Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that the 600-plus athletes that make up Team USANA are nothing short of amazing. If you can’t agree with me on this then we can’t be friends—just kidding, we can—but you may want to run through these 10 über recent events when USANA athletes proved themselves to be better than the rest and then you’ll change your mind!
1. Australia’s Sam Stosur claimed her second Wimbledon mixed doubles title over the holiday weekend with partner, Nenad Zimonjic, defeating Max Mirnyi and Chan Hao-Ching in two straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Stosur now holds three Grand Slam titles and three mixed doubles Grand Slam wins.
2. Genie Bouchard, 20, made history by becoming the first Canadian player – man or woman – to advance to a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. While she ultimately lost to Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0, she made her Top 10 debut in the WTA rankings at No. 6 and is now the highest-ranked Canadian ever! #GenieArmy
4. Rising star Monica Puig, 20, won her first WTA title that same weekend, defeating Silvia Soler-Espinosa at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. Puig is the first Latin-American female player to win a singles title since 2011. #PicaPower
5. Young American, Madison Keys, 19, earned her first career title at the Aegon International in June, becoming the first teenager to win a Premier-level title since Caroline Wozniacki at New Haven in 2009. Following her win, Keys signed on as a Sports Illustrated Kids Special Correspondent.
6. New Team USANA recruit, Corey Anderson, won season 19 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ last Sunday in Las Vegas, taking out Matt Van Buren in just over one minute with a TKO. The light heavyweight champ is now 3-0 in his professional MMA career and walks away from the fight with a UFC contract.
7. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association brought home a record 17 medals from Sochi this February and now a handful of athletes are up for multiple ESPY awards. You can cast your VOTES until the show airs July 16th on ESPN.
8. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Meaghan Mikkelson, is not only an extraordinary hockey player, she’s also pretty great at competing on the second season of ‘The Amazing Race Canada’. The first episode aired earlier this week on CTV and let’s just say, Mikkelson and teammate Natalie Spooner are not to be underestimated. Don’t live in Canada? Follow the two on Twitter (@mikkelson12 & @natspooner5) for hilarious commentary.
9. Five New Zealand athletes, David Bishop (gymnast), Martin Knight (squash), Gillies Kaka (rugby), Zhao Yue (shooting) and Leroy Hindley (boxing) are competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games July 23 through August 3. The fab five will compete in five of the 17 sports.
10. Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) has been training non-stop for his return to the ring this August where he will face 36-year-old Daniel Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KO’s).