Three years ago, the Angel City Derby Girls were at the bottom of the barrel in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rankings.
“We couldn’t win a single game,” says team captain Jane Wilkins.
As of Sept. 30, the squad is ranked sixth of 166 teams spread over three divisions.
Roughly a year ago, Angel City started incorporating CrossFit into its training.
It began with one of the team’s jammers, who goes by the name… Continue Reading
Can the uptight ever hang loose? Hilary Achauer examines her complicated relationship with surfing.
The paddle out was easy that day. I didn’t even get my hair wet. I sat on my board with my dry hair and forced myself to look at the ocean, at the sky. I looked at the people walking on the beach and made up little stories about the surfers around me.
For 15 minutes I tried… Continue Reading
Bill Starr offers advice to athletes training hard in the dog days of summer.
This is the time of year when athletes have to deal with temperatures soaring close to or over the century mark, as well as extremely high humidity in some areas. It’s also when many sports teams train for the upcoming season.
Extreme heat can be debilitating to any athlete, regardless of age, if he or she does… Continue Reading
When Louie Zitting and his brothers were kids, his dad would call them “little jerks” whenever they got into trouble. That trouble, though, was the most fun.
Today, Zitting, his brothers and his family are known as the Jercs, a group of rock crawlers in Utah. They take their modified Jeeps, trucks and buggies for extreme off-road driving in Moab, Utah, where they spend days and nights camping out.
There are two… Continue Reading
Teams of warriors in Medieval armor gather in France to try to injure each other with axes and maces.
We grappled, spinning and hacking at each other, until we both ended up slamming against the fence. In a flash, the Belarusian was gone and I felt the weight of another opponent on my back.
Against the fence and immobile, I leaned into the barrier and threw one arm around a post to keep from being borne… Continue Reading
Former pro cyclist Jeff King recounts the spread of cycling’s drug culture from Europe to North America.
The first thing I noticed in Belgium was the speed.
We were racing at a pace at least five miles per hour faster than anything I had ever done in North America and not taking the usual rests that would allow me to survive three-hour races like this. I was getting my legs ripped off.
It… Continue Reading
Bill Starr recommends a host of exercises to build a strong upper back and neck.
For those athletes who participate in contact sports, such as hockey, lacrosse, football and soccer, having a strong neck is an absolute must. It can mean the difference between getting a stinger in the neck after a head-on-head collision or being carried off the field and into the emergency room.
The sad… Continue Reading
At 13, Anna Tunnicliffe decided she wanted to win an Olympic medal in sailing. And she did, taking gold in the Laser Radial class at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“(It’s) the most amazing feeling in the world,” she says. “Not too many people can say they’ve won one.”
Now 30, Tunnicliffe began training at CrossFit B&S in Miami about a year and a half ago.
“I was fit, but I was just not getting fitter. I wasn’t getting… Continue Reading