Toshiko d’Elia grew up amid the chaos and ravages of post-war Japan and went on to become a pioneer in women’s running, setting numerous world and American records at every age division and distance. She came to the United States in 1951 on a Fulbright Scholarship and took up running at 42. She died Wednesday, February 19 at her daughter’s home in Allendale, NJ, due to a brain tumor discovered in December. Prior to her diagnosis, d’Elia swam one hour every morning, followed by two hours of exercise, and then her afternoon run.
There’s not much Nick Symmonds hasn’t done on or off the track. At 30 years old, Symmonds is a two-time U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 800 meters and a world championships silver medalist. He’s won a staggering seven national championships — two indoors, five outdoors. And then there’s his activism, the outspokenness on what he views as abuses of governing bodies, whether they’re over the sport he loves or the communities he cares about.
“I want to get people talking,” Symmonds says in a phone call from Albuquerque, where he’s competing in this weekend’s USA Indoor Track & Field Championships. “Ninety percent of what I do is just get people to have a conversation.”
USA’s 2005 world 100m champion Lauryn Williams made history at the Winter Olympics in Sochi today (19) by becoming the first Olympic athletics gold medallist to win a medal at the Winter Games.
Williams, who took 4x100m gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has focused on the bobsleigh over the winter and made it on to the US team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Reigning world indoor record holder Jenn Suhr, 2012 Olympians Galen Rupp and Manteo Mitchell, and 2013 World Championship finalists and teenagers Mary Cain and Ajee’ Wilson will be among the names highlighting the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which begin Friday, February 21, and run through Sunday, February 23, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Rupp faces off against a stacked field in the men’s 1,500m, including 2014 Wanamaker Mile victor Will Leer, Olympic medalist Leo Manzano, 2008 Olympian Lopez Lomong, 2009 U.S. 3,000m Champion David Torrence, Garrett Heath and Ryan Hill.
Aussie Richie Cunningham is a great catch for the Timex team but it appears the feeling is mutual. Cunningham had a rough 2013 season with a road rage encounter, an injury and a sponsor circus act and he is not holding back.
We’ve all been told about the merits of using a stand up desk. But don’t just stand there, go one step further and stretch your calves by rising up and down on your toes, one-legged. Try 10 raises on your right leg, followed by 10 on your left. When starting out, aim for 3-5 sets throughout the course of the day. As your calf strength develops, work up to 8-10 sets daily.
Because sometimes one Ironman-distance triathlon just isn’t enough, an Austin triathlete is aiming for six of them – on six different continents – all in one year.
Bob Shuler completed his first race in Florida earlier this month, and heads to Australia in March for his second. Then come races in South Africa, Taiwan, Spain and Brazil. Each event features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.
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