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Mallory Weggemann - Challenge Magazine Feature

Competitive swimmer Mallory Weggemann thought her days of competing were over in 2008 when she learned she was paralyzed from the waist down, complications from an epidural she had been given for severe back pain. Luckily, she was wrong, very wrong. This month, the 23-year-old Minnesota native will be competing in up to nine events during the London 2012 Paralympics. Her accomplishments since becoming disabled are noteworthy. She won five gold medals and broke six world records at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Short Course Championships in 2009. During the 2010 IPC World Championships, she took home eight gold medals, one silver and set nine world records.

August 7, 2012
Joan Tupponce

Sharon Day finishes 16th in the heptathlon at London 2012 Olympics

Sharon Day finishes 16th in the heptathlon, highest of U.S. competitors.

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August 7, 2012

ESPN - Remember this name: Christian Taylor

LONDON -- The triple jump isn't an event that's going to attract a lot of attention in the United States, even in an Olympic year. Christian Taylor can change that in one night. Even on a team of social media-engaged extroverts that includes hurdler Jason Richardson and defending champion Dawn Harper, Taylor is out there all by himself, but completely charming in the process. Talking about how he feels going into the London Olympics during a media availability here, Taylor said Tuesday, "I'm trying to be that star, that crowd-pleaser, that Chris Brown, Michael Jackson ... that star that everybody talks about in the end."

August 2, 2012
Michael Wilbon

Avalanche victim headed to London

Coram native to compete in Paralympics New Year’s Day in 2005, high in the Centennial Mountains, Coram native Sam Kavanagh was lying in the snow, wondering if he’d even survive. An avalanche had come raging down the mountain while he was backcountry skiing with friends. The slide killed his good friend, Blake Morstad, 24, of Billings, and shattered Kavanagh’s left leg below the knee. Death was close as he suffered with a compound fracture for two days in the backcountry until help arrived. Thirteen days later, doctors amputated his left leg below the knee.

July 30, 2012

Paralympic athlete from Bozeman will compete in London

Now 33, Kavanagh survived two harrowing days when a massive avalanche in the Centennial Mountains pinned him against a tree, breaking his leg so severely that it was amputated below the knee. Seven years later, U.S. Paralympic ski teams tried to recruit Kavanagh – still an avid telemark skier -- but he has since set his sights on a summer sport – cycling. This week, Kavanagh, who recently moved to Colorado from Bozeman, is at the Los Angeles Velodrome, a 250-meter indoor cycling track, preparing to make his bid as a member of the U.S. Para-cycling team. Speaking by video call from his hotel room Thursday morning, Kavanagh said the training is grueling.

July 30, 2012
Jodi Hausen

Brandon Wynn Workout

U.S. Olympian Brandon Wynn is an absolute monster. At 5’6”, 163 lbs., the artistic gymnast is a specialist on the rings, and is hoping to make an impactful performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics for Team U.S.A. No stranger to the gym, Wynn often works out twice a day, and combines strength training and flexibility exercises along with his team training. This guy is massive, and has a body fat percentage well under the desirable ten percent mark. Here’s how he got to be a super ripped and muscular gymast with a top set of six pack abs.

July 25, 2012

Bryan Clay Workout

At 5’10”, 180 lbs., Bryan Clay has a physique that any fitness model would desire. The reigning Olympic gold medalist for the decathlon, Clay has to stay in peak physical condition in order to be successful in his sport. And what a sport at that! With ten track and field events comprised in one feat of strength and endurance, Clay’s workouts must be in fine tune with his body and performance. Let’s sneak a peek at what this guy does for his workout training routine to stay Olympic fit.

In order to gain maximum strength while seeing his goals blossom, Clay hits the weight room with intensity. After waking up, he’ll head to the gym at around 7 A.M., and stay there for two hours until 9 A.M. In the weight room, Clay will perform a variety of exercises, but one that he definitely favors is the Olympic clean. To perform the clean, Clay stands over a weighted barbell with his feet positioned under the bar and forward. With a slightly wide hand grip, and an arched back, Clay pulls the bar off the ground by extending his knees and hips As the bar reaches his knees, Clay will raise his shoulders and jump up and forward extending his body towards the bar. The final movement Clay will make is a shoulder shrug motion where he will pull the bar aggressively over the front of his shoulders, and bend and raise with the movement of the bar. After completing the lift, Clay will drop the barbell to the ground. This is a great exercise for an Olympic decathlete due to the amount of force that the entire body has to put into just one exercise. This workout, amongst others, is the reason why Clay can stay so cut and ripped while still having functional muscles.

July 25, 2012

Sports Illustrated: Men's Olympic Field Preview

Over the recent history of Olympic track and field, events on the grass in the middle of the stadium have produced some of the greatest stars in the history of the sport, including Carl Lewis of the U.S. (four consecutive gold medals in the long jump from 1984-'96), Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic (A javelin silver in 1988 and then three consecutive golds from '92- 2000) and Sergey Bubka of Ukraine (a pole vault gold in 1988 and then four empty, medal-free Olympics for the greatest vaulter in history).

July 25, 2012
Tim Layden

Vanity Fair: Stars & Cars: Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay Discusses Not Making the 2012 Team, and How His Kids Are “Kind of Over” the Brian Clay Wheaties

Bryan Clay is a 32-year-old, Texan/Hawaiian, Japanese/African-American Olympic decathlete. For those of you who don’t know what the decathlon is, it’s kind of like the biathlon, but with less cross-country skiing and rifle shooting and more shot-putting, pole-vaulting, javelin throwing, and discus tossing. Since Bryan won the gold medal in the decathlon in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he was favored to win again this year, but he had an unfortunate incident at the trials in late June, and didn’t make the 2012 team. Still, as current defender of the title “Greatest Athlete in the World,” we gave him a call in advance of the opening of the Games this weekend to discuss carbo-loading, speeding tickets, the Oedipal struggle inherent in watching your kids consume a cereal that features your image on the box, and what happened at the trials. Highlights of our conversations:

July 23, 2012
Brett Berk

SEC Interview with Christian Taylor

Former Florida track and field standout Christian Taylor heads into the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games considered by many to be the favorite to capture the men’s triple jump. Taylor, a former Florida star, splashed onto the national scene by winning the 2011 World Championships in the men’s triple jump and also was the silver medalist at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in that event. His final collegiate performance at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships went down as the No. 1 all-conditions collegiate performance at 17.80m/58-4.75w. He won back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2010 and 2011 and won indoors in 2009 and 2010, helping lead Florida to its first two team NCAA Indoor Championships.

July 23, 2012
Sean Cartell


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