Medieval combat fighters from the U.S. take seven of nine gold medals at world championships held May 1-4 in Spain.
In a sport based upon the unforgiving, brutal armored battles of medieval Europe, it was Team USA who proved winningest at the International Medieval Combat Federation world championship.
But what some call irony, team members quickly dismiss.
The modern—if you will—pastime of medieval combat attempts to recreate the sport, not the societies of… Continue Reading
Medieval-combat fighters turn to CrossFit in preparation for brutal battles to come at the world championships in Spain.
His arms were pinned beneath the wooden dowel. Standing behind him, an attacker pulled the dowel tighter against his forearms. Both men struggled to maintain their footing. Then, with a sudden maneuver, the assailant further tightened the dowel and took his target to the ground with a thud.
Dmitriy Ryaboy and Jeff Galli… Continue Reading
Growing up in the Congo, 21-year-old Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lifted. But he admits he didn’t know what he was doing.
“I (would) just go to YouTube and find whatever, ya know,” says the 6-foot-9 athlete, laughing.
When he arrived in the U.S., he searched for a place to build his physicality. That’s when he found Josh Elmore, owner of CrossFit Eternal in North Carolina.
“When I started, I didn’t have any balance… Continue Reading
American Ninja Warrior brings sudden fame to previously unknown parkour athletes and freerunners who are only in it for the love of the sport.
The television show American Ninja Warrior has bridged the gap between simple street tricks and sport, promising—and delivering—a measured degree of mainstream fame for popular YouTube antiheroes such as David “Flip” Rodriguez and Drew Drechsler.
Hopeful contestants now train year round, building their… Continue Reading
CrossFit athletes increased their presence at this year’s CRASH-B event, helping the sport of rowing grow and change its image. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
When Syn Martinez walked into the arena, he didn’t notice the stares. As a 6-foot-2 tattooed black man who often wears T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Afro Brutality,” a guy gets accustomed to things.
Beside him was Sarah Grey, an athlete at Martinez’s affiliate, CrossFit Harlem. She’s a 5-foot-7… Continue Reading
February 17, 2014
CrossFit athlete A.J. Kemppainen will take to the air as freeskiing is contested for the first time at the Olympics.
A skier at 5. Twin-tip skis at 12. Sponsors at 15. Pro card at 17. CrossFit at 23. The Olympics at 24.
Freeskier A.J. Kemppainen grew up on skis. Raised in the ski-resort town of Ruka, Finland, Kemppainen has done most of his skiing under the dark sky in the wintertime. When he moved… Continue Reading
Bobsled athletes train for five seconds of raw power followed by an icy 60-second thrill ride at 90 mph.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld does a stand-up routine about the Olympics and makes fun of the sports of bobsled and luge.
“The luge is the only sport I’ve ever seen that you could have people competing in it against their will and it would be exactly the same,” he said.
While Seinfeld’s satire would… Continue Reading
Former and current Olympians talk about the evolution of skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics. Equipment and training have changed, but the love of competition remains constant.
In Sochi, Russia, freestyle skier Keri Herman will represent the United States in her first Olympic Games. She’ll compete in the slopestyle competition, and it’s the first time the event will be included at the Winter Olympics.
Herman’s been training hard on and off the… Continue Reading