As much as I want to be, I’m not one of those people who knows a little about a lot of things. I swing the other way; I know a little more about my favorite things and nothing at all about some. Read: basketball, baseball, football, soccer.
But whether or not you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all, you’ve probably got a few favorite athletes. These are mine and this is why they’re doing it right.
KARA DOING IT RIGHT: Olympian, world 10k bronze medalist, marathoner, mom. She drop-kicked her Nike contract this year to join Oiselle, a start-up in Seattle.
SHALANE DOING IT RIGHT: Olympian, a champ from 5k-marathon. She’s signed with Nike and continues to kick ass. She ran Boston like a beast but was dropped toward the end of the race. Her down-to-earth personality and lack of filter makes me want to be her best friend. I can’t remember the last time I heard about her getting injured. She’s doing training SO right.
SPORT: Triathlon, Ironman
CHRISSIE DOING IT RIGHT: One of winningest Ironman triathletes ever. She has won almost every Ironman she’s ever raced in, and she smiles through every single second. She keeps records on her blog of every single drug test she’s taken. Author, world champion, traveler, advocate.
LEANDA DOING IT RIGHT: She’s the first woman in the history of the sport to win both the 2012 Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 World Champion. #boss
MIRINDA DOING IT RIGHT: “Rinny.” Aussie and current Ironman world champion. Fighter and Got Chocolate Milk? athlete.
CRAIG DOING IT RIGHT: “Crowie.” Ironman World Championship course record-holder. Gives Macca a run for his money. Badass.
SPORT: Crossfit, Life
RICH DOING IT RIGHT: Crossfit is all about functional movement; basically, movement you’d do in your everyday life. Rich Froning is the fittest man on earth according to the Crossfit Games. So, really, he’s the best at life. Oh. And, hello abs. He also just signed a life contract with Reebok and is one of their highest paid athletes. Go, Rich.
SHAWN DOING IT RIGHT: She probably has a room in her house just for hardware. Chick’s got titles in everything. Now that she’s retired, she’s been dancing with stars and being best friends with Nike. She also has her own website about health and fitness. You go, Shawn.
NASTIA DOING IT RIGHT: This bendy blonde’s got as much star power as Shawn, even off the floor. She’s got her own line of leotards, she’s a commentator at events and she even has a gymnastics meet named after her. Hullo. Awesome.
MICHAEL DOING IT RIGHT: Michael’s the most decorated olympian of all time with 22 medals and he’s supposedly coming out of retirement for the next games. And he’s super foxy. So there’s that. Take a lesson, Ryan Lochte. Jeah, no.
ROGER DOING IT RIGHT: One of the greatest to hold a racket. He’s currently seeded number 3 in the world and has been in the top 10 for 12 years and has held a number 1 position for a total of 302 weeks. Also, his backhand is a thing of beauty.
I think some of the hardest working athletes are some of the most humble. That’s why these are my favorites. I’m a fan.
Who are your favorite athletes?