The winter season may just be beginning, but it’s off to an incredible start.
The first half of the World Cup circuit has wrapped up competition and Team USANA did not disappoint! Among all of USANA’s sponsored speedskaters, three World Records have been set and more than 120 medals have been captured since late October!
- In a month’s time, brand ambassador Brittany Bowe (USA) has captured 13 World Cup medals (five gold, seven silver, one bronze) and has set two world records. She currently holds the WR in the 1000m event (1:12.18) which she set in Salt Lake City in late November.
- Heather Richardson (USA) also set a world record on home turf, beating Bowe’s previous time in the 1500m at 1:50.85. To date, Richardson has secured 14 podium finishes this season (three gold, six silver, five bronze).
- U.S. Speedskating’s Joey Mantia, Mitch Whitmore and Shani Davis have also contributed to Team USA’s 34 medal count haul.
- Speed Skating Canada currently sits with 23 podium finishes, lead by brand ambassador Ivanie Blondin who holds five medals (two silver, three bronze).
- Utah proved to have the fastest ice on earth as Ted-Jan Bloeman (CAN) also set a new world record in the men’s 10,000m event.
- Korea’s Sang Hwa Lee continues to give strong performances as she holds seven medal-worthy finishes (four gold, two silver, one bronze).
Full results (Calgary, Salt Lake City, Germany, and Netherlands)
- Canada’s short track team holds 32 podium finishes to date, nine of which have come from Marianne St-Gelais.
- Charles Hamelin (CAN) holds four gold medals this season, having secured top finishes in the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m respectively.
- Coming back from an injury earlier this year, Great Britain’s Elise Christie captured a gold (500m) and silver (1000m) in Toronto.
- Choi Minjeong and Shim Suk Hee of Korea hold seven medals a piece, amounting to 10 gold, three silver and one bronze.
Full results (Montreal, Toronto, Nagoya and Shanghai)
Only three weeks into the World Cup season, Team USA is off to an historic start as they head into the season’s fourth event with 11 medals—just two shy of their single season record of 13.
- Chris Mazdzer won his first career men’s singles race in Lake Placid, while Tucker West took home silver. Olympic medalist Erin Hamlin, Emily Sweeney and Summer Britcher swept the women’s singles podium and the team finished first in the Team Relay event that same weekend.
- A week later, Britcher secured her first career victory in women’s singles, while Mazdzer captured his second consecutive gold in Park City. Hamlin also made the podium with a second place finish.
- Emily Sweeney, Aiden Kelly and the doubles team of Sochi Olympians Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman were also named 2015 Norton National Championships in their respective events last month.
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- Nordic Combined’s Taylor Fletcher secured his fourth Continental Cup title of his career in Park City, beating tour leader David Pommer (Austria) at the finish for an FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win at Soldier Hollow.
- Lindsey Vonn scored her 71st career World Cup win two weekends ago, her fourth straight victory WC title of the season.
- Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy recently defended his Dew Tour title in the slopestyle competition after outperforming a competitive field.
- Lindsey Jacobellis and Faye Gulini rode to second in a World Cup SBX team event in Montafon, Austria, while Olympic medalist Alex Deibold and Hagen Kearney finished ninth.
- The women’s Cross Country team scored a historic podium earlier this month as they took third in the 4x5k relay in Norway. It was only the third time in history that Team USA has medaled in the event.
A lot to take in, right? Well, there’s more as we step away from winter sports for a moment…
AFC Bournemouth recently defied the underdog tag notion as they defeated Champions League winners Chelsea (1-0) and Manchester United (2-1) a week later! The Cherries are currently ranked 14 in their debut season in the Premier League.
Remember the crazy performance Carli Lloyd put out during the final match of the Women’s World Cup over the summer? How could you not is a better question! For that reason and more, the World Champion star was named 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. Lloyd is also currently a finalist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
Five-time World Champion and current WBO Welterweight title holder, Tim Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO’s) was recently named Fighter of the Year by the Veterans Boxing Association Ring 8 for his performances against Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.
The WTA season will be back in full swing in less than three weeks, kicking of the 2016 season in Brisbane, Australia. But in the meantime, Caroline Wozniacki and Genie Bouchard were seen on set of HBO’s Ballers with Dwayne Johnson. No word on whether or not they’ll appear in next seasons episodes, but something to maybe watch out for!
*Updates as of December 18, 2015
*The mentioned athletes are either distributors or dedicated users who have received compensation for their partnership and/or complimentary USANA products.
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