Amanda Beard: The Limitation of Labels

Amanda Beard

“People call these things imperfections, but they’re not, aw, that’s the good stuff. ” – Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting By all outward appearances, Amanda Beard’s life looks like a fairy tale.  As a 3-time Olympian and a 7-time Olympic medalist in swimming, Amanda has accomplished more as a competitive athlete than most people can … Read more

Track and Field Resources

Track and Field Resources

Much like the cicadas that emerge every thirteen years to bask in glory for a few weeks, the world of track and field is starting to buzz again.  You see, we have less than one month until the 2012 Olympic Trials, followed by the London Games in July.  This means that the general public, not … Read more

Bryan Clay: Redeemed and Resolute

Bryan Clay

photo credit:  Bryan Clay Bryan Clay isn’t exactly your prototypical decathlete.  He is all of five feet ten inches tall and approximately 180 pounds, a good six inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than most of his competitors.  That smaller frame should be a big disadvantage.  But for the better part of a decade Bryan … Read more

Amy Yoder Begley Practices Perseverance

When American middle distance runner Amy Yoder Begley talks about preparing for the Olympics, she knows what she is talking about.  In 2008 she qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 10,000 meters by crushing the last 800 meters.  However, her performance at the Games left her unsatisfied.  And, given her aspirations for London, in … Read more

Elite BMX Rider Amanda Carr Chases Her Olympic Dream

    21 year old Amanda Carr is without a doubt a gifted athlete.  During high school she earned an incredible 17 varsity letters in sports such as golf, track and field, weight lifting and soccer, all while maintaining a 3.84 GPA.  But at this point in her life Amanda has narrowed her focus and … Read more