World Championships start today ‼️
@magicman_psu has already kicked it off with an impressive win. Be sure to tune in to see USA dominate the world
🎨 by Victoria Francis
Hey @caelebdressel you probably didn’t remember that 1/1000 sec during panpacs you walked towards this little girl and gave her a signature. It was everything for her. Especially after 8hrs flights only to see you swim. We also met @meghanhaila and your family. Your parents are so humble same as you; the plant comes from the right seeds, isn’t it?
Today, after her race I gave her a little gift; your signature on a frame. She was surprised, smiling and said “you’re the best mom”. well, Thank you so much @caelebdressel
@nathanwchen closed the night for #TeamUSA with a standing O! 👏 He is currently in the lead heading into the free skate. Tap the link in bio to catch up on the first day of #SkateAmerica on the Fan Zone.
2 WEEKS FROM TODAY, WE UNLEASH THE BEAST & GO 11-0 👊🏻👑🇺🇸. Hit me up for tickets to witness history & see me fight in the 4000+ person venue at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium Center Nov 2nd. LETS GO 👊🏻 #TeamMckernan#ChampLife#TheBeast#Champ
“I asked the Wyeth Wyverns team manager, ‘How long are the races?’ He said, ‘500 meters.’ I asked, ‘How long does that take?’ He replied, ‘Just over 2 minutes.’ I thought, ‘Two minutes? How hard can THAT be?’
I was such an idiot.
But after my first practice in 2004, thrashing along with a 51” wooden paddle, I was hooked. It was on this team I would meet my future mentor: Chris Marquart, of PDBA and Team USA.
In 2009, though I knew I had no chance, I tried out for Team USA. I did 6 trials that year and was cut on the last day, but I knew I was close.
Close enough that waiting two more years would be torture.
I finally made the US Team in 2011 on Senior A Open/Mixed.
In 2013, my goal on the first day of time trials was: make Senior A and go home. I went early and posted a solid time, that stayed atop the leaderboard through the morning, and into the afternoon. Coach McNamara came down, and kept it short and to the point: ‘Premier Open. 1K and 2K. But fix that timing, or you'll live in 10 Seat.’
At age 42, I'd made the US Premier Open boat.
I tried out for Senior A in 2017, and after my selection in April, tested again for Premier Open. I knew I had little-to-no-chance, but I had to see where I'd stack up.
In the end, I went to China as Premier again, at age 46.
By the end of Kunming, I had a Premier Open Gold Medal in the 1000m. I would hear the anthem, stand on the top of the podium with my teammates, and sing. From a corporate gym to the top of the world.
You never know where your journey will take you. You'll meet people, make friends, and if you're extremely lucky, those people will see more in you than you know exists. They'll push you and get you outside of what's known.
Some races may ‘only’ be two minutes, but when you do it right, you can pack an entire lifetime into those two minutes.
Just get in, put two hands on the paddle, and see where it'll take you."
[Bob Mina (West Chester, PA, USA), paddler on Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association and US national team.]
It was a pleasure going to battle alongside these warriors! @bruceleeo my student and someone I consider a brother. He came out and tested himself against a level he’s never seen. He gained an experience of a lifetime that will forever shape him and it’s just the beginning. @slocumcm my brother and comrade this is our third trip in China together and there’s many more to come. Joe, @franck_kangah and @robertfleming1722 it was an honor! To Jan-Yu and the rest of the crew, thank you for the experience and the opportunity again and again. There are good things in store for the Shuai Jiao in the USA!🙏🏾👊🏾🇨🇳🤼♂️
Received my #1yearcommitted shirt from @drsathletics . It's funny that they use the word #committed because this is my #squad that I get crazy with at 6a.
Missing from this photo @deer.olson @karinevon @the_arenaman @jayfree12 @hbirishman @dstark1010 @yhgonzales
I feel super duper proud of this semi see-through t-shirt. I don't want to get too mushy but I'm just so damn lucky to have found #drsathletics . I get to sweat it up with the best people on planet Earth everyday (except for Thursday. I do a private on Thurs.) #senseibeyonce#tokyo2020#mindset#teamusakarate#teamusa
I’m so excited to announce that I have been selected to represent the USA 🇺🇸 with The American Tap Company competitions in the International Dance Organization World Tap Championships in Reisa, Germany! Thank you @erikamontandon @muchminer & @ingstad_family for all your support and getting me prepared for this amazing opportunity! #teamusa#americantapcompany#idotapdanceworldchampionships#keepingtapalive