Heather Jackson pushes herself to the limit to win. Her steady climb in the world rankings is the result of hard work, a positive outlook, aggressive tactics and determination.
“When it comes to training and competing, hitting a plateau is inevitable,” says Jackson. “It’s my job to work that much harder and go beyond it.”
Her career as a triathlete has skyrocketed since she turned pro in 2009. She’s taken top spots at several Ironman 70.3 triathlons and has become a factor in the World Championships, having set a course record at the 2014 Wildflower Long Course Triathlon.
“I’m grateful to be racing against high-level athletes on a consistent basis,” says Jackson. “We’re all competitive and we all push each other to be better.” Read more »
Peruvian professional surfer Gabriel Villarán stands out as one of South America’s most versatile surfers. He’s known for his remarkable barrel-riding style and has a passion for big waves.
“Big waves are a rush, and it’s amazing when you can adjust to the ocean’s energy,” says Villarán. “I am also the kind of surfer that really pushes the rail a lot, carving and power surfing.”
Villarán knows that he has to be on top of his game to compete at the professional level. He prepares by hitting the gym, swimming and/or surfing every day, as well as focusing on good nutrition. Read more »
A tall and imposing defender known for his strength and aerial ability, Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. Men’s National Team soccer star Omar Gonzalez pushes the limits of his physical ability to achieve the winning results he desires.
“Each game I run approximately seven miles, I accelerate forty to sixty times and I change direction every five seconds,” says Gonzalez. “As a defender, I tackle the most and I have to get up very quickly to keep ahead of the offense.”
It has been estimated that on average, Gonzalez spends eighty-eight minutes of each game trying to keep the opponents away from his team’s goal. The results of his efforts have clearly paid off: Gonzalez won two MLS Cups with the Galaxy in 2011 and 2012, and is a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Read more »
Colombia – As the Colombia national soccer team prepares for a successful run in 2014, excitement is building to see teammates Mario Alberto Yepes, David Ospina and Faryd Mondragón in action.
“We’ve been training hard this year and we’re thrilled to be in competition,” says team captain Yepes. “We’re ready to show our fans what we can do.”
Yepes, known to his fans and teammates as “Super Mario,” started his career as a forward before becoming a defender. He has earned championships playing for Colombia, France and Italy. Read more »
The Real Madrid forward won the 2013 FIFA* Ballon d’Or, awarded to the best player in the world, for the second time in his career. The prestigious award is presented each year to the best soccer player, as voted on by coaches, team captains and journalists from around the world.
Ronaldo had a sensational 2013, where he netted 62 goals in 52 games for his club and the Portuguese National Team. Read more »