Melissa Arnot, has summited Mt. Everest (29,035 ft) 5 times, and has also led numerous expeditions to some of the worlds tallest peaks such as; Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) twice, and Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft) among many others on a global scale.
Arnot, along with being a certified EMT and wilderness medicine instructor for the past nine years, has led expeditions to summit Everest in 2008 as part of the Inspi(RED) campaign to raise AID awareness in Africa, along two Kilimanjaro summits to promote clean water access. Most recently Melissa launched a non-profit to provide life insurance and coverage for mountain workers named The Juniper Fund.
Arnot’s notable big mountain ascents include:
• 100+ summits of Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet/ 4,392 meters)
• 5 summits of Mt. Everest – record holder (29,035 feet/8,850 meters)
• 4 expeditions on Aconcagua (22,841 feet/ 6,962 meters)
• 4 expeditions on Cotopaxi (19,997 feet/ 5,897 meters)
• 3 expeditions on Cayambe (18,997 feet/ 5,790 meters)
• 2 expeditions on Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet/ 5895 meters)
• 1 expedition on Mt. McKinley (20,320 feet/ 6,194 meters)
Stephen Curry II F-30 “Flyer”
NBA basketball player Point Guard for the Golden State Warriors.
In the 2009 NBA Draft in June 2009 the Golden State Warriors selected Curry in the first round with the seventh overall pick.
Due to Stephen’s dominant performance with the Warriors in his rookie season, Curry finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, and was one of the three unanimous selections to the 2010 All-Rookie First Team
He broke an NBA record for most threes made in a season by a rookie with 166 made on .437 accuracy. Curry was invited to play on the rookie team in the Rookie-Sophomore game during the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend.
During the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, Stephen won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, and was also the recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award for the 2010–2011 season.
NBA Profile: http://www.nba.com/playerfile/stephen_curry/bio.html
Von Miller B-58 “Bomber”
All Pro NFL linebacker with the Denver Broncos. Von is in his second-year with the Broncos and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, along with being named a Pro Bowl starter in 2011 after tying the franchise rookie sack record. The Broncos drafted him with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Von played college football for Texas A&M University, earning All-American honors twice (2009,2010), and was recognized with the Butkus Award as the nations top college linebacker. He was also named to The Sporting News’ Freshman All-Big 12 Team in 2007 after seeing action in nine games as a true freshman for the Aggies.
NFL Profile: http://www.nfl.com/player/vonmiller/2495202/profile
Annie Thorisdottir 2X CrossFit World Champion
Annie Thorisdottir (born 1989) is a professional CrossFit athlete from Reykjavik, Iceland. She is the only female to win back-to-back World CrossFit Games Champion (2011 and 2012), and only the second person overall. She also placed second in the 2010 CrossFit Games. Annie trains up to four hours per day, six days per week, and also has experience as a gymnast (eight years), ballet dancer (two years), and pole vaulter (two years). She is 170cm (5'7") tall, weighs approximately 67kg (148lbs).
CrossFit Profile: http://anniethorisdottir.net/
Amy Hastings US T&F 10,000m & Elite Marathoner
Amy Hastings is an American track and field athlete, specializing in long distance running events. She is the 2012 American champion in the 10,000 meters and a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In 2011, a breakthrough year, she knocked 34 seconds off her previous results in the 5,000 meters, to become runner up at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 15:14.31. The results of that race also qualified her for the 2011 IAAF World Championships, where she qualified for the final.
2011 was also the year she tried her first marathon, at the Los Angeles Marathon. Her second place finish in 2:27:03 made her the eighth (fastest) best American.
Hastings announced she will run New York Marathon in November and will focus on the distance in future world events.
Whitney Pavlik “Sandblaster”
Whitney is currently the #1 ranked US Pro Beach Volleyball player, and plays on both the domestic and international Pro Beach tour. Whitney was named AVP Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Whitney began her career at Montana, where she played two seasons and was named to the All-Tournament team in all three of the tourneys Montana played in during her sophomore campaign. Pavlik was a first-team All-Conference choice while playing outside hitter at UCI. She set the school record for hitting percentage in a single match as a senior, and recorded the third-best hitting percentage in a season for the Anteaters.
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