#Rock2Rio with Paralympic Army Vet Shawn Morelli

#Rock2Rio with Paralympic Army Vet Shawn Morelli

Would you tell us a little bit about your background? How long have you been cycling competitively? My first local race was in 2010. I progressed pretty quickly and ended up racing Nationals in 2012. I would say that event really got me into racing competitively at a high level. I’ve been training and racing seriously ever since. Tell us about your first experience riding a bike.  Like most kids I started riding when I was really young. My older brother Jim taught me to ride a bike. He took off my training wheels and taught me to ride a bike properly. That’s a memory I cherish. How did you qualify for the Paralympic Games? The qualification window started last year. I raced a lot with the goal of peaking for the Olympic Trials. The selection is based on the discretion of a committee, so I wanted to ensure I gave them no doubt of my ability. I raced the World Championships in March, where I won the pursuit. After that, I trained hard for the trials, and came away with a win, which guaranteed my place on Team USA. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio?  My toughest obstacle has been the mental game. The Olympics is a big goal, but you also have to race well at the World Championships and Olympic Trials to get to Rio. Staying focused and motivated for months on end is tough and takes a lot of will power. Avoiding injuries is also really important. Staying consistent is the key, and RockTape really helps with that. What do most...
#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

Tell us about yourself. I’m a Paralympic cyclist. I raced mountain bikes when I was younger, before having a limb-lengthening surgery go awry and left me with muscle atrophy, bone-on-bone at the ankle, low ankle flexion, low bone density, knee pain, hip pain, foot pain, scarring, and my legs are still off about an inch or so in length. Tell us about your first experience riding a bike.  I was six when I first got on a bike, riding to and from school with my dad. Rides turned into longer rides along the Coastal Trail in Alaska, discovering Kincaid Park, purchasing my first mountain bike, joining the Arctic Bicycle Club, and dreaming of becoming a professional mountain bike racer as I zipped through the trails of Kincaid Park on Tuesday nights at the age of nine. How did you qualify for the Paralympic Games? I qualified for the Paralympic Games at the Paralympic Trials, July 2nd, with a time trial. My time put me on the ranking list high enough to punch my ticket to Rio. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio? In May of 2015, I got hit by a car. A man ran a red light and I didn’t see him coming because a car blocked my peripheral view. Thankfully though, the car that blocked my view also caused the driver that ran the red light to step on the brakes and hit me at a decreased speed. Unfortunately for me though, I ended up with a concussion, sprained sternoclavicular joint, shoulder pain and twisted vertebrae in my neck. As a result, I...
#Rock2Rio with American Record-Breaking Hammer Thrower Gwen Berry

#Rock2Rio with American Record-Breaking Hammer Thrower Gwen Berry

Would you tell us a little bit about your background? How long have you competed in Track & Field, and when did you first start throwing the hammer? What other events have you tried out? I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In high school I was never a thrower. My events were Triple Jump, and occasionally some sprints and relays.  I first started throwing hammer in the spring of my college freshman year. After my coach begged me for 6 months and I died in the Multi-Event at an indoor conference, I decided to give hammer throwing a try. My main events in college were the Hammer Throw, Shot Put, and Triple Jump. How did you qualify for the Olympics? I qualified for the Olympics in the Women’s Hammer Throw which is a field event in Track and Field. To qualify you have to make the top three ON THE DAY in your event. You also have to meet the Olympic qualifying standard. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio? The toughest obstacle I’ve faced on my quest to Rio is losing the American Record. In three months I broke the American Record, placed number one in an important International Hammer Challenge and I lost out on $30,000 of bonuses from sponsors due to an inhaler I was prescribed. Because of these series of events I was publicly shamed and most people in my sport thought I had achieved all of this because of drugs. I was defeated by a three-month period of ineligibility but I eventually overcame the situation and made the team. I know I...
RockTape Debuts Assassins® at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games®

RockTape Debuts Assassins® at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games®

Today, RockTape Inc., a leader in sports medicine products and education, is introducing the ultimate weapon for workouts at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® in Carson, Calif. The new knee sleeves, dubbed Assassins, help athletes of every level reduce pain and improve performance during weightlifting, high-intensity interval training, obstacle course racing and more. Assassins are an evolution of RockTape’s wildly popular KneeCaps®, fine-tuned through three years of feedback from RockTape customers and professional athletes, like Ashley Horner, Marcus Filly, Neal Maddox and 2008 CrossFit Games Champion Jason Khalipa, to provide the ultimate knee supports. “Assassins are truly a manifestation of our dedication to keeping athletes going stronger, longer,” says Cullen Maroney, Head of Product Development at RockTape. “Top powerlifters, Olympic lifters, CrossFit® athletes, and weekend warriors depend on our sleeves to deliver support, warmth and durability—and with Assassins, we’ve unquestionably built the best knee sleeves on the market.”  As a leader in functional fitness, RockTape has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to protective gear for athletes. Assassins are designed to be extra tall, and were carefully constructed to support the knee and compress the vastus medialis oblique (VMO) at its insertion point above the patella—proven to help ensure proper stability and tracking. This extra-tall construction also prevents the sleeves from shifting or slipping during workouts, a common complaint about competing sleeves. With an updated synthetic fabric shell bonded with unique SBR neoprene and secured via double-mauser stitching, Assassins are virtually indestructible. If any pair of Assassins fails to carry out its purpose, RockTape boasts the industry’s only one-year warranty against defects and premature failure. “From...
An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

“This is my son Charlie, he has a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) and has been in hospital for much of his life. One of the things that has always upset me as his mum was ugly medical tape all over his face. Not only does it look bad, but it smells and he’s now allergic to most of it as it has broken down his skin. And then we discovered RockTape – and we use it for everything. Charlie wears RockTape on a daily basis and it doesn’t cause him any irritation. RockTape has provided us a huge amount of relief, Charlie’s face has healed, and the tape colours always make his medical situation much happier. Charlie’s condition involves major complications with his lung arteries; he will likely never be able to use RockTape for its actual purpose – even though he now has good life expectancy, he’s probably never going to be an athlete. Regardless we remain your biggest fans.” Mel – Charlie’s...
#Rock2Rio with  2-Time Olympic Wrestler Tervel Dlagnev

#Rock2Rio with 2-Time Olympic Wrestler Tervel Dlagnev

Would you tell us a little bit about your background? How long have you been wrestling competitively? I began wrestling my sophomore year of high school. I went on to compete in college at the University of Nebraska Kearney and was a 4-time All-American and 2-time National Champion. I made my first Senior World Team in 2009 and have been on the 2011, ’12, ’13 ’14, ’15, and ’16 teams. I have placed bronze twice at the World Championships and was 5th in the 2012 Olympics. How did you qualify for the Olympics? To qualify for the Olympics I had to win the Pan Am Championships in March, which entered my weight in the Olympics for the USA, and then had to win the Olympic Trials in April at 125kg. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio? Training conditions for wrestling are very rigorous and demanding. For an older athlete like me one must manage their training and recovery minutes well. What are your greatest achievements as a wrestler? I have made the second most senior teams in USA heavyweight history and am a 4x US Open Champion, 2x World Medalist, and now a 2x Olympian, but I’m most proud of being a husband and a dad. Who has been your sports hero? I’ve grown up watching and trying to mimic Cael Sanderson who was a 4x undefeated NCAA champ and Olympic champ. What do you do when you have free time? I really enjoy video games, movies, and reading books.  I also like racquet ball. If you could only eat one thing for a month, what would...

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