A Vonn Farewell

 

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Lindsey Vonn announced her retirement from skiing last week on Instagram in a post that read: “I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen”.

Vonn leaves the sport as the greatest female ski racer in history, but for this warrior who famously battled back time and time again from devastating injuries, this early exit not the ending she envisioned. When Vonn said this would be her final season, there was one more record she planned to break before she said farewell — most World Cup wins held by Ingemar Stenmark. And though that didn’t happen, he was there at finish line at her last race today to congratulate her on a storied career.

Coincidentally, another snow sport superstar, Chloe Kim, also announced she was retiring last week, but under polar opposite circumstances. The 2018 Gold Medalist in the Women’s Halfpipe, Kim was the face of the Pyeongchang Games last February. At 17 years old, not only did she live up to the Olympic hype and pressure to become the youngest woman to win a gold medal in the halfpipe, but she did it with unprecedented flair in a run that featured two back-to-back 1080-degree spins — a combination no other woman has ever done in a competition.
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The All-Star Jersey

 

 

For the 2019 NHL All-Star Game tonight, the world’s best players on ice will be wearing hockey jerseys from the sea. Created in partnership with Parley For The Oceans, the adidas ADIZERO Authentic Pro x Parley jerseys are the first ever to be manufactured from Ocean Plastic™, a range of materials made from upcycled marine plastic debris.

Parley for the Oceans is a global network of creators, thinkers, and leaders of corporations, governments, and environmental groups that have come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans, and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction. Adidas has been in partnership with Parley For The Oceans since 2015 to help address the major threat of pollution in our oceans from the proliferation of unrecycled plastic floating in the sea. An estimated 8 million metrics tons of plastic trash ends up in our oceans every year.  Read More

 

Great Performances 2018

 

 

From the Gold Medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics, to a Triple Crown winner, to the craziest football play ever… 2018 was filled with many an epic sport moment! Be you sports fan or not, here are the eight that were great performances that had everyone buzzing:

TIGER WOODS GETS A WIN… FINALLY!

Tiger Woods thrilled the golf world and us all in September with his first victory in five years at the 2018 Tour Championship. After multiple back surgeries and failed comebacks, along with his notorious DWI arrest and extra-marital affairs, it was hard to imagine Woods would ever be back on top of the leaderboard again. So joyous were the crowds, they swarmed around him en masse as he walked down the fairway to the 18th hole where he tapped in that final putt for the win.  Read More

 

The All Stars

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: DOUGLAS FORBES, 16; CC KAPLAN, 12; ARIA BEVACQUA, 11; KAI YUDELSON, 16; KAILEY BOGART, 13; IZYAN AHMAD, 8

 

Look out Roger Federer, Michelle Wie, Alex Ovechkin, and Chloe Kim… the next generation of superstar athletes is comin’ for ya! CC Kaplan, Izyan Ahmad, Aria Bevacqua, Kai Yudelson, Kailey Bogart, and Douglas Forbes: though these 6 young athletes are different ages, gender, and compete in different sports, what they share is an unrelenting passion and dedication to their pursuit.

They train for hours a day like professional athletes, but unlike professional athletes they still have school and homework to do. It makes for a jam-packed daily life many grown-ups couldn’t handle. They’re at practice before their peers wake up and starting homework when most are going to bed. So why do they do it? It’s the love of the game and their dream to be the best.

There is no way to know for sure whether a promising young sport phenom will become the next all star, but each one of these athletes featured here has the talent and drive to make those dreams come true… Read More

 

Go Rylen Brees!

 

 

On Monday night, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record to become the all-time leading passer in NFL history – and on a touchdown pass no less. The game was stopped while Brees celebrated with his teammates and coaches before running over to his family waiting on the sidelines. The headlines read, “Drew Brees Gives Inspiring Talk To His Kids After New NFL Record”.

Except he didn’t give an inspiring talk to his kids. He gave it to his three sons as his daughter watched, held in the arms of her mother, “Hey boy, hey boys!” Brees exclaimed. “You can accomplish anything in life that you want to work for, right?” Read More

 

Water World

 

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From the laps in the pool, to aqua running, to open water swimming…

we’ve got all the cool gear you’ll love to keep wet workouts fun.

C’mon and jump in!

 
I have not had my typical sporty summer of running, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, and cycling. I’ve had a stress fracture in my foot that has kept me from many of the sports I usually enjoy. The good news is it has opened up all sorts of new sports — all in the water!

Swimming truly is the sport of a lifetime. Non weight-bearing, it allows you to do the cardio, strength, and endurance workouts that injury or age prevents. I’ve seen that first hand with my new silver haired fitness tribe in the Deep Water Running class at Alphalt Green, where I’ve gotten a preview of my workouts at 80! It’s become my Soul Cycle replacement for the summer giving me that group exercise motivation and comradery I love.

Then there has been the solitary and meditative discipline of swimming — open water in particular. I’ve always been a pool swimmer, but this summer I’ve conquered my fear of what lies beneath in murky water with an experienced training partner, and discovered the goal achieving satisfaction of swimming to a destination – like a long distance run! Read More

 

Happy Running Day!

 

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It’s Global Running Day, worldwide celebration that highlights the passion so many of us enjoy and encourages everyone to join in the fun. We’ve got all the cool gear to get you going, no matter how far or fast you may run!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: GARMIN FENIX 5 now $449. For any athlete, the ultimate sport watch is the Garmin Fenix. For runners it offers bio-mechanical measurements such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, in addition to total multi-sport functionality such as a heart rate monitor, GPS, and other cycling, swim and fitness specific metrics. A bright, high-resolution, full-color display with LED backlighting assures great readability in all ambient conditions. Each model offers a variety of stainless steel finishes, with quickfit watch band combinations to match both your fashion and athletic style. Wi-Fi enabled, automatically send activity uploads and receive smart notifications as well. 

ROKA RIO TITANIUM SUNGLASSES $260. Don’t be fooled by these stylish aviators, they are really performance sunglasses designed for the most demanding athletes. Titanium frames make them ultra lightweight and durable, with geko pads on nose and temples for multi-directional grip and comfort no matter how sweaty. Carl Zeiss lenses offer outstanding clarity with ballistic-impact resistance. Available in other sizes, colors (rose gold!), and models such as the Phantom and Falcon.  Read More

 

Volvo Ocean Race

 

From top: Leg 9 start day, Newport to Cardiff, May 20, 2018. Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race; Leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland, February 18, 2018. Day 12 on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag with John Fisher (1970-2018) at the helm. Sadly underlining just how dangerous this race is, Fisher was swept overboard on March 26 in gale force conditions in the Southern Ocean and never recovered. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race; Leg 2 start day, Lisbon to Cape Town, November 5, 2017. Dongfeng Race Team drone shot from above. Photo by Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

 
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean as I write are 7 race boats sailing from Newport, RI to Cardiff, Wales in the 9th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. With 11 legs in total, ranging from approximately 3 to 22 days at sea, the Volvo Ocean Race is described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world. The race covers 45,000 nautical miles that cross four oceans, touch six continents, and visits 12 landmark Host Cities. What began in October of 2017 in Alicante, Spain will finish in The Hague in the Netherlands at the end of June 2018 in what will have been an 9-month test of endurance in some of the most grueling conditions imaginable.

Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of teamwork and adventure. Originally known as the Whitbread Around The World Race, Volvo took it over in 1998. The race is held every three years, and for more than four decades has held an almost mythical power over some the sport’s greatest. In the current era of One Design racing, every team races the exact same Volvo Ocean 65, ensuring the race is all about the sailing and not about the boat. There is no prize money awarded for the relentless intensity and perseverance required in this round-the-clock pursuit, but for a sailor to see their name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy has a value beyond compare. Put simply, the Volvo Ocean Race is an obsession many of the world’s best sailors have dedicated years of their lives trying to win. Read More

 
 

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