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Pierre Rolland (born 10 October 1986 in Gien) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team Team Europcar.
Rolland turned professional in 2007 for Crédit Agricole after riding for the team as a stagiaire in late 2006. In his first season as a professional he won stages at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour du Limousin. In 2008 he won the Mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Rolland competed in the road race but he did not finish. In 2010 he won a stage at the Circuit de Lorraine and finished eighth at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
During the 2011 Tour de France, Rolland gained acclaim for his strong work in defense of Thomas Voeckler's yellow jersey. Following the 14th stage of the Tour, Lance Armstrong referred to Rolland as a "rockstar." Rolland won the 19th stage at the top of Alpe d'Huez, beating Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sánchez and three-time Tour champion Alberto Contador. The victory also won him the white jersey, which he successfully defended in the 20th stage. He finished the Tour 10th in the general classification.
At the 2012 Tour de France, Rolland made a late attack
Martijn Maaskant (born 27 July 1983 in Zuidland) is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist currently riding for Garmin-Barracuda. Garmin's directeur sportif, Jonathan Vaughters was able to lure Maaskant to his team away from Dutch UCI ProTour team Rabobank. Maaskant turned pro in 2008, and immediately showed good results in the classics Ronde van Vlaanderen (12th) and Paris–Roubaix (4th).
Norma Descygne Smallwood (May 12, 1909 – May 8, 1966) captured first place in both the bather's review and the evening gown contest and the following evening was crowned Miss America 1926.
Smallwood was a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma who earned the Miss Tulsa title and graduated from high school at age 16. She was a student at the Oklahoma College for Women when she competed for Miss America. Her hobbies included swimming, dancing, horseback riding and served as captain of her college hockey team. Smallwood is noted as being the first Native American (100% Cherokee) to win the crown. She was the daughter of Edward Smallwood and Mahalia Angela (Robinette) Smallwood. She also had a half sister and a half brother from her father.
During her year as Miss America, she became the poster girl for Meadows Washing Machines and Westinghouse Electric, in addition to many others. It was said she made approximately $100,000 during her year.
She was married twice. Her first marriage, to Thomas Gilcrease (September 3, 1928–October 3, 1933) produced a daughter, Des Cygne L'Amour Gilcrease, who was born on June 12, 1929, in Tulsa. The marriage ended in divorce on May 2, 1934, and the father was
Shannon MacMillan (born October 7, 1974) is a former American professional soccer player. She was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and at the 1999 Women's World Cup. She was US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for 2002. In 2007, MacMillan became an assistant coach for the UCLA women's soccer team.
MacMillan was born in Syosset, New York. She attended San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California.
MacMillan played for the University of Portland, where she won the Hermann Trophy for the best female collegiate soccer player of the 1995 season. She earned All-America honors from 1992-95.
MacMillan was one of the founding players of the Women's United Soccer Association, playing three seasons for the San Diego Spirit.
While still in college, MacMillian joined the US National Team in 1994 as a midfielder. By 2000, she moved to forward.
In the Olympic semifinal against Norway in 1996, she scored the game-winning goal in overtime. In the Olympic final against China, she collected a Mia Hamm shot that rebounded off the post and put it in for the first goal of the match.
She was a "super-sub" on the US WNT's 1999 Women's
Hard Spun (foaled May 10, 2004, near Malvern, Pennsylvania) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse that finished second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby.
Hard Spun is a bay horse with a white star standing 16.2 hands high. He is from one of the last crops of three-time leading sire in North America Danzig. Hard Spun was owned during his racing career by Wilmington, Delaware automobile dealer Richard C. Porter, who races under the Fox Hill Farms banner.
Bred for endurance, at age two Hard Spun made his debut on October 22, 2006, at Delaware Park Racetrack, winning by an 8 ¾-length margin. He then showed he could handle sloppy tracks when he won the Port Penn Stakes on the same track by five lengths on November 14. In December, he won the 2006 Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Philadelphia Park Racetrack, a race won in 2003 by Smarty Jones.
Entering the three-year-old racing season in 2007, jockey Mario Pino rode Hard Spun to his fourth straight win, capturing the January's Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. In his next start on February 19 in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, he was sent off as the 2-5 betting favorite.
Allan Howard Davis (born 27 July 1980 in Ipswich, Queensland) is an Australian professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Orica-GreenEDGE. Born in Ipswich, Queensland, Davis resides in Bundaberg, Queensland and in Spain. Known for his sprinting ability, he started competitive cycling at the age of 10, and turned professional in 2002. He is also the brother of fellow cyclist, Scott Davis, and was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
In 2004 and 2005 he participated in the Tour de France, coming fifth in the points classification for the green jersey at the 2005 Tour de France behind the winner, Thor Hushovd of Norway, and fellow Australians Stuart O'Grady (2nd) and Robbie McEwen (3rd), and Kazakh champion Alexander Vinokourov (4th).
In 2006, Davis was one of five riders of the Astana-Würth team implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case. However, on 26 July 2006, Davis was cleared by Spanish officials.
He made his debut with Quick Step on 3 September 2008 in the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen – Aartselaar race after reaching an agreement with Patrick Lefevere for the following two seasons and obtained a definitive free pass from his former team,
Michael ('Mick') Rogers (born 20 December 1979 in Barham, New South Wales) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer who grew up in Canberra ACT, and rides for Team Sky. He is a three time World Time-Trial Champion, winning consecutively in 2003 (after David Millar was stripped for doping), 2004 and 2005. Rogers turned professional in 1999 with Mapei-Quick Step, which became Quick Step. In 2005 Rogers joined T-Mobile Team and led it for the 2007 Tour de France.
Rogers lives in Mendrisio, Switzerland with his Italian wife and three daughters.
Rogers was part of the Australian Institute of Sport, which led him to move to Europe at age 16 as an amateur. He started as a track racer under coach Charlie Walsh. Rogers won the world time-trial championship in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He came second in 2003 but became champion after the winner, David Millar, was disqualified for doping. Rogers received his rainbow jersey and gold medal on the day of the 2004 championship, thereby receiving two gold medals on the same day.
In the 2003 Tour de France, Rogers helped Richard Virenque win his sixth Polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains. He was the last rider left to help in Virenque's
Saïd Haddou (born 23 November 1982 in Issy-les-Moulineaux) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team Team Europcar. In 2007 and 2009 he won Tro-Bro Léon. He is the brother of Nahir Haddou, who is also a cyclist.
Staf Scheirlinckx (born 12 March 1979 in Herzele) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team Accent.jobs-Willems Veranda's. One of the tallest riders in the pro peloton, Scheirlinckx is a domestique who helps his star teammates, particularly in the northern classic cycle races. His brother is Bert Scheirlinckx.
Thor Hushovd (born Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway, 18 January 1978) is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer riding for BMC Racing Team. He is known for sprinting and time trialing and is the 2010 Norwegian and world road champion. He was the first Norwegian to lead the Tour de France, and first Scandinavian to win the road race in cycling world road championship. He is also the Scandinavian with the most stage wins in Grand Tours.
Hushovd won the under-23 time trial world championship and the under-23 versions of Paris–Roubaix and Paris–Tours before turning professional in 1998. He was Norwegian time trial champion in 2004 and 2005 and road race champion in 2004 and 2010. In 2006, he won seven UCI ProTour races and two stages of the Tour de France. He won the prologue in Strasbourg and led after the first day despite a cut arm. He continued with stitches and regained the yellow jersey after stage 2 with a third place. He won the last stage, beating Robbie McEwen in a sprint. In the 2006 Vuelta a España he won stage 6, wore the golden jersey for three stages and won the points classification
At the 2008 Tour de France, Hushovd won stage 2 in a bunch finish.
In 2009, Hushovd
Kim Kirchen (born July 3, 1978 in Luxembourg City) is a former Luxembourg road racing cyclist.
Kirchen signed as a professional cyclist in 2000 with De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa, and went on to join Fassa Bortolo in 2001. For the 2006 cycling season, he joined the T-Mobile Team following the demise of the Fassa Bortolo team.
His first recorded race was in Dommeldange in 1999, and he had to wait until 2000 for his first professional victory when he won the Piva Col trophy. Kirchen was named the Luxembourgian Sportsman of the Year in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, surpassing the achievement of fellow cyclist Charly Gaul and putting him fourth in the all-time stakes.
In July 2008 he showed good form during the Tour de France, placing 7th in the general classification and wearing the coveted yellow jersey for a total of four stages.
In 2010, Kirchen joined Team Katusha, after he was unable to agree with Team Columbia-HTC on a contract extension. He suffered a suspected heart attack during the 2010 Tour de Suisse, in June 2010. He will not race in 2011 because of the heart condition.
Since 2011, Kirchen co-commentates all cycling races broadcast on RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, along with
Rachel Renee Smith (born April 18, 1985, Panama) is an American beauty queen and television personality from Clarksville, Tennessee, who won the Miss USA pageant in 2007 and who previously had competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
Smith was born on a U.S. Army base in Panama. She lived in Clarksville after her parents were stationed to Fort Campbell. She is multiracial (White, Black, and Native American), She attended Clarksville Academy and graduated from Davidson Academy for high school.
Smith graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 with a bachelor of science in journalism. Smith graduated a semester early, in December 2006. She received a full tuition scholarship to attend Belmont due to her community service activities and academic achievements throughout high school. While she was at Belmont, she interned in Chicago, Illinois, for eight months with Harpo Productions, a company owned by Oprah Winfrey. In January 2007, it was announced that she had been chosen by Winfrey to volunteer for one month at her Leadership Academy for Girls.
Smith won her first major pageant title in 2001 when she was crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002. This
Competitions won:2007 St. Patrick's Strongman Competition
Competitions:2006 World Strongman Challenge
Derek Poundstone (born on September 28, 1981, 6'1" (1,85m), 341 lb is an American professional strongman athlete from Waterbury, Connecticut. Derek Poundstone is also a police officer for the Naugatuck, Connecticut Police Department and is the owner and landlord of an apartment complex. Derek spent the first ten years of his life in Italy and Spain.
Derek began by competing in powerlifting and progressed to become the Connecticut State Champion. He started competing in strongman after finding an advertisement for a contest on the back of a powerlifting flyer. After earning his Professional Strongman card from the ASC (American Strongman Corporation), Derek took two years off competing to enter the Police Academy and become a police officer. He returned to compete in strongman, and placed fifth in the 2006 St. Patrick's Strongman National Qualifier. Derek then went on to place 2nd to the current IFSA World Champion Žydrūnas Savickas in the 2006 World Strongman Challenge contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Next, Derek placed 5th in the 2006 America's Strongest Man contest. This earned him an invite to the 2006 IFSA World Championships. On October 26, 2006, two weeks before the IFSA World
Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti is an American competitive eater from Chicago. He is ranked second in the International Federation of Competitive Eating. Bertoletti is known as one of the "young guns" of competitive eating.
Bertoletti graduated from Morgan Park Academy high school on the south side of Chicago in the Beverly neighborhood.
Bertoletti is a graduate of Kendall College in downtown Chicago as a Culinary major.
Bertoletti is a frequent guest on the Steve Dahl Podcast. Bertoletti was featured on the cover of the Chicago Reader on Friday June 30, 2006. The story described his abilities and his ambitions for the summer competition.
Bertoletti appeared on WAGA Atlanta's Fox 5 News on June 24, 2006 after winning the qualifier at Zoo Atlanta, where he ate 33 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs.
Bertoletti is a Kendall College Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts. He's currently a chef at Chef Freddy's Catering.
Patrick Bertoletti is an avid reader of the Girl Talk series by author L.E. Blair and enjoys collecting VHS tapes from the 1990s.
Fans of the competitive eater often ask him what he listens to when he wears his trademark headphones during contests. The answer: Jesse
Margaret Gorman (August 18, 1905–October 1, 1995) is best known for being the first Miss America, from the year 1921.
At age 16, Gorman was chosen as "Miss District of Columbia" due to her athletic ability, past accomplishments, and outgoing personality. She was invited on that count to join the Second Annual Atlantic City Pageant as an honored guest held on September 8, 1921. There Gorman was invited to join a new event: the "Inter-City Beauty" Contest see (Timeline of major beauty pageants). She won two titles, "Inter-City Beauty, Amateur," and "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America" after competing in the Bather's Revue. She won the grand prize, the Golden Mermaid trophy.
Gorman was expected to defend her positions the next year, but since someone else had reached the title of "Miss Washington, D.C.," she was instead crowned as "Miss America." She is the only Miss America to receive her crown at the end of the year. Gorman was the lightest Miss America, at 108 pounds, until 1949, when five-foot three-and-one-half inch Jacque Mercer of Phoenix, Arizona, weighing in at 106, won the now-coveted title.
Gorman was later quoted as saying "I never cared to be Miss America. It
Óscar Freire Gómez (born 15 February 1976 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the top sprinters in road bicycle racing, having won the world championship three times, equalling Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen and Eddy Merckx. Though in the later years he has been more of a classics rider. He has also won Milan – San Remo three times.
Despite his diminutive stature, Freire is a feared sprinter. He has a training philosophy where he rides shorter distances than most pro cyclists, sometimes covering only about half the distance his colleagues would.
Freire became professional in 1998 with Vitalicio Seguros. He won one race that year, a stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León. He came 11th in Paris–Tours. In 1999, Freire won little until the world championship in October. He went to Verona to make up numbers in the Spanish team. He spent his prize on an elevator for his grandmother's apartment.
Freire joined Mapei in 2000. It had been ranked best team since 1994. That year he won 11 races including two stages in the Vuelta a España. He also came third place in the world championship. In 2001 he won two races and took the points
Bernhard Kohl (born 4 January 1982 in Vienna) is an Austrian former professional road bicycle racer and recognized climbing specialist. After the Gerolsteiner team announced they would not be in existence for the 2009 season, Kohl signed with UCI ProTeam Silence-Lotto for three years. His biggest career achievements include becoming the Austrian national road race champion, finishing third place overall in the Dauphiné Libéré and winning the polka dot jersey as the best climber in the 2008 Tour de France. He was 73 seconds behind winner Carlos Sastre at the completion of the event, finishing in third place in the General Classification. He was banned from the sport for two years after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2008. On 25 May 2009, he announced his retirement from the sport, claiming that it is "impossible to win without doping" in international cycling.
On 13 October 2008, L'Equipe announced that Kohl had tested positive for CERA (continuous erythropoitin receptor activator, a third-generation variant of erythropoietin, aka EPO) used during the Tour de France. On the 15th he admitted his drug use. His results were removed, but his third-place finish in
Sandy Casar (born February 2, 1979 in Mantes-la-Jolie, Yvelines) is a French professional racing cyclist.
Casar turned professional in 2000 after riding for Jean Floch-Mantes as an amateur. As a professional he has always ridden for FDJ. Severo Casar's talent was revealed in Paris–Nice 2002, which he finished second at 23 years old. He finished 13th in the 2003 Giro d'Italia, in front of climber Marco Pantani. He had his biggest win in a stage of the 2003 Tour de Suisse. He then finished 16th in the 2004 Tour de France, and sixth in the 2006 Giro d'Italia, 25 minutes behind winner Ivan Basso. Casar also won the Route du Sud in 2005.
On 27 July 2007, he won his first Tour de France stage, beating Laurent Lefevre, Axel Merckx and Michael Boogerd in a sprint after a collision with a dog earlier in the day. He then finished 14th overall in the 2008 Tour de France.
In 2009, Casar finished second in the 16th stage of the 2009 Tour de France. Stage 16 was originally won by Mikel Astarloza. However, Astarloza was found after the Tour to have tested positive for EPO before the race had started. The organisers stripped him of the stage win and Casar became the official stage winner. Casar
André Greipel (born 16 July 1982 in Rostock, East Germany) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Lotto-Belisol.
He currently lives in Hürth, close to Cologne in Germany. After his win of the 2008 Tour Down Under, he was named the "Gorilla" by various sports media.
In 2008 he won his first Grand Tour stage in the Giro d'Italia and his first major tour, the Tour Down Under.
In the 2009 Vuelta a España, Greipel competed as Columbia – HTC's top sprinter benefiting from flat stages and the Columbia lead-out team, he won Stages 4, 5, 16, and 21 after group sprints. He also won the prestigious "Green Jersey" Points Classification. Greipel finished the 2009 season with an impressive 20 wins, second in victories only to his teammate Mark Cavendish.
In 2010 he won his second Giro d'Italia stage and won the Tour Down Under for the second time.
In 2011, after moving to Omega Pharma-Lotto, he had his first Tour de France victory on stage 10, inching out his biggest rival and former teammate Mark Cavendish.
At the Tour de France, Greipel and his Lotto-Belisol teammates had high hopes for stage victories. It almost happened on Stage 2, where he was edged on the line by Mark
Katie R. Stam (born July 9, 1986) is a beauty queen from Seymour, Indiana, crowned Miss America 2009.
Growing up, Stam was a 4-H member and showed dairy cattle at the Jackson County Fair. She graduated from Seymour High School and is currently a senior at the University of Indianapolis studying communications. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, Indiana, where her mother teaches fifth grade at the Lutheran elementary school.
Stam entered and won her first pageant at the age of 15. After winning the title Teen Jackson County she advanced to the Kentuckiana Pageant. She won the overall Kentuckiana title (a title won by several successful pageant winners) and advanced and won the national pageant and edging out first runner-up, Amber Seyer, who went on to compete in Miss Teen USA and Miss USA. According to Pageant.net, Stam made history as the first Hoosier to win a triple crown in the same pageant system starting at the local, state, and national levels. In 2009, she would tie her own record of a triple crown by winning at the local (Miss Duneland), state (Miss Indiana) and national (Miss America) level.
She returned to the local level in 2005, and won the title
Heinrich Haussler (born 25 February 1984 in Inverell, Australia) is an Australian road racing cyclist with German heritage. Haussler races for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp.
Haussler was born to a German father and Australian mother and raised in the town of Inverell, New South Wales, Australia, before leaving for Germany in 1998 at age 14 to pursue a dream of being a professional cyclist.
Haussler turned professional in 2005 and shot to prominence with a stage win in the 2005 Vuelta a España. Haussler took out five wins in 2006 and has had strong classics campaigns since then. He looks set to be a rider of the future in the classics, in 2009 coming in second in both the Tour of Flanders and Milan – San Remo, narrowly beaten in the latter by Mark Cavendish in a photo-finish. He also finished a strong 7th in the 2009 edition of Paris–Roubaix. Haussler's biggest victory so far was the win of Stage 13 in 2009 Tour de France. Haussler lived in Cottbus starting in 1998, and in 2009 in Freiburg im Breisgau.
A dual Australian/German national, Haussler originally raced under a German license. However, in a 2008 interview on CyclingNews.com, he suggested that he would no longer race for Germany
Kari Ann Peniche (/pɛˈniːtʃeɪ/pe-NEE-chay; born March 20, 1984) is a former beauty queen and entertainer from Fairview, Oregon. She has held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and Miss United States Teen titles. She was stripped of the latter title after appearing nude in the November 2004 issue of Playboy magazine.
Peniche lived in San Diego before moving to Houston and then Oregon with her mother. She first attended a modeling class at age 12, and modeled in South Korea at ages 16 and 18. Since her Playboy pictorial, she has launched a fashion business, and has appeared on television and in movies. She has been the subject of several celebrity gossip stories, including a brief engagement to singer Aaron Carter, a quarrel with singer Mindy McCready, and the leak of a controversial home video involving actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart. She is also well known to television audiences for her appearances on the first season of Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, the third season of Celebrity Rehab, and a brief appearance on the second season of Sober House.
Peniche was born in San Diego, California on March 20, 1984. Her father was a professional musician and songwriter from the Yucatán, Mexico. Her
Wesley Sulzberger is an Australian cyclist. He was born in Launceston, Tasmania Australia and started cycling with the West Tamar Cycling Club.He began his career with the Australian Continental Team Southaustralia.com-AIS cycling Team and later joined FDJ. After three years with the team, Sulzberger moved to the GreenEDGE team for the 2012 season.
His older brother Bernard Sulzberger is also a professional cyclist, with Team Raleigh-GAC.
Kellye Cash-Sheppard from Memphis, Tennessee, was Miss Tennessee 1986 and was crowned Miss America 1987, capturing preliminary honors in both the talent and swimsuit competitions.
Following her reign as Miss America, Cash toured with Bob Hope’s USO Show, and has appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, among others.
She has performed with numerous musical artists including Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, and Billy Joel, and appeared in many regional theatrical productions around the country. Cash was chosen for the lead part of country music legend Patsy Cline, in Always...Patsy Cline and has performed the musical on numerous occasions.
In 2003, from April to December, Cash played the pivotal role of "Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Mansion America theatre in Branson, Missouri.
She has hosted and performed at several pageants over the years as well as other events, such as for the finals of 2007’s ‘’Star Search’’.
An advocate for conservative political candidates and issues, Cash has twice been publicly elected to the State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party. She performed at an event for presidential
Silver Charm (Foaled February 22, 1994) is an American Champion Thoroughbred race horse. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, Silver Charm will be remembered most for winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in the Triple Crown.
Silver Charm lost the third jewel of the triple crown by placing second in the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold. He was voted the 1997 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male Horse. Racing at age 4, Silver Charm won the 1998 Dubai World Cup. For some time, he stood at Three Chimneys Farm. Then, purchased by the Japan Breeders Association, Silver Charm was retired to stud in Japan. He stood at the Shizunai Stallion Station in December 2004. In 2008 he stood at the Shichinohe Stallion Station. As of the 2009 breeding season, he is standing at the Iburi Stallion Station.
In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century, Silver Charm was ranked #63.
In 2007, Silver Charm was elected to the United States' Racing Hall of Fame. He sired many great colts, one of them being Happy Go Lucky, the most successful Children's Hunter in the circuit in 2010.
When Silver Charm went to Japan to the Shizunai
Pierrick Fédrigo (born November 30, 1978 in Marmande) is a French racing cyclist who rides for FDJ-BigMat. He was the French national road champion in 2005, and has won four stages at the Tour de France. Fédrigo won Stage 14 at Gap in 2006, Stage 9 at Tarbes in 2009, and two stages in Pau: Stage 16 of the 2010 race, and Stage 15 of the 2012 edition. Fedrigo has also won races including The Four Days of Dunkirk in 2005 and the Criterium International in 2010. His nickname is "le nez de Marmande" (The nose of Marmande) due to his remarkable nose.
Dimitry Muravyev (Kazakh: Дмитрий Муравьёв, born 2 November 1979 in Kazakhstanskaya) is a professional road bicycle racer from Kazakhstan. He turned professional in 2002 and has ridden internationally since then, although his primary victories have been the Kazakhstan national road race (2002) and the Kazakhstan national time trial (three times, 2003–2005).
In 2007, he joined the newly formed Kazakh team Astana on the UCI ProTour, where he managed to place 8th in the 2007 Ronde van Vlaanderen and was a member of the winning team in the 2009 Tour de France. On 22 November 2009, it was reported that Muravyev had become one of the 12 members of Astana—and the only Kazakhstani—to rejoin former Astana team director Johan Bruyneel at Team RadioShack. Muravyev later rejoined Astana for the 2012 season.
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson (born August 26, 1963) is the winner of the 1988 Miss America Pageant. She is from Monroe, Michigan where a street is now named for her.
On September 19, 1987, Rafko was named as the Miss America 1988, after winning the Miss Michigan pageant of 1987. Rafko has participated in a number of fundraising activities and has been a vocal advocate for nursing and hospice programs. She has addressed medical professional organizations around the world on the topic of nursing, including groups in Malaysia, Paris, Rome, and Singapore.
Rafko is a Registered Nurse and is married to Charles (Chuck) Wilson, with whom she has three children. She is the president of Gabby’s Ladder, a bereavement program for children and their families, an organisation she founded after the death of her fourth child. Other family included a younger brother, Nick, who played football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1989 to 1993, and who was killed in a car accident on June 26, 1994.
In the Miss America competition her platform included help for hospice services and her talent was a Tahitian dancing performance. She is also well known for her interview with the then-unknown
Stacy Keibler (born October 14, 1979) is an American actress, model, and retired professional wrestler and valet, best known for her work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Keibler was a contestant on the second season of Dancing with the Stars, where she placed third. She has also appeared on other American Broadcasting Company (ABC) shows such as What About Brian, George Lopez, and October Road, as well as the 100th episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as a bartender and on the USA Network show Psych. Keibler has also modeled, appearing in both Maxim and Stuff magazines.
She began her professional wrestling career as a part of the Nitro Girls in WCW. She quickly moved on to a more prominent role in the company as the manager, Miss Hancock. As Miss Hancock she was known for doing table dances, her relationship with David Flair, and a pregnancy angle. After WCW was purchased by WWE, she moved to the new company, taking part in the Invasion storyline and managing the Dudley Boyz. Keibler also managed Test and Scott Steiner. Before her departure she was affiliated with The Hurricane and Rosey and nicknamed "Super
Yauheni Hutarovich (born November 29, 1983) is a Belarusian road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam FDJ-BigMat.
In the 2009 Tour de France, Hutarovich was the lanterne rouge, or the last placed overall rider in the general classification (GC). On stage 2 of the 2010 Vuelta a España, Hutarovich surprised everyone as he jumped from the wheel of Mark Cavendish to claim his first Grand Tour stage win, besting other top sprinters such as Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi.
Hutarovich will leave FDJ-BigMat at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Ag2r-La Mondiale on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
Anthony Geslin (born June 9, 1980) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam FDJ-BigMat.
He was born in Alençon and became a professional in 2002, when he signed with the Bonjour team. In 2003 and 2004, he rode for Brioches La Boulangère, which changed sponsorship in 2005 to the French mobile phone company Bouygues Télécom.
He is known as a sprinter and finished in the top ten of the last stage of the 2006 Tour de France.
Erika N. Harold (born February 20, 1980) was Miss America 2003, having qualified for the pageant by being selected Miss Illinois 2002. Her official platform was "Preventing Youth Violence and Bullying: Protect Yourself, Respect Yourself." This platform choice was said to have grown out of personal experience; she recounts having been the subject of racial and sexual harassment while growing up. However, in the first week of her reign, she also adopted a dual platform for Sexual Abstinence, causing some pageant observers to accuse her of harboring a hidden agenda. She held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington during which she claimed the Miss America organization was bullying her.
Harold's ethnic background is extremely varied. On her father's side, she has Greek, German and Welsh ancestry, and on her mother's side, Native-American, African-American and Russian descent.
Harold was born in Urbana, Illinois. She attended University High School and Urbana High School in Urbana, and later graduated from the University of Illinois as a Phi Beta Kappa honoree. In 2007, she graduated Harvard University's Law School. She has worked in Chicago, Illinois, as an
Roman Kreuziger (Czech pronunciation: [ˈroman ˈkrojtsɪɡr̩]; born May 6, 1986) is a Czech professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Astana. Kreuziger is an all-rounder, with climbing and time trial abilities, becoming a contender for the General Classification of stage races. He is also considered one of the biggest talents of the sport after winning the 2004 Junior Road World Championships and the 2008 Tour de Suisse at the age of 22.
His father, Roman Kreuziger, was also a bicycle racer who won the Österreich Rundfahrt in 1991 and the Cyclocross Junior World Championships in 1983.
He turned professional in 2006 with Liquigas after a successful amateur career which saw him win the Junior Road World Championships in 2004 and a stage of the Giro delle Regioni in 2005. In 2007, he showed great improvements in his abilities by placing 2nd in the prologues of Paris–Nice and the Tour de Romandie, where he also finished sixth overall. He took his first professional victory in the second stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda. In late 2007 he also completed his first Grand Tour after finishing 21st in the Vuelta a España.
In 2008 he finished second in the Tour de Romandie,
Candis Cayne is an American actress and performance artist.
Known in the New York City nightclub scene since the 1990s, Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in prime time.
Cayne, known as Brendan McDaniel prior to her transition, and fraternal twin brother Dylan were born in 1971 in Maui where their parents taught at a Waldorf school, and the family lived on campus. McDaniel graduated from Maui's Baldwin High School in 1989 and then spent a year in Los Angeles, where she trained as a dancer.
McDaniel moved to New York in the early 1990s, making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer. Unaware of "what a transsexual was" until she lived in New York, about three years after her arrival McDaniel realized that the term described how she felt about herself. Already performing as "Candis Cayne" at New York gay bar Boy Bar and as a featured performer at Tour in New York's Chelsea, the entertainer also participated in Wigstock, the annual drag festival in the East Village. In 1995 Cayne
Christophe Riblon (born January 17, 1981 in Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis) is a French professional road and track racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Ag2r-La Mondiale. He won stage 14 of the 2010 Tour de France with a mountain-top finish at the ski resort of Ax-3 Domaines in the Pyrenees.
David Zabriskie (born January 12, 1979) is a professional road bicycle racer from the United States who rides for Garmin-Sharp. His main strength is individual time trials and his career highlights include stage wins in all three Grand Tour stage races and winning the US National Time Trial Championship seven times. Zabriskie is known for his quirky nature, including singing before stages and the interviews he does with fellow riders in the professional peloton which are posted on his web site.
In 2005, he became the third American to wear the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, after three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond, and seven-time "winner" Lance Armstrong. George Hincapie became the fourth American in 2006.
On 10 October 2012 it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six month ban from 1 September 2012 ending on 1 March 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between 13 May 2003 and 31 July 2006.
Zabriskie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from Olympus High School in 1997, and made
Competitions won:1972 United States Girls' Junior Golf Championship
Competitions:1989 United States Women's Open Golf Championship
Nancy Marie Lopez (born January 6, 1957) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events during her LPGA career, including three major championships.
She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur at age 12, and the U.S. Girls' Junior in 1972 and 1974, at ages 15 and 17, respectively. Playing in the U.S. Women's Open as an 18-year-old amateur in 1975, she finished tied for second. In 1976, Lopez was named All-American and Female Athlete of the Year for her play at the University of Tulsa. She won the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championship and was a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams. She left college after her sophomore year and turned pro in 1977. That year she finished second again in the U.S. Women's Open.
In 1978, her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Lopez won nine tournaments, including at one stretch, five tournaments in a row. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She won another eight times in
Competitions won:2009 World Figure Skating Championships
Competitions:2007–2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
Evan Frank Lysacek (pronounced /ˈɛvən ˈlaɪsətʃɛk/; born June 4, 1985) is an American figure skater. He is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2009 World champion, the 2005 & 2007 Four Continents champion, the 2007 & 2008 U.S. national champion, and the 2009/2010 Grand Prix Final champion.
Lysacek was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he placed 4th in the men's event.
Lysacek was the United States Olympic Committee's SportsMan of the Year for 2010. He was also honored with the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award as the top U.S. amateur athlete of 2010.
Evan Lysacek was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Naperville, Illinois. His mother, Tanya (née Santoro), is a substitute teacher in Naperville, and his father, Don, is a building contractor. He has an older sister, Laura, and a younger sister, Christina, who played on a nationally ranked volleyball team. His cousin Cole Chason is a former punter for the Clemson Tigers. Lysacek went to Spring Brook Elementary and then to Gregory Middle School. Lysacek graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in 2003. During high school, Lysacek was a member of the honor roll, where he earned a number of
Nicki Sørensen (born 14 May 1975) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer currently riding for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. He has competed in five consecutive editions of the Tour de France from 2001 to 2005, riding as an all-round rider who rides well in hilly terrain, Sørensen is a valued support for the team captain without many wins of his own.
Sørensen did not start his cycling career before the age of 19, having been a runner before that. He became a professional road bicycle racer in 1999 for team Team Chicky World. After the team closed down, Sørensen switched to another Denmark based team, Team Fakta where he made a good name for himself on the Danish stage as one of the strongest cards of Team Fakta, securing himself a place on the Danish team for the 2000 Olympics.
Before the 2001 season, Sørensen was on the verge of joining English Linda McCartney Racing Team but instead opted to stay in Denmark with Team CSC – World Online, as Team Saxo Bank was then known. In his first year with the team he participated in the 2001 Tour de France where he got a taste of success with a fourth place on stage 16. Since then, Sørensen has been a consistent part of the Tour setup for
Yukiya Arashiro (新城幸也, Arashiro Yukiya, born 22 September 1984 in Ishigaki, Okinawa) is a Japanese road bicycle racer who rides for French UCI Professional Continental team Team Europcar. In 2005 he was the Japanese U23 National Time Trial and Road Race Champion and in 2007 he was national road race champion.
In 2009 he was selected by his team to ride the Tour de France. Along with Fumiyuki Beppu, he was the first Japanese national to complete that race, as on prior occasions Kisso Kawamuro and Daisuke Imanaka had started, but not finished, the race.) By finishing the 2010 Giro d'Italia, he became the first Japanese person to finish two Grand Tour events. He completed his third Tour de France in 2012 in 84th place—the highest placing of a Japanese at that time—and earned the most combative award on Stage 4.
He participated in the men's road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished in 48th place. A few weeks after the Olympics, he became the first Japanese to win a race categorized as HC by the UCI, the Tour du Limousin.
Steppenwolfer (foaled March 16, 2003 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred stallion racehorse. He was sired by Aptitude, who in turn was the son of the 1992 U.S. Horse of the Year and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, A.P. Indy, out of the mare, Wolfer.
He was a contender for the Triple Crown in 2006, but fell short by finishing third to Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby.
Steppenwolfer was gelded in 2009 and was retrained for steeplechasing. He had not won any of his starts in 2009 or 2010.
Steppenwolfer is owned by Robert and Lawana Low. He is trained by Daniel Pietz and is ridden by Robby Albarado. He was bred in Kentucky by Nursery Place & Partners. He was first owned by two very successful horseman John Mayer the owner of Nursery Place Farm and his wife's brother Happy Broadbent. He was walked as a yearling by the two sons of John Mayer, Griffin the older of the two and Walker the younger, and then sold as a two year old for $25,000.
Elizabeth Ward Gracen (born Elizabeth Grace Ward) is an American actress who won the title of Miss America in 1982.
She was born on April 3, 1961 in Ozark, Arkansas, and raised in Booneville, Arkansas, the daughter of Jimmy Young Ward and Patricia "Pat" (Murphy) Ward. She later moved to Russellville, Arkansas with her family, where she graduated from Russellville High School in 1979. She won the titles of Miss Arkansas in 1981 and Miss America in 1982. She used her Miss America scholarship money to study acting at HB Studios in New York City before moving to Hollywood to pursue a film and television career. During this time, Gracen says she had a one-night stand with future President Bill Clinton. She posed nude for Playboy magazine's May 1992 issue.
She built an acting career, and in 1989, while filming Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, she met actor Brendan Hughes and they married soon after. The couple divorced in 1994. Before that she was married to Jon Birmingham. She has since remarried and has a daughter.
She made her professional feature film debut in Three For The Road with Charlie Sheen. Her film credits also include a featured role in Marked For Death opposite Steven
Juan José Oroz Ugalde (born July 11, 1980 in Pamplona, Navarre) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Euskaltel-Euskadi.
Between October 2007 and April 2008 was the sole professional cyclist to complete all Five Monuments of Cycling, including Giro di Lombardia, Milan – San Remo, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Alessandro Ballan (born 6 November 1979 in Castelfranco Veneto, Veneto) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTour team BMC Racing Team, and is a former world champion. Although he possesses a frame that is usually more associated with climbing, Ballan has established himself as a leading spring classics contender in recent years. His nickname, Bontempino, is a diminutive reference to Guido Bontempi, to whom he bears a resemblance.
Ballan turned professional in 2004 with the Lampre team. Despite a decent amateur career, Ballan was not sought after by professional teams, and required a little bit of help to secure a professional contract. In his first season, Ballan worked as a domestique for Romāns Vainšteins and Gianluca Bortolami.
In 2005, Ballan was given the opportunity to aim for high placings in the spring classics and achieved a stage victory and second overall in the Three Days of De Panne, along with sixth place in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, having attacked the leading group with 37 km to go. Later in the season, he achieved his first ProTour victory in taking stage 4 of the Eneco Tour of Benelux.
In 2006, Ballan started his spring classics campaign as
Jens Voigt (born 17 September 1971) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. Voigt is known for his propensity to attack, and for his positive racing attitude. He is capable of repeated attacking, holding a high tempo, and breaking away from the peloton. He has worn the yellow jersey of the Tour de France twice, though he has never challenged for the overall title due to his lack of ability in the mountains. In cycling folklore, he is considered as one of the best rouleur riders to this day.
He is the riders' representative on the UCI ProTour council, for the Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA), and Voigt has spoken against doping.
Voigt is generally popular with cycling fans, both for his aggressive riding style and his affable, forthright and articulate style in dealing with the public and media.
Voigt and his wife Stephanie have six children, the youngest being born January 2011.
Jens Voigt was born in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about 100 km north-east of Hamburg, East Germany, in the same area as Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich. Jens was encouraged by his parents to participate in sports, since he often got into troubles as
José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (born 15 June 1971, in San Sebastián) is a retired Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He last rode for UCI ProTour team Ag2r-La Mondiale. He is now a sporting director for Movistar Team, the same franchise for which he rode earlier in his career when it was known as Banesto.
Arrieta was a devoted domestique for Miguel Indurain. L'Équipe said of him:
"He no longer counts the hours, the years, spent with his nose in the wind trying to protect his leader for as long as possible."
Alberto Contador Velasco (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈβerto kontaˈðor βeˈlasko]; born 6 December 1982) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, best known for being one of five riders to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling. He was the winner of the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team. With the Astana team he has won the 2008 Giro d'Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France. He initially also won the 2010 Tour de France with this team, and the 2011 Giro d'Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard, only to be stripped from these titles later having been found guilty of a doping offence.
Contador is widely considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world. Notable summit stage finishes on which he has victories include the Alto de El Angliru in the Vuelta, the Plateau de Beille in the Tour and Mount Etna in the Giro. After being widely expected to lose his tenuous lead in the 2007 Tour de France in that race's final individual time trial, Contador has become a more accomplished time trialist, with several victories in the discipline. He has earned a reputation as an all-rounder, a cyclist who excels in all aspects of
Jérôme Coppel (born August 6, 1986 in Annemasse, Haute-Savoie) is a French road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team Saur-Sojasun.
He and compatriot Romain Sicard were the focus of a four-page spread in L’Equipe‘s weekly magazine, with the headline Bientôt un crack française ? ("Soon a French champ?"). His presence helped Saur-Sojasun gain its invitation to the 2011 Tour de France, where he finished 14th in the general classification and third in the young rider (white jersey) competition.
Coppel will leave Saur-Sojasun at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Cofidis for the 2013 season.
Sébastien Joly (born June 25, 1979 in Tournon) is a former French professional road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 2000 and 2011. In 2006, he joined the Française des Jeux on the UCI ProTour. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer on June 25, 2007, the day of his 28th birthday. He underwent an operation and then completed radiotherapy treatment on September 11. He currently rides for Saur-Sojasun.
Tim Janus (born December 31, 1976) is a competitive eater from New York City known in the competitive eating community as "Eater X." He is a member of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), and is one of the most colorful IFOCE characters, both literally and figuratively. He always performs in contests wearing a painted mask and once stated "I'd eat anything. One of my goals is to eat everything in the world. I'd eat a roll of pennies. I hope we make contact with beings from other planets. I'd eat an alien."
The IFOCE's 2004 Rookie of the Year, in the summer of 2005 Janus advanced to the Final Four of the inaugural Alka Seltzer U.S. Open of Competitive Eating, a single-elimination tournament featuring 32 of the world's best eaters. He is the current tamale-, cannoli-, burrito-, and tiramisu-eating champion of the world.
In 2006, Janus was featured on the show "True Life: I'm a Competitive Eater" along with then world-champion hot-dog eater Takeru Kobayashi. The show showcased his daily life, including his training for different events.
In 2007, Tim was a test subject in a documentary, The Science of Speed Eating from National Geographic. He underwent an upper
David Loosli (born 8 May 1980 in Berne) is a former Swiss professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 2004 and 2011, mainly for UCI ProTeam Lampre-Caffita, retiring as a member of the squad.
Heather Renee French Henry (born December 29, 1974) is an American Miss America title holder, personality and fashion designer.
Raised in Maysville, Kentucky, Heather French Henry graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She competed in pageants through her teens, including the Miss Ohio pageant. She competed in the Miss Kentucky Pageant four times before winning the title on her fifth attempt in 1999. She won the 2000 Miss America pageant in September 1999, the first Kentuckian to do so. Her platform for her reign was raising awareness of homeless veterans; her father was a wounded veteran of the Vietnam War. She has received numerous awards for her work with veterans.
On October 27, 2000, she married Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry in Louisville, Kentucky. The couple have two daughters, Harper Renee (born 2001) and Taylor Augusta (born 2003).
In October 2003, French Henry struck and subsequently killed Karola Stede, 44, a native of Germany and mother of four who was crossing against the traffic light in a Louisville intersection. French said that the accident deeply affected her, and she subsequently recounted her
Leonardo Fabio Duque (born April 10, 1980 in Cali, Valle del Cauca) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist. After stage 19 of the 2009 Tour de France, Duque was named the most combative rider of the stage after aggressively pacing a breakaway.
Brett Lancaster (born 15 November 1979 in Shepparton, Victoria) is a professional racing cyclist from Australia, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Orica-GreenEDGE. He started cycle racing at the age of 14 in 1993. He spent four years riding for Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo before moving to Team Milram in July 2006. In 2009 and 2010 he rode for Cervélo TestTeam, and rode for Garmin-Cervélo in 2011.
His greatest successes as a road cyclist has been placing 1st in the 2005 Prologue of the Giro d'Italia, and thus wearing the race leader's pink jersey (maglia rosa). He set a time of 1min20sec for the 1150m race against the clock, the shortest prologue in the 88 year history of the event. Brett Lancaster is the first member of the Italian registered team, Ceramiche Panaria, to ever claim the maglia rosa.
He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as a member of the team pursuit (with Graeme Brown, Bradley McGee, and Luke Roberts) in world record breaking time of 3:58.233.
He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
David Arroyo Durán (born 7 January 1980 in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, riding on the UCI ProTeam Movistar Team. He is one of the best climbers on his team along with team leader Alejandro Valverde. After Valverde crashed on the first week of the 2006 Tour de France, Arroyo was made team leader, until Pereiro claimed the leader's yellow jersey. Arroyo then helped to protect Pereiro in the mountain climbs and ensure his overall victory.
Arroyo's biggest win to date is Stage 19 of the 2008 Vuelta a España. Prior to that, his only victories came at the 2004 Volta a Portugal, where he won two stages, the mountains competition and the young riders competition.
In the 2010 Giro d'Italia, Arroyo wore the pink jersey as race leader for five days. He was part of a fortunate breakaway in stage 11 of that race that took over 13 minutes from the race's overall favorites, and claimed the jersey three days later on a mountain stage. He kept it through two mountain stages and the climbing time trial to Kronplatz, but lost it to eventual Giro champion Ivan Basso in stage 19. He finished the race second overall, in the process proving himself to be one
Mark Renshaw (born 22 October 1982) is an Australian racing cyclist with UCI ProTeam Rabobank.
Renshaw, who was born in Bathurst, New South Wales, began his career as a track cyclist riding for the Bathurst Cycle Club. Being coached at club level by Mark Windsor, he showed early promise, and went on to be selected for the Western Region Academy of Sport (where Windsor remained his coach). At the Under 17s level, in the 1998 Australian Track Championships, he won gold in the Teams Pursuit (Australian Record), Scratch Race, Time Trial, and Individual Pursuit (Australian Record), and silver in the Flying 200m Time Trial.
As a first-year under 19 rider, Renshaw continued to achieve strong results on the velodrome. His results included 3rd in the time trial (behind eventual World Champion Ben Kersten and World Championship Bronze Medalist Jobie Dajka), 4th in the Individual Pursuit, 5th in the Flying 200m Time Trial, 3rd in the Sprint (again behind Dajka and Kersten who were both again top 3 in the World Championships), 1st in the Teams Pursuit (with NSW); and 1st in the Olympic Sprint (again with NSW). Renshaw was then selected to compete for Australia in the Junior World Track
Parvathy Omanakuttan (born December 20, 1987) is an Indian model and actress who was crowned Miss India World in 2008 and later became first runner-up as Miss World Asia & Oceania at the Miss World 2008 competition.
Omanakuttan was born in Kottayam, Kerala, as the first child of Omanakkuttan Nair. She is originally from Changanacherry and now lives in Mumbai. She was seven months old when she came to Mumbai with her parents, because her father had to join Taj Hotel. She attended SCDB High School and later studied English literature at Mumbai's Mithibai College.
Omanakuttan represented India in the 58th Miss World Final. She won second place for the Miss World Top Model contest on December 3, 2008. She was one among the top five finalists of Miss World 2008 Beach Beauty contest, where she was placed the first-runner up when Miss Russia Ksenia Sukhinova became the eventual winner.
She participated in Femina Miss India 2008 and won the Miss India World crown. Omanakuttan also won the sub-titles of Miss Photogenic, Miss Personality, and Miss Beautiful Hair in the Femina Miss India 2008 pageant.
In a ceremony at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre held in December 2007,
}} Sylvain Chavanel Albira (born 30 June 1979) is a French professional road bicycle racer. His brother Sébastien Chavanel is also a cyclist. Chavanel started his professional career in 2000 with Jean-René Bernaudeau's team Bonjour, which became Brioches La Boulangère in 2003. He is currently riding for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. He is left-handed.
Chavanel was born in Châtellerault, France, although his family roots are in Spain. His great-grandparents were from Huesca, in the Aragon region. His grandfather was born in Barcelona and moved to Châtellerault during the Spanish civil war. Other members of the family still live in Aragon. It is the Spanish link that gives Chavanel the double name of Chavanel-Albeira, although he uses it only on official forms. He said: "Last year , when the Vuelta was in Zaragoza, I got to know the cousin of mine using a journalist as the translator and she gave me a picture of my grandfather when he was young. Despite my origins, I hardly know a word of Spanish – just swear words.".
As a child he played in the garden with models of racing cyclists. He said:
Chavanel began cycling at Châtellerault school when he was eight. He gave up to
Vladimir Alexandrovich Efimkin (Russian: Владимир Александрович Ефимкин) (born December 2, 1981 in Kuybyshev) is a Russian professional road bicycle racer, who last rode alongside his twin brother Alexander Efimkin on Team Type 1-Sanofi. He has established himself as a solid all-around cyclist.
In 2005, his first year has a pro, Efimkin started with solid results in April and May, with a huge performance in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque, where he won a stage and almost won the overall classification, finishing second. However, his major title of the season only came in August, where he won the Volta a Portugal. After a fabulous breakaway in one of the queen stages, and be nefiting from the passivity of the peloton (that were known to underrate the unknown Russian), he captured the yellow jersey and kept it until the end.
In 2006, he joined Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears, but was used more as a domestique. His main achievement was a second place in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia and a 3rd place in the overall classification of the Vuelta a La Rioja.
Efimkin finally exploded in a major competition in 2007. After finishing 6th place in the Tour de Suisse, he made a great Vuelta a
Bess Myerson (born July 16, 1924 in the Bronx, New York) became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant in 1945. She appeared on various television shows in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s, she was involved in New York City politics.
While competing in beauty pageants, Myerson refused, despite entreaties, to use a pseudonym that "sounded less Jewish." She faced prejudice even after winning the Miss America title, with many sponsors and events long associated with the pageant refusing to deal with her. She later campaigned for civil rights, in particular, working with the Anti-Defamation League.
In 1954, Myerson was a panelist on The Name's the Same, a television game show. From 1958 through 1967, she was a panelist on I've Got a Secret. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Myerson enjoyed a successful television career as a TV personality, actress and commercial pitchwoman for myriad popular products.
She married Allen Wayne, a doll company executive, in October 1946. They had one daughter, Barbara, before divorcing. Her second marriage was to Arnold Grant.
Myerson was New York City's first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs (under Mayor John Lindsay), later
Funny Cide (foaled April 20, 2000) is a Thoroughbred race horse who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 2003. He is the first New York-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and the first gelding to win since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.
Bred at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, Funny Cide was foaled at the McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm, owned by Joe and Anne McMahon in Saratoga Springs, New York. By Distorted Humor (a Mr. Prospector-line sire), he is out of the winning (but short-lived) Belle's Good Cide by Slewacide, in turn by Seattle Slew.
Funny Cide was part of one of Distorted Humor's first American crops when his stud fee was $10,000. (Distorted Humor's fee for 2008 was $300,000 for a live foal.)
Funny Cide was originally purchased in August 2001 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga preferred yearling auction in Saratoga Springs for $22,000 by Tony Everard. With the average price of a yearling running about $43,000, Everard saw the colt as a bargain – a horse he could train at his New Episode Training Center in Ocala, Florida, for a fast financial turnaround. As Everard said, "He was a little bit on the immature side but he had a good frame and a big, deep
Jussi Veikkanen (born 29 March 1981 in Riihimäki) is a Finnish road racing cyclist. He started his career with team Mälarenergi and he became a professional cyclist in 2005 with Française des Jeux. After a long breakaway on stage 2 of the 2009 Tour de France he donned the Polka Dot Jersey for king of the mountains. He kept the jersey until stage 6, when Stéphane Augé took it.
He signed with Omega Pharma-Lotto for the 2011 season, but rejoined FDJ-BigMat for the 2012 season.
Lena Yada (born November 12, 1978) is a Japanese-American model, actress, professional tandem surfer, and professional wrestler, who is known for working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a backstage interviewer, valet and WWE Diva on its ECW Brand.
Yada was first runner-up in the 2002 Ms. Venus Swimwear International pageant, and is also a former Miss Hawaiian Tropic Japan.
Yada modeled for Bench Warmer International Trading Cards beginning in 2004. She was featured in trading card sets again in 2006, 2008 and 2009. As a Bench Warmer model, Yada has attended red carpet events to promote the cards.
Yada competed in the quarter finals of the 2007 World Title of Tandem Surfing, making it to an eighth place ranking. In March 2008, her pair was ranked 14 for the 2008 WTT.
Yada was one of Sprite's campaign models when they changed their logo and could be seen in commercials, online advertising, and in movie theaters. Yada was also a campaign model two years in a row for Sheiki Jeans (who's past campaign model included Jenna Jameson) and for Western Star. Yada's latest project was lead for Disturbed's music video "The Animal".
Yada first came to World Wrestling Entertainment
Mary Katherine Campbell (December 18, 1905 – June 7, 1990) was the only person to win the Miss America pageant twice, and the second woman in history to win the title. Campbell was Miss America 1922 and Miss America 1923, and she was also First Runner Up at the 1924 Miss America Pageant. Competing as "Miss Columbus," Campbell was only sixteen years old at the time of her first crowning in 1922. She lied about her age by nearly one year to enter the pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She told everyone that she was born in May 1905 but later admitted that she had lied about her age. After the 1924 pageant, in which the judge's scores revealed that Campbell had almost won the title a third time, the Miss America Organization changed the rules so that "a contestant may only win the Miss America title once."
She became "Miss Columbus" over a field of 170 other women, and proceeded to Atlantic City, where the Inter-City competition had grown to include 57 women from around the country. It would be the last time in Miss America history where "professional" (model, Dorothy Knapp) and "amateur" (West Philadelphia's Gladys Grenemeyer) winners would be judged as finalists against the
Rinaldo Nocentini (born 25 September 1977 in Montevarchi) is an Italian racing cyclist with UCI ProTour team Ag2r-La Mondiale.
In the 2009 Tour de France, his first participation in the race, he became leader in the General Classification after participating in a stage-long breakaway on stage 7 to take the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara with an overall time six seconds ahead of the second-place rider in the General Classification, Alberto Contador. He wore the yellow jersey for eight stages before relinquishing it to Contador at the end of stage 15.
Rinaldo Nocentini at Trap-Friis.dk
Vonda Kay Van Dyke (born 1943) was crowned the 1965 Miss America on September 13, 1964. Earlier in the year, she had taken a break as a 21-year-old junior at Arizona State University to become Miss Arizona. She is unique among pageant winners in that she was and still is the only Miss America who was also Miss Congeniality.
Vonda Kay Van Dyke was born in Muskegon, Michigan. Her father, Dr. A.B. Van Dyke, was an osteopath. The family moved to Phoenix, the seat of Maricopa County, Arizona, where Vonda attended the Phoenix Christian Junior/Senior High School. In her senior year she entered a local America's Junior Miss pageant, where she surprised the judges and her fellow competitors by performing ventriloquism as her talent, which she later honed at the Phoenix amusement park, Legend City. She was named Arizona's Junior Miss for 1961, and traveled with "Kurley-Q" to Mobile, Alabama, for the national finals, where she placed in the top ten. Her next major pageant was the 1962 Miss Phoenix competition. She did not win there, but remained persistent in her pursuit of a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and her dedication bore fruit when she won the Miss Tempe crown in 1964, then Miss
Bert Grabsch (born June 19, 1975 in Wittenberg) is a German road bicycle racer racing for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. He is the younger brother of fellow road racing cyclist Ralf Grabsch, and is a former UCI time trial world champion, having won the title in Varese, Italy on September 25, 2008.
He competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the Individual Road Race, which he did not finish, and Individual Time Trial, where he finished thirteenth.
WD = withdrew
Competitions won:ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Demian Maia Baptista (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdemiɐ̃ ˈmajɐ] born November 6, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Maia trained in Judo as a child. He began at the age of four and trained until he was six. When he became a teenager, he also began studying Kung Fu and Karate. By age nineteen, Maia was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his cousin. After four years and seven months, Demian received his black belt under Fabio Gurgel. Demian Maia finished college and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He is currently a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won several major tournaments under Team Brasa.
He won the 77–87 kg weight division at the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, defeating Yushin Okami, Rafael Lovato, and Tarsis Humphres before armbarring Flavio Almeida in the finals. He also won the 2007 Super Challenge under 83 kg belt, defeating Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira by rear naked choke and Gustavo Machado by a judges decision before going on to defeat Fabio Negao by guillotine choke in the finals. On the heels
Tom Boonen (pronounced [Boʊnən], born 15 October 1980 in Mol) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who won the 2005 World Road Race Championship. He is a member of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, and is considered a single-day road race specialist with a strong finishing sprint. His personality and looks, combined with his successes, also turned him into Belgium's main male sports idol of the mid-2000s, but he incurred censure after testing positive twice for the use of cocaine.
At the start of 2002 Boonen rode for the US Postal team, finishing third in Paris–Roubaix after an early breakaway. Fellow Belgian rider Johan Museeuw had escaped off the front of the race to a solo victory, and team captain George Hincapie crashed in a slippery section of the course leaving Boonen to ride for himself. Boonen's performance in the race compelled Museeuw – his childhood hero – to publicly declare Boonen his natural successor.
However, Boonen was not completely happy at US Postal, claiming he did not get enough chances to ride for himself. Towards the end of the year he announced he would leave the team, despite being under contract, and joined Quick Step-Davitamon at the start of
Egoi Martínez de Esteban (born May 15, 1978, Etxarri-Aranatz, Navarre) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Euskaltel-Euskadi. In his first Tour de France, Martínez finished 41st overall at the 2004 Tour de France.
WD = Withdrew
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukrainian: Ярослав Попович, born January 4, 1980) is a Ukrainian cyclist with the UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. He was born in Drohobych, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Under-23 road race champion in 2001, Popovych turned professional in 2002 with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, where he performed particularly strongly in the Giro d'Italia, finishing third in 2003. Upon joining Discovery Channel in 2005, his focus switched to the Tour de France, where he won the young riders' classification in 2005 and won stage 12 in 2006. When Discovery Channel folded at the end of 2007, Popovych moved to Silence-Lotto in 2008 and on to Astana in 2009. Popovych also raced for Team RadioShack in 2010 and 2011.
He was considered one of the most promising cyclists while riding in junior and under-23 races after catching 35 victories in 2000 and 2001. He won the Under-23 Men's road race in the 2001 UCI Road World Championships after finishing second the previous year. He also won the Paris–Roubaix edition for under-23 riders and palio del recioto. The Ukrainian turned pro in 2002 by joining the Belgian team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and delivered some strong showings, most notably in
Debra Sue Maffett (born November 9, 1956) was Miss America 1983. Although she competed in the Miss Texas pageant several years without winning, she moved to California and was subsequently crowned Miss California. She represented California when she won the Miss America crown. Debbie graduated from S.P. Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas in 1975.
Maffett, from Cut and Shoot, Texas, has served as host on The Harvest Show, Hot, Hip and Country, and TNN Country News.
José Ángel Gómez Marchante (born May 30, 1980 in San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid) is a Spanish road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team Andalucía-Caja Granada. His career highlight to date is his win in 2006 Vuelta al País Vasco, in which he took victory in the time trial on the final stage to clinch the general classification.
In 2004, while riding for the Costa de Almería-Paternina team, he finished eighth on the general classification in the Vuelta a España.
In the 2005 Dauphiné Libéré, he finished second behind Alexandre Vinokourov on the stage to Mont Ventoux, and managed seventh in the general classification.
Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won the National Primary, Elementary, Junior High School, High School, U.S. Cadet, and U.S. Junior Closed chess championships in his career. The movie Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life.
Waitzkin was born in New York City and has a Jewish background. He began playing the game at the age of six, having discovered it while wandering through Washington Square Park in New York City. It was there, while playing blitz chess with the hustlers, that he was "discovered" by Bruce Pandolfini, a chess author and teacher, who later took Waitzkin under his wing for a number of years. During his years as a student at The Dalton School in New York City he led the school to win seven national team championships between the third and ninth grades in addition to his eight individual titles.
The first master he ever defeated was Edward Frumkin, in a game featuring a remarkable sacrifice of Waitzkin's queen and rook in exchange for a checkmate
Matthew "Matt" Wilson (born 1 October 1977 in Melbourne) is a professional Australian road racing cyclist, for UCI ProTeam Orica-GreenEDGE. During 2007 he rode as a domestique for the UCI ProTour team Unibet.com. In 2008 and 2009, he rode as a team leader for the US-based Team Type 1, and rode for the Garmin-Transitions team in 2010 and 2011.
Wilson's talent ensured that he became a part of the Australian national team with basis in Italy. He was diagnosed however with Hodgkins disease in 1999 and he moved back to Australia. After the cancer treatment, he decided however to take up cycling again. His friend and Unibet team mate Baden Cooke helped him to get a place in the professional stable Mercury-Viatel.
He won a stage in Tour de l' Avenir 2001. The following year he and Baden Cooke changed to Française des Jeux.
At the start of 2003, Wilson won the Australian road race championship.
He won the Herald Sun Tour in October 2007 winning 2 stages along the way. He also said it was his most important and favourite victory in his life.
Sebastian Lang (born 15 September 1979 in Sonneberg) is a former German professional road bicycle racer and time trialist, who rode as a professional between 2002 and 2011. He rode on Gerolsteiner from 2002 until its demise in 2008, and in 2006 became Germany's national time trial champion.
In 2011, Lang started and finished all three Grand Tours for Omega Pharma-Lotto, only the 31st rider to achieve this feat. He retired at the end of that season, aged 32.
Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer. He is also the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. He last rode for UCI ProTeam Team RadioShack, a team he helped found.
In October 1996 he was diagnosed as having testicular cancer with a tumor that had metastasized to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy, and his prognosis was originally poor. He went on to win the Tour de France each year from 1999 to 2005, and is the only person to win seven times having broken the previous record of five wins shared by Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, and Jacques Anquetil.
In 1999, he was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 2000 he won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports. In 2002, Sports Illustrated magazine named him Sportsman of the Year. He was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the years 2002–2005. He received ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male
Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (born November 17, 1979 in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country) is a Basque professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Euskaltel-Euskadi.
In 2003 he won his first race, when he finished just in front of Lennie Kristensen in the overall rankings of the Tour Down Under. He has taken part in all editions of the Tour de France since 2003, and won stage 16 of the 2009 Tour to record his second professional stage win in any competition (for the Euskaltel team), with his 9th position overall in 2007 as his next best attempt. His cousin Íñigo Chaurreau is also a professional cyclist.
On 26 June 2009 he tested positive on Recombinant Erythropoietin (EPO), for which he was suspended by the UCI on 31 July 2009. Arstaloza denied using EPO, saying that it was "sporting suicide" to use illegal performance-enhancing drugs. On May 15, 2010, he was formally handed a two-year ban by the Spanish Cycling Federation. Astarloza continually claimed his innocence, and Euskaltel-Euskadi stated that they would rehire him once the ban ended. He indeed rejoined the Basque team in August 2011, at the Vuelta a Burgos.
Astarloza was selected to ride the 2012 Tour de France, but crashed on a
Tara Elizabeth Conner (born December 18, 1985) is an American beauty queen and model, who was Miss USA 2006 and has also competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants. Apart from her role as Miss USA, Conner has been employed as a model. She was a featured model on the HDNet series Bikini Fantasies in 2004, posing in Lake Tahoe. She has also held the titles Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2002, Miss Kentucky County Fair 2004, and Miss Kentucky USA 2006.
In late 2006, Conner became the center of a public scandal when news reports claimed she had been drinking underage, tested positive for the use of cocaine, heroin and crystal meth, and kissed Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, among other things. She was allowed to retain her title, provided she enter a drug rehabilitation program. On The Oprah Winfrey Show, Donald Trump said that he gave a second chance to Conner for personal reasons. His brother Fred died from alcoholism and Trump said, "I believe in second chances, and sometimes it works when you give somebody a second chance."
After she was born in Dallas, Texas, Conner's family moved to Russell Springs, Kentucky, when she was six weeks old. Tara Conner stated that she started
Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first American woman with African ancestry to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits "The Right Stuff", a No. 1 on Hot Dance Songs, and "Dreamin'" a No. 1 on R&B and No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album The Comfort Zone in 1991 topped the Billboard R&B Album Chart, which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "Save the Best for Last". In 1994 she debuted on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 1995 she recorded "Colors of the Wind", the Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Williams's first film acting role was as the star of the feature film Eraser in
Vincenzo Nibali (Italian pronunciation: ['nibali] NEE-ba-lee; born November 14, 1984 in Messina) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI ProTeam Liquigas-Cannondale. Born near the Strait of Messina, Nibali's nickname is the "shark of the strait" or simply "the shark." His first major win came at the 2006 GP Ouest-France, where he beat an impressive field on a tough course. However, experts such as Michele Bartoli have said Nibali is most suited to competing in multi-stage races. Nibali's biggest win to date is the overall in the 2010 Vuelta a España.
Vincenzo Nibali was born in 1984 on November 14, the son of Salvatore and Giovanna. In order to become a cyclist, he left his hometown Messina and moved to Tuscany at the age of sixteen. For ten months of the year, he lived in the house of his ex-directeur sportif, Carlo Franceschi, in Mastromarco, near Lamporecchio, where he still lives.
Nibali finished third at the Junior World Time Trial Championship in 2002 and also third at the U-23 World Time Trial Championship in 2004. He turned professional in 2005 with Fassa Bortolo. In 2007, Nibali rode the Giro d'Italia for the first time and finished 19th overall.
Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada (born June 1, 1986 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a model and beauty pageant titleholder who won the titles of Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008.
Mendoza beat 27 other candidates to win Miss Venezuela 2007 on September 13, 2007, and became only the second woman representing the Amazonas state to win, following Carolina Izsak in 1991. She was crowned Miss Universe 2008 at the pageant in the Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang, Vietnam, on July 13, 2008. Mendoza became the first winner of the pageant from Venezuela since Miss Universe 1996's winner Alicia Machado, thus making her the first Venezuelan Miss Universe in the 21st century.
Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori crowned her with a tiara worth 120,000 U.S. dollars. Her prize package includes cash, a year contract promoting Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free, prestigious New York City flat, luxury apartment and a gift bag stuffed with designer shoes, dresses and beauty products, a $100,000 stipend for a 2-year course at the New York Film Academy and free access to famous fashion houses and beauty parlors. Mendoza will spend her year-long reign traveling the world to lecture on humanitarian
Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (born September 17, 1977) is an Argentine-born Spanish professional road bicycle racer for the UCI World Tour team Team Sky. Flecha has a reputation of being a Classics specialist and to ride with an aggressive style as he is keen on participating in breakaways.
Flecha spent his early years in Argentina. At four years of age, he lost his father who passed away in a car accident. He immigrated to Spain with his mother when he was eleven, where they lived in Sitges, near Barcelona.
He gained fame in 2003 when he became the first rider born in Argentina to win a Tour de France stage while riding for iBanesto.com. As he rode across the finish line he performed a unique victory salute: he pantomimed releasing an arrow from a bow in homage to his family name.
The 2004 season saw him as a co-leader in the Italian Fassa Bortolo team for the Classics and one-day races, with notable finishes in various races from the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and victories in Züri-Metzgete and the Giro del Lazio. He often shared team leadership with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, with whom he said he was working very well. In Zuri-Metzgete, he
Competitions won:1976 United States Figure Skating Championships
Dorothy Stuart Hamill (born July 26, 1956) is an American figure skater. She is the 1976 Olympic champion in Ladies' Singles and 1976 World Champion.
Hamill was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Chalmers and Carol Hamill. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to the Riverside neighborhood of Greenwich, Connecticut, where Hamill subsequently spent the rest of her childhood. She has a brother and a sister.
Hamill first started skating in early 1965 at the age of 8, taking once-a-week group lessons. She became more serious about the sport the next season, taking regular private lessons and passing her preliminary and first figure test before the seasonal rink closed in March. She was first trained by Otto Gold and Gustave Lussi. Ice time was limited in her area, so she eventually began training at Sky Rink in New York City, staying overnight in the city with friends when possible. In the summers she trained in Lake Placid, New York and later in Toronto with her coach of the time, Sonya Dunfield.
Until the spring of 1970, Hamill attended public schools in Riverside, but at that point she switched to a small school with flexible tutoring to accommodate her skating schedule. She attended
Siegfried (Sigi) Grabner (born February 4, 1975, in Waiern, Carinthia) is an Austrian professional snowboarder. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy he won bronze in the Parallel Giant Slalom competition.
Having won the Junior World Championship 1994 in Slovenia, he decided to go professional. He won the European Championship 1995 in Finland, and became part of the Burton Alpine Team. In 2003 he won the Parallel Giant Slalom World Championship in Kreischberg, Austria. In 2005 he ranked third in Whistler, British Columbia.
In the summer of 2003 Siegfried Grabner wrote a book, "Boarder zwischen den Welten" (literally "Boarder between the worlds"). He also develops snowboards, his "SG Snowboards" became available in autumn 2005 in three variants. He won the medal at the Turin Olympics on one of his Torino raceboards.
Grabner resides in La Massana, Andorra.
Deidre Downs (born July 7, 1980) is an American beauty pageant contestant and winner of Miss America 2005. She is from Birmingham, Alabama. As part of her year of service as Miss America, she campaigned for Curing Childhood Cancer. For her talent, she sang a rendition of the ballad "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love". Downs succeeded Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap on September 18, 2004.
Downs is also the winner with the longest reign—excluding Mary Katherine Campbell, who won the pageant twice in consecutive years—due to the pageant being switched from September to January. Her reign ended 490 days after her crowning on January 21, 2006, when Jennifer Berry succeeded her as Miss America 2006.
Downs attended Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. She started as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia (where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority), becoming a member of the prestigious Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, before transferring to Samford University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history. She was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, and played volleyball while at Virginia. In 2010 she obtained her M.D. degree from the
Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (born June 21, 1966) is an American television personality who co-hosts the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends along with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. An accomplished violinist and winner of the 1989 Miss America Pageant while representing her native Minnesota, Carlson graduated from Stanford University before embarking on a career as a television commentator. Gaining experience as anchor and reporter for several local network affiliates before joining CBS News as correspondent in 2000, she later became co-host of the Saturday Early Show. In 2005 Carlson moved to Fox News and became the regular co-host of Fox & Friends a year later. Carlson continues to work with the Miss America pageant and serves as a national celebrity spokesperson for March of Dimes.
Carlson was raised in Anoka, Minnesota and graduated from Anoka-Hennepin School District 11's Anoka High School, where she was the 1984 class valedictorian. One of her childhood nannies was Michele Bachmann, the future Republican congresswoman. Growing up, Carlson was an accomplished violinist winning numerous local and national competitions. She performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra as
Perfect Drift, (foaled April 29, 1999, in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse.
Perfect Drift is a bay gelding sired by the leading stallion Dynaformer, out of the Naskra mare Nice Gal. Perfect Drift was owned by Stonecrest Farm and bred by Kansas City heart surgeon Dr. William A. Reed (owner of Stonecrest). He was trained by Murray Johnson. Johnson is an Australian, born and bred, but long ago relocated to Kentucky following his trade. He trained Perfect Drift throughout almost his entire career at his own 55-acre (220,000 m) Trackside Stable in Louisville, Kentucky. Perfect Drift started 50 times. The gelding has won 11 of those starts, placed in 13, and came in third six times, finishing in the money in approximately 75 percent of those starts.
Perfect Drift won on both dirt and turf, at distances ranging from 6½ furlongs to 1 and a quarter miles. He raced on at least 12 different tracks, and recorded Beyer Speed Figures of 100 or more on many occasions.
As a three-year-old in 2002, he won the Grade II Spiral Stakes, the Grade III Indiana Derby (by 2006, this became a Grade II event), the Turfway Prevue Stakes, and came home second in the WEBN Frog Stakes, the John
Andy Raymond Schleck (born June 10, 1985) is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. He has been the runner-up at the Tour de France two times; in 2009 and 2011. He won the 2010 Tour, being awarded it retroactively in February 2012 after Alberto Contador's CAS hearing. He is the younger brother of Fränk Schleck, who also rides for RadioShack-Nissan. Their father Johny Schleck rode the Tour de France and Vuelta a España between 1965 and 1974.
Andy Schleck was born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and is the youngest of Gaby and Johny Schleck's three sons. His older brother Fränk Schleck is also a cyclist on RadioShack-Nissan, and his oldest brother Steve Schleck is a politician in Luxembourg. Andy's father, Johny Schleck, is a former professional cyclist and rode the Tour de France at the service of 1968 winner Jan Janssen and 1973 winner Luis Ocaña, and also managed to finish in the top 20 twice: 19th in 1970 and 20th in 1967. He won a stage in the 1970 Vuelta a España and the Luxembourg National Championships. Johny's father, Gustav Schleck, also contested events in the 1930s.
Andy Schleck joined VC Roubaix cycling club in 2004, and
Ruth Malcomson (April 16, 1906 – May 25, 1988) was Miss America in 1924, earning the title at age 18.
Malcomson, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the amateur winner in the 1923 contest and returned to defeat incumbent Mary Campbell, who was seeking her third consecutive crown. At the time, being only a couple of years old, the beauty contest was sometimes still referred to as "The Atlantic City Pageant," with the winner called "The Golden Mermaid."
In a published article following the contest, Malcomson provided others with her 10 rules for beauty. Listed briefly, they are:
Sonya Thomas (née Lee Sun-kyung; born July 26, 1967), also known by her nickname The Black Widow, and "The Leader of the Four Horsemen of the Esophagus", is a top-ranked Korean-born American competitive eater from Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas joined the International Federation of Competitive Eating in 2003 and quickly rose to the top of the ranks, beating competitive eaters such as Ed "Cookie" Jarvis and Eric Booker. The 98-pound Thomas is the number four competitive eater in the United States. Her nickname "The Black Widow" refers to her ability to regularly defeat men four to five times her size. While the size of her stomach is only slightly larger than normal, her skinny build is perhaps her biggest advantage, allowing her stomach to expand more readily since it is not surrounded by the ring of fat common in other heavy eaters. She holds records in over 25 eating competitions, and in December 2008, she defeated top-ranked eater Takeru Kobayashi in a fruit-cake eating contest.
On July 4, 2005 she ate 37 hot dogs in 12 minutes at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, setting a then-record for American competitors (which was also the female record). On August 8, 2005, she consumed 35
Steven de Jongh (born 25 November 1973 in Alkmaar) is a Dutch former road bicycle racer.
de Jongh made his professional debut in 1995 at TVM team where he stayed until 1999. From 2000 to 2005 he was part of Rabobank, while he made the move to Quick Step-Innergetic in 2006. De Jongh retired from the sport after the 2009 season.
Now he works for Team Sky.
Chelsea Cooley (born October 30, 1983) is a beauty queen from Charlotte, North Carolina who has competed in the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants and who has held the Miss USA 2005 title. She is a member of the BQ Girls pop/R&B group.
Cooley attended The Art Institute of Charlotte and hopes to become a buyer for the fashion industry. In addition to beauty pageants, she has competed in the Grand National Shag Dancing Competition. Cooley has also worked for a number of non-profit organizations, including Toys for Tots and the Special Olympics.
As Miss USA, Cooley represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her "sister" 2005 titleholders were Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe, of Canada) and Allie LaForce (Miss Teen USA, of Ohio). She raised $22.8 million for breast- and ovarian-cancer research during her time as Miss USA.
Cooley won the Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2000 title and represented North Carolina in the Miss Teen USA 2000 pageant, but did not place. Her preliminary scores put her in 11th place, only a spot away from the top 10. Had there been a top twelve or top fifteen chosen, as in future years, Cooley would have been a semi-finalist. She had greater success
Danny Pate (born March 23, 1979) is a professional bicycle racer who currently rides for Team Sky. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pate is an experienced and accomplished rider in road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing.
Debbye Turner-Bell (born September 19, 1965 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American veterinarian, talk show host, former beauty queen and winner of the 1990 Miss America pageant three days before her 24th birthday.
Debbye Turner, raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was first runner-up at the Miss Arkansas Pageant, a state preliminary competition for the Miss America program in 1988. In the summer of 1989, she won the Miss Missouri title and went on to win the 1990 Miss America crown. Turner was the third African-American national titleholder and the first Miss Missouri to be crowned Miss America.
Turner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University, and attended the University of Missouri. In 1991, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a spokesperson for Purina and pursued a career in veterinary medicine before going into television.
Turner's first hosting job came at St. Louis' NBC affiliate KSDK, on a show called Show Me St. Louis in 1995. Six years later, Turner joined CBS News as a reporter and contributor on The Early Show, a position she still holds on its current
George Hincapie (born June 29, 1973) is an American professional road bicycle racer currently riding for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team.
Hincapie is most widely known as a key domestique of Lance Armstrong, having been the only rider to assist Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France victories. Hincapie was also a domestique for Alberto Contador in 2007 and for Cadel Evans in 2011, when both men won the Tour de France. He is one of only two riders in Tour de France history to have raced on nine Tour-winning teams. Hincapie completed his 17th and final Tour in 2012, which is a record.
On October 10, 2012, Hincapie released a statement on his website acknowledging the use of performance-enhancing drugs and confirming that he had been approached by US Federal Investigators and USADA with regards to his experiences with doping. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six-month ban from September 1, 2012, ending on March 1, 2013, along with a stripping of all race results between May 31, 2004, and July 31, 2006.
Hincapie was born in Queens, New York, USA. His father Ricardo, a Colombian, introduced him to cycling, and his first race training was in New
Greg Van Avermaet (born 17 May 1985) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team.
In 2012, Avermaet came very close to winning the World Tour race Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. He placed a strong attack in the steep Côte de la Montagne, with about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to cover and he was followed by Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE). The pair built a sizable gap with the peloton and contested the sprint where Gerrans prevailed.
Jurgen Van Den Broeck (born 1 February 1983 in Herentals) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Lotto-Belisol. He specializes in the time trial, having been Junior World Champion against the clock in 2001. The promise he first displayed in minor stage races like the Tour de Romandie and Eneco Tour was later validated and confirmed by top-10 finishes in all three Grand Tours: the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.
Van Den Broeck won the Junior World Time Trial Championship in 2001 and made his pro debut in 2003 as a stagiaire for the Quick Step-Davitamon-Latexco team.
Rather than remaining in Belgium, however, Van Den Broeck signed with the American US Postal Service squad of Lance Armstrong for his first full season as a professional in 2004. His only result of note that year was 6th-place overall in the Tour of Belgium.
Van Den Broeck remained with Johan Bruyneel's team in 2005 when Discovery Channel took over the title sponsorship, and he continued with the Americans in 2006 after Armstrong retired. During that period he finished on the podium in stages of the Deutschland Tour and the Tour of Belgium (where he also won the KOM
Kimberly Clarice Aiken Cockerham (born October 11, 1975 in Columbia, South Carolina) was Miss America 1994. Aiken was 18 years old when she won the coveted title, and was only the fifth woman of African descent to be crowned. She won Miss Columbia and Miss South Carolina en route to her 1994 Miss America crown.
Kimberly's pageant coach was CB Mathis of CB's Limited in Lancaster, SC.
Aiken used the plight of the homeless as her platform. Her year of service as Miss America helped generate public awareness about homelessness and brought a better public understanding of this significant social dilemma. Aiken has made numerous television appearances and was once recognized by People Magazine as one of the "Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World".
She was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Epsilon Tau Chapter. After graduating from New York University, Aiken pursued a career in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP, one of the Big Four accounting firms. Today, she is an image consultant and motivational speaker. A professional speaker for nearly ten years, she entertains and inspires audiences with her programs, using her varied experiences and sharing stories
Laurens ten Dam (born 13 November 1980) is a Dutch road racing cyclist with UCI ProTeam Rabobank.
A native of the village of Zuidwolde in Groningen, Laurens ten Dam has been racing since 2002 and, by the end of 2005, has risen to world-class ranking among professional racing cyclists.
Maurice-Francois Garin (3 March 1871, Arvier, Aosta Valley, Italy – 19 February 1957, Lens or Haute-Savoie, France) was a road bicycle racer best known for winning the inaugural Tour de France in 1903, and for being stripped of his title in the second Tour in 1904 along with eight others, for cheating.
Garin was born the son of Maurice Clément Garin and Maria Teresa Ozello in the Aosta Valley in north-west Italy, close to the French border. The name Garin was the most common in the village, which was French-speaking, belonging to five of the seven families. They married in 1864 when he was a 36-year-old labourer and she a 19-year-old employee of the town's hotel. They had four daughters and five sons, of whom two were twins. Maurice was the first son. The cottage in which he was born, now a ruin, still exists.
In 1885 the family left Arvier to work on the other side of the Alps. The wish for a better life is a likely explanation but does not suggest why they travelled so far, almost to the Belgian border. Speculation surrounds the move, possibly because it was in secret. To emigrate needed authority and mayors had been told by the sub-prefect of Aoste to refuse or at least make
Amets Txurruka Ansola (born November 10, 1982 in Etxebarria, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi.
He has not yet won any races, but he made his Tour de France debut in 2007, memorably participating (alongside Pierrick Fédrigo) in a breakaway during Stage 12 that was caught just 1 km (0.6 mi) from the finish line. This effort earned him the red back numbers for most combative rider the next day. He was also indirectly benefited when Michael Rasmussen was withdrawn from the Tour; Txurruka was third in the young rider classification, behind Alberto Contador and Mauricio Soler. With Contador wearing the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification because of Rasmussen's withdrawal, and Soler wearing the polka dot jersey as leader of the mountains classification, Txurruka wore the white jersey that is given to the leader of the young rider classification.
He was also chosen as the most combative rider of whole Tour, being the third Spanish rider in a row (after Óscar Pereiro and David de la Fuente) to earn that award.
Txurruka was released by Euskaltel at the end of the 2012 season
Cyril Dessel (born 29 November 1974 in Rive-de-Gier, Loire) is a former French professional road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional from 2000 to 2011.
In 2006, he won the Tour Méditerranéen on the UCI Europe Tour. Then in the 2006 Tour de France, he finished second in the tenth stage, taking the leader's yellow jersey for a day and the lead in the King of the Mountains competition; he eventually finished sixth. In 2008, he won the 16th stage of the Tour after being in a chase group most of the day, beating David Arroyo, Yaroslav Popovych and Sandy Casar.
Dessel uses a hearing aid.
Kirsten Lora Haglund (born September 14, 1988) is a beauty queen from Farmington Hills, Michigan who was Miss America 2008.
Haglund graduated from Walled Lake Western High School in 2006 and spent one year pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She took time off to fulfill her duties as Miss Michigan and prepare for the Miss America pageant. After completing her year of service, Kirsten continued to travel and speak on body-image issues and eating disorders, also having begun her own Foundation (the Kirsten Haglund Foundation) to provide treatment scholarships for women struggling with the illness. Kirsten lived for one year in Los Angeles, California, and will now be finishing her education (using over $60,000 in scholarships from the MAO) at Emory University.. On Saturday, July 28, 2012, she married Ryan E. Smith.
After winning the Miss Oakland County local title Haglund competed in the Miss Michigan pageant for the first time, in June 2007. She won a preliminary swimsuit award and at the conclusion of the final competition was crowned Miss Michigan. For her state talent she performed "Adele's Laughing
Alan Gabriel Ludwig García Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalaŋ ɡaˈβɾjel luðˈβiɣ ɣarˈsi.a ˈpeɾes]; born 23 May 1949) was the President of Peru, having won the 2006 elections on 4 June 2006 in a run-off against Union for Peru candidate Ollanta Humala. He is the leader of the APRA and the only party member ever to have served as President of Peru. He served a first term as President from 1985 to 1990. His first term was marked by a severe economic crisis, social unrest and violence. He ran unsuccessfully for the Presidency in 2001, losing in a run-off to Alejandro Toledo. During his second term Peru averaged seven percent GDP growth a year, held inflation below three percent annually and collated Peru's foreign exchange reserves at US$47 billion; however his tenureship also resulted in increased environment damage according to critics and increased social conflict, according to the national human rights ombudsman's office.
García won the elections on 14 April 1985 with 45% of the votes. Since he did not receive the 50% of the votes required to win the presidency, García had to enter a run-off against Alfonso Barrantes (the leftist former mayor of Lima) of the United Left party.
Carlos Sastre Candil (born 22 April 1975 in Leganés, Madrid) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer and winner of the 2008 Tour de France. Sastre rode for UCI Professional Continental team Geox-TMC in 2011, before retiring. Through his consistently improved top 10 results in the Vuelta a España and good showings in the Tour de France, Sastre established himself as a strong and stable climbing specialist, and after working to improve his individual time trial skills, he became a contender for the top GC spots in the Grand Tours. In total, Sastre finished in the top ten overall of fifteen Grand Tours during his career.
When Sastre was young, professional cyclist Francisco Ignacio San Román lived in his parents's house during military service. Sastre was at first coached by his father, until he became an amateur.
Sastre signed his first professional contract in 1997 with ONCE. In his five years at ONCE he mostly served as a domestique and only managed a few wins, though he showed his strength in the mountains with several good results, most notably winning the mountain competition in the 2000 Vuelta a España.
In 2002 he switched to Team CSC, where he filled the role of
Curlin (foaled March 25, 2004 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse and the highest North American money earner with over US$10.5 million accumulated. His major racing wins include the 2007 Preakness Stakes, the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic, and the 2008 Dubai World Cup.
Curlin was sired by Smart Strike, a former star from the Sam-Son Farm racing team in Ontario, Canada, and is a half-brother of 1991 Canadian Triple Crown winner Dance Smartly. He is out of the mare Sherriff's Deputy, a daughter of Canadian Horse of the Year and two-time North American Champion sire Deputy Minister.
The colt was named for Charles Curlin, an African American slave from western Kentucky who fought for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War. One of his original owners, Shirley Cunningham, Jr. through his interest in Midnight Cry Stables, is Charles Curlin's great-great-grandson.
In August 2008, Timeform assigned a 134 rating for Curlin, calling him the best horse in the world on dirt.
Kentucky-based class-action lawyers William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. bought Curlin for $57,000 as a yearling through their Midnight Cry Stable. They sold controlling interest (80%) in the
Stijn Devolder (born 29 August 1979 in Kortrijk, West Flanders) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He rides for UCI ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM, having ridden for US Postal between 2004 and 2007 and Quick Step from 2008 to 2010. Devolder won his first professional race at the 2004 Four Days of Dunkirk, winning stage 4. His most prestigious victories are the 2007 and 2010 Belgian National Road Race Championships, the 2008 and 2009 Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and the 2008 and 2010 Tour of Belgium. Devolder is a competent climber but his strength lies in the individual time trial. Devolder led the Quick Step squad in the 2008 Tour de France but fell off the back and almost immediately stepped off his bike on the Ascent of the Col Agnel.
Devolder will leave Vacansoleil-DCM at the end of the 2012 season, and will join RadioShack-Nissan on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
Venus Ramey (b. September 26, 1924, Ashland, Kentucky) left Kentucky to work for the war effort in Washington, DC and won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and then became Miss America in 1944. She was the first red-haired contestant to win the title.
Ramey worked during her reign to help win suffrage for Washington D.C. in 1945. Later, she became the first Miss America to run for public office, seeking a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. She was wooed by Hollywood in 1947, but, dissatisfied with show business, she returned home to her Eubank, Kentucky tobacco farm (which she has maintained for over fifty years) in Pulaski County, Kentucky. She married and raised two sons.
In the 1970s, Ramey successfully campaigned to save Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood in Ohio. The neighborhood was eventually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and her work led her to make an unsuccessful bid for a spot on the Cincinnati City Council.
In April 2007, Ramey confronted intruders who had entered a storage building on her farm where thieves had previously stolen equipment. She used a snub-nose .38 revolver to shoot out the tires on their pickup truck, then flagged down
Daniele Bennati (born September 24, 1980) is an Italian road racing cyclist specializing in fast sprint finishes. He currently rides for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He turned professional in 2002, when he joined the team Acqua e Sapone-Cantina Tollo and wore zebra stripes as part of Mario Cipollini’s leadout train. Upon joining the Lampre-Caffita team in 2005, he demonstrated the ability to win on his own, and has continued to do so since joining Liquigas in 2008. He is an excellent sprinter, and has won 10 stages in Grand Tours (two in the Tour de France, three in the Giro d’Italia, and six in the Vuelta a España). He won the points jersey in the 2007 Vuelta a España. In 2008 he also won the points jersey in the Giro d'Italia.
Bennati was born at Arezzo, Tuscany, into a family of cyclists. His father did well as an amateur, and his brother raced as a junior. Daniele entered and won his first race at the age of 9. As an amateur he raced in the Grassi Mapei team, and won a stage of the Giro delle Regioni.
At the age of 21 Bennati turned pro and joined the Acqua & Sapone team of the successful Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini. Bennati soon showed an ability to sprint of his own:
Samuel Dumoulin (born 20 August 1980 in Vénissieux, Rhône) is a French professional road bicycle racer who rides for Cofidis. Dumoulin will leave Cofidis at the end of the 2012 season, and signed a two-year contract with Ag2r-La Mondiale for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Dumoulin rode as an amateur for the TCCT (Tonic cyclo club of Ternay). He won the national youth championship in 1996, then the éspoir (young professional) Paris–Tours and Paris-Auxerre in 2001. He turned professional in 2002 for Jean Delatour. At the end of 2003 he moved to AG2R Prévoyance and he now rides for Cofidis, having joined the team in 2008.
He dropped out of the 2004 Tour de France when he crashed after hitting a dog. Recovery took him four months and he did not race for the rest of the season. In 2008 he won the third stage after a breakaway of nearly 200 km, beating William Frischkorn and Romain Feillu.
Fusaichi Pegasus (Japanese pronunciation: [ɸɯsa.itɕi]) (foaled April 12, 1997) was purchased as a yearling for $4 million by Fusao Sekiguchi. His name is a combination of his owner's name, "Fusao," and the Japanese word for one, "ichi," to mean #1 or the best. The second half is the winged horse of Greek mythology. Fusaichi Pegasus won the Kentucky Derby in 2000. This thoroughbred's time was 2:01.12 around the 1¼ mile track. He was the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. After the Kentucky Derby, many believed that he would win the Triple Crown. However, he was defeated by Red Bullet in the Preakness Stakes. After his loss in the Preakness Stakes, he did not race in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.
"FuPeg", as the stallion is known by his fans, is a son of Mr. Prospector and out of Angel Fever, a mare by leading sire Danzig. In addition to the Kentucky Derby, Fusaichi Pegasus won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and Jerome Handicap.
In 2000, Fusaichi Pegasus was sold to Irish breeder Coolmore Stud for a reported price of more than US$60 million (£35m). The previous record for a stallion prospect was US$40m (£24m), paid in 1983
Igor Antón Hernández (born March 2, 1983 in Galdakao, Basque Country) is a Basque professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi.
Since turning professional in 2005, Anton's major achievement was winning the sixteenth stage of the Vuelta a España 2006, between Almería and the Calar Alto Observatory.
After impressing his team directors in 2007, where he won a stage at the Tour de Romandie, Antón was soon picked out to be the team leader for the general classification (GC) in the 2008 Vuelta a España where he ended up finishing 8th overall. The year started well, and in June he came second in the Euskal Bizikleta. Later in the same month, Antõn won the second stage in the UCI ProTour race Tour de Suisse. In the GC he came home third. In September at the Vuelta a España, Antón was in the best form of his career and held the pace of the likes of Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde up the mountains. A fall on the stage to Alto de L'Angliru ended his ambitions in the Vuelta. The fall caused a fractured collarbone, and Antón's season came to an early end.
The 2009 season started slowly for Antón. He started the Tour de France in July, but failed to make a great
Nicolas Roche (born 3 July 1984) is an Irish professional road bicycle racer. He has twice been national champion and has numerous top ten finishes in Grand Tour stages. He represented Ireland at the 2008 Olympics and 5 times at the UCI World Championships.
Roche, who was born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, is the son of former cycling champion Stephen Roche and his former wife, Lydia, nephew of former cycling professional Lawrence Roche and cousin of 2008 Irish road champion Daniel Martin. Roche was educated at Blackrock College, a private school in Dublin, before moving to south of France in 1999, where he spent most of life since. He currently resides in Varese, Italy.
He turned professional at the end of 2004, with team Cofidis and became one of the youngest UCI ProTour racers. As his father is Irish and his mother French, Roche had dual nationality as an amateur. In early 2005, Roche was told by French officials to choose between his two nationalities. Roche declared for France as he was planning to spend the rest of his life in France. The loss of Roche was a blow to Irish cycling, as he had won the 2002 Junior Tour of Ireland and finished third in the 2004 Irish Elite
Baden Cooke (born 12 October 1978) is an Australian professional racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Orica-GreenEDGE.
Born in Benalla, Victoria, Cooke began competitive cycling at 11. He completed secondary school at Galen College in Wangaratta, Victoria, and was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
His professional career began with the Mercury team in 2000, though he found racing in Europe to be more challenging than initially expected. Nevertheless, he adapted. He was more successful during that debut season in Australia and America, where he won stages of the Herald Sun Tour and the Sea Otter Classic, respectively. Having moved to the French team Française des Jeux in 2002, Cooke competed in the Commonwealth Games that year, finishing third behind fellow Australians Stuart O'Grady and Cadel Evans. He also participated in the Tour de France in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2003 he won the sprinters points classification competition green jersey by two points in a tight finish on Stage 20 on the Champs-Élysées with fellow Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen second and O'Grady seventh in the final points classification. In 2004 Cooke came 12th in the competition for
Barbaro (April 29, 2003 – January 29, 2007) was an American thoroughbred who decisively won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, but shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes, ending his racing career and eventually leading to his death.
On May 20, 2006, Barbaro ran in the Preakness Stakes as a heavy favorite, but, after he false-started, he fractured three bones in and around the fetlock of his right hind leg. The injury ruined any chance of a Triple Crown in 2006 and ended his racing career. The next day, he underwent surgery at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania for his injuries. In July he developed laminitis in his left rear leg. He underwent five further operations, and his prognosis varied during an exceptionally long stay in the Equine Intensive Care Unit at the New Bolton Center. While his right hind leg eventually healed, a final risky procedure on it proved futile because the colt soon developed further laminitis in both front legs. His veterinarians and owners concluded that he could not be saved, and Barbaro was euthanized on January 29, 2007.
He was a third-generation descendant of Mr. Prospector, and as such Barbaro was related to many
Carlos Barredo Llamazales (born June 5, 1981 in Oviedo, Asturias) is a Spanish road racing cyclist with UCI ProTeam Rabobank. He was issued a suspension for the first two months of the 2011 season in response to a fight with Rui Costa after a 2010 Tour de France stage, with Barredo claiming that Costa had ridden dangerously in the final stages of the race, but later apologising for his actions.
Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (born April 1, 1977 in Usurbil, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist who rides for RadioShack-Nissan on the UCI ProTour.
Zubeldia turned professional in 1998. He is a consistent rider on the UCI ProTour especially in the Grand Tours and stage races. His team considers him as a strong climber and time-trialist.
His first success was in 2000, when he won The Euskal Bizikleta and finished 2nd in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in overall classification and winning the Young Rider competition. He finished 4th in the same race in 2002 where he also won the young rider's classifaction for the second time.
In the Tour de France, Zubeldia's highest overall placing is 5th in 2003 and again in 2007. In the 2003 Tour, he had some great finishes against Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich in the mountains and time-trial. After this strong performance he backed it up with a 15th and 8th in the Tour de France in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He finished 16th in The 2011 Tour de France. He also put in a good result in 2012 where he finished 6th overall. Zubeldia has also performed well in the Vuelta a España finishing 10th twice in 2000 and 2002.
Joost Posthuma (born 8 March 1981 in Hengelo) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer. He rides on the UCI ProTour for the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek professional cycling team. He is known for his time-trialling and he wore the white jersey for the best young rider at the 2006 Tour de France after the prologue but lost it after the 1st road stage, after a rival got in a breakaway and got bonus seconds on the road.
Luis León Sánchez Gil (born 24 November 1983 in Mula) is a Spanish road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Rabobank. He is a time trial specialist and over the last years has improved his climbing skills.
He is also known as Lulu Sanchez. Leon is not his surname but he carries it as a middle name as a mark of respect to his Grandfather originally, but since late 2006 also as a tribute to his eldest brother, Leon Sanchez, who died in a motorbike accident. His younger brother, Pedro León Sánchez Gil, is a professional footballer, playing for Real Madrid as of 2010. His other brother, Antonio Leon Sanchez, plays indoor football. He is not related to fellow Spanish cyclist Samuel Sanchez.
Sánchez rode for team Liberty Seguros from 2004 until 2006, with his major results being overall victories in the 2005 Tour Down Under, and podium positions in the 2006 edition of the same race, and the Vuelta a Castilla y León.
In 2007, he moved to the Caisse d'Epargne team following the collapse of the Liberty Seguros-Würth team in the wake of the Operación Puerto doping case. In his first season with the team, he won the Vuelta a Mallorca, and finished third in Paris-Nice after winning Stage 6.
Marzio Bruseghin (born June 15, 1974 in Conegliano, Treviso) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team. His best achievement is winning the 2006 Italian time-trial championship, as well as winning two time trial stages in the Giro d'Italia. In 2008 he completed all three Grand Tours, including a podium finish (Giro) and a top 10 finish (Vuelta).
Susan Perkins (born 1954), a native of Middletown, Ohio, was Miss America 1978.
She has been a professional singer, spokesperson and television reporter. Susan walked in the New York Marathon with the Achilles Club (which serves disabled and senior athletes) as a guide for an 80 year old former Marine Colonel.
She is married with two children and lives with her family in Weston, Massachusetts. Her oldest son is named Alan a.k.a. Trip, for being the third Alan in the family. Her Youngest daughter is named Brooke.
Thomas Voeckler (French pronunciation: [tɔ.mɑ/tɔ.mɑs vœ.klɛʁ]; born 22 June 1979) is a French professional road racing cyclist who rides for the Team Europcar cycling team. He is one of the most prominent French riders of his generation and has been described as a "national hero," due to strong showings in several editions of the Tour de France. He is also known as le Chouchou (Sweetheart).
Born in Schiltigheim, Bas-Rhin, Voeckler has been a professional cyclist since 2001. He comes from the Alsace region of France but later moved to Martinique, where he was nicknamed "Ti-Blanc" (petit blanc) due to his small stature and pale complexion.
In 2003, Voeckler captured two stages and the overall title in the Tour de Luxembourg. The following year, he suddenly rose to international prominence in the world of cycling. After seizing the French championship, the lightly regarded Voeckler entered the 2004 Tour de France. After escaping with five other riders during the fifth stage, Voeckler gained significant time against the peloton, and earned the yellow jersey. Remarkably, he defended his jersey for ten days, even on stages not well-suited to his strengths. With the maillot jaune on his
Robbie McEwen (born 24 June 1972 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour, and is now a technical advisor for the team. As a triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey sprinters' classification, at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world.
A former junior Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at 18. He was first selected for the Australian national road team in 1994. McEwen lives in Australia with his Belgian wife Angélique Pattyn, his son Ewan, and his daughters Elena and Claudia. In 2011 he published an autobiography, One Way Road. McEwen has lived a long time in the Belgian town of Everbeek and is fluent in Dutch.
He retired after riding the 2012 Tour of California.
McEwen started road cycling at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra under the A.I.S. road cycling coach Heiko Salzwedel. The first signs of his sprinting prowess on the international stage were at the "Peace Race", winning three stages for the Australian National team.
He competed in the road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics (23rd) and the 2000 Summer
Andreas Klöden (born June 22, 1975) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. His major achievements include a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and second place in the 2004 Tour de France and 2006 Tour de France. Klöden is a tall, lightly built racer with enough strength to place high in the overall classifications of the Grand Tours, but his performances have been afflicted by injuries.
Klöden was born in Mittweida in 1975. Before he turned professional, he won the bronze medal in the Under 23 World Time Trial Championships in 1996, and two stages at the International Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt in 1997.
Klöden signed with Team Telekom (later T-Mobile Team) in 1998, and in his first pro season he won the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt's General Classifications (GC) and the prologue of the Tour de Normandie. In 1999, he won a stage at the Portuguese Tour of Algarve. But the first of his great seasons came in 2000, where after notching two important victories in the GC of Paris–Nice and Vuelta al País Vasco, he went on to obtain the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, after fellow German Jan Ullrich and Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov, two
Chris Klug (born November 18, 1972) is a professional alpine snowboarder. After receiving a liver transplant in 2000 to treat Primary sclerosing cholangitis, he went on to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. This was the first and so far only time a transplantee had competed in the Olympics, either winter or summer. He also won a bronze medal, and lit the torch at the 2002 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games. He is an alumnus of Deerfield Academy.
In 2004, Klug released a book called To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder. He is an active supporter of organ donation and recently founded the Chris Klug Foundation and Donor Dudes to spread awareness of the need for organ donors.
Klug is married to Melissa April. They live together in Aspen, Colorado and Sisters, Oregon.
Dorothy Kathleen Benham (born December 11, 1955) is an American from Edina, Minnesota, who was Miss America 1977 and Miss Minnesota 1976.
Dorothy Benham was born to Archie and Mary Dorothy Tuomi Benham. She attended Southwest High School in Minneapolis, MN and graduated in 1973. She sang in her high school choir. She has one sister named Totiana and two brothers named Sean and Archibald. Benham currently lives in Edina, Minnesota.
On May 26, 1978, she married her first husband Russell Anderson, an American ice hockey defenseman in the NHL who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom she has four children, Adam, Russell, Ben and Mia.
On December 31, 1991, she married Michael McGowan with whom she has two children named Madeline and Richard.
On August 28, 2001, she married Paul Shoemaker. Benham is now divorced from Shoemaker.
She has appeared in Broadway musicals, and regularly performs on the Crystal Cathedral television program, Hour of Power.
Gorka Verdugo Markotegui (born November 4, 1978 in Etxarri-Aranatz, Navarre) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi.
He has not yet won any races, but made his Giro d'Italia debut in 2005 (86th) and his Tour de France debut in 2006 (75th). His highest placing in the Tour de France was in 2010 (36th), however despite completing it an impressive 6 times he has never had a top ten finish in any stage of the race. Considered a reliable team rider, his is best individual tour performance was on stage 16 in the 2007 Tour de France where in a breakaway he gained enough points in the mountains classification to finish 11th overall in Paris. He finished 11th overall in the 2012 Vuelta a Espana, marking his best grand tour finish yet.
Gustav Erik Larsson (born 20 September 1980 in Gemla) is a Swedish professional road racing cyclist for UCI World Tour team Vacansoleil-DCM. He is a very skilled time trialist, which he showed in the 2008 Olympics, where he won a silver medal.
On the international scene he represents Team Saxo Bank, and in Sweden he represents Skoghalls CK-Hammarö. Larsson began cycling when he was 14 years and, having shown great talent and dedication, turned pro just 7 years later. Team Fassa Bortolo was his first employer, and when the team shut down in 2005 he moved on to Team Française des Jeux. He rode for one year for Française des Jeux before moving again to the Swedish-Belgian team Unibet.com, which had gained a wild card to the UCI ProTour in 2006. But just as the 2007 season started the team ran into trouble with the Amaury Sport Organisation who made it clear that Unibet.com would not be invited to Paris–Nice or the Tour de France. Other major race organizers followed suit, which resulted in Unibet.com not getting any major invitations. The team shut down shortly thereafter. Team CSC showed interest in Larsson, and he rode for them in 2008. After the 2008 season, it was reported that
Competitions:1997 Beach Volleyball World Championships
Holly McPeak (born May 15, 1969 in Manhattan Beach, California) is a retired American beach volleyball player.
A three-time Olympian, McPeak has 72 career beach volleyball titles and $1.4 million USD in career earnings, which are third (behind Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh) and second (behind May-Treanor) respectively of any woman in the history of professional beach volleyball. She also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics with partner Elaine Youngs. McPeak, at 5 feet 7 inches, is considered short for beach volleyball, which makes her success all the more remarkable.
McPeak signed with the California Golden Bears out of Mira Costa High School, where she was teammates with her Mira Costa classmate and future beach partner Lisa Arce. At Cal, she was named National Freshman of the Year in 1987, before transferring to UCLA in 1990.
In 1990, she helped the UCLA Bruins to a national championship, the school's fifth of six titles.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics, McPeak partnered with Nancy Reno and did not win a medal despite high expectations. Team conflict is often cited as a cause of this, and McPeak's breast enlargement surgery – earning her the nickname of "Twin Peaks" –
Mugdha Godse (Marathi: मुग्धा गोडसे; born 26 July 1986) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. A former model, Godse was a semi-finalist at the Femina Miss India 2004 competition. She made her acting debut in Madhur Bhandarkar's 2008 film, Fashion. She was one of the judges in a Marathi reality show, Marathi Paul Padte Pudhe. Mugdha completed her B.Com from Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Commerce, Pune.
Mugdha was born in a small middle-class family in Pune, Maharastra. She has one sister named Madhura. During her early days, Godse sold oil and only earned Rs. 100 a day. She then started working out in the gym and participated in local beauty contests. In 2002, she participated and won the Gladrags Mega Model Hunt. In 2004, Godse took part in the biggest modeling contest in India, the Femina Miss India contest.
She has to her credit the Airtel commercial where she shared screen space with Shah Rukh Khan and the Close-Up commercial among the many she has done so far. She has spent over five years in the modelling field, doing press ads, music videos, commercials and walking the runway at national and international ramps. She appears in one of the lead roles in the
Ryder Hesjedal (born December 9, 1980) is a Canadian professional racing cyclist for Garmin-Sharp. He is a former mountain biker, winning a silver medal at the 2001 Under-23 world championship. He turned professional with Discovery Channel in 2005 after several years with the Rabobank continental team. Having previously finished a best sixth place at the 2010 Tour de France, Hesjedal won his first Grand Tour at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, the first Grand Tour win by a Canadian.
His career started out with him competing as a mountain bike cyclist. Hesjedal first met success as a two-time world champion in the mountain bike relay event in both 2001 and 2002. He won silver as an individual at the 2003 world mountain biking championships and competed at the 2004 Olympics for Canada in the mountain bike category. At those games, Hesjedal was on his way to an Olympic medal and likely a gold medal before a sharp rock cut and flattened his tire, ending that Olympic dream.
As a result of both the early success and disappointments in his career, this allowed him to make the full-time switch to road cycling. A climber and time trialist, he was selected by Discovery Channel for the 2005 Giro
Stef Clement (born September 24, 1982 in Tilburg) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Rabobank. He specializes in the time trial, in which discipline he is the reigning Dutch national champion. He also won the bronze medal at the Time Trial of the 2007 UCI Road World Championships.
Tony Martin (born 23 April 1985 in Cottbus) is a German professional road bicycle racer riding for the UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Martin is known as a time trial specialist.
In 2011, he won a time trial stage in the 2011 Tour de France and in the 2011 Vuelta a España, and won the time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships and 2012 UCI Road World Championships. He has also won stage races including the 2011 Paris-Nice.
Tony Martin was born in the former East Germany in Cottbus. Along with the rest of his family he escaped from East Germany shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communist Eastern Europe. Later he returned to the Eastern part of Germany to attend sport school in Erfurt.
Martin turned professional in 2008, for Team High Road, and won 4 races in his first year, including three time trials.
In 2009, Martin won time-trials in Critérium International and Bayern-Rundfahrt. He also featured strongly in week long stage races, winning the mountain classifications at 2009 Paris-Nice and the 2009 Tour de Suisse, finishing second overall and winning a stage in the latter. Martin also made an impact at the Tour de Franc, wearing the
Volodymir Gustov (Ukrainian: Володимир Густов, sometimes transliterated to Volodymyr Hustov; born 15 February 1977 in Kiev) is a Ukrainian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Team Saxo Bank. He began his career in 2000 with Italian team Fassa Bortolo.
Before the 2002 Tour de Romandie, Gustov was tested with a hematocrit level above fifty percent. This indicates either health problems or doping usage so he was suspended for fifteen days, but in the middle of May, Fassa Bortolo announced that he could ride again. After laboratory tests accredited by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body of cycling, it was stated that his high hematocrit and hemoglobin values were physiologically determined. As his contract ended prior to the 2006 season, former team mate Ivan Basso arranged for him to ride alongside him at Danish Team CSC.
After being selected for the 2008 Tour de France team, he worked for the two Schleck brothers and Carlos Sastre as the race got into the French Alps and Pyrenees.
Alessandro Vanotti (born September 16, 1980 in Bergamo) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Liquigas-Cannondale.
Vanotti rode the Tour de France twice, in 2006 and 2009. He will leave Liquigas-Cannondale at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Astana on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
Kurt Asle Arvesen (born 9 February 1975) is a former Norwegian professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2011. Arvesen is from Eresfjord, Nesset. After retiring as a rider, Arvesen became a coach with Team Sky.
After winning the gold medal at the 1997 Under-23 World Championship as an amateur, Arvesen turned pro with Italian team Asics in 1998, where later Team CSC teammate Ivan Basso rode as a stagiare. The two riders moved on to Davide Boifava's team, Riso Scotti-Vinavil in 1999, which was renamed Amica Chips-Tacconi Sport in 2000, but Arvesen's three years in Italy did not get him the results his World Under-23 Championships win had foretold. In 2001 Arvesen and Basso split up, as Arvesen moved on to Danish Team Fakta, where he experienced his most successful years culminating in a stage win in the 2003 Giro d'Italia.
In 2004, Team Fakta closed, and Arvesen and sports director Kim Andersen both moved on to Team CSC. At Team CSC, Arvesen has been riding mostly as a domestique, but he managed to win the stage race Danmark Rundt as well as CSC Classic in 2004. For the 2004 Tour de France, Arvesen helped team captain Basso finish second
Martin Elmiger (born 23 September 1978 in Hagendorn) is a Swiss professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Ag2r-La Mondiale. He turned pro in 2001 with the Swiss Post Office team. Elmiger was a member of Phonak from 2002–2006. He was seen animating a stage of the 2003 Tour de Romandie finishing second in stage number 2.
Arguably one of the best moments in his career was leading the Tour Down Under in 2007 for 2 stages and then winning it by a mere 3 seconds over Australian Karl Menzies. He started the 2007 UCI ProTour strongly with a 19th place in Prijs Vlaanderen, 17th in Gent–Wevelgem and 24th in Paris–Roubaix after crashing. On stage 2 of The 2007 Tour de Romandie Elmiger finished 5th behind stage winner Robbie McEwen in the wake of a massive pileup involving several riders at high speed. Elmiger started the 2007 Tour de Suisse strongly with a 7th place in the prologue, finishing 10.82 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara and in front of riders like Andreas Klöden and Michael Rogers.
Elmiger will leave Ag2r-La Mondiale at the end of the 2012 season, and is scheduled to join the new IAM Cycling team for the 2013 season.
Sangeeta Bijlani (born 9 July 1960) is an Indian Bollywood actress and former model. Bijlani was the Miss India winner in 1980.
After winning the Miss India title, she kept herself busy in modelling and did a couple of commercials for brands like Vicco Turmeric cream and Nirma detergent. During the late 80s she signed on for films. J.P Dutta's Blockbuster and Superhit Hathyar was the first film she signed which was earlier offered to Dimple Kapadia who left the role for Batwara. She tasted success with Tridev in 1989, a film that went on to be a superhit in that year.
She received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nomination for Mahesh Bhatt's Jurm (1990). Apart from successful films Tridev and Jurm, she was part of films like Ijjat, Yugandhar, Yodha, Khoon Ka Karz and Vishnu Deva. She continued acting in films till the mid 90s.
She got married to [Azharuddin]. During the same time she also anchored for Doordarshan's popular Sunday morning show Rangoli and played title role in Zee TV's Chandni. She also featured in a Nirma Soap ad along with Shilpa Shetty. She has not acted in any films since 1995 and is often seen in party circles.
Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (born November 2, 1970) is an American professional wrestling valet and occasional wrestler - the wife of Booker T. She is best known for her work as Queen Sharmell with WWE until her release in 2007. She first came to prominence in the wrestling world as Paisley, a member of the World Championship Wrestling dance troupe the Nitro Girls. She also performed for Total Nonstop Action from 2007 until leaving the company in 2009.
At age 20, Sullivan won the 1991 Miss Black America pageant (she was Miss Black Indiana), which was marred by accusations of rape by Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington, against pageant judge Mike Tyson. After winning the title, Sullivan began a career in professional dance, touring with several hip hop artists and R&B bands, including a 3½ year stint with James Brown.
Sullivan joined World Championship Wrestling's Nitro Girl dance troupe in December 1998 under the name Storm. When the Nitro Girls began becoming more involved in WCW storylines, she was made the valet for The Artist, re dubbing herself Paisley. As Paisley, she made her in-ring singles debut against Tammy Lynn Sytch on the April 26, 2000 edition of WCW Thunder,
Jan Ullrich (born 2 December 1973) is a German former professional road bicycle racer. In 1997, he was the first German to win the Tour de France. He went on to take five second places and a fourth in 2004. He was stripped of his 2005 third place finish in 2012 following his doping ban. In 2006, Ullrich was barred from the Tour amid speculation of having doped. He retired in late February 2007.
Ullrich won a gold and a silver in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He also won the 1999 Vuelta a España. Although not a one-day specialist, he won the HEW Cyclassics in front of a home crowd in Hamburg in 1997, and had podium finishes in the hilly classic Clásica de San Sebastián. His victorious ride in the 1997 Tour de France led to a bicycle boom in Germany.
In February 2012, Ullrich was found guilty of a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He was retroactively banned from August 22, 2011, and all results gained since May 2005 were also removed from his Palmarès.
Ullrich won his first bicycle race at 11. He was educated in the sports training system of the German Democratic Republic attending the KJS sports school in Berlin in 1986. In 1988, he was champion of the
Laurent Lefèvre (born July 2, 1976 in Maubeuge, Nord) is a French former professional road bicycle racer, last for UCI Professional Continental team Bbox Bouygues Telecom. He is one of only three Festina team riders who was named as being clean in the Festina doping affair in the 1998 Tour de France.
Grischa Niermann (born November 3, 1975 in Hannover) is a former German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Rabobank. He started his professional career in 1997 with the Die Continentale team, where he won the Hessen-Rundfahrt in 1998 and the Regio-Tour in 1999. He moved on to Rabobank in 2000. His only victory with the Dutch squad was the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt in 2001. Following his retirement on 9 September 2012 he became part of the coaching staff at Rabobank.
Katherine Renee "Kate" Shindle (born January 31, 1977 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and AIDS activist. She came to fame as Miss America 1998, where she represented the state of Illinois as Miss Illinois 1997. She was attending Northwestern University at the time, though she was raised in Moorestown Township in southern New Jersey and graduated from the Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in theatre.
In 2007, she was cast in the Broadway musical, Legally Blonde, based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon film, playing the role of Vivienne through the musical's entire Broadway run.
Shindle focused on official lecture appearances for HIV/AIDS awareness and education and has raised tens of millions of dollars for others. Shindle participated in and chaired a session at a conference at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Upon completion of her year as Miss America, Shindle returned to Northwestern to complete her degree in Theatre/Music Theatre. She has also done graduate level work at NYU and UCLA.
In 1999, Shindle's first CD, Christmases to Come was released on SSP Records.
Katie Marie Harman-Ebner (born August 18, 1980) is a classical vocalist and stage actress who is best known as Miss America 2002 and former Miss Oregon 2001. She is from the city of Gresham in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Harman was born in Gresham, Oregon to Glen and Darla Harman. She graduated from Centennial High School in Gresham in 1999. In 2001, she was selected as Miss Multnomah County, and then won the Miss Oregon pageant, allowing her to compete for Miss America. She was selected as Miss America two weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and her first official appearances in the new role were to the World Trade Center site and The Pentagon to visit rescue workers.
Since completing her duties as Miss America, she played Kathie in The Student Prince with the Gold Coast Opera in Florida. She also played Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. As a vocalist, she has performed with pianist André Watts with the Shreveport Symphony and others. Katie also appeared as herself in an episode of the improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 2002.
She delivered the keynote address for Portland State University's 2002 Commencement. This resulted in protests from the Progressive
Paulina Ligocka (born May 25, 1984) is a Polish snowboarder.
In March 2006 she finished second in the cumulative final standing of the World Cup in half-pipe.
She was an Olympian at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where she was the bearer of the Polish flag at the opening ceremonies. She competed in half-pipe, finishing 17th.
Born in Gliwice, she now lives in the town of Cieszyn, which lies on the border with the Czech Republic.
Smarty Jones (February 28, 2001) is a thoroughbred race horse, and winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He finished second in the Belmont Stakes that took place on June 5, 2004.
He is a third-generation descendant of Mr. Prospector, and as such Smarty Jones is related to many recent Triple Crown hopefuls including Funny Cide, Afleet Alex and Fusaichi Pegasus. Also included in Smarty Jones' pedigree are Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Count Fleet, and such other Triple Crown race winners as Northern Dancer, Foolish Pleasure and Man o' War, who is #1 on the list of Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. His dam was I'll Get Along. Only eleven horses have won the Triple Crown. The last winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Born at Fairthorne Farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the horse was named after Milly "Smarty Jones" McNair, the mother of co-owner Pat Chapman. The two shared a birthday, and Mrs. Chapman wanted to honor her late mother. She said the horse was a strong-willed actor from birth and her mother too was a bit of a smart aleck as a child who had gotten the nickname "Smarty."
Pat Chapman and her husband, Roy
Heather Leigh Whitestone McCallum (born February 24, 1973 in Dothan, Alabama) is a former beauty queen who was the first deaf Miss America title holder, having lost most of her hearing at the age of 18 months.
In fourth grade, Heather learned about the story of a young woman from Alabama who would forever change her life — Helen Keller. Keller became Heather's role model. Heather was unable to keep up with her classwork and began to fall behind her peers. At eleven years old, Heather asked her family to send her to a special school that would enable her to catch up with other students in her class. While at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri, Heather learned two grade levels per year. After three years, Heather caught up with her peers and returned to Alabama to graduate from public middle school with a 3.6 GPA.
Whitestone moved to Birmingham at age sixteen, following her parents' divorce. She attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts for a year and graduated from Berry High School (now Hoover High School) in 1991. Her passion was ballet and because of her Deafness, she had spent most of her time developing her ballet skills. She then went on to study at
Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (born April 24, 1976 in Irun) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He currently rides for the Rabobank team. He is perceived to be a climbing specialist, and to date his greatest achievements have been in the Giro d'Italia, where he placed fourth overall in 2002, tenth overall in the 2004, fifth overall in 2005 and won the Mountains classification with a seventh overall at the 2006 Giro d'Italia. He also won the Spanish National Championship road race in 2005. He has also won stages in the Tour de Suisse, the Vuelta a Espana, the Giro del Trentino and more recently he finished first on Mont Ventoux in the penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2009.
Phil Pfister (born May 15, 1971 in Charleston, West Virginia), is an American strongman competitor, winning the 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition and its $41,000 grand prize on September 23, 2006 in Sanya, China. He is the first American to win since Bill Kazmaier in 1982. Pfister stands 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) and weighs 375 pounds (170 kg).
Prior to 2006, Pfister's previous best finishes in the World's Strongest Man were fourth place in 1998 in Tangier, and fourth place again in 2001 in Victoria Falls. He placed fourth at the 2007 and 2008 WSM contests, and seventh in 2009. While qualifying for his 4th place finish in Victoria Falls, during an event known as the Hercules Hold, Pfister made a verbal promise that he would be the man responsible for bringing the World's Strongest Man title back to the United States. He went on to set two qualifier records in the Hercules Hold and in the Atlas Stones, but was unable to contend in the finals against the Scandinavian competitors who took the podium finishes that year, Magnus Samuelsson from Sweden, Janne Virtanen from Finland, and Svend Karlsen from Norway, respectively. Pfister has also achieved a podium finish at the Arnold
Denis Nikolayevich Menchov (Russian: Денис Николаевич Меньшов, pronounced as Menshov), born 25 January 1978 in Oryol, is a professional Russian road bicycle racer for Team Katusha. He is a general classification rider, a climber, and a very good time trialist. In 2005 he won the Vuelta a España, which he won for a second time in 2007. Menchov also won the centenary Giro d'Italia in 2009, and finished second in the Tour de France in 2010 becoming the first Russian to do so.
Menchov started his professional career in 2000 with the Banesto team of José Miguel Echevarri. His first success came in 2001, when he won the Tour de l'Avenir, a stage race for young professionals. A year later he won a stage in the Dauphiné Liberé. In 2003, Menchov had his breakthrough when he finished 11th in the Tour de France, and won the youth competition (maillot blanc). 2004 was his last year at Banesto and his most successful. He won Vuelta al País Vasco, a stage in Vuelta a Aragón, a stage in Paris–Nice and stage five in the 2004 Vuelta a España, from Zaragoza to Morella.
Menchov's contract ran out in September 2004 and he moved to the Dutch Rabobank team for two years. He became team captain following
Levi Leipheimer (born October 24, 1973) is an American professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI ProTour team Omega Pharma-Quick Step. His major accomplishments include winning the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of the Tour of California, the 2011 Tour de Suisse, the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and the 2006 Dauphiné Libéré. Notable results for Leipheimer on Grand Tours include coming in second in the 2008 Vuelta a España, third in the 2001 Vuelta a España, and having four top-ten finishes in the Tour de France, including third overall in the 2007. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games road time trial competition, Leipheimer won the bronze medal. He is also a two-time national champion having won the National Time Trial Championship in 1999 and the National Road Race Championship in 2007.
On 10 October 2012 it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six month ban from 1 September 2012 ending on 1 March 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between June 1999 and July 2006, as well as results during
Maxime Monfort (born January 14, 1983 Bastogne, Belgium) is a professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. Previously riding for UCI ProTour teams Leopard Trek (2011), Team Columbia-High Road (2009–2010), Cofidis (2006–2008), and Landbouwkrediet-Colnago (2004-2005). Monfort has won a verity of races including the Tour of Luxembourg in 2004, the Bayern-Rundfahrt in 2010, and the Belgian National Time Trial Championships in 2009. Monfort has also had top grand tour finishes including a 6th place finish in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, and a 16th place finish in the 2012 Tour de France.
IN = In progress
WD = Withdrew
DSQ = Disqualified
Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (born 5 October 1986 in Póvoa de Varzim) is a Portuguese professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.
Costa started his career at Guilhabreu, a civil parish of Vila do Conde, then went to Santa Maria da Feira. He became a professional cyclist at SL Benfica in 2007, and switched to Caisse d'Epargne in 2009.
In 2011 Costa re-signed with this team, now known as Movistar Team. In 2011, Costa performed well in the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid: after second places at the first and third stage, he won the overall classification. Later that season, Costa rode away solo to win stage 8 of the 2011 Tour de France. Later in 2011, Costa won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, sprinting away from a late breakaway. He beat breakaway companion Pierrick Fedrigo. Both were chased by Philippe Gilbert, who made a late counter-attack, but came two seconds short.
In 2012 Rui Costa finished third in the General classification of the Tour of Romandie. He won stage 2 in the Tour de Suisse and successfully defended the yellow jersey through to the end of the race.
Vídeo – Montréal 2011 – Rui Costa's victory
Shauntay Hinton is an actress and former beauty queen from Starkville, Mississippi who won the Miss USA title in 2002.
Hinton graduated from Starkville High School in 1997. She later studied broadcast communications at Howard University.
Hinton won the Miss District of Columbia USA 2002 title in November 2001, the first time she had competed in the competition. Hinton hails from Starkville, Mississippi and she qualified to compete there because she was attending Howard University.
Hinton went on to represent the District of Columbia at the Miss USA 2002 pageant held in Gary, Indiana on 28 February 2002 where she became the third African American to win the Miss USA title. The pageant marked the first time that 4 out of the 5 five finalists were African American.
Hinton later competed in the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico in May that year. As of 2010, she is one of only four Miss USA winners not to have placed among the semifinalists at Miss Universe. The other three are Miss USA 1976 Barbara Peterson, Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, and Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih.
Hinton speaks out on the Miss USA 2010 official photo controversy on Showbiz Tonight May 5, HLN Prime News
Stacy Nicole Offenberger (born 1979) is a beauty queen from Vincent, Ohio who has competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss USA pageants.
Offenberger won her first USA pageant title in 1997 when she became Miss Ohio Teen USA 1998. She later competed in the Miss Teen USA 1998 pageant held in Shreveport, Louisiana but did not place. The pageant was won by Vanessa Minnillo of South Carolina.
Eight years after giving up her Teen title, Offenberger won the Miss Ohio USA 2006 title in Portsmouth in July 2006 on her third try. She had competed for the title in both the 2005 and 2004 pageants, and finished third runner-up on each occasion.
Offenberger represented Ohio in the Miss USA 2006 pageant held on April 21, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland, and competed alongside five other former Miss Teen USA delegates. She placed third runner-up to Tara Conner of Kentucky. It was Ohio's highest placement since Halle Berry was first runner-up in 1986, and coincidentally twenty years since that occasion. Of the six former Miss Teens USA delegates competing, three made it to the top five. Offenberger was joined by Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2002 and soon-to-be Miss USA Tara Conner, and former Miss Florida Teen
Karla Paula Ginteroy Henry (born May 23, 1986 in Limay, Bataan, Philippines) is a Filipino-Canadian beauty pageant titleholder. She was crowned Miss Earth 2008, becoming the first Philippine representative and the first in the Asian region to win that title.
Henry was raised by her grandparents until the age of four. Her family moved then to Tsawwassen, Canada, where they would live for ten years. She visited the Philippines frequently, for Christmas and summer vacations. Upon her family’s return to the Philippines, they first lived in Albay, Bicol for a year before residing permanently in Cebu.
Henry's father traveled often, and she transferred schools often. She graduated high school from Camp Lapulapu National High School, and attended college at the University of Cebu. She holds a bachelor's degree in Tourism and was working with Marco Polo Plaza Hotel when she was invited to join the Miss Earth pageant. She speaks Spanish with a degree of fluency.
Henry's beauty pageant career began as a student representative her school for Miss Intramurals and Miss Milo Olympics. She joined her first professional beauty contest at age 17 in October 2003. In 2006, she was the second runner-up
Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935) is an American actress, former model, and the winner of the 1955 Miss America pageant. She is perhaps best known for her role as Betty Jones, Buddy Ebsen's secretary and daughter-in-law in the long-running 1970s crime drama, Barnaby Jones. The role earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations in 1975 and 1976, and an Emmy Award nomination in 1977. She is also known for her role as John Schuck's long-haired wife, Lily Munster, in the 1980s sitcom The Munsters Today, as well as for her portrayal of Catwoman in the 1966 film version of Batman. Meriwether had a recurring role as Ruth Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children until the end of the series in September 2011.
Lee Meriwether was born in Los Angeles, California to Claudius Gregg Meriwether (October 13, 1904, Oregon – July 15, 1954, San Francisco, California) and Ethel Eve Mulligan (March 25, 1903, Oregon – May 21, 1996, Los Angeles, California). She has one brother, Don Brett Meriwether, born May 14, 1938, in Los Angeles. She grew up in San Francisco after the family moved there from Phoenix, Arizona. She attended George Washington High School, where one of her classmates was
Lynda Lee Mead Shea (born April 17, 1939, Natchez, Mississippi) attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and won the Miss America pageant in 1960. Her immediate predecessor as Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley (the first Miss America from Mississippi), was Mead's sorority sister at Chi Omega.
Mead married Dr. John J. Shea, Jr.; they have three grown children.
Lynda Mead Shea is president of Shea Design & French Country Imports in Memphis, Tennessee.
Rigoberto Urán Urán (born 26 January 1987) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Team Sky.
Urán was first introduced to the world of cycling at the age of 14 by his father, who was assassinated a few months later by one of the country's paramilitary terrorist groups. Rigoberto had to take his place as a lottery seller to help his family and at the age of 16 he turned professional and moved to Medellín to ride for Orgullo Paisa, a Colombian cycling team.
At the age of 19 he moved to Italy to ride for Team Tenax with his compatriot Marlon Pérez Arango. The following year he signed for Unibet.com and won a time trial at the Euskal Bizikleta that was stopped with some riders still left to go due to heavy rainfall and strong winds. He also won the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse and finished ninth overall. At the Deutschland Tour he was in a breakaway with eventual stage winner Damiano Cunego when he flew down over a mountain stream and smashed into a retaining wall. He fractured both elbows and the right wrist.
In 2008 he signed a contract with Caisse d'Epargne and went on to finish second at the Volta a Catalunya and third at the Giro di
Bernhard Eisel (born 17 February 1981 in Voitsberg) is an Austrian professional road bicycling racer who currently rides for Team Sky.
Eisel won his first race when he was 11 years old, since then he has won many races. When he was 17, he moved to Italy to race for the team Rinascita Ormelle, based in Treviso. After that he moved to Gli Amici Piave, the team of Moreno Argentin. In 2001 he joined the team Mapei-Quick Step and became a professional cyclist, from 2003 on he joined FDJeux.com.
In 2007, Eisel changed to T-Mobile Team. Eisel enjoyed a successful first season with his main victory coming on Stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve. Eisel established himself as the right hand man of sprinter and team mate Mark Cavendish, protecting him throughout the flats and mountain stages and forming part of the HTC lead out train that saw Cavendish take many notable victories in the Tour de France and other races. Eisel also had opportunites to ride for himself, mainly in the classics. He won Paris–Bourges in 2008 and Gent–Wevelgem in 2010, and in 2011, Eisel recorded his best placing in a monument by finishing seventh in Paris–Roubaix.
Following the announcement that HTC-Highroad would fold
Cadel Lee Evans (/kəˈdɛl/; born 14 February 1977) is an Australian professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. Early in his career, Evans was a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men's cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Evans turned to full-time road cycling in 2001, and gradually progressed through the ranks. He finished second in the 2007 and 2008 Tours de France. He became the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour (2007) and the UCI Road World Championships in 2009. Finally, he won the Tour de France in 2011, riding for BMC Racing Team, after two Tours riddled with bad luck. At age 34, he was among the five oldest winners in the race's history.
Cadel Evans was born on 14 February 1977 at the Katherine Hospital, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, to Helen (née Cocks), a bank manager, and Paul Evans, a council foreman. He spent his early childhood in the small Aboriginal community of Barunga, 80 km east of Katherine. At the age of seven, he was hit in the head by a horse, and spent seven days in an induced coma. In 1986, his parents separated and he first
Carol Ann Laverne Morris (born 1936), Miss Iowa USA, was the second Miss USA to win the Miss Universe title in the pageant's fifth edition in 1956.
Morris was born in Omaha, Nebraska the only child of a minister. The family first moved to Scott City, Kansas where she attended elementary school. After moving to Ottumwa, Iowa Miss Morris attended Ottumwa High School where she graduated 4th in her class of 300. Morris was a champion swimmer and worked as a lifeguard, sang in the church choir and played the violin.
Morris developed into a 5-foot 7-inch young lady, with blue eyes and dark brown almost black hair, 131 pounds and 36-25-36-inch figure. The first beauty pageant she entered and won was the Miss Ottumwa contest. Morris was in high school and was sponsored by the South Ottumwa Boosters club. While attending Drake University she entered and won the Miss Iowa beauty contest. Morris then represented Iowa in the Miss America contest in 1954. In the talent portion of that competition she played the song Stardust on her violin.
Morris won the 1956 Miss USA contest that had 43 contestants and was held in Long Beach, California. She then competed and won against 29 contestants in the
Franco Pellizotti (born January 15, 1978 in Latisana, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for the Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team.
Pellizotti is known as a climbing specialist and won Stage 10 in the 2006 Giro d'Italia, Stage 16 in the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Stage 17 in the 2009 Giro d'Italia. After finishing third overall in the 2009 Giro, he won the polka dot jersey in Paris as the best climber of the 2009 Tour de France, as well as named the Most Combative (Aggressive) Rider on Stages 9 and 17. At the start of each race, Pellizotti can be seen making the sign of the cross and kissing a crucifix around his neck.
On May 3, 2010, Pellizotti's name was released by La Gazzetta dello Sport as being one of several riders under investigation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for "irregular blood values". Pellizotti was reported to have had "suspicious values" on the eve of the 2009 Tour de France and request has been made by the UCI for investigation. This was confirmed later that day in a UCI press release. He was due to be one of Liquigas-Doimo' team leaders at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, but was immediately pulled from
Fränk René Schleck (born 15 April 1980) is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. Schleck is the older brother of Andy, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Their father, Johny Schleck, was a professional road bicycle racer between 1965 and 1974, as was their grandfather, Gustave Schleck, who contested events in the 1930s.
Fränk's greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France which finished on the Alpe d'Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, and an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy and Alberto Contador.
He is known for riding knock-kneed and riding a high cadence when climbing.
After riding for the Luxembourg military sports programme, he moved to Italy to ride for De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa. In 2001, he tried out as a stagiaire for Festina, but when the team folded after the season, Schleck was left with no contract. He contacted Team CSC manager Bjarne Riis through their common youth coach Marcel Gilles of the ACC Contern amateur team. Schleck rode 2002 as a stagiaire on Team CSC. He signed a pro contract in 2003, as
Geir Skeie (born July 2, 1980, Fitjar) is a Norwegian chef, winner of the 2008 Bocuse d'Or Europe, and the 2009 Bocuse d'Or world final.
Skeie is a chef de cuisine at Mathuset Midtåsen Solvold in Sandefjord, owned by 1997 Bocuse d'Or bronze medallist Odd Ivar Solvold, and has previously worked at restaurants Le Canard, Solsiden and Palace Grill in Oslo and at Skarsnuten hotel in Hemsedal.
Skeie made the decision to pursue the Bocuse d'Or in 1993 when watching Bent Stiansen appear on the television program of Ingrid Espelid Hovig having become the first Norwegian to win the contest, and subsequently worked towards this goal for fifteen years, spending the last two years perfecting the winning recipe. In contrast to his fellow candidates in the 2009 finals who had lodgings in Lyon for making last preparations, Skeie rented a large semi-trailer truck with an installed training kitchen. He was coached by previous bronze Bocuse d'Or medallist Odd Ivar Solvold and then assisted by commis Adrian Løvold, having used Ørjan Johannessen as commis when he won the 2008 Bocuse d'Or Europe.
After the contest, Skeie stated he was 90% satisfied with his performance. The gold medal was won with a
Giacomo (foaled February 16, 2002 at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, Kentucky) is a Thoroughbred stallion race horse trained by John Shirreffs, who is perhaps best known for winning the 2005 Kentucky Derby in 2:02.75. At odds of 50–1, Giacomo stands as tied, with Mine That Bird in 2009, for the second-biggest longshot ever to win the Derby, trailing only Donerail, who went off at 91–1 in 1913. Giacomo's owner received a first-place check of $1,639,600 for the victory, the largest in Kentucky Derby history. Mike E. Smith was Giacomo's jockey when he won the Derby. Smith had also ridden Giacomo's sire, 1994 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year winner Holy Bull, in that year's Derby, when the 2–1 favorite was bumped coming out of the gate and finished 12th. Giacomo finished third in the 2005 Preakness Stakes behind the favorite, Afleet Alex. He finished seventh in the 2005 Belmont Stakes, again behind the favored Afleet Alex; Smith said after the race that the horse had breathing problems.
Giacomo continued to race after his disappointing Belmont finish. In his first race back, he finished third in the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Park. After that, he was raced in the prestigious Grade
Graeme Allen Brown OAM (born 9 April 1979 in Darwin, Northern Territory) is a professional cyclist and dual Olympic gold medallist from Australia.
Brown is a member of Rabobank, which is a professional cycling team on the UCI ProTour, and also of the Randwick Botany Cycling Club.
Brown's greatest success as a road cyclist has been in the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, including a record breaking 5 stage wins in 2005 and winning the Points Classification in 2003 and 2005.
As a track cyclist he won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as a member of the team pursuit (with Bradley McGee, Brett Lancaster, and Luke Roberts) in world record breaking time of 3:58.233. He also won a gold medal with Stuart O'Grady for the Madison event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester he won two gold medals: for the Team pursuit, and the Scratch Race.
Brown was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
At a hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport cyclist Mark French gave sworn evidence that named Shane Kelly, Sean Eadie, Jobie Dajka and Graeme Brown were riders who often injected vitamins and supplements in his room. 13 ampoules
Hayden Roulston, MNZM (born 10 January 1981 in Ashburton) is a New Zealand professional racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. He won the silver medal in the men's 4000 m individual pursuit and a bronze medal in the men's 4000 m team pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Roulston was a talented junior rider on both road and track and competed for New Zealand on the track and initially on the road for a club team in France. He turned professional with the French team Cofidis in 2002 where he remained for two seasons before moving to Discovery Channel for 2005. His season with Discovery Channel featured some impressive rides but was interrupted by injury and eventually ended when he resigned after an incident in a Christchurch bar. He attempted to relaunch his professional road career in the US when he signed for Continental Pro team HealthNet and began strongly with two top ten stage finishes in the Tour of California beating many big name ProTour regulars. Unfortunately for Roulston his first year at HealthNet ended when a medical examination revealed irregular heart activity and he was advised to stop riding immediately.
Back home in New Zealand he
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua (French pronunciation: [ʁamo tjɛʁi sɔkudʒu]; born April 18, 1984), sometimes billed simply as Sokoudjou, is a Cameroonian mixed martial artist and judoka, and the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, who came to prominence in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He has since had mixed success with stints in the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, and DREAM. He reached the final of the DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix in 2009.
Born in Cameroon, Sokoudjou began to practice judo at the age of around 5. He moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his career in judo.
Sokoudjou was the 2001 US Open judo champion as a member of Judo America San Diego, and currently trains with Team Quest where he is acting as a kickboxing and MMA instructor.
In his PRIDE debut at PRIDE 33, Sokoudjou became the first and only fighter to finish legendary Brazilian Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via KO in 23 seconds. This fight also stands out amongst fans because Sokoudjou was a 16 to 1 underdog.
Sokoudjou scored a knockout victory over longtime PRIDE contender Ricardo Arona at PRIDE 34.
Sokoudjou signed with the UFC. He lost in his UFC debut to Lyoto Machida at UFC 79 via Arm
Real Quiet (March 7, 1995 – September 27, 2010) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. He was nicknamed "The Fish" by his trainer, due to his narrow frame.
He was bred by Eduardo Gaviria, a Colombian proprietor of two stud farms: one near Bogotá in Colombia and another, Little Hill Farm, in Ocala, Florida where Real Quiet was foaled. Gaviria purchased mare Really Blue at the 1990 Keeneland November sale for $37,000, in foal to Spend A Buck. Gaviria decided to breed Really Blue with Quiet American. The result was Real Quiet. However, the colt's crooked knees prompted Gaviria to sell Real Quiet at a yearling auction to Michael E. Pegram for only $17,000.
Trained by Bob Baffert, racing as a two year-old in 1997, Real Quiet started out slow, needing seven races before getting his first win. He won his first race in a maiden special weight at Hollywood Park at eight and a half furlongs winning by 3 lengths. Later that Spring he finished third in $250,000 Indian Nations Futurity Cup at Santa Fe and the third in the $200,000 grade three Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs losing to Cape Town. He finished the year with a big score in the one million dollar Hollywood
Tyler Farrar (born June 2, 1984) is an American professional road racing cyclist. His major career achievements include winning the Circuit Franco-Belge in 2009 and the one-day race Vattenfall Cyclassics in both 2009 and the 2010 editions. In Grand Tours, he won 3 individual stages of the Vuelta a Espana and 2 stages of the Giro d'Italia.
Farrar started racing at 13, and rode for Jelly Belly in 2003, Health Net-Maxxis in 2004, and Cofidis in 2006 and 2007. In April 2006, he crashed near the finish of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which resulted in a broken collarbone, causing him to miss most of the season. For the 2008 season, he transferred to Slipstream-Chipotle.
He has won stages in the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España, Tour de France, Three Days of De Panne, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. He wore the yellow jersey on stage three of the 2008 Tour of California after winning intermediate sprint points during stage two.
Farrar is very popular in Flanders, because he is fluent in Dutch, and lives in the Belgian city of Ghent. In 2012, was made an honorary citizen of Ghent.
In May 2011, Farrar, together with the entire Leopard Trek team, withdrew from the Giro d'Italia as a mark of
Aleksandr Kuschynski (born October 27, 1979 in Orsha) is a Belarusian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Team Katusha. He turned pro in 2004.
Kuschynski is the current Belarusian National Road Race Champion.
Alexander Nikolaevich Vinokourov, (Russian: Александр Николаевич Винокуров; born 16 September 1973 in Beskol near Petropavl) is a Kazakh professional road bicycle racer who currently competes with the UCI ProTeam Astana. His achievements include two bronze medals at the World Championships, four stage wins in the Tour de France, four in the Vuelta a España plus the overall title in 2006, two Liège–Bastogne–Liège monuments, one Amstel Gold Race, and most recently, the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics Men's Road Race. Vinokourov is a past national champion of Kazakhstan, and a dual-medalist at the Summer Olympics.
Vinokourov began cycling in 1984 as an 11 year-old, competing within the former Soviet Union. He moved to France in 1997 to finish his amateur career, and then turned professional there in 1998. After almost a decade as a professional, Vinokourov was caught blood-doping during the 2007 Tour de France, which triggered the withdrawal of the entire Astana team from that year's race. After a 2-year suspension from competition, he returned to cycling in August 2009, riding first for the national team of Kazakhstan and then for his beloved Astana. A serious crash during the
Arnaud Coyot (born October 6, 1980 in Beauvais) is a French road bicycle racer on the Saur-Sojasun team, who has been a professional since 2003. He has 2 race victories, and finished in tenth place in the 2005 Paris–Roubaix race, and tenth place in the 14th stage of the 2006 Tour de France.
Íñigo Cuesta López de Castro (born 2 June 1969 in Villarcayo, Burgos) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. Cuesta turned professional in 1994 for the Basque Euskadi-Petronor team. Here his results included a second place in 1995 Vuelta a Asturias, and in 1996 he signed a contract with Spanish team ONCE. Cuesta would have to wait until 1998 before he won his first race, the overall victory in the stage race Vuelta al País Vasco. In securing the stage race win, he proved his talent as both a climber and time trialist, though not on the level of the Grand Tours.
Even though he won a second triumph, a stage in the 2000 Dauphiné Libéré, he didn't get his contract renewed. Instead he signed with Cofidis, after his initial new employer, Linda McCartney Racing Team, went bankrupt before the season started. His four years at Cofidis didn't provide Cuesta with any more wins, his biggest result a 13th place in the 2001 Vuelta a España. In 2005 he changed to Saunier Duval-Prodir, where he won stage 5 in Volta a Catalunya, during the early ProTour season. Though he still had one year remaining of his contract, Íñigo Cuesta changed to Team CSC before the 2006 season. Here he
Jennifer Berry-Gooden (born July 18, 1983 in Houston, Texas) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss America on January 21, 2006. A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the fifth Miss America from Oklahoma to hold the title.
She won the Miss Oklahoma 2005 title in a state pageant held Tulsa on June 11, 2005. She competed as Miss Grand Lake, and was a double preliminary winner, winning awards for both talent and swimsuit. This was Berry's fifth attempt at the state title, as she placed third runner-up in 2004 and 2003, made the top 10 in 2002 and was unplaced in 2001.
Berry represented Oklahoma in the Miss America 2006 pageant broadcast from the Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Las Vegas Strip on January 21, 2006, the first time the pageant was held outside Atlantic City, New Jersey. During the preliminary competitions Berry won a preliminary talent award for her ballet en pointe performance. At the end of the final night, which involved interview, swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions Berry won the Miss America title, the first titleholder crowned outside Atlantic City.
Her platform issue as Miss Oklahoma and Miss America was "Building
Johan Vansummeren (born 4 February 1981 in Lommel) is a Belgian road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp.
During the 2007 Tour de France, commentator Paul Sherwen repeatedly praised Vansummeren's work in support of his team leader, eventual second place finisher Cadel Evans, even going so far as to say "I would like to nominate Johan Vansummeren as the number one teammate of this year's Tour."
At 1.97 metres (6 ft 5.5 in), Vansummeren is among the tallest riders in the peloton.
In 2011, Vansummeren won the biggest race of his career by winning Paris–Roubaix. Vansummeren made his winning move after breaking away from three other riders with 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) remaining, holding on to win by 19 seconds at the velodrome in Roubaix.
Olivia Nobs (born 18 November 1982 in La Chaux-de-Fonds) is a Swiss snowboarder. Nobs captured the silver medal in snowboard cross at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2009 in South Korea.
At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Nobs took the bronze in the Women's Snowboard Cross.
Robert Gesink (born 31 May 1986 in Varsseveld) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer for World Tour Rabobank. His major victories include conquering the 2012 Tour of California, the 2011 Tour of Oman and the 2010 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. Gesink also won the Giro dell'Emilia twice and offered some good performances on Grand Tours, thanks in part to his climbing abilities.
At the Junior World Championships of 2004 UCI Road World Championships in Verona, Gesink finished eighth in the individual time trial and sixth in the road race, while riding for team De Peddelaars in Aalten. After this rather successful WC he went to team Lowik-Van Losser for one year. He joined the Rabobank Continental team in 2006. He finished third overall in Volta ao Algarve and won the overall classification and the third stage of Settimana Ciclista Lombarda. He later won a stage and the overall classification of the Circuito Montañés and finished second in the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir. Gesink initially signed a two year deal with Rabobank Continental but team manager Theo de Rooij decided to move him to the Rabobank UCI ProTeam for the 2007 season.
In his first year as professional cyclist,
Milena Leticia Roucka (born October 25, 1979) is a Canadian professional wrestler, valet, and former model currently signed with WWE and working as Rosa Mendes.
Roucka studied business at the University of British Columbia, but left to pursue a modeling career. She won several competitions, including the 2004 Piel Dorada, and also acted in commercials.
In mid-2006, Roucka participated in the 2006 edition WWE Diva Search. Despite finishing fourth, she was hired by WWE, and assigned to train in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) using the ring name 'Roucka'. On September 19, 2007, Roucka won the OVW Women's Championship, which she held for five months until February 20, 2008. The following month, Roucka transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's new developmental territory.
In November 2008, Roucka began appearing on Raw, where she became associated with Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella. The following October, she was moved to the ECW brand and started an on-screen relationship with Zack Ryder, who she began to manage. The pair returned to the Raw brand in February 2010, and Mendes was drafted to SmackDown in April. In November, Mendes won the Queen of FCW title in FCW, and
Stéphane Augé (born December 6, 1974 in Pau) is a French former road racing cyclist. He is currently a sporting director for UCI Professional Continental team Cofidis. While he had a contract to ride competitively with them in the 2011 season, he chose instead to retire as a cyclist and fill an opening in the team's management. He was known to be part of the escapees in every first stage of the Tour de France.
Stuart O'Grady OAM (born 6 August 1973 in Adelaide), nicknamed Stuey, is an Australian professional road bicycle racer on UCI ProTeam Orica-GreenEDGE, who started as a track cyclist. He and Graeme Brown won a gold medal in the Men's Madison at the 2004 Summer Olympics. O'Grady also won Paris–Roubaix in 2007.
O'Grady has ridden the Tour de France since 1998 and contended for the points classification in the Tour de France, finishing second in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 races. He wore the yellow jersey of general classification leader in 1998 and 2001.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'.
Stuart O'Grady grew up as a part of a cycling family. His father represented South Australia in road and track cycling, and his uncle competed for Australia at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He started in track cycling and won a silver medal in the 4000m team pursuit at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta he won bronze medals in both the points race and team pursuit. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
He joined the GAN professional team, which included English time trial
Mary Leona Gage (April 8, 1939 – October 5, 2010) was a beauty queen from Maryland who was crowned Miss USA 1957, the first, and so far, only woman from that state to capture the Miss USA crown. She was stripped of her title when it was revealed that she was 18, married, and the mother of two children.
She was a toddler when her parents moved from Longview to Wichita Falls, Texas. Her mother worked two jobs. Her father, paralyzed in an industrial accident, stayed home. She was 14 years old when she got married and had her first child. Her first husband was named Gene Ennis and he worked as an airman in the U.S. Air Force. Ennis was 24 when he met 13 year old Gage.
Soon, Gage became pregnant and attempted to write to Ennis after he was shipped out. He never responded. One day, a drugstore employee, who was getting married, suggested that she should get married with a volunteer groom. Gage agreed and they headed to Oklahoma for a double wedding. She married an airman named Edward Thacker. At her mother's insistence, the marriage to Thacker was annulled within the week.
When Ennis came back into her life in 1953, the still 14-year-old Mary married him in Wichita Falls; they moved to
Christian Vande Velde (born May 22, 1976 in Lemont, Illinois, USA) is an American professional road racing cyclist of Belgian descent who currently rides for Garmin-Sharp. The son of United States Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee John Vande Velde, Christian became professional in 1998 for US Postal.
On 10 October 2012 it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six month ban from 1 September 2012 ending on 1 March 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between 4 June 2004 and 31 April 2006.
He twice rode on the Tour de France team that brought Lance Armstrong to victory, in 1999 and 2001. In the 1999 Tour de France Vande Velde was for a time the leader of the youth classification; he did not complete the 2001 Tour de France. Christian Vande Velde moved to Liberty Seguros in 2004 and switched to Team CSC in 2005. During this time, he worked as a domestique, riding in support of varying team captains, even though the 2005 season saw Vande Velde taking chances of his own including a breakaway on 4th stage of
Nicole Johnson (born January 9, 1974) is an American pageant titleholder from Seminole, Florida who held the Miss America title in 1999. She is now a diabetes advocate, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993.
Johnson first started competing in pageants in Florida and placed third runner-up in the Miss Florida USA 1997 pageant. After moving to Virginia to pursue post-graduate education at Regent University she continued competing and placed in the top ten at Miss Virginia 1997. In March 1998 she won the Miss Lynchburg title and went on to win the Miss Virginia 1998 title on June 29, 1998.
In September Johnson represented Virginia in the Miss America 1999 pageant, becoming the second woman representing that state to win the Miss America title. She sang That's Life in the talent competition.
Johnson holds a BA in English from the University of South Florida and is a 1998 graduate of the School of Communication & the Arts of Regent University in Virginia. She also has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh gained in 2007. Johnson is currently a doctoral student in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida.
Johnson became a
Trish Ann Regan is an American television host, Emmy nominated investigative journalist, financial expert and author. She is the host of "Street Smart" on Bloomberg Television from 3-5pm EST and appears as a guest expert for ABC News. She has also provided economic analysis and reporting for NBC's Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and The Chris Matthews Show.
During her tenure at CNBC, Regan also appeared regularly as a news anchor on The Weekend Today Show. She is the creator and host of CNBC's two most highly rated documentaries which air in primetime on the network, and from 2007-2011, Regan hosted CNBC's highly rated program The Call.
In December, 2011, it was announced that Regan would be joining Bloomberg TV as the anchor of "Street Smart", the daily program covering the market close from 3-5pm EST, in January, 2012. She is also scheduled to anchor the network's election coverage and report documentaries for prime time programming.
Regan covered a series of global economic stories for CNBC and NBC News including the U.S. banking collapse of 2008 and the subsequent recession. In 2010, from Portugal, she reported on the European debt crisis. At the G-8 summit in Germany, she
José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (born 27 November 1978 in Hinojedo, Suances, Cantabria) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was Spanish Road national champion, three time Spanish time trial champion and won a silver medal in the 2005 Time Trial World Championships. He currently rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.
Koldo Fernández de Larrea (born September 13, 1981 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Garmin-Sharp. He turned professional in 2004 with the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, and remained with the team until the end of 2011.
Yolande Betbeze Fox (born 1929 in Mobile, Alabama) was Miss America in 1951.
Fox (then Betbeze) entered Miss Alabama for the scholarship opportunities the pageant presented. Having been educated in a convent school, she was reluctant to pose in a swimsuit and refused to do so after she won Miss America.
That led the swim suit company, Catalina, to withdraw their sponsorship of the Miss America pageant and eventually brought about the creation of the rival Miss USA pageant.
The Miss America Organization has claimed that Fox's (then Betbeze's) actions were pivotal in directing pageant progress towards recognizing intellect, values, and leadership abilities, rather than focusing on beauty alone. From then on the Miss America pageant concentrated more on scholarship than beauty.
Fox was an opera singer and did gain a reputation in that area. She was occasionally seen "dating" baseballer Joe Dimaggio, although it was later revealed they were only close friends. She married Matthew Fox and they had one daughter. After her husband's death, she moved to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. where she was part of a fun-loving and elite crowd called "The Swing Set." She had a relationship with Cherif
Chris Anker Sørensen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʰʁ̥i̞s ɑŋg̊ɐ ˈsœ̞ɐ̯nˀsn̩]; born September 5, 1984 in Hammel) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.
Chris Anker Sørensen started his professional career in 2007 with Team CSC. After a promising performance in the 2008 Tour of Austria, he competed for Denmark (along with Nicki Sørensen and Brian Vandborg) in the 2008 Olympic road race, finishing 12th overall.
Starting with the 2010 season, Sørensen, who lives in Luxembourg, will ride under a Luxembourgian license, since the UCI will no longer allow the Danish federation to grant Danish licenses to riders living abroad. During the season, he won a stage in the Giro d'Italia.
In the 2012 Tour de France, Sorensen finished 14th overall and the awarded the most aggressive rider after attacking a lot in the mountains.
Street Sense (foaled February 23, 2004 in Kentucky at Chesapeake Farm) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse, U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (2006) and winner of the 2007 Kentucky Derby and the 2007 Travers Stakes. He was also the runner up in the 2007 Preakness Stakes by a head. Owned and bred by James B. Tafel, Street Sense is out of Bedazzle, a granddaughter of Northern Dancer, and his sire is 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry.
Trained by Carl Nafzger and ridden by Calvin Borel, Street Sense broke his maiden at Arlington Park. He then finished third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes and third in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity behind Great Hunter and Circular Quay.
On November 4, 2006, Street Sense won the most important race for 2-year-old colts in the United States, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, by a record 10 lengths. He was voted the 2006 Eclipse Award as the U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt.
Street Sense wintered at the Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center in Florida. In 2007, he followed the trail to the U.S. Triple Crown series. On March 17, in his first race as a three-year-old, he won the Tampa Bay Derby by half a nose over Any Given Saturday in a
Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE (born 28 April 1980) is a British professional track and road racing cyclist, riding for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. Wiggins began his career on the track, but has made the transition to road cycling, becoming one of the few cyclists to gain success in both forms of professional cycling. He won the 2012 Tour de France, becoming the first British winner in its history.
Among his many accomplishments, Wiggins holds two unique achievements: he is the only cyclist to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year and the only person to have won a Grand Tour and a gold medal in Olympic track cycling. Wiggins has won seven Olympic medals, including four gold, the joint most of any British Olympian and the third most gold medals by a British Olympian, behind Chris Hoy and Steve Redgrave.
Wiggins's career began in track cycling, where he specialised in the pursuit and madison events, before he gradually moved towards road racing. He has won six cycling World Championships, his first in 2003 and his most recent in 2008. Wiggins won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, three additional medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics, two golds at the
Competitions won:Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007
Competitions:Miss Teen USA 2007
Lauren Caitlin Upton (born March 27, 1989), also credited as Caite Upton, is an American fashion model and a beauty queen from Lexington, South Carolina. While Miss South Carolina Teen USA, Upton became an Internet meme for her rambling and unstructured response to a pageant question.
Upton became Miss South Carolina Teen USA for 2007 in the November 2006 state pageant. She went on to place fourth in the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant. She gained international notoriety for her convoluted and nonsensical response to a question posed to her during the national pageant.
Upton attended Lexington High School. She has modeled in advertisements for companies such as Nautica and Wrangler and has appeared in national magazines such as Seventeen, Cosmo Girl and American Cheerleader.
Upton later signed a deal with Donald Trump's modeling agency in New York City.
Upton has been enrolled in Appalachian State University where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She has moved to Los Angeles / North Hollywood to continue modeling.
Alongside numerous other YouTube celebrities, Upton appeared in Weezer's music video "Pork and Beans," which was released on May 23, 2008 where the microphone she
David Moncoutié (born April 30, 1975) is a French professional road racing cyclist with the French team Cofidis, with whom he turned professional in 1997. He is a climber, and won his first professional race in a mountain stage of Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. He has won Mountains Classification in Vuelta a España four times, one short of the record of five held by José Luis Laguía.
David Moncoutié had no familial connection to cycling – he was raised in a football (soccer) loving family in which nobody had raced a bike. Moncoutié played football until he was 16 before being introduced to cycling by a friend. He gained his baccalauréat in biology. His father, mother and two sisters worked for the post office and wanted him to work there as well. Friends suggested he join them for a ride. He said: "They all had beautiful racing bikes, I had a sports bike that was nothing to talk about... and I dropped them right from the start. I said to myself,' Tiens, you're not going to be too bad!' and I joined the Entente Vélocipédique Bretenous-Bars, my village in the Lot. I won from my second race."
He continued playing football but abandoned it when cycling took over at 19. He had dreamed of
Competitions won:2008 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Competitions:2008 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Joseph Christian "Jaws" Chestnut (born November 25, 1983) is an American competitive eater. The 6-foot-tall (1.8 m), 218-pound (99 kg) engineering student is currently ranked first in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. He is a Vallejo, California native who currently resides in San Jose, California.
On July 4, 2007, Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating six-time defending champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi by consuming 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes, which set a new world record. The following year, he successfully defended his title by winning a 5 hot dog eat-off after tying Kobayashi in consuming 59 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. On July 4, 2009, Chestnut outlasted Kobayashi again, by consuming a new world record of 68 hot dogs and buns and winning his third consecutive title. On July 4, 2010, Chestnut took home his 4th consecutive Mustard Belt eating 54 dogs and buns. The 2010 contest was a runaway victory, as Kobayashi did not compete due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating. On July 4, 2011, he won his fifth-consecutive championship with 62 hot dogs and buns. At the 2012 Nathan Hot Dog Eating
José Joaquín Rojas Gil (born 8 June 1985) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team. He turned professional in 2006 with the Liberty Seguros-Würth team. His older brother Mariano was a professional cyclist as well, riding for ONCE until 1996. He died in the same year as a result of a traffic accident.
Rojas was selected to ride the Tour de France, but crashed out on stage 3, with a fractured left collarbone, the second retirement of the 2012 Tour after Team Sky's Kanstantsin Sivtsov.
Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (born 12 August 1973) is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer.
Beloki turned professional in 1998 with Euskaltel-Euskadi, joined Festina in 2000, and then Team ONCE in 2001. A strong climber in the high mountains and a top performer in individual time trials, he made it to the podium in each of his first three rides in the Tour de France: in 2000 (3rd place), 2001 (3rd place) and 2002 (2nd place). In 2001, Beloki also finished first overall in the Volta a Catalunya.
On 14 July 2003, during the ninth stage of the 2003 Tour de France, Beloki was in second place overall (just 40 seconds behind Lance Armstrong) and negotiating a turn at speed while descending the Cote de La Rochette, just 4 km from the stage finish at Gap. He lost control of his bicycle after he locked his rear brake and the rear tyre came off the wheel on a patch of tarmac that was softened by the sun, sending his rear wheel skidding first in one direction and then the other. Beloki suffered a hard fall that broke his right femur in two places, his elbow and his wrist. Armstrong was following immediately behind Beloki and, to avoid the fallen rider, headed off the road to go down
Marcin Sapa (born February 10, 1976 in Konin) is a Polish road bicycle racer, who is currently under contract to the BDC-Marcpol team. He turned professional in 2000 and raced with smaller teams including DHL-Author before joining Lampre-NGC.
Marjorie Judith Vincent is a former journalist and beauty contestant who was crowned Miss America 1991.
Vincent's parents, Lucien and Florence Vincent of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti migrated to the United States in the early 1960s; Marjorie was the first of their children to be born in America. She grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, going to Catholic school and taking ballet and piano lessons. Vincent entered DePaul University as a music major, switching to business in junior year and graduating in 1988. Money from beauty pageants helped to pay for school.
After two unsuccessful pageant tries, at Miss North Carolina and Miss Illinois, she won Miss Illinois, allowing her to advance to Miss America. At the Miss America pageant, she performed the Fantaisie-Impromptu (Op. posth. 66) by Chopin, won the crown, and became Miss America 1991 on 7 September 1990, succeeding Debbye Turner.
Vincent, who already had two years in law school at Duke University before becoming Miss America, changed her goal from international law to television journalism, becoming a news anchor at WGBC in Meridian, Mississippi in October 1993. She later worked at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois, and the Ohio News Network in Columbus,
Phyllis Ann George Brown (born 25 June 1949) is an American businesswoman, actress and a former sportscaster. She is a former Miss Texas 1970 and Miss America 1971.
George was born to Diantha Cogdell and James George in Denton, Texas. She attended the University of North Texas for three years until crowned Miss Texas in 1971. At that time, Texas Christian University awarded scholarships to Miss Texas honorees. As a result, Phyllis left UNT and enrolled at TCU for several weeks until winning the Miss America crown later that fall. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. George won the 1971 Miss America pageant.
In her year-long stint as Miss America, George appeared on numerous talk shows, including three interviews on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
CBS Sports producers approached George to become a sportscaster in 1974. The following year, she joined the cast of The NFL Today, co-hosting live pregame shows before National Football League (NFL) games. She was one of the first females to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage.
Another duty George had with CBS Sports was working on horse racing events, including the Preakness Stakes and the
Seth Benjamin Wescott (born June 28, 1976) is an American snowboarder. He is a two-time Olympic champion in the snowboard cross.
Wescott was born in Durham, North Carolina, and lives in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. His father Jim Wescott was the Track and Cross Country coach at Colby College. His mother Margaret-Gould Wescott teaches at University of Maine at Farmington. Wescott has trained in the mountains near Cordova, Alaska, at times, along with Sugarloaf, in Maine. He began snowboarding at age 10, but had also grown up skiing. In 1989, after competing in both sports for a few years, he stopped skiing to focus mainly on snowboarding. Wescott attended Carrabassett Valley Academy where he studied and trained with fellow Olympians Bode Miller, Jeff Greenwood, Kirsten Clark and Emily Cook. He started out in Sugarloaf USA in Carrabassett Valley, Maine
In his Olympic debut, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, Wescott won gold in the snowboard cross as the first Olympic champion in the event. Having won gold, Wescott was invited to meet then president George W. Bush but turned down the offer, citing his opposition to Bush's foreign and domestic policies. At the 2010 Winter
Competitions won:2006 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Competitions:2008 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Takeru Kobayashi (小林尊, Kobayashi Takeru) (born March 15, 1978) is a Japanese competitive eater. He holds several records, including four Guinness Records, for eating hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, and pasta.
Born in Nagano, Japan, Kobayashi set his first record at his rookie appearance on July 4, 2001, when he ate 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes at the Nathan's Coney Island hot dog-eating contest, doubling the previous record of 25. The record was so unexpected that when Kobayashi got to the later numbers, the organizers ran out of signs indicating how many dogs Kobayashi had eaten and had to resort to handwritten signs. Kobayashi would go on to break his own record three times in winning the contest six consecutive times (2001–2006).
On June 2, 2007, Joey Chestnut broke Kobayashi's record with 59.5 hot dogs and buns in a qualifying round for the annual Nathan's contest.
In the 2006 Krystal Square Off, Kobayashi's mark of 97 hamburgers was 30 better than his winning total in 2005 and 28 better than the World Record he set in 2004.
At a speed-eating contest in Hong Kong on August 13, 2005, Kobayashi consumed 83 vegetarian jiaozi dumplings in 8 minutes. The next day, he ate 100
Big Brown (foaled April 10, 2005 in Kentucky) is a retired champion American Thoroughbred racehorse and winner of the 2008 Kentucky Derby and 2008 Preakness Stakes. Bred by Dr. Gary B. Knapp's Monticule Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, he won his first five race starts. He was sired by Grade III winner Boundary, a son of North American Champion sire Danzig, a son of Northern Dancer. Big Brown's dam was Mien, also a granddaughter of Northern Dancer through her sire, Nureyev.
Big Brown, named by his owner in honor of UPS, was purchased by Brooklyn, New York trucking company owner Paul Pompa, Jr. for $190,000 at the Keeneland Sales 2007 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Pompa turned him over to trainer Patrick Reynolds for race conditioning. Ridden by Jeremy Rose, the colt made his two-year-old racing debut on September 3, 2007 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, running away from the field and winning by 11 ¼ lengths. Pompa then sold an interest in Big Brown to IEAH Stables, a subsidiary of International Equine Acquisitions Holdings, Inc., whose stated purpose is to create and manage an Equity Horse Fund, which will operate as a hedge fund. The new partnership
Brian Bach Vandborg (born 4 December 1981 in Snejbjerg) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for the SpiderTech-C10 team. He was national U/23 champion in individual time trial in 2002 and 2003 and in 2004 he signed his first professional contract with Team CSC, with a length of two years. He won stage 4 of Tour de Georgia in 2005, his first professional victory, but the rest of his season was ruined due to a case of mononucleosis.
In 2006, Vandborg became a national champion by capturing the Danish Individual Time Trial Championship; he later finished fourth at the World Time Trial Championship. Vandborg moved to Discovery Channel for the 2007 season. In 2009 he rode alongside Ivan Basso and Daniele Bennati at Liquigas. Vandborg also rode for the Saxo Bank-SunGard team in 2011.
Charles Tjessem (born 5 May 1971, Sandnes) is a Norwegian chef, and winner of the 2003 Bocuse d'Or. The victory was achieved over the French chef Frank Putelat by the smallest margin of points to date in the competition.
Tjessem is currently a chef and owner of the restaurant Charles & De in Sandnes. He was coached for the Bocuse d'Or by Odd Ivar Solvold, and had previously trained under Bent Stiansen, and Eyvind Hellstrøm during two years at Bagatelle, worked as a daily manager for Gastronomisk Institutt in Stavanger, as a chef for the petroleum company Statoil, and was captain of the Norwegian national chef team in the period 2000 to 2004. Tjessem ended his competitive career with parting criticism aimed at the arrangers of the International Exhibition of Culinary Art.
Tjessem published the book Rett skal være rett in 2006.
Charles "Charlie" Wegelius (born 26 April 1978 in Espoo, Finland) is an English former professional road racing cyclist.
Never a winner of an individual race, Wegelius nevertheless made a career out of being a reliable and strong domestique, most notably in the mountains.
Wegelius' cycling aspirations suffered an early setback, after being injured in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle, which resulted in his spleen being removed and the news that he would never cycle again. He recovered, however, and had his first professional break in 1999, when he rode as a stagiaire for the ill-fated Linda McCartney Racing Team.
Wegelius participated in the cycling at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he finished 5th in the individual time trial and 28th in the road race. He also started the road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but failed to finish.
Wegelius was involved in controversy in 2005 when he and teammate Tom Southam chose not to ride to protect Roger Hammond, their team leader, in the World Championship road race, and instead looked after the riders in their trade teams. Wegelius later repaid the costs associated with his participation in the event, and was never selected
Christophe Le Mével (born September 11, 1980 in Lannion) is a French road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp. He signed with them for the 2011 season, after they sought to add a leading French rider to their roster.
Le Mével will leave Garmin-Sharp at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Cofidis on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
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David Millar (born 4 January 1977, Mtarfa, Malta) is a Scottish road racing cyclist riding for Garmin-Sharp. He has won five stages of the Tour de France, two of the Vuelta a España and one Stage of the Giro d'Italia. He was the British national road champion and the national time trial champion, both in 2007. He is the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys and one of five to have worn the yellow jersey. He was also the first (of two) British riders ever to have worn the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours. He was banned for two years in 2004 after admitting taking banned performance-enhancing drugs, but four years after his return he won the silver medal at the World Time Trial Championships. He is not related to fellow Scottish cyclist Robert Millar.
David Millar is one of two children of Gordon and Avril Millar. His father was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and Millar was born while his father was based in Malta for a 3 year tour of duty. His sister Frances also works in cycling, currently as the head of business operations for Team Sky. The family returned to the UK, and lived at RAF Kinloss in Scotland before moving to Aylesbury, 60 km north-west of
Denis of Cork (foaled February 16, 2005 in Florida) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse, sired by Harlan's Holiday and out of the Unbridled mare, Unbridled Girl. Bred by Westbury Stables, he was purchased in the OBS August Yearling Sale in 2006 for $120,000, and then he was purchased a second time in the Barretts March Two-Year Olds In Training auction in 2007 for $250,000 by Mr. William K. & Mrs. Suzanne Warren, Jr.
Trained by David M. Carroll, to date Denis of Cork is best known for his third place finish in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and for his second place finish in the 2008 Belmont Stakes. The colt earned his first win in a Maiden Special Weight at a distance of 7 furlongs, winning by three-quarters of a length. He came five lengths off the lead turning for home, and built up enough strength to propel himself to the front so that he could fight with the front-runner. When they finished, there was a gap of 7½ lengths back to the third place finisher. He finished the race in a sharp time of 1:22.42.
He made his second appearance in an allowance race at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. The race was distanced at 1 mile and 40 yards, and he finished in front by a
Eight Belles (February 23, 2005 – May 3, 2008) was a thoroughbred racehorse owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms. She finished second to winner Big Brown in the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs, a race run by only thirty-nine fillies in the past. Her collapse just after the Derby's conclusion resulted in immediate euthanasia.
Earlier in the year, Eight Belles made history at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, by being the first filly in the history of the track to win the Martha Washington Stakes (February 17, 2008, by 13½ lengths, setting a stakes record for margin of victory), the Honeybee Stakes (March 16, 2008, beating stakes winner Pure Clan), and the Fantasy Stakes (April 12, 2008).
Eight Belles collapsed immediately after crossing the wire, while being slowed after the race. She suffered compound fractures of both front ankles and was immediately euthanized because of the nature of her injuries.
Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian, claimed that Eight Belles' trauma was too severe to even attempt to move her off the track.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Bramlage said the filly had fractures of the cannon and sesamoid
Ericka Dunlap (born December 29, 1981) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Orlando, Florida who was named Miss Florida 2003 and subsequently crowned Miss America 2004. Dunlap was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida.
Dunlap is a native of Orlando, attended William R. Boone High School, and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. While attending college at the University of Central Florida, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.She was married to Brian, but soon divorced.
She and her former husband Brian appeared on The Amazing Race 15, where they placed third overall.
In 2004 she was crowned Miss America becoming the seventh African American woman to hold the title. Dunlap's platform was "United We Stand, Divided We Fall Behind: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion." Dunlap appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hollywood Squares, Live With Regis and Kelly, and Fox News’ The O'Reilly Factor. She also served as Grand Marshal of the Talladega 500 NASCAR race.She has also appeared in a number of movies, one of them being District 9.
Ms. Dunlap’s international appeal began with her travels to the Middle-East during her reign as Miss
Fabian Cancellara (born 18 March 1981) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. A time trial specialist, he is a four-time World Time Trial Champion, seven-time Swiss National Time Trial Champion, and was the 2008 Olympic gold medalist. He is also a winner of Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix (twice), Milan – San Remo, Tirreno–Adriatico, Tour de Suisse, Strade Bianche (twice), and five prologues of the Tour de France. Of all riders who have never won the Tour de France, Cancellara has worn the yellow jersey for the most days, 28.
Cancellara was born in Wohlen bei Bern, a municipality near the city of Bern, Switzerland to an Italian mother and a Swiss-German father. He discovered cycling at the age of 13 after falling in love with an old family bike that he had found in the garage and immediately gave up football to concentrate on cycling.
Cancellara's cycling skills began to blossom at an early age, when he impressed as a time trialist and dominated Swiss junior cycling. Yvan Girard, Swiss national junior team coach from 1997 to 2005, was quoted saying that Cancellara was head and shoulders above everyone else in the time trials. He won the junior
Frederik Willems (born 8 September 1979) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Lotto-Belisol. His greatest achievement to date is in winning the 2006 Étoile de Bessèges while riding for Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen, with whom he began his career in 2003 and rode until the end of 2006.
Ivan Basso (born 26 November 1977 in Gallarate, Province of Varese) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who is currently racing with UCI ProTeam Liquigas-Cannondale. Basso, nicknamed Ivan the Terrible, is among the best mountain riders in the professional field in the 21st century, and is considered one of the strongest stage race riders. He is a double winner of the Giro d'Italia, having won the 2006 edition and the 2010 edition of the Italian Grand Tour whilst riding for Team CSC in 2006 and for Liquigas in 2010. However, in 2007 Basso admitted he was planning to use doping and was suspended for two years. His suspension ended on October 24, 2008, and he returned to racing two days later in the Japan Cup, where he placed a close third behind Damiano Cunego and Giovanni Visconti.
He was born in Gallarate, in the province of Varese in Lombardy. There he grew up next door to Claudio Chiappucci, a former three-time stage winner in the Tour de France who was suspended for two years after being proven guilty of doping several times.
As an amateur, he finished second in the 1995 junior World Championships and his first big result was winning the U-23 World Championships in
Jérémy Roy (born June 22, 1983 in Tours) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam FDJ-BigMat. He was named the most aggressive rider of the 2011 Tour de France after escaping into breakaways on many stages and continuiously attacking from inside the breakaway.
Roy turned professional with FDJeux.com in 2004. During his early career, he continued his studies at the French National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes, and graduated in 2007 in mechanical and automated engineering. Despite splitting his time between studying and cycling, Roy still finished 4th in the Tour de Picardie and won the young rider competition in 2006. Also in 2006, he finished 4th in the Châteauroux Classic de l'Indre, then 4th in the Grand Prix de Plumelec Morbihan in 2007 and 5th in the Route du Sud in 2008.
Roy gained his first professional victory on 12 March 2009, when he won stage 5 of Paris–Nice, beating his breakaway companion Thomas Voeckler in a sprint. The following year he won the Tro Bro Leon, performed well in the Fleche Wallonne and finished third in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie.
He won his first race of 2011, the Grand Prix La Marseillaise Open in late January.
Julian Dean (born 28 January 1975 in Waihi, New Zealand) is a road racing cyclist who rides for Orica-GreenEDGE. His main achievements include winning the 2007 and 2008 New Zealand National Road Race Championships, and finishing 9th in the 2005 World Road Championships in Madrid. This is one better than his 10th place finish in 2002 in Zolder.
Dean is the son of Waimata dairy farmers Peter and Valerie Dean. "Grasshopper", as he was locally known, started cycling when he was just a child, beginning at the local BMX club in Waihi, where he had success with two 3rd place finishes in the New Zealand Championships. Dean tried his hand at many sports before moving onto triathlon, which he enjoyed. From triathlon Dean soon fell in love with cycling, where he represented New Zealand in road and track. In 1997 Dean got his chance to race in the U.S. with the Shaklee team and the Mercury cycling team in 1998.
In 1999, Dean signed to the now defunct US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, whom he rode for until 2001, gaining experience from racing in Europe. He managed his first european victories with 2 stage wins in the tour of Britain.After having ridden in a team based around Lance Armstrong
Karine Ruby (4 January 1978, Bonneville, Haute-Savoie – 29 May 2009) was a French snowboarder and Olympic champion. She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. She received a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Ruby had achieved significant success as a snowboarder, recognized as the world champion on six occasions and winning more than 65 Snowboarding World Cup events overall to accompany her two Olympic medals, earning her the description by The New York Times as "the most decorated female snowboarder in the world".
Ruby won the giant slalom event in the snowboarding competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan, overcoming severe weather conditions to win the first Olympic gold medal awarded in the event to a woman. She finished a combined 1.74 seconds behind Isabelle Blanc in the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, an event that the two French snowboarders had dedicated to the memory of teammate Régine Cavagnoud, who had died in a 2001 training accident.
Ruby came in third place to win a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the Winter X Games IX held in Aspen,
Lauren Paige Nelson (born November 26, 1986) is a beauty queen from Lawton, Oklahoma who holds the Miss America 2007 title. Nelson is the second consecutive Miss America and sixth in the history of Miss America to hail from this state.
Nelson was Miss Teen Oklahoma 2004, and in this role, she performed at the 2005 Miss America Pageant. En route to Miss America, she won the Miss Oklahoma State Fair local title and then competed in the Miss Oklahoma pageant for the first time on June 11, 2006, and was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2006, for which she received a $16,000 scholarship. At age nineteen, she was the youngest contestant to become Miss Oklahoma.
Nelson went on to represent Oklahoma in the Miss America 2007 pageant broadcast on CMT from the Theatre for the Performing Arts on January 29, 2007. She won a preliminary swimsuit award on Thursday night, becoming her state's first Swimsuit preliminary award since 1955. At the conclusion of the live telecast, Nelson was crowned the 82nd Miss America. She succeeds Jennifer Berry, of Jenks, Oklahoma, in the first occurrence of consecutive winners from the same state since Mississippi won in both 1959 and 1960.
A graduate of MacArthur High
Lindsey Jacobellis (born August 19, 1985 in Danbury, Connecticut) is an American snowboarder from Stratton, Vermont.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Jacobellis won the silver medal in Women's Snowboard Cross's Olympics debut. She is also a seven-time snowboard cross champion at the X Games.
She has been featured in several high-profile advertising campaigns, including a Visa commercial.
During the gold medal final of the Snowboard Cross at the 2006 Winter Olympics on February 17, 2006, Jacobellis was approaching the end of the course with a 43-meter (140 ft), three-second lead over Tanja Frieden of Switzerland. On the final jump, while showboating, Jacobellis attempted a method grab, landed on the edge of her snowboard, and fell. Frieden passed her to win the gold; Jacobellis recovered and settled for silver. In televised interviews, Jacobellis initially claimed the grab was meant to maintain stability, but later admitted that it was not necessary. She said "Snowboarding is fun; I was having fun."
A year later at the 2007 Winter X Games, Jacobellis lost the lead in a fall near the finish line. She regained the gold medal in the same event at Winter X Games XII in 2008.
Markel Irizar Aranburu (born February 5, 1980 in Oñati, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. Like team founder Lance Armstrong, Irizar is a testicular cancer survivor. He later won the Vuelta a Andalucia in 2011.
Matthew Lloyd (born 24 May 1983) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer currently riding for UCI ProTour team Lampre-ISD. Lloyd is the first Australian cyclist to win a King of the Mountains competition in a grand tour. He turned professional in 2007 with the Predictor-Lotto team, after riding for the SouthAustralia.com/AIS team. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
Lloyd was released by Lotto-Belisol in April 2011 for "behavioural reasons" rather than a drug problem.
Lloyd signed a two-year deal with Lampre-ISD in November 2011.
Mickaël Delage (born 6 August 1985 in Libourne) is a French professional racing cyclist. He rides for FDJ-BigMat. He is also active as a track cyclist.
As a junior he participated at the World Championships in track cycling in Moscow 2003, where he won the silver medal at the points race, after Australian Miles Olman. In that same year he would become national junior champion of France at the team pursuit (alongside Jonathan Mouchel, Yannick Marie and Mickaël Mallie) and the madison (together with Mouchel). In 2004 he would win the national title in the points race at the under-23 level.
At the road he made his Giro d'Italia debut in 2006 and finished in 129th position and he won the 1st stage of the Tour de l'Avenir. Later that year he would again become French national champion when he won the team pursuit together with Mathieu Ladagnous, Jonathan Mouchel, Sylvain Blanquefort and Mickaël Preau. In 2007 he made his Tour de France debut.
Óscar Pereiro Sío (born August 3, 1977) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer best known for winning the 2006 Tour de France after the original winner, Floyd Landis, was disqualified for failing a doping test after his impressive stage 17 victory. Pereiro is a former member of Porta da Ravessa (2000 to 2001), Phonak Hearing Systems (2002 to 2005), Caisse d'Epargne (2006 to 2009), and the Astana cycling team (2010). After retiring from cycling in 2010, Pereiro joined his local part-time football club Coruxo FC of the Segunda División B.
Pereiro placed tenth in the 2004 Tour de France, 22 minutes 54 seconds behind Tour winner Lance Armstrong. He was awarded the Most Aggressive Rider Award in the 2005 Tour de France after powering the winning breakaways in Stages 15, 16 and 19. He was the Stage 16 winner - just edging out Spain's Xabier Zandio, Italy's Eddy Mazzoleni and Australia's Cadel Evans. His efforts on Stage 15, the toughest stage of the Tour, were highly admired by the peloton. He finished second that day to Discovery Channel's George Hincapie after "pulling" for most of the final climb up the Pla D'Adet.
Pereiro was considered a leader on Phonak along with
Competitions:1961 World Figure Skating Championships
Peggy Gail Fleming (born July 27, 1948) is an American figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles and a three-time World Champion (1966–1968). Fleming has been a television commentator on figure skating for over 20 years, including several Winter Olympic Games.
Peggy Fleming was born in San Jose, California, the daughter of Doris Elizabeth (née Deal) and Albert Eugene Fleming, a newspaper journalist. She began skating at age nine when her family moved to Cleveland and soon began skating in earnest on the advice of her father. In 1961, when Peggy was twelve years old, her coach William Kipp was killed in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 along with the rest of the United States figure skating team while on route to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. Fleming was subsequently coached by Carlo Fassi. Her unusual style led to five U.S. titles, three World titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. Her award in Grenoble was singularly important for the American athletes and the nation as a whole, for this was the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in the 1968 Winter Games. It signaled a return to American dominance in
Simon Špilak is a Slovenian professional road bicycle racer, born on June 23, 1986 in the city of Tišina), and currently runs for UCI ProTeam Team Katusha. He is a winner of Tour de Romandie 2010 after when Alejandro Valverde results were voided.