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Austin was first introduced to tennis by his dad in elementary school, but, he says, he didn't begin working to improve his skills until the sixth grade. His high school accomplishments include competing in the USTA Winter National Championships, as well as earning all-state status. He has been ranked in the top 60 of the USTA Southern Section, which is an area covering nine states.
Austin plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall of 2015, and has set a goal for the coming year to become a contributor to the starting lineup for ECU.
Katy began swimming competitively at the age of 11, and continued through college. After moving to Utah in 2005, she began running as a way to keep in shape. It wasn't until 2011, however, that she decided to try her first triathlon, and signed up for a Half Ironman before she even owned a bike.
This year Katy will begin competing as a professional, and has set some impressive personal goals. Her passion and commitment to her life and her sport are an inspiration to all of us here at elete.
Brian Dickinson served for six years as a U.S. Navy Air Rescue swimmer before he moved to the Pacific Northwest to get his MBA and pursue his passion for extreme sports and mountain climbing. He has climbed in expeditions on the highest peaks of the seven continents, including Mount Everest, with the majority of climbs in the Cascade Mountains, near his home.
Brian is the author of Blind Descent, a memoir about his 2011 solo summit of Mount Everest, where he survived getting down from the summit completely snow blind and alone. He also travels the nation as a motivational speaker and visits orphanages in the countries where he climbs. Brian is a husband and father of two children who leads by example in living life to its fullest.
Erica Tingey balances a full and active life not only as a champion cross country mountain bike racer, but as a busy wife and mom. Her love and devotion to her family is very evident, and Erica credits cycling with helping her to be an awesome mother.
"My passion is being the best mother I can be," says Tingey, "and riding my bike helps me be that! Riding and racing motivates me to get out of bed and do my workouts and eat the way I do. It keeps me exercising through the winter when it’s not as enjoyable. It keeps me full of energy and life and that helps me be a better mother to my son."
With a degree in computer science, Audrey worked as a software professional for 15 years. But it was in university where her friends introduced her to the sport that has captured her heart, and taken her around the world. "Rock climbing quickly became my passion and my peace," says Audrey.
"I have been climbing now for over 20 years and in these later years, I’ve been driven to pursue my potential to the max," she said. "I train hard, but efficiently. I care about performing in this sport for the long haul and take care to nourish and treat my body well."
In addition to her professional career as a climber and software professional, Audrey also believes in giving back to her community. She donates her time and talents to helping high school kids in rural communities develop and hone their computer science skills so they can pursue a career in the field beyond high school.
Nick Duttle is a professional climber from Las Cruces, New Mexico who currently travels the country in order to climb the most difficult and technical sport routes and boulders.
Nick was born with a genetic condition, hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which affects the skin and development of sweat glands. The doctors told Nick’s mother that he would not live past the age of three. Yet, Nick not only proved the doctors wrong, he went on to become one of the world’s strongest climbers.
Nick guides climbing trips in Colorado in the summers, enjoys teaching clinics and attending climbing events whenever possible, and serves as an ambassador/sponsored athlete for several well-known climbing and outdoor companies.
Caitlin is currently training for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She will compete at U.S. Nationals in January, 2013 and aims to make her Fourth World Championship Team.
"I came across elete Electrolyte Add-In™ while I was training in Canmore, Alberta," Caitlin said. "I was training in the cold dry air at altitude and knew that I needed a great electrolyte drink during training. A local athlete suggested I try elete and the rest is history. I instantly felt the benefits of the increased recovery despite putting in higher hours on snow."
Caitlin spends her free time as a mentor and role model for at-risk youth in North Minneapolis. The goal of the program is to teach the children about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. She loves working with these kids and has found a real passion for educating them about the opportunities that exist for them with sports.
Marie Kirton was born a die-hard athlete. She grew up in a small farming town in New Zealand and tried as many sports (running, swimming, netball, rugby, soccer,) as she was able to during her childhood and high school years. While studying Physical Education and Commerce at university, Marie completed her first half marathon. "I had never known such pain," she said.
Marie has competed in four Ironman races, seven Half Ironmans, and numerous other standard and sprint distance triathlons. In 2011, she placed 3rd and 4th in her age group at the UK Half Ironman and UK Full Ironman and qualified for the World Long Distance Champs and the Ironman 70.3 world champs earlier this year.
"I’m not a ‘normal’ pro-rider," says Sally Bigham, a pro-mountain bike racing sensation who lives in England. "I didn’t gradually rise through the ranks. Instead I stumbled across mountain biking in 2006 and 2 years later I found myself competing against the World’s best."
Sally is currently ranked number one in the UCI World Marathon Rankings. Her victories in 2011 include: The Cape Epic 8 day stage race (South Africa), Andalucia 6 day stage race (Spain), Grand Raid Cristalp (Switzerland), Roc D’Azur (France), Adamello bike marathon (Italy), Kitzalp (Austria), and Etna marathon (Sicily).
Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, Andrew Augustyniak was a two-time, first-team, all-state golfer in high school. In college, he became a first team All-American junior college golfer. After graduating with his degree in Business Management, Andrew has continued to follow his dream to become a high-ranking professional golfer.
“Within the first week of adding elete Electrolytes to my water," says Andrew, "I noticed a big difference. On the course, my energy level seems to stay constant throughout the day. The difference in using elete electrolyte water as opposed to just water is very noticeable.”
Sharon Gayter took up running in her twenties to keep fit and complete the London Marathon. Having achieved that, it wasn’t long before she moved up to ultras. Sharon quickly advanced to more extreme, longer, hotter, harder, and higher races.
Sharon has been an international athlete at both 100km and 24-hour events since 1994 and has represented England on more than 25 occasions and won several medals. Sharon’s list of running accomplishments is impressive to say the least and is a testament to her strength, determination, and grit.
Although he excels at endurance and stage racing, you will also see Drew racing in his favorite crosscountry, cyclo-cross, and Xterra races. Prior to mountain bike racing, Drew was a three-time decathlon champion in college and traveled the globe playing soccer in high school
Drew graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in exercise sciences. He holds a level 2 USAC coaching license and coaches numerous cyclists and triathletes throughout the country.
Jon Michael McGrath is an international skeet shooting champion. He is the first American to win the Gold medal at the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Championship in Munich, Germany in the category of Men’s Junior Skeet.
He is currently a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO with plans to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In fact, Jon, is a voting member of the Cherokee Tribe and Nation, and hopes to be the first Cherokee to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Skeet Shooting.
Richard Yates is an international 400-meter hurdler. In the summer of 2008, he won the U.K. senior championships and Olympic Trials for 400 hurdles and was controversially left out of the Olympic team. Richard holds the U.K. under 23, 400 hurdles record with a time of 49.06. He is also a national champion at under 23 level, and he regularly competes on the international circuit. Following an injury-plagued season in 2009, he was recently selected to represent England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. There, he finished 5th in the 400 hurdles and 3rd in the 4×400 relay.
In addition to racing, Richard works as a trainee solicitor in the area of divorce and family and will be furthering his legal training in the area of commercial property later this year. Read Richard's Full Profile
Jens Van Poucke, 24 years old, is an ice hockey goalie who grew up in Bruges, Belgium and currently lives in Turnhout, Belgium. During the 2010 season, Jens played with Antwerp Phantoms in the Belgian Elite League. He won a Bronze medal at the World Championships with Team Belgium. Jens, who started playing hockey at age 11 (an age that some consider late for the starting path to professional sports) has accomplished quite a bit in the 13 years he has played hockey.
He spent the 2003-2004 season playing midget major AAA and junior hockey. The following season, Jens played Division 3 hockey in France with a spot on a team competing in the French Elite League (Ligue Magnus) from 2005 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was part of the Manhattanville Valiants competing in the U.S Read Jens' Full Profile
Rich raises awareness and money for two causes very near and dear to his heart—Lupus and Hempophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis or HLH. Rich’s mother, Kathleen Hale Webb, passed away a year ago following a lifelong battle with Lupus. Dear friends of Rich lost their infant daughter to HLH, a rare disorder that primarily affects young children. Children with HLH produce an excess of histiocytes and lymphocytes, infection-fighting cells in the body, which causes inflammation, loss of function, organ damage, and death. This elete athlete with a big heart recently spoke with us about his racing and training schedule Read Rich's Full Profile
Zack Fleishman’s tennis career was set in motion at the young age of eight. As young as 13, he was competing and winning numerous top-ranked Junior tennis events. He was ranked No. 2 in Boys 18 and Under in addition to being a top-ranked player in Southern California in Boys 14 and Under. At age 18, Zack began playing tennis at UCLA and finished the 1998-99 season at the No. 2 position. Following that first year, Zack turned professional. Since that time, he’s qualified for the Australian Open in 2006, 2007, and, again, in 2008. In his 2006 match against Dick Norman of Belgium, Zack was able to force a fifth set, but lost. In 2007, he defeated then 26th-ranked Agustin Calleri of Argentina in the first round before he lost to Wayne Arthurs. Read Zack's Full Profile
Giant Mid-Atlantic is a new rider-managed professional team based in Pennsylvania, competing in mountain bike and cyclocross races in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The team, formed in 2009, consists of riders Jordan Kahlenberg, Martin Kell, and Matt Miller. All three are Pennsylvania natives. Read GMAs Full Profile
Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner is a competitive runner and triathlete with over 25 years of experience. As one of Colorado's top distance runners, various colleges throughout the United States heavily recruited her. Lora accepted an athletic scholarship running for Utah State University where she was honored as an All-Conference runner and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Education with dual minors in Nutrition and Chemistry. She is the owner of Blonde Runner Health LLC in Bountiful, Utah where she currently resides with her husband and four children. Read Lora's Full Profile
Did Bikram Yoga find Kelsey Stratton or did Kelsey find Bikram Yoga? In this case, it was a fortuitous and serendipitous meeting. In 2003, Kelsey, who lives in Cambridge, MA, was training for the 2004 Boston Marathon when she was diagnosed with sciatica. This debilitating condition occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the buttocks and legs, is irritated and inflamed. Kelsey ran the Boston Marathon, retired from running, quit her job, and started her business that sells canned oxygen: www.oxygenpod.com. It was quite a week! Read Kelsey's Full Profile
Micah Huss, age 34, was raised in Kotzebue, Alaska, a small Eskimo community 33 miles above the Arctic Circle with a population of 3,000 people—very remote and accessible only by airplane. He is currently a heavy equipment operator for Northland Services in Anchorage, Alaska. He operates a 80-ton forklift off loading and loading freight barges. Micah’s interests include hunting, camping, flying, being with family and friends, and, of course, racing of all kinds. Read Micah's Full Profile
My name is Devin Wayman. I am 18 years old. I love to travel and experience new things in life. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Since the age of 8, I’ve been lucky enough to travel about every other year to somewhere in the world. I also really enjoy the water, scuba diving, and seeing some amazing islands and new places. I came across rock climbing about a year ago. I gave it a try and I was hooked from day one. Read Devin's Full Profile
Alex Miller, age 24, grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO and began training with the Nordic Combined team based in Steamboat. Alex and his twin brother, Davis, are among twelve prestigious and talented athletes who were recently named to the U.S. Nordic Combined Team. Read Alex's Full Profile
After residing in New York City for two years, Max recently relocated to Austin, Texas in order to devote himself full time to tennis. In between his rigorous training schedule, school studies, and cross-country relocation, elete caught up with Max. Read Max's Full Profile
When he entered his first charity bicycle ride at the age of 28, Louie Amelburu, 44, a resident of Las Vegas Nevada, had no idea that his first race would ignite a lifelong passion for cycling. Read Louie 's Full Profile
Astrid Varga is living proof that some of the best things in life happen when we’re older. Seventeen years ago, Astrid, then 40, ran her first 10k taking first place in the Master’s category. That day, Astrid was transformed into a long-distance marathon runner. Read Astrid's Full Profile
There is hardly a dull moment for husband- and wife- athletes and global adventurers, Gavin and Shelley (nee Michelle Burke) Phillips. Gavin and Shelley, native Australians, have lived on three continents and have traveled to more than 50 countries. Read Thier Full Profile
In the formidable and male-dominated sport of freeskiing or freeriding, Ashley Battersby, 19, of Park City, UT clearly stands out from the rest—and not just because she’s a female. Her gravity and death-defying leaps and 360s in addition to her rail jam moves are award winning and awe-inspiring. Read Ashley's Full Profile
Unlike other professional sports—cycling, running, triathlons—in which, literally, time is money, in the world of professional bass fishing, it’s weight that reigns. And like other professional sports, professional bass fishing tournaments offer some pretty serious (six- and seven- figure) cash purses to the lucky fisherman (or woman) who can weigh in with the days’ heaviest catch. Read Don's Full Profile
While Iowa may not be well known for its mountainous geography, the Hawkeye State has produced an awesome mountain bike cycling sensation—Jeff Kerkove, a.k.a. “Mr. 24.” Read Jeff's Full Profile
Ryan Draper, age 29, is a human dynamo. He is an ultra-endurance mountain bike racer who—in between training and racing as a professional cyclist in Canmore, Alberta, Canada—is also a performance consultant, coach and spin instructor, and general manager of Rebound Cycle, a bike shop located in Canmore. Read Ryan's Full Profile
Sandra Tomlinson is one of the most inspiring, driven athletes (as well as one of the fastest endurance mountain bikers) you will ever meet. Sandra, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, is also a mother to three children. Read Sandra's Full Profile
All-Natural Bodybuilder Eric Hanson is a professional bodybuilder with the Natural Gym Association's All-Natural Bodybuilder organization. Eric, who lives in Utah, has been competing in bodybuilding events for nearly 20 years. Read Eric's Full Profile
Formed in 2004, Bicycle John’s is a women’s elite road team from Burbank, California that in 2006, was the number one ranked road racing team in all of Southern California. elete Electrolyte Add-In™ has sponsored bicycle John ’s for two years. Read Bicycle John’s Full Profile
Team Illinois–a.k.a. Joel Burrows, Nancy Fudacz-Burrows, and Dave Kuhnau–is the first team to complete and take first place in three out of four Racing the Planet desert races (Gobi, Chile, Sahara, and Antarctica). Read Team Illinois's Full Profile
If you are a woman currently living outside of St. Louis, Missouri, by the time you finish reading this article you will probably want to move there for two reasons: 1. St. Louis Revolution and 2. Team Revolution. Read Team Revolution's Full Profile
For those who are new to the sport of biathlon—the Olympic winter sport combining cross-country ski racing with rifle marksmanship—it is a physically demanding, riveting sport to watch, and it's easy to see why. Read Thier Full Profile
Sarah Kaufmann, 25, is a dedicated, driven endurance mountain bike racer. She has been an enduro mountain bike racer going on two years now and participates in 24-hour endurance mountain bike events all over the country. Read Sarah's Full Profile
A rising star in Ultimate Fighting or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Justin Robbins, 26, has participated in 13 professional fights with 10 wins, two losses, and one draw. Read Justin's Full Profile
Steve Benedict is a sprinter who has the strength, speed, stamina to dust the competition. He boasts a time of 10.45 for the 100-meter dash and 21.24 for the 200-meter dash. Read Steve's Full Profile
Athletes shown have received free product for personal use. Sarah Kaufmann is employed by elete.