the only amateur player on the roster with the other 17 being professional players.
  • Naeher is the least-capped player on the team with six international appearances, but Long makes the team with just nine caps.  Pugh has earned her first 13 caps this year, playing in every game but one in 2016. Johnston was the least capped player on the 2015 WWC Team, also with nine.
  • There are four players on the roster from California (Megan Rapinoe, Press, Engen and Alex Morgan) with two players each hailing from Georgia (Kelley O’Hara and Brian), New Jersey (Heath and Lloyd), New York (Long and Dunn) and Colorado (Horan and Pugh).
  • Six players on the roster have been capped more than 100 times, led by Lloyd, who has played 223 times for the USA; Heath, Morgan, Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Solo are the other five.
  • The average age of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team when the USA opens play on Aug. 3 will be 27.8 years old.
  • The average number of caps on the roster heading into the final Olympic send-off match in Kansas City is 77.
  • The U.S. roster has a combined 53 Olympic appearances and 12 goals, all scored by Lloyd (6), Morgan (4) and Rapinoe (2).
  • Of the 16 field players on the roster, only Sauerbrunn has yet to score an international goal.
  • Thirteen of the 18 players on the roster have played for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level.
  • Of the 14 players who played in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final, 11 were named to the Olympic roster.
  • Heather O’Reilly, who was chosen as an alternate, scored the earliest goal in Olympic history when she tallied against New Zealand in 2008 just 42 seconds into the game.
  • Morgan owns the latest goal in Olympic, FIFA and U.S. history, tallying after 122 minutes and 22 seconds against Canada to notch the game-winning goal in the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics.
  • Nine of the 10 NWSL clubs are represented on the roster, with only the Western New York Flash without a player, although Samantha Mewis was chosen as an alternate.
  • Portland Thorns FC lead the way with four players, followed by the Chicago Red Stars with three and Seattle Reign FC, the Houston Dash and the Washington Spirit with two each. Sky Blue FC, FC Kansas City, the Orlando Pride and the Boston Breakers have one each.

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J.R. Celski

Sport: Short track speed skating
Age: 23
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Favorite Music: "Some artists that are constantly on my playlist include A Tribe Called QuestRadioheadOutkastGrizzly BearKendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu.“

Just a few months prior to the 2010 Vancouver Games, Celski’s skating career nearly ended when he accidentally sliced his thigh open on one of his skates during a race. He recovered in time to collect two bronze medals, and hopes to earn a higher spot on the podium at Sochi. "My injury in 2010 was a devastating event and it was very hard to see or think straight after it happened,” he recalls. “I learned a lot about myself when I was down and out and it helped me to reshape the attitude I brought to the ice.” Many experts view Celski as the heir apparent to the legendary speed skater Apolo Ohno, who inspired the former to get into the sport. “When I was climbing the ranks in the sport,” recalls Celski, “[Ohno] was at the top. I have a lot of respect for this guy and am thankful that he put short track on the map in the U.S.”