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1. Mark Appleyard – Mark Appleyard is a goofy-footed professional skateboarder. His favorite trick is a smith grind. Appleyard was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and attended Lord Elgin High School in Burlington, Ontario. Appleyard began skateboarding at the age of ten and grew up solely skating skate parks such as Hamilton, Ontarios Beasley Bowl, he skated the streets of Toronto, Ontario. Appleyards first major skateboard deck sponsor was Birdhouse, followed by Habitat, while sponsored by this company that he filmed his inaugural video part for a major skateboard brand. The video is entitled Photosynthesis and was released in 2000, in the same year, Appleyard is a senior team rider for the Globe skate shoe company that originated in Australia in 1994. Appleyard has released signature shoe models for the brand, such as the Vagrant. Following his departure from Habitat, Appleyard joined the Flip team, in an October 2010 interview, Appleyard explained his decision, I was over it. Yeah it was hard to leave, but it’s a business move, if someone’s gonna be your friend, it shouldn’t depend on what company you ride for. I just had to make a move to benefit myself. I’m really stoked on the choice I made and it was difficult but it had to be done. I mean, I had a lot of options and I just figured that Element best suits my vibe, it’s just a nice company and kinda earthy and nature-y and stuff. I just felt like, “Damn that’s where I wana be. ”And then I met up with the guys and they were really cool and we just clicked. In response to a question on whether he was disappointed by Appleyards departure at the time, former Flip rider Rodrigo Teixeira explained after his own departure from the company, Not really. Appleyard explained in an April 2013 interview that he joined Element as the company was completing the filming for a video that he was unable to appear in due to a lack of substantial footage. In regard to his position at Element, Appleyard revealed, I’m happy to be able to continue to riding for Element, I wish I wasn’t getting older. I’m 30 now, but that’s not really that old, I want to skate as long as I possibly can. When asked about his most important friendships in skateboarding, Appleyard identified Adrian Lopez, Colt Cannon, Geoff Rowley, Josh Kalis, Appleyard also explained that his solo part will be released to public free-of-charge
2. Collin Balester – Collin Thomas Balester is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Balester has also played for the Samsung Lions of the KBO League. Balester was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2004, making his debut that year. By 2007, he was considered a top prospect for the newly relocated Nationals, on July 1,2008, he made his MLB debut with the Nationals, winning in his debut as a starter, becoming the first Expo or National to do so since 1999. That season, he went on to make 14 starts for Washington, in 2009, Balester began the season in Triple-A with the Syracuse Chiefs. He split the year between Syracuse and Washington, making a combined 27 starts, Balester was converted a relief pitcher the following season, in 2010, after struggling with Syracuse at the beginning of the year. In both 2010 and 2011, he would continue to split time between Syracuse and Washington before being designated for assignment in July 2011, before getting recalled a month later, the Nationals traded Balester to Detroit on December 9,2011, for pitcher Ryan Perry. Balester was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft out of Huntington Beach High School. He was one of two high school selected by the Expos in the 2004 Draft, with shortstop Ian Desmond being the other. After the draft, the Expos revealed that they hoped Balester could develop into a pitcher that would be in their rotation in three to five seasons. On July 10, Balester signed with the Expos and was assigned to the Rookie-level GCL Expos, in five games, he had a 1–2 win–loss record, a 2.19 ERA and a 1.014 WHIP. Before the 2005 season, the Expos relocated to Washington and became the Washington Nationals. To begin the season, Balester joined the Class-A Savannah Sand Gnats and made his debut for the club on April 11, on July 29, Baseball America mentioned Balester as a breakout player, along with infielder Kory Casto. In 24 games for Savannah,23 of which were starts, he went 8–6 with a 3.67 ERA, after the season, Baseball America listed Balester as the second-best prospect in the Nationals system, behind third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Balester began the 2006 season with the High-A Potomac Nationals, where he got off to a bad start, on the bad start, Balester said, It kind of has been hard. I think its going to be good for me that I am failing a little bit more so that I know how to fail, I know I can use this in the future. He also added that, I get way too high expectations for myself, in late August, after going 4–5 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.521 WHIP in 22 starts for Potomac, Balester was called up to Double-A Harrisburg. According to the Washington Times, Balester had already booked a flight home to Huntington Beach, in three starts for Harrisburg, he went 1–0 with a 1.83 ERA
3. Jon Dorenbos – Jonathan Paul Jon Dorenbos is an American football long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003. He played college football at the University of Texas at El Paso, Dorenbos has also played for the Tennessee Titans. Dorenbos has a career as a professional magician. He was a finalist on season 11 of the television program Americas Got Talent and he finished in 3rd place for the season. Dorenbos grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and on August 2,1992, when he was 12, his mother, Kathy, was killed by his father, Alan, a software specialist. His father was charged with and convicted of murder, and sentenced to 13 years. Dorenbos was sent to a foster home, after a legal battle, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Susan and Steve Hindman. To ease his mind, Dorenbos turned to performing magic, Dorenbos attended Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, where he was a letterman in football, basketball, hockey and baseball. He earned all-league honors in football and baseball and he made Deans list and was an honor roll student in high school. Dorenbos originally attended Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, at the time, Dorenbos was not the long snapper at Golden West, he played linebacker and fullback. He took some video footage from high school, added footage of the Golden West long snapper and he was eventually recruited and became the long snapper for UTEP in 23 games over three seasons. He averaged almost 10 tackles each year at UTEP on punt coverage, Dorenbos earned a business degree from UTEP, with emphasis in economics, finance and marketing. At UTEPs Pro Day workout, in six teams attended. One snap was timed at 0.59 seconds, a good time in the NFL is considered between 0.70 seconds and 0.75 seconds. Louis Rams special teams coach Bobby April said of his workout, hes the best Ive seen this year. And he might be the best in a lot of years, maybe among the top guys Ive ever seen. But Ill tell you, Dorenbos is something else, he really is, Dorenbos was personally interviewed by only six teams. After college, Dorenbos was signed as a long snapper by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft
4. Tony Gonzalez – Anthony David Gonzalez is a former American football tight end who played 17 seasons in the National Football League primarily for the Kansas City chiefs. He played college football and college basketball at University of California, Berkeley and he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Gonzalez, a fourteen-time Pro Bowl selection, currently holds the NFL records for touchdown receptions and he also is second all time in receptions with 1,325. Gonzalez was known for his durability, missing two games in his seventeen-year career. Since the start of the 2000 season, Gonzalez had 1,145 receptions and only one fumble and he is currently a studio analyst for CBSs The NFL Today. Gonzalez was born in Torrance, California, and was raised by his mother, Judy and his fathers family is of Cape Verdean, Jamaican, and Scottish descent, and his mothers family is of African American, Euro-American, Mexican-American, and Native American ancestry. Gonzalez attended Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California, where he lettered in football, baseball, as a senior, he caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns and was a first-team All America selection at both tight end and linebacker. Playing basketball, he was named Orange County and Sunset League MVP as he averaged 26 points per game, after his senior year, Gonzalez shared the Orange County High School Athlete of the Year along with golfer Tiger Woods. Gonzalez chose to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in communications, as a member of the California Golden Bears football team, he played tight end under future NFL coach Steve Mariucci. Gonzalez was also an All-Pac-10 and All-America selection, Gonzalez also continued his basketball career at Cal. In his junior year, he played in 28 games, averaging 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as California made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, eventually, Gonzalez had to choose a career between basketball or football. Gonzalez decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft, Gonzalez was ranked as one of the top tight ends in the 1997 NFL Draft and was considered a top 15 selection. The Chiefs traded up from the 18th to the 13th selection with the Houston Oilers to draft Gonzalez, Gonzalez began his career in the 1997 season. He finished his season with 33 receptions, two touchdowns, and a blocked punt on special teams, helping the Chiefs to finish with the best record in the American Football Conference. In the 1998 season, Gonzalez saw dramatic improvements with 59 receptions for 621 yards, in the 1999 season saw Gonzalez again improving when he caught 76 passes for 849 yards and a career high 11 touchdown receptions, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. From 2003 to 2006, Gonzalez was the most productive tight end in the NFL, during this time he averaged 79 receptions,968 yards, and 6.5 touchdowns per season and was elected to the Pro Bowl every year. His best season came in 2004, when he caught an NFL record 102 passes for 1,258 yards. Gonzalezs single-season record of 102 receptions by a tight end stood for 8 years, starting late in 2006, Gonzalez began to close in on numerous team and league receiving records
5. Tommy Grady – Thomas Tommy Grady is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League. After a standout high school career at Edison High School, Grady signed with the University of Oklahoma to continue his football career, after a lack of playing time for two years, Grady transferred to the University of Utah. While at Utah, Grady saw limited action again, making three starts in his career. After being passed on in the 2008 NFL Draft, Grady signed with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs of af2 in 2009, when the Yard Dawgs transitioned into the Arena Football League, Grady was re-signed and led the Yard Dawgs to a 6-10 record. In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze, where he threw for 107 touchdowns while leading the Blaze to a 9-9 record, after re-signing for the 2012 season, Grady posted the greatest single season for a quarterback in AFL history. He set single season records for passes and passing yards. He re-signed with the Blaze in 2013 to a maximum contract. On July 8,2003, Grady committed to Oklahoma, Grady chose Oklahoma over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington. Grady began his career at the University of Oklahoma, He redshirted in 2003. As Whites backup in 2004, Grady completed 12 of 14 passes for 63 yards, Grady transferred to the University of Utah in 2005. He saw limited action as a junior in 2006, completing 7 of 14 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and he entered his senior season as a backup, but took over as quarterback when starter Brian Johnson suffered an injury early in the year. Grady played in six games, including three starts and he finished the season with 58 completions in 115 attempts, for a total of 681 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The highlight of the year for Grady was leading the Utes to a 44-6 rout over #11 ranked UCLA, Grady was rated the 35th best quarterback in the 2008 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout. com. In 2009, Grady played for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of af2, in 2010, Grady was re-signed by the Yard Dawgz. He was the starter for the Yard Dawgz in its season in Arena Football League. He led the team to a 6-10 record, in 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze. In the 2011 season, he led the Blaze to a 9-9 record and he re-signed with the Blaze for the 2012 season. Grady led the Blaze to a 12–6 record, with a playoff berth, during the season, Grady set a single-season record for touchdown passes with 142, breaking the previous mark of 117 set by Chris Greisen
6. Chanda Gunn – Chanda Leigh Gunn is an American ice hockey player. She won a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. At the games in Turin, she played close to 250 minutes and had 50 saves with a percentage of 89. 3%. In the 2003-04 season, Chanda Gunn was in her senior season led the Huskies to eight wins, in doing so, she broke two school records, registering 56 saves in a game and twice recording 23 saves in one period. In addition, she finished the season ranked first nationally in percentage, with a.940 mark. During the season, she was recognized twice as Hockey East Player of the Month and she ranked first in the conference in save percentage and third in goals-against average with a 2.01 GAA. During her career, Gunn was a finalists for College Hockeys Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockeys finest citizen, since the 2007–2008 season, Gunn is an assistant coach at Northeastern University under head coach Laura Schuler. The two-time All-America goaltender is coaching while continuing to pursue her international hockey career, Gunn has epilepsy and is in therapy with Keppra. She is a spokesperson for Epilepsy Therapy Project. S, olympic Team bio Northeastern University Coaches bio
7. James Irvin (fighter) – James Lee Irvin is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2003, Irvin is the former WEC Heavyweight Champion and has competed in the UFC, Strikeforce. Irvin was born in Huntington Beach and attended Del Oro High School in Loomis, California, Irvins football career continued at Azusa Pacific University, which he attended on an athletic scholarship. Irvin was first introduced to MMA when he saw a match in person and he immediately started Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and began training to become a fighter. After losing to Mike Kyle in his UFC debut, Irvin returned to the promotion at UFC54 against boxing specialist and former collegiate wrestler Terry Martin. The much shorter Martin dominated Irvin in round one, but as soon as the bell sounded to start the round, Irvin came out. Commentator Joe Rogan called the KO the best flying knee he had ever seen. Irvin defeated Hector Ramirez at UFC65 via TKO in the round after dropping Ramirez with a stiff jab, following with a kick to the body. Both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night awards, Irvin faced UFC newcomer Thiago Silva on May 26,2007 at UFC71. He lost after injuring his knee during one of Silvas takedowns in the first round, Irvin won a disqualification victory over the formerly undefeated Luiz Cané at UFC79 after he was illegally kneed in the head by Cané. On April 2,2008, Irvin fought Houston Alexander as the fight on the main card of UFC Fight Night, Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon. The 8-second knockout tied the record of fastest knockout in UFC history until UFC102, Irvin was supposed to fight Rashad Evans at UFC85 in London, England but he sustained a foot injury that forced him to pull out and Evans was removed from the card as well. When the UFCs middleweight champion Anderson Silva was to make his light-heavyweight division debut, UFC, Silva vs Irvin was intentionally scheduled for July 19,2008 in order to conflict with the pay-per-view broadcast of Affliction, Banned. Despite Irvin being the fighter, he was regarded as a significant underdog. At about one minute into the first round, Silva caught a kick dealt by Irvin, Silva then followed with a barrage of punches ending the fight by KO. Afterwards, Irvin tested positive for methadone and oxymorphone, Irvin subsequently admitted to taking the drugs, stating that he had begun taking painkillers legally as treatment for injuries, and had then become addicted to them. Irvin was scheduled to return at UFC98 against Drew McFedries, however, he was unable to fight because of a torn meniscus. Irvin injured his knee, forcing him out of a middleweight fight against Wilson Gouveia at UFC102
8. Ian Kennedy – Ian Patrick Kennedy is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kennedy attended the University of Southern California where he played college baseball for the Trojans. He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2007, and was traded to the Diamondbacks after the 2009 season, Kennedy played for Arizona through 2013, when he was traded to the Padres. As of 2016, he plays for the Kansas City Royals, Kennedy attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California.38 ERA and strikeouts while batting.373 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. In his senior year, he earned All-CIF Division IV honors, Kennedy went on to play college baseball for University of Southern California. In Kennedys first year at USC, he went 7–2 in 16 games, with a 2.91 earned run average and he pitched 92 2⁄3 innings, struck out 120, and walked 31. He also gave up 86 hits and allowed 34 runs,30 of which were earned runs, in his sophomore year, he went 12–3 in 18 games, with a 2.54 ERA and one complete game. He pitched 117 innings, struck out 158, and walked 38 and he also gave up 171 hits, and had 33 earned runs out of 40 runs allowed. As a junior at USC he pitched in 16 games,15 of them starts and he went 5–7 with 102 strikeouts and posted a 3.90 ERA. He pitched 101 2⁄3 innings, walked 38, and gave up 44 earned runs, entering his senior year, Kennedy was 24–12 in 50 games, pitching 311 1⁄3 innings. He had a total of 380, an ERA of 3.12. In 2005 Kennedy made the USC single-season strikeout list, striking out 158 batters, fourth on the list, behind Mark Prior, Seth Etherton, Kennedy has a 12.15 strikeouts per nine innings ratio, which is fifth best in his schools history. He was also selected for the U. S. National Team twice, Kennedy was named a first-team All-American after both his freshman and sophomore years, and was also named to the Preseason All-American first team in 2006 and the USAs Junior National Team in 2002. In 2005, he became the pitcher in USC history to be named the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year. Kennedy was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, I would like to go out and play, he said, start my professional career. I imagine its not going to be long before I start. At least thats what Im hoping, if it does take a while, Im ready for that – but I want to go out and play. He consistently throws his fastball around 91–92 mph, he is known for his pitching finesse to retire hitters, Kennedy was previously drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, but he didnt sign with them
9. Jeff Kent – Jeffrey Franklin Kent is a former Major League Baseball second baseman. Kent won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants and he drove in 90 or more runs from 1997 to 2005, a streak of run production for a second baseman which is a position typically known for its defense. Kent is a five-time All-Star, and his 560 career doubles put him tied for 21st on the doubles list. Born in Bellflower, California, Kent graduated from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Kent played at UC Berkeley prior to being drafted in the 20th round of the 1989 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to attending college, Kent had a serious run-in with his Edison High School baseball coach, after four seasons in the minor leagues, Kent was invited to spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and made the opening day roster. He made his debut on April 12 against the Baltimore Orioles and he hit his first home run on April 14 against New York Yankees pitcher Lee Guetterman. He saw limited at-bats early in the season, however, an injury to starting third baseman Kelly Gruber granted Kent a more regular role in the line-up. Kent was traded to the Mets on August 27,1992, for pitcher David Cone, Kents time with the Mets was marked with some success and some failure. Although he batted well, particularly for a second baseman, the Mets were among the worst teams in the National League, furthermore, he acquired a very poor reputation in the clubhouse, where he was known for a quick temper and isolationism. He refused to participate in his hazing ritual with the Mets, during the 1992 season, he started the only game of his career at shortstop in order to allow Willie Randolph to play his final career game at second base. In a deal prior to the 1996 trade deadline, the Mets infamously sent Kent and José Vizcaíno to the Cleveland Indians for Álvaro Espinoza. The following offseason, Kent was again traded, this time to the San Francisco Giants along with José Vizcaíno, the San Francisco trade was initially very unpopular, as it sent Matt Williams, a longtime Giant and a fan-favorite, to the Indians. Brian Sabean, in his first year as manager of the Giants, was so widely criticized for the move that he famously defended himself to the media by saying. Kents career took off in San Francisco, starting in 1997, immediately inserted in the line-up behind superstar Barry Bonds, and with the confidence of manager Dusty Baker, Kent finally rose to his full potential, hitting.250 with 29 home runs and 121 RBI. He was consistently among the top RBI hitters in the league over his five seasons with the Giants. He also won the 1998 Willie Mac Award for his spirit, Kents contributions were recognized in 2000 with the National League MVP Award, beating out teammate and perennial MVP candidate Barry Bonds. The Giants finished first in the NL West at 97–65, in 2002, Kent had another stellar year for a second baseman. The combination of Kent and MVP-winner Bonds propelled the Giants to a 95–66 record, the Giants would beat the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series 3–2 and the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series 4–1
10. Scott Lipsky – Scott Lipsky is a professional tennis player from the United States. He is primarily a doubles specialist, as a junior, Lipsky was ranked No.1 in the U. S. in singles in 1995, and No.1 in doubles for three straight years, in 1995–97. He won USTA national singles championships at both the 1995 Boys 14s Clay Court Championships and the 1997 Boys 16s Clay Court Championships, in doubles, he and Jeremy Wurtzman won the USTA national 1996 and 1997 Boys 16s Championships, and the 1999 Boys 18s Clay Court Championships. After losing only one match in school in New York, he was a three-time All-American for Stanford University. His Stanford team won the NCAA team championship in 2000, and he and his current doubles partner is Treat Huey from the Philippines Lipsky turned professional in 2003. He won his first Grand Slam title in 2011, winning the doubles title at the French Open. He reached his high in doubles, no. Lipskys mother, Gail, is a psychologist and his father, Marc, died suddenly in 2001 during his freshman year in college. His grandfather, Jack Sherry, was no.2 in the world in table tennis and he began hitting tennis balls against a wall at home at age five. He received formal lessons at the Mid-Island Indoor Tennis Courts in Westbury, New York and he also trained in Glen Cove, New York, at Robbie Wagners Tournament Training Center. As a teenager, he played for a couple hours almost every day, Lipsky attended Birch Elementary School in Merrick, New York, and Merrick Avenue Middle School. He went to school at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York. He lost only one match in his high school career for the Cougars. He was a three-time New York State high school champion and won a gold medal for the Long Island team at the Junior Maccabi Games. On the academic side, he was a member of the National Honor Society, Lipsky married Marie in July 2010. He currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, Lipsky won the 1995 United States Tennis Association Boys’ 14s Clay Court Championships in singles. At the age of 16, he was ranked #1 in the U. S. in singles and he was also ranked #1 in singles in the 1997 USTA Boys’ 16s. He won the championship at the 1997 USTA National Boys’ 16s Clay Court Championships
11. David Martin (tennis) – David Martin is an American professional tennis player. He teamed with Scott Lipsky to win his first ATP doubles title in February 2008 at the SAP Open in San Jose, California, defeating the number one ranked team of Bob. Before attending Stanford, David was a US Open Boys Doubles champion with eventual Stanford teammate K. J. Hippensteel in 1998 and he first teamed up with fellow American Scott Lipsky in doubles in college. They finished their college career ranked as the #2 team in the nation, in 2007, Martin and Lipsky qualified for the 2007 Wimbledon mens doubles tournament, where the pair lost in the third round. He and Lipsky reached the ATP Los Angeles mens doubles final in 2007 and his career-high doubles ranking was World No. David Martin at the Association of Tennis Professionals David Martin at the International Tennis Federation
12. Rob McCullough – Robert Alexander McCullough IV is a retired American Muay Thai kickboxer and professional mixed martial artist. A professional from 2001-2011 in MMA, McCullough has formerly competed for the WEC, DREAM, the World Fighting Alliance, the Palace Fighting Championship, in professional kickboxing, McCullough has competed for K-1. McCullough began his martial arts career with a first-round TKO victory at the Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. Between 2003 and 2007, Razor Rob went 10-1 with nine victories and only a split-decision loss to Harris Sarmiento. McCullough defeated Muay Thai fighter Kit Cope at WEC25 to win the vacant WEC Lightweight Championship and he defended the title once by defeating Richard Crunkilton by first-round TKO. On February 13,2008, he lost his title to Jamie Varner when Varner defeated him by TKO due to strikes in the third round, after losing his title, McCullough struggled over his next four fights in the now-defunct WEC. He defeated Kenneth Alexander by split decision but then lost to Donald Cerrone and he defeated Marcus Hicks by majority decision, but he fractured his right hand and received minor damage to his ankle and subsequently underwent surgery to repair his hand. McCullough was expected to return to the cage against Anthony Pettis on November 18,2009, at WEC44, McCullough instead faced WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan. McCullough lost to Darabedyan via split decision, McCullough defeated Isaac de Jesus by first-round TKO on July 9,2010, at Tachi Palace Fight 5. He then defeated UFC veteran Corey Hill by unanimous decision on September 9,2010, on October 14,2010, McCullough signed with Bellator to compete in the promotions upcoming Season Four Lightweight Tournament. He was knocked out by a right by Patricky The Pitbull Freire. McCullough next faced Shinya Aoki at DREAM17 and he lost the fight via submission in the first round. McCullough is married to pornographic actress Lexxi Tyler, the couple had their first child, a son, in March 2010. He is of Irish and Mexican descent, McCullough also owns MMA apparel company Razor Clothing. World Extreme Cagefighting WEC Lightweight Championship One successful title defense Professional MMA record for Rob McCullough from Sherdog Rob McCullough on Myspace
13. Brooke Miller – Brooke Miller is an American former professional road racing cyclist and U. S. national team member. In 2008, she won both the womens criterium and road race national championships, Brooke Miller was born in Huntington Beach, California. She did not start to cycle until she was in graduate school and it was not until Miller was invited to attend the USA Cycling Women’s Talent ID camp in 2005, that she learned that women peak older than men, she then started to take cycling seriously. Miller became a member of the US National Team in 2007 and she also came third in the third stage of the Holland Ladies Tour in Denekamp. She is the 2008 United States National Road Race and Criterium Champion, Miller won the first womens criterium to be held alongside the mens Tour of California, the race was sponsored by the Redwood Regional Breast Center. She also competed in the Tour de lAude and the Tour of New Zealand, millers ultimate goal was an Olympic gold medal, she had dreamed of this since she was a child. She began chasing her dream in volleyball before switching to cycling, however, she retired from the sport in August 2010 following the Chris Thater Memorial Classic, the official end of the womens NRC calendar. Miller cited difficulty living away from home in Europe and not wanting to make the necessary to secure her spot on the 2012 Olympic team as the main reasons behind her retirement. Official website Brooke Miller profile at Cycling Archives
14. Brad Noffsinger – Brad Noffsinger is an American professional stock car racing driver and crew chief. Noffsinger has two brothers and grew up with a passion for toy cars. He attempted to qualify in 1987 for the 1987 Winston Western 500, Noffsinger only led a single lap in his career, while completing a total of 3555 laps or 5,515.9 miles in his Cup career. During the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Noffsinger would fail to qualify eight different times and his ambitions to race in the highest level of American stock car racing was ultimately marred by seven DNFs. During the 1994 Cup Series season, he would attempt to qualify at the 1994 Mello Yello 500, the 1994 AC-Delco 500, none of these attempts resulted in qualifying for the race. Road courses were Noffsingers specialities, where he would finish an average of 15th place and his Achilles heel was at most intermediate tracks where a finish of 30th place was considered to be typical. Following his racing career, Noffsinger became a chief at the NASCAR Winston Cup level. He has been employed with this organization for years and continues to serve his role as instructor there. From 1999 to 2004, Noffsinger became a driver at the USAC Silver Crown. The team folded up due to financial issues, in 2013, Noffsinger served as the stunt driver for the viral video Pepsi MAX & Jeff Gordon Present, Test Drive. Brad Noffsinger driver statistics at Racing-Reference
15. Tito Ortiz – Jacob Christopher Tito Ortiz is an American former mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sports early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, outside of his fighting career, Ortiz is the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line. He also owns an MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center, on July 7,2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame. Ortiz was born in Huntington Beach, California, where he lived until he moved to Santa Ana and he is the son of Joyce and Samuel Ortiz. His father is of Mexican descent and his mother was born in Hilo, Hawaii, of Portuguese and he was given the nickname Tito by his father when he was a year old. Ortiz had a childhood as both of his parents were addicted to heroin, while Ortiz was involved with street gangs, was placed in juvenile halls. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and his mother took the young Ortiz with her back to Huntington Beach. When Ortiz was 18 years old, his mother kicked him out of the house and he began living with one of his brothers while doing labor work, Ortiz also trained with the UFC fighter and fellow collegiate wrestler, Tank Abbott. Ortizs mixed martial arts debut was at UFC13 in 1997, still in college, Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts. He beat Wes Albritton in a bout by referee stoppage at 0,31 of the first round. He was selected to face Guy Mezger in the Light Heavyweight final after Enson Inoue could not continue due to injury, despite dominating Mezger at first, Ortiz lost the fight at 2,00 in the first round by a guillotine choke submission. After returning with a TKO victory over Jeremy Screeton at West Coast NHB Championships 1, Ortiz fought top ranked fighter, Ortiz dominated the fight and won via TKO due to cut stoppage. Ortiz then avenged his loss to Mezger at UFC19 by TKO, Ortizs post fight antics towards Mezger and the Lions Den led to his long running rivalry with the teams leader Ken Shamrock. Ortiz has credited UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten for inspiration during his early days, Ortiz said, I looked up to Bas Rutten. People were just so scared of fighting him, he was like the man, I thought that was what I need to do now. If I train as hard as he then one day Ill be as good as him. Im got to say thanks to him, for helping me out by making me believe in dreams, in 1999, Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is now known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC22
16. Tori Pena – Victoria Tori Peña is a pole vaulter with dual American and Irish citizenship who competes for Ireland in IAAF competition. Peña was born in Los Alamitos, California and her fathers family are of Mexican extraction, and her maternal grandmother Angela McCoy was born in Derry. Peña lives in Huntington Beach, where she graduated from Edison High School, in 2003, she competed in Killarney at the World Irish Dancing Championships. She earned a degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, peñas personal best of 4.35 metres was set shortly before she had acquired Irish citizenship, but was sufficient to qualify for the pole vault at the European Athletics championships in Barcelona. In July 2010 won the Irish national championships at Morton Stadium with an Irish record of 4.15 metres, at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships she set an Irish indoor record of 4.35 metres, which she increased to 4.45 metres in 2012. At the San Diego Triton Invitational on 27 April 2012 she set an outdoor Irish record of 4.52 metres and this qualified her for the 2012 Olympics, in the qualifying round of which she failed at the opening height of 4.10 metres. Tori Pena profile at IAAF Tori Pena profile on Instagram