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Caitlin Carter became a skeleton racer almost by accident. Invited to a recruitment event, she originally thought she would try out for bobsled. When she discovered that she was "too short and light" to be a bobsled racer, she signed up for skeleton instead. She did well enough that she was invited to train, and first competed in the 2011-12 season. As she steadily moves up the ranks in the sport, elete is pleased to sponsor Caitlin and we look forward to seeing her on future podiums.
Leslie Howlett lives near Salt Lake City, is married to a wonderful supportive husband, and is the mother to 4 great kids. Leslie and her family enjoy camping and hiking and fishing. Her husband Jeremy co-founded Altra Running in 2009 and it's been a big part of their life since. Currently Leslie is attending nursing school and looking forward to graduating as an RN in May of 2016. She is a full time mom, her favorite job, teaches water fitness classes, and is a birth doula who has a little bit of hippy in her.
Leslie has been a triathlete since 1999. She raced the 2001 USA Triathlon National Championships as a 17 year old and has raced every year since. She is consistently on the podium and has enjoyed experiencing all kinds and distances of triathlons. In somewhat of an early athletic midlife crisis, Leslie discovered ultra running in 2011. As an ultra runner Leslie has set two 100-mile course records, won several races, and has made a presence on a national level. Leslie loves exploring her Utah mountains.
Ultrarunning since 2008, Brenda has raced in some of toughest footraces on the planet to include Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon in Death Valley and Spartathlon 153-mile race from Athens to Sparta. Racing exclusively on road, Brenda is the owner of five course records in distances of 50k, 100k, 100-mile and 125-mile races. She was previously ranked as one of the top five women in the U.S. for the fastest 100-mile times in 2011 and 2012. Brenda is the only woman to finish the double ultra in Italy consisting of 125-mile race and 100km five days apart where she is currently ranked 2nd all time best with the men.
Debbie Spoons is a member of one of the largest search and rescue teams in Utah, and specializes in mountain and cave rescues. An avid climber and caver, Debbie has found elete to be a critical tool not just for herself and team members, but for people needing to be rescued on the mountain.
Skeptical at first, Debbie first tried elete once when she had leg cramps at night. She was surprised to find immediate relief. Now, she and her team are never without elete. They love not only that it works so well, but that it is lightweight and easy to carry.
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.
"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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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