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Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. The laid-back Jamaican sprinter is a six-time Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder at 100m [ 9.58 ], 200m [ 19.19 ], and along with his teammates, 4x100m relay [ 36.84 ]. Although he didn’t become a global superstar until the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Bolt was always destined for greatness. He holds the World Youth [ 20.13 at age 16 ] and World Junior [ 19.93 at age 18 ] records for 200m.
She is widely regarded as possibly the best female football player of all time. She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also awarded the Golden Ball (MVP) at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. In the 2007 Women's World Cup, she won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer.
One of the most talented American soccer players today, Maurice Edu can be seen on the pitch with the Premier League and other global competitions. A tough tackler who is comfortable on the ball, this midfielder can slot in at center back when required. That versatility and his finesse on pitch will come in very useful when representing the United States in Brazil in 2014.
It is rare that an athlete truly transcends their sport, but BMX legend Dave Mirra has done just that — achieving iconic status not only in the world of BMX but in all of action sports and beyond. Winning 24 X Games medals (ahem, 14 of which happen to be gold!), he is one of the most decorated competitors in the history of the Games. Today, Mirra is making a name for himself in other sports – as he competes as a professional boxer and avid triathlete.
With equal parts athleticism and style, newly minted professional football player Cordarrelle Patterson (also known as “CP” or “Flash”) is looking to make some noise. Patterson is a newcomer to professional football, having been selected in the first round by Minnesota. A wide receiver by trade, Patterson’s speed and versatility resulted in him recording a touchdown four different ways in college. Now, that’s what we call flash.
Karina LeBlanc, also known as KK to her friends, is an American-born Canadian soccer goalkeeper who plays in the National Women’s Soccer League for the Portland Thorns FC as well as the Canadian National Soccer Team. Karina first started playing soccer at the age of 12 and quickly rose to be one of the US’s best goalkeepers. On an international level, Karina represented Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, 4 FIFA Women’s World Cups, and 2 Pan American Games. In 2011 she helped Canada win the gold at the Pan America Games by blocking two penalty shots in the final, and in 2012 she helped the Canadian team win the Olympic bronze medal.
Dan Hugo is an XTERRA Triathlete from South Africa. He started racing triathlons at the age of 10 and by 19 had meandered his way into XTERRA racing. In 2004 Dan raced XTERRA South Africa and had his first taste of the podium, placing 3rd. Since, Dan has found himself on the medal podium more often than not, including a 2nd place finish at the 2011 XTERRA World Championships. Dan currently spends half the year training in South Africa and the other half training at altitude in Boulder, CO. When asked what his strengths as an athlete are, Dan will say, “A love and ability to push the hard yards.”