Allyson Michelle Felix is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 meters,200 meters, and 400 meters. At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a 3-time World champion, at 400 meters, she is the 2015 World champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist. She has won five additional Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States womens relay teams, the 2012 U. S. Olympic 4 x 100 meters team set the womens 4x100 meters world-record that still stands. Felixs 200 meters best of 21.69 secs from 2012, in 2013, she broke the world best for the rarely contested 150 meters distance, running 16.36 secs.72. As a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agencys Project Believe program and she is coached by Bobby Kersee. Her older brother Wes Felix is a sprinter, running the 200 m, he was the USA Junior Champion in 2002 and the Pac-10 champion in 2003 and 2004 while running for USC. Wes now acts as the agent for his sister, Felix describes her running ability as a gift from God, For me, my faith is the reason I run.
I definitely feel I have this gift that God has blessed me with. But Felixs slightness was at seeming odds with her speed on the track and strength in the gym and she credits much of her success to her coach, Samson Young. Felix began to discover her athletic talents after she tried out for track in the ninth grade, just ten weeks after that first tryout, she finished ninth in the 200 m at the CIF California State Meet. In the coming seasons, she became a winner at the meet. In 2003 she was named the national girls High School Athlete of the Year by Track, as a senior, Felix finished second in the 200 m at the US Indoor Track & Field Championships. A few months later, in front of 50,000 fans in Mexico City, she ran 22.11 seconds, Felix graduated in 2003, making headlines by forgoing college eligibility to sign a professional contract with Adidas. Adidas paid her a sum and picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California. She has since graduated with a degree in elementary education.18, Felix became the youngest gold medalist sprinter in the 200 meters at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005 and successfully defended her title at Osaka two years later.
At Osaka, Felix caught Jamaican Veronica Campbell on the bend and surged down the straight to finish in 21.81 seconds, after the final she stated that I feel so good, I am so excited. I have been waiting for so long to run such a time and it has not been an easy road, but finally I managed, said Felix. At that time, she addressed her future, saying, My next goal is not the world record, I want to take it step by step
Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Rodgers played college football for California, where he set career passing records, including lowest single-season. He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers and he was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 2011, as well as being voted league MVP by the Associated Press for the 2011 and 2014 NFL seasons. Rodgers is the NFLs all-time career leader in passer rating during the season with a rating of 104.1. He holds the leagues lowest career passing interception percentage for quarterbacks during the season at 1.5 percent. Aaron Charles Rodgers was born in Chico, the son of Darla Leigh, aarons father is a Texas-born chiropractor who played football as an offensive lineman for the Chico State Wildcats from 1973 to 1976. His ancestry includes English and German, the family moved to Ukiah, where Aaron attended Oak Manor Elementary School. Edward Rodgers tossed a football with his sons Luke and Jordan, Aaron took this advice to heart.
At the age of ten, he was featured on the front page of the Ukiah Daily Journal for his top performance at a local basketball free throw competition. The Rodgers family returned to Chico in 1997, and Aaron attended Pleasant Valley High School and he set single-game records of six touchdowns and 440 all-purpose yards. Rodgers set a school record with 2,466 total yards in 2001. He graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in spring 2002, despite his record-setting statistics, Rodgers attracted little interest from Division I programs. He garnered only an offer to compete for a scholarship as a walk-on from Illinois and he declined the invitation, and considered quitting football to study for law school. He was recruited to play football at Butte College in Oroville, Rodgers threw 26 touchdowns in his freshman season, leading Butte to a 10–1 record, the NorCal Conference championship, and a No.2 national ranking. While there, he was discovered by the California Golden Bearss head coach Jeff Tedford, Tedford was surprised to learn that Rodgers had not been recruited earlier.
Because of Rodgerss good high school record, he was eligible to transfer after one year of junior college instead of the typical two. As a junior college transfer, Rodgers had three years of eligibility at Cal and he was named the starting quarterback in the fifth game of the 2003 season, against the only team that offered him a Division I opportunity out of high school, Illinois. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Golden Bears to a 7–3 record as a starter, in his second career start, Rodgers led the team to a 21–7 halftime lead against USC before being replaced in the second half by Reggie Robertson due to injury
Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Wilson played football and baseball for North Carolina State University from 2008 to 2010 before transferring to Wisconsin, Wilson played minor league baseball for the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011 as a second baseman. Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 12th pick in the round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2012, he tied Peyton Mannings record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie and was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he led the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl victory, Wilson has won more games than any other NFL quarterback in his first four seasons, and is currently the second highest rated NFL passer of all time behind Aaron Rodgers. On July 31,2015, Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension with the Seahawks, making him, at the time, the second highest paid player in the NFL. Wilson was born at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and grew up in Richmond, the son of Harrison Benjamin Wilson III, a lawyer, and Tammy Wilson and he has an older brother, Harrison IV, and a younger sister, Anna.
Wilson started playing football with his father and brother at the age of four, Wilsons great-great-grandfather was a slave to a Confederate colonel and was freed after the American Civil War. Wilsons maternal grandfather was noted painter A. B. Jackson, according to genetic admixture analysis, Wilson is 62% African, 36% European, 1% West Asian, and 1% Central Asian. His family lineage has been traced back to 524 A. D. to Saint Arnulf of Metz, Wilsons father played football and baseball at Dartmouth and was a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers preseason squad in 1980. Wilsons brother Harry played football and baseball at the University of Richmond, Wilsons father died on June 9,2010 at age 55 due to complications from diabetes. Wilson attended Collegiate School, a school in Richmond, Virginia. As a junior in 2005, he threw for 3,287 yards and 40 touchdowns and he rushed for 634 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named an all-district, all-region, and all-state player, Wilson was twice named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year.
As a senior in 2006, he threw for 3,009 yards,34 touchdowns, Wilson rushed for 1,132 yards and 18 touchdowns. That year, he was named an all-conference and all-state player as well as player of the year. He was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine for his performance in the championship game win. Wilson served as his class president
Soon after being drafted, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike. She is the sister of Chiney Ogwumike, who plays in the Womens National Basketball Association. Ogwumike was named WNBA MVP for 2016 and she plays for Dynamo Kursk of Russia Her name Nneka means Mother is Supreme in Igbo. She is 62 and plays power forward and she attended Cypress-Fairbanks High School in Cypress and led them to a 5A State Championship in her senior season. While at Stanford University she helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four four times, as of 2016, Ogwumike was elected President of the WNBA Players Association. Ogwumike was named a WBCA All-American and she participated in the 2008 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and earned MVP honors for the White team. She averaged 16.8 points,8.0 rebounds,1.8 assists,2.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game during the 2007-08 season at Cy-Fair High School, Ogwumike chose Stanford over Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame.
She was a member of USA Under 18 Team that won gold in Argentina on July 23–27,2008, Nneka tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds in the championship game of the Under-18 FIBA Americas. She led team USA to a 5-0 record while leading the team in scoring and rebounding and she was named MVP of this tournament in Argentina. Nneka had played with her sister, Chiney Ogwumike in Stanford, on January 23,2010, Ogwumike broke the Cardinal record for rebounds in a game with 23 to go along with 30 points in a 100-80 win at Oregon. On December 20,2011, Ogwumike scored a career-high 42 points on 19 for 27 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds in a 97-80 win over the sixth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols. On January 7,2012, Ogwumike surpassed both the 2,000 point and the 1,000 rebound thresholds for her career with a 33-point,16 rebound performance against Oregon State. Ogwumike left the Stanford Cardinal as the second leading scorer for the womens basketball program behind only Candice Wiggins. Source Ogwumike was a member of the USA Womens U18 team which won the medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires.
The event was held in July 2008, when the USA team defeated host Argentina to win the championship, Ogwumike helped the team win all five games, starting all five games and leading all scorers with 12.6 points per game. She was the leading rebounder with 8 per game, Ogwumike recorded 15 rebounds in the final game against Argentina, an U18 record. Ogwumike continued on to the USA Womens U19 team which represented the USA in the 2009 U19 Worlds Championship, held in Bangkok, Thailand in July and August 2009. Although the USA team lost the game to Spain, they went on to win their next seven games to earn a rematch against Spain in the finals
Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football at Auburn and was drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton is the player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship. He was the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, is a three-time Pro Bowler, in his rookie year, Newton broke all-time NFL rookie records for passing and rushing yards. He became the first NFL quarterback to throw for 400 yards in his first game and he broke Otto Grahams 61-year-old record for passing yards by any quarterback in an NFL debut. Newton went on to become the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season and he ran for 14 touchdowns, more in a single season than any quarterback in NFL history, breaking Steve Grogans 35-year-old record. In 2015, Newton became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and he became the only quarterback ever to have 300 yards passing,5 touchdown passes, and over 100 yards rushing in the same game.
Newton capped off the 2015 season by capturing MVP honors and leading his Panthers to a 15–1 record, Newton attended Westlake High School in Atlanta, where he played for the Westlake Lions high school football team. As a 16-year-old junior, he passed for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns and ran for 638 yards and 9 touchdowns, gaining the attention of major college programs. His senior year he was rated a five-star prospect by Rivals. com, the No.2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and he received scholarship offers from Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech. He committed to the University of Florida at the beginning of his senior year, Newton initially attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Florida Gators football team in 2007 and 2008. As a freshman in 2007, Newton beat out fellow freshman quarterback John Brantley as the back-up for eventual Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and he played in five games, passing for 40 yards on 5-of-10 and rushing 16 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2008, during his season, Newton played in the season opener against Hawaii but suffered an ankle injury. He was subsequently suspended from the team, campus police tracked the stolen laptop to the athlete. Newton tossed the computer out his dorm window in a humorously ill-advised attempt to hide it from cops. All charges against Newton were dropped after he completed a court-approved pre-trial diversion program, I believe that a person should not be thought of as a bad person because of some senseless mistake that they made, said Newton in 2010. I think every person should have a second chance, if they blow that second chance, so be it for them. Newton announced his intention to transfer from Florida three days before the Gators national championship win over Oklahoma, in November 2010, Thayer Evans of Fox Sports reported that Newton faced potential expulsion from the University of Florida for three instances of academic dishonesty, prior to transferring. In January 2009, Newton transferred to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, to play for head coach Brad Franchione and that Fall, he led his team to the 2009 NJCAA National Football Championship, throwing for 2,833 yards with 22 touchdowns and rushing for 655 yards
Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor is a retired American professional beach volleyball player. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and as of August 2012, Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings were gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004,2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. Misty May was born in 1977 in Los Angeles to Barbara, a nationally ranked player, and Butch May. She has a brother, who is a chef and her mothers sister, Betty, is a former professional tennis player, and thus making Misty a first cousin to professional tennis player Taylor Dent. She grew up playing beach volleyball with her parents at the Santa Monica Pier and she was baby-sat by Karch Kiraly. May played soccer and tennis, as well as participating in dance and she attended primary school at Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park and Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica. May grew up in Costa Mesa, attending Newport Harbor High School from 1991 through 1995 and she helped her team win the state championship in volleyball in both her sophomore and senior years,1992 and 1994.
While at Newport Harbor High she competed in track and field, at the CIF California State Meet in 1993 she finished second in the high jump to future heptathlete Tracye Lawyer. May played volleyball for the Long Beach State 49ers from 1995 to 1999, the 1998 team that May captained was the first womens NCAA volleyball team to have an undefeated season. She graduated with a BA in kinesiology/fitness in 2002 and was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004, may attended Concordia University Irvine for her masters degree. She earned a degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration, her degree was conferred on May 4,2013 in Irvine. As the starting setter in 1998, Misty May led the Long Beach State 49ers to a Division I NCAA Womens Volleyball Championship with a 36–0 record and she shared the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player award after setting a tournament record with 20 service aces. May played her first professional match on the AVP tour in May 1999 while still a college senior, after graduating from Long Beach State in 1999, she joined the U. S.
Womens National Volleyball Team. After a few months she quit the team to focus on beach volleyball. The pair played their first tournament together on the FIVB tour in Salvador, the 2000 season saw the team of May and McPeak find success, both in domestic and international competitions. They won their first tournament together in April at a USAV event, may was selected as the BVA Rookie of the Year for 2000. With three FIVB tournament wins and no lower than 5th, the pair qualified for one of the two US Olympic berths, a goal McPeak was looking for when she first partnered with May. At the 2000 Summer Olympics the pair won in the round and in the round of 16
Danica Sue Patrick is an American professional stock car racing driver and advertising spokeswoman. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011, in 2012, she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. She currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, in 2013, she became the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990—qualifying for the Daytona 500. Her eighth place in the 2013 Daytona 500 is the highest finish for a woman in the Daytona 500, Patrick started in kart racing and raced in Formula Ford in the United Kingdom before returning to the United States and moving up to IndyCars. She was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season and she holds the IRL record for most consecutive races running at the finish, as of October 2,2011, she had completed 50 consecutive in the running. During her time in IndyCar, Patrick drove for Rahal Letterman Racing from 2005 to 2006, Patrick was born in Beloit, Wisconsin on March 25,1982, the daughter of Beverly Ann and Terry Jose Patrick, Jr.
Her mothers family is of entirely Norwegian descent and she grew up in nearby Roscoe, Illinois. Her parents met on a date at a snowmobile event in the 1970s when Bev was a mechanic for a friends snowmobile. T. J. raced snowmobiles and midget cars and they have owned a Java Hut and a plate glass company. Patrick has a sister named Brooke. Patrick was a cheerleader at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton, Illinois, in 1996 and she dropped out of high school and obtained a GED certification. Her father, T. J. helps his daughter by driving her motor coach and managing her Web site and merchandise trailer, while her mother, Patrick began go-karting in 1992 at the age of 10 at the Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, Wisconsin. During a three-year period she raced in Formula Ford, Formula Vauxhall and earned a second-place in Britains Formula Ford Festival, in 2002 Patrick started driving for Rahal Letterman Racing in the United States. After making several starts in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, she moved to the Toyota Atlantic Championship for 2003, Patrick won one pole position and was a consistent podium finisher, she never won a race.
In 2004 Patrick finished third in the Championship, after the 2004 racing season, Rahal Letterman Racing officially announced that Patrick would drive in the IRL IndyCar Series for 2005. On May 29,2005, Patrick became the woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500, following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James. As of 2012, Patrick joins Guthrie as one of two women to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Patricks fourth starting position, was the highest ever attained for the race by a female driver, Patrick overcame two crucial errors to finish fourth, the same position she started in
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L. A. is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California. With a census-estimated 2015 population of 3,971,883, it is the second-most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The citys inhabitants are referred to as Angelenos, historically home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California. The city was founded on September 4,1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence, in 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4,1850, the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city.
The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California, nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, and sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles has an economy in culture, fashion, sports, education, medicine. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index, the city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. The Los Angeles combined statistical area has a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. The city has hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984 and is bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and thus become the second city after London to have hosted the Games three times. The Los Angeles area hosted the 1994 FIFA mens World Cup final match as well as the 1999 FIFA womens World Cup final match, the mens event was watched on television by over 700 million people worldwide.
The Los Angeles coastal area was first settled by the Tongva, a Gabrielino settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning poison oak place. Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2,1769, in 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. The Queen of the Angels is an honorific of the Virgin Mary, two-thirds of the settlers were mestizo or mulatto with a mixture of African and European ancestry. The settlement remained a small town for decades, but by 1820. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, during Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta Californias regional capital
Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion, commonly known as Pauley Pavilion, is an indoor arena located in the Westwood Village district of Los Angeles, California, on the campus of UCLA. It is home to the UCLA Bruins mens and womens basketball teams, the mens and womens volleyball and womens gymnastics teams compete here. The building, designed by architect Welton Becket, was dedicated in June 1965, named for University of California Regent Edwin W. Pauley, Pauley donated almost one fifth of the more than $5 million spent in constructing the arena. The arena was renovated in 2010-12 and was reopened on November 9,2012 when it hosted a basketball game against Indiana State. Pauley Pavilion contains 11,307 permanent theater-style upholstered seats, plus retractable seats for 2,492 spectators, the capacity prior to the renovation had been exceeded several times for several mens basketball games by adding portable seating alongside the retractable seats. The Bruins reopened the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion on November 9,2012 in front of a crowd of 13,513.
Then a new record was set when 13,727 fans watched the Bruins defeat the Arizona Wildcats 74–69 on March 2,2013, when the floor seats are retracted, there is space for three full-sized basketball courts. These courts are used for practice, intramural games. It can serve as a hall or large dining area when in this configuration. When used for volleyball, the basketball court is striped with colored tape. The volleyball net is erected at the court line. The womens team uses blue and yellow Sport Court lined up perpendicularly to the basketball court tucked up to the east end of the court, there is a tunnel on the south side through which trucks and service vehicles may enter. This is the entrance for players, performers. The floor is called Nell and John Wooden Court in honor of former UCLA Mens Basketball Coach John Wooden, from the opening of the building until 1987, the extra press not involved in the radio or television broadcasts sat behind the south side press table. The working press moved to sit courtside at press row on the side of the court, as the south courtside seats were opened up to influential.
In 2003, the UCLA Athletic Department made available north side courtside seats to affluent donors, the media now sit higher up in permanent seating dead-center in the north side of the bleachers. The press move to the side in 1987 was as controversial as the 2003 move, in that the student section was now behind the press table. The student section has moved several times as well, since 2003, the student section of 1,750 seats occupies the north side bleachers
California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western coast of the U. S, California is bordered by the other U. S. states of Oregon and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. Los Angeles is Californias most populous city, and the second largest after New York City. The Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nations second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, California has the nations most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The Central Valley, an agricultural area, dominates the states center. What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its war for independence.
The western portion of Alta California was organized as the State of California, the California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom. If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world, fifty-eight percent of the states economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5 percent of the states economy, the story of Calafia is recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián, written as a sequel to Amadis de Gaula by Spanish adventure writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The kingdom of Queen Calafia, according to Montalvo, was said to be a land inhabited by griffins and other strange beasts. This conventional wisdom that California was an island, with maps drawn to reflect this belief, shortened forms of the states name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA.
Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000. The Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their organization with bands, villages. Trade and military alliances fostered many social and economic relationships among the diverse groups, the first European effort to explore the coast as far north as the Russian River was a Spanish sailing expedition, led by Portuguese captain Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, in 1542. Some 37 years English explorer Francis Drake explored and claimed a portion of the California coast in 1579. Spanish traders made unintended visits with the Manila galleons on their trips from the Philippines beginning in 1565