USANA Athletes: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Written by on February 17, 2015 in Team USANA with 0 Comments

First and foremost, I apologize if the title of this blog has left you singing silly lyrics in your head. If not, than please disregard that apology and consider yourself lucky.

We may only be seven weeks into 2015, yet our USANA athletes have already accomplished some impressive feats—making the rest of us reevaluate those resolutions we set and have yet to touch.

No worries though. Just do what I do and live vicariously through their accomplishments. (Hey, you can only do so much physically when you’re 8 months pregnant.)

TENNIS ACES

Women's Tennis Association, Madison Keys, No. 20 ranked (USANA PHOTO)

WTA Rising Star Madison Keys

WTA Rising Star and USANA Ambassador Madison Keys, 20 (today’s her birthday!), made her first Grand Slam SF appearance at this year’s Australian Open after beating Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, before facing Serena in the semis. While she gave Serena trouble in the beginning, Madison fell to the ultimate champion, 7-6(5), 6-2. However, due to her impressive performance the American has since broken into the Top 25 to achieve a career-high ranking at No. 20!

Fun fact: Madison was the third straight 19-year-old to make Australian Open SFs, following fellow USANA Ambassadors Genie Bouchard (2014) and Sloane Stephens (2013).

Speaking of Genie, the No. 7 ranked Canadian continued her Grand Slam success as she made it to the QF’s of this year’s event, before falling to Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-2.

ICE, ICE BABY

Elise Christie GB Short Track

GB Short Track’s Elise Christie

The Short Track World Cup season recently wrapped up as athletes competed in Germany and Turkey. Highlights include:

  • Charles Hamelin (CAN) captured bronze in the 1500m in Germany and the 500m in Turkey.
  • Speed Skating Canada took home a total of six medals from the final WC, two silver and four bronze.
  • Elise Christie (GBR) secured a gold (1000m), silver (500m) and bronze (500m) during the final WC events. Elise was also recently crowned the 2015 European Short Track Champion!
  • Kim A Lang (KOR), took first in the 1000m in Germany.
  • Sin Da Woon (KOR) walked away with gold in the 1500m and 1000m.
  • Park Se Yeong (KOR) captured silver in Germany in the 1500m.

Long Track skaters completed the fifth and sixth stint of their world cup circuit in Norway and the Netherlands. Team USANA highlights include:

  • Heather Richardson (USA) captured three gold medals finishing first in the 1500m in Norway and the 500m and 1000m in the Netherlands.
  • Brittany Bowe (USA) took home silver in the 1500m and 1000m events, in addition to bronze in the 500m.
  • Denny Morrison (CAN) secured bronze in the 1500m.
  • Ivanie Blondin (CAN) took home silver in the mass start in Norway, capturing her fifth World Cup medal in the event this season.
  • Seung-Hoon Lee (KOR) also captured his fifth mass start medal with a first place finish.
  • Sang Hwa Lee and Tae Boem Mo both took second in their respective 500m events.
US Speedskating / Instagram

“Friends. Teammates. World Champions.” (Instagram)

During last week’s World Singles Distance Championships, U.S. Speedskating won an impressive seven medals:

  • Brittany Bowe: Gold 1000m, Gold 1500m, Silver 500m
  • Heather Richardson: Gold 500m, Silver 1000m, Bronze 1500m
  • Shani Davis: Gold 1000m

Speed Skating Canada secured four:

  • Denny Morrison: Silver 1500m
  • Laurent Dubreuil: Silver 500m
  • Ivanie Blondin: Silver Mass Start Ladies
  • Team Pursuit Men: Silver

WINNING LUGERS

With the FIL Luge World Cup season less than halfway over, USA Luge is on track to make this season its most successful ever. To date, the team has won a total of 12 medals this season, in four different events—2 golds, 5 silver, 5 bronze—and is two medals away from passing the organizations single season high of 13, set in 1996-1997.

Mortensen, Terdiman, Sweeney and Mazdzer - Team Relay in Koenigssee, Germany

USA Luge’s Team Relay medalists in Koenigssee, Germany. (USA Luge / Facebook)

SNOW STOPPERS

  • Sarah Hendrickson / Instagram

    “For all of you who told me to never give up. Thank YOU. #twopodiums #worldcupljubno” (Instagram)

    Sarah Hendrickson put together back-to-back podiums over the weekend before heading into the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships.

  • WSJ-USA’s Nita Englund soared to a career first podium, finishing second in a shortened one-round competition in Romania.
  • Mikaela Shiffrin thrilled the hometown crowd in Vail/Beaver Creek, defending her world title with the second straight gold for the USA.
  • The U.S. Ski Team won five medals, including two gold, matching the second best performance in history at World Champs.
  • Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, along with Olympic champion Billy Demong, headline a five-person World Championship Team named earlier this month.
  • Taylor had a breakthrough performance last month in Sapporo, skiing from 28th after the jump to finish third with the fastest cross country time. Bryan was second fastest, taking eighth.
  • At just 14-years-old, Chloe Kim became the youngest X Games champion upsetting three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark, who was going for a fifth straight X Games title in Aspen, late last month.
  • Hannah Kearney became the most decorated freestyler skier ever, taking gold for her eighth career World Championships medal.
  • Lindsey Vonn established herself as the most winning female ski racer of all time, taking her 63rd Audi FIS Ski World Cup victory in the Cortina super G.
  • Biathlon Canada’s Alex Harvey took home silver at the World Cup in Sweden, capturing his 15th career World Cup medal!

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About the Author: As Athlete Communications Manager, Allie implements and oversees all Team USANA programs to successfully promote USANA’s elite and Olympic sponsored athletes through social, digital and print mediums. She is also a devoted Portland Trail Blazers fan, mother and wife, who will, without a doubt, survive the zombie apocalypse. .

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