Monday, July 30, 2012

Hamilton Sabot

Hamilton Sabot is a French gymnast. He recently competed in the 2012 London Olympics, after making an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, reaching 8th in the final of the individual all-around .

Born: May 31, 1987 in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 139 lbs
Website: Twitter

Career Highlights:
  • Competed in 2008 Olympics
  • Qualified in 2012 London Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tom Daley: Diving for Britain

Documentary following Tom Daley, Britain's Olympic poster boy, as he prepares for the London 2012 Olympics.

So Call me, Maybe?

The USA Olympic Swimming Team doing its own rendition of the pop hit "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin is a NASCAR race car driver, currently part of the Joe Gibbs Racing team. He joined NASCAR in 2004. He began racing when he was seven years old, competing in go-karts. 

Born: November 18, 1980 in Tampa, Florida
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 155 lbs

Website:, Twitter

Career Highlights:
  • 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup series record: 242 races, 19 wins, 10 poles, 121 Top 10s
  • NASCAR Nationwide series record: 135 races, 11 wins, 16 poles, 79 Top 10s
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck series record: 13 races, 1 win

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Giuseppe Lanzone

Giuseppe Lanzone is an American rower. He competed in 2008 Olympics and has qualified to compete in the 2012 London Olympics by winning the eight at the 2012 Olympic Qualification regatta.

Lanzone was originally from Peru.

Born: October 12, 1982 in La Punta, Peru
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 214 lbs

Website: Twitter

Career Highlights:
  • Won bronze at 2006 World Rowing Championships, M8+
  • Finished 9th at men's coxless four at the 2008 Olympics
  • Reached the final of the Steward's Challenge Cup at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta
  • Finished fifth in the four at the 2010 World Rowing Championships
  • Won the Stewards’ Challenge Cup at the 2010 Henley Royal Regatta
  • 2010 US Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Race Imboden

Race Imboden is an American fencer, currently ranked No. 1 in the United States, and #13 in the world (senior). 

He qualified to compete at the 2012 London Olympics, in men's foil.

Born: April 17, 1993 in Tampa, Florida
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 155 lbs
Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Website: Facebook, Twitter

Career Highlights:
  • won gold at the 2012 Pan American Championships (individual and team)
  • won gold at the 2011 Pan American Championships (individual and team)
  • won gold at the 2011 Junior World Championships 
  • won bronze at Cadet World Championships, 2010
  • coached by Jed Dupree
  • qualified for a major international team at age 16

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski is a German forward playing for the English Premier League team Arsenal. He also competes internationally for the German national team.

Born in Poland, Podolski migrated to West Germany when he was 2 years old. He was part of the German U-17 in 2001 and continued playing for the national team until he reached the senior level in 2004, where he played as the youngest German player in Euro 2004. He also played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, as well as in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Born: June 4, 1985 in Gliwice, Poland
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 83 kg
Website: Twitter

Career Highlights:
  • Scored his first goal in 2006 World Cup in a match vs Ecuador
  • Clubs: FC Koln (2004-06), Bayern Munich (2006-08),  FC Koln (2008-12), Arsenal (2012)
  • FIFA World Cup Best Young Player, 2006
  • UEFA Euro 2008 Silver Boot

Friday, July 13, 2012

Drew Brees

Drew Brees is a professional American football player. He is currently the quarterback for the  New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. Brees recently signed a $100 million, 5-year deal with the Saints. He has now the highest average annual pay in the NFL.

After playing college football for Purdue, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2001 (second round, pick 32). He played for the Chargers until 2005, then moved to Saints.

He was named Sportsman of the Year in 2010 by Sports Illustrated magazine.

Born: January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 207 lbs
Website: , Twitter

Career Highlights:
  • Set single-season records in 2011 for 468 completions, 5476 passing yards and 71.2 completion percentage
  • Led the Saints to two NFC South Division titles in 3 seasons
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year, 2004
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 2008
  • Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XLIV
  • AP Male Athlete of the Year, 2010
  • Sportsman of the Year, 2010

Michael Phelps Detailed

Swimmer Michael Phelps, headed to the 2012 London Olympics, on cover in Details magazine.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks is an American gymnast, specializing in artistic gymnastics. He recently qualified to compete for the 2012 London Olympics as an alternate. 

Born: December 19, 1986 in Houston, Texas
Height: 5'8"
Weight: -
Website: -

Career Highlights:

  • Placed fourth, together with Jake Dalton, in 2012 US Olympic Trials
  • Competed for University of Oklahoma gymnastics team in college from 2005-2009
  • Member of the US Junior National team, 1999-2001, 2002-2005
  • Was injured in 2004
  • Won gold medal at 2003 US National Championships
  • Won four golds in 2012 Pacific Rim Championships (team, all around, still rings, horizontal bar) and a silver (pommel horse)
  • US National championships: gold (2012, horizontal bar), silver (2010, horizontal bar and 2011, parallel bars) and bronze (2012 and 2011, parallel bars)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a Scottish professional tennis player, currently ranked No. 4 in the world. His highest world ranking is No. 2, which he reached in August 2009. He is also the number one British player.

By winning his semifinal match against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in 2012 Wimbledon, he became the first British to reach a Wimbledon final since 1938. He  was thrice a finalist at the Australian Open (2010, lost to Federer and 2011, lost to Djokovic) and US Open (2008, lost to Federer).

Born: May 15, 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190 lbs

Website: Twitter

Achievements/Career Highlights:
  • First British to reach the finals of Wimbledon since Bunny Austin in 1938
  • Career prize money: $20,376,752 (as of July 2012)
  • Career win-loss record: 345-115 (as of July 2012)
  • ATP singles titles: 33, including 8 ATP Masters 1000 titles
  • ATP doubles titles: 2

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Eric Shanteau

Eric Shanteau is an American swimmer, specializing in breaststroke and medley events. He will compete in 100-meter breaststroke in the 2012 London Olympics. 

Shanteau is a cancer survivor.

Born: October 1, 1983 in Snellville, Georgia
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 77 kg
Website: Twitter,

Career Highlights:

  • Won silver at the 2003 World University Games in 400-m individual medley
  • Won gold at the 2005 World University Games in 200-m and 400-m IM
  • competed in 2008 Olympics despite being diagnosed with testicular cancer
  • won silver at the 2009 World Championships in 200-m breaststroke, bronze in 200-m IM, as well as gold in 4x100-m relay

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is a Spanish professional soccer player, currently a forward/striker for English Premier League team Chelsea. He started his career in Atletico Madrid (2001-2007),  then moved to Liverpool (2007-11), then to his current team in 2011 for a record transfer fee of 50 million pounds, making him the most expensive Spanish player.

Torres also plays internationally for Spain. He score the winning goal for Spain in the UEFA Euro 2008 final against Germany, and scored again during the final of the Euro 2012 against Italy. He debuted for Spain in 2003.

Born: March 20, 29184
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180 lbs

Career Highlights:
  • Scored three goals in the 2006 World Cup
  • Won the Golden Boot in Euro 2012
  • Premier League player of the month (2007)
  • Scored 29 goals in 2007-08 season for Liverpool