To most people, summer may be associated with family vacations, relaxed work hours and lounging by the pool. But for USANA athletes, it means tournaments, meets and countless hours of traveling and training.

But don’t feel too bad for them. They’re doing what they love and I suppose all their dedication toward strengthening their athletic gifts is how they became professional athletes in the first place, right? So the least we average (or less than) athletes can do is cheer them to make sure they know their hard work is noticed.

Ambassadors at Wimbledon

If it seems like our WTA Brand Ambassadors are always on the go, it’s because they are. Seriously, not even a whole month had passed since the French Open, before the ladies headed to London for the most prestigious Grand Slam of them all, Wimbledon.

  • No. 16 Sloane Stephens made headlines yet again for another notable Grand Slam appearance. Not only did she make it to the quarterfinal round, she was the only American player, male or female, to do so this year. However, despite an impressive performance, Sloane fell to France’s Marion Bartoli (who was ultimately crowned Wimbledon champion) 6-4, 7-5.
  • No. 13 Sam Stosur made it to round three of the tournament, before falling to Sabine Lisicki of Germany (Wimbledon’s runner-up) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
  • No. 20 doubles player Liezel Huber made it to round three in both the doubles and mixed doubles categories before exiting the event. Liezel and partner Sania Mirza (IND) fell to Aoyama/Scheepers (JPN/RSA) in a three-set battle 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, while she and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo fell to Australias’ Barty/Peers 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
  • China’s Zheng Jie found success in mixed doubles, making it to the quarterfinals with partner Rohan Bopanna (IND), but unfortunately fell to Brunstrom/Marosi (SWE/HUN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Zheng Jie also made her way to the third round of doubles with Vania King (USA), before falling to No. 3 doubles team Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 6-3, 6-2.

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USANA Athletes - Kim Clijsters

Kim and daughter Jada

  • Canada’s No. 1 player, Aleksandra Wozniak, who has been nursing an injured shoulder, recently tweeted that her shoulder is feeling good and she’s back on the courts preparing for her return later this month!
  • USANA Studios’ Jason Nacey made a quick trip to New Jersey late June to meet up with momma-to-be Kim Clijsters while she’s vacationing in the states, and was able to capture some shots of her and her daughter, Jada. The former world No. 1 is due later this summer with a boy.
  • Lastly, thank you to everyone who participated in the USANA Open last month, and congratulations to all of our winners!

Canvas Champs

If you haven’t heard the news yet, undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0) is stepping back in to the ring for a second time this year! Bradley, who has taken to his Twitter account to keep fans up to speed, officially announced that he’ll be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1), October 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. For ticket information, click here.

USANA Athletes - Tim Bradley

Across the pond in London, 21-year-old UK Thai boxer, Salah “The Beast” Khalifa was named World Muaythai Council MAD World Champion mid-June. Since his win he has been interviewed by some of the biggest news and sports channels in Benghazi, Libya and Tripoli, Libya!

Making A Splash

London gold medalists Conor Dwyer and Tyler McGill spent the last part of June in Indianapolis, Ind. competing in the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Champ Trails. Conor earned two bronze medals in the 200 free and 200 IM with respective times of 1:46.25 and 1:57.74, while Tyler took fourth place in both the 50 (23.80) and 100 fly (52.16). For full results, head to usaswimming.org.

USANA Athletes - Conor takes second in the 200 free. Photo courtesy of usaswimming.org

Conor takes second in the 200 free. Photo courtesy of usaswimming.org

Countdown to Sochi

Are you as excited for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games as we are? You should be, because a plethora of USANA-sponsored athletes will appear on the grand stage in 212 days. Sure, that’s still seven months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get amped up now. Our athletes sure aren’t waiting!

US Speedskating was featured in two articles on teamusa.org sharing the top 14 things you need to know about Long Track and Short Track speedskating before Sochi, while Women’s Ski Jumping-USA athlete Sarah Hendrickson sat down with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to talk about her thoughts on heading in to her first Winter Games, on the USOC’s “Going for the Gold: Road to Sochi” video series.

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