Members of Team Rogue, winners of the Rogue Vs. Again Faster Throwdown in Lake Tahoe, Calif., come together to answer this question: Who or what inspires you?
For Kristan Clever, swimmer and five-time Olympian Dara Torres is an idol. Clever is also inspired by those who continue being athletic well into “old” age. Her goal is to “just be active as long as I can.” Rob Orlando shares a similar respect for those who refuse to quit, such as football player Brett Favre.
“Favre is an old man playin’ the game, and I admire that,” Orlando says.
Other athletes are inspired by legendary basketball player Michael Jordan. Both Caity Henniger and Tommy Hackenbruck admire Jordan for his burning passion. According to Hackenbruck, “If you want to be the best, it has to burn like that. It has to really be that big of a deal to you.”
A few athletes pick more close-to-home idols like Olympian Natalie Burgener, a woman Miranda Oldroyd admires for her strength and personality. Chris Spealler, a former Division 1 wrestler, has been inspired by other wrestlers. Graham Holmberg admires his extremely dedicated father for struggling through adversity and being such a positive influence in his life. And for Mikko Salo, his inspiration is a world-record-holding Finnish indoor rower who trains even harder than Mikko himself—which is pretty hard to imagine.
Additional reading: Tahoe Event 20: Tug of War.