The night before a cross-country race, Sadie Bjornsen of Winthrop, Washington, relaxes her muscles and works her brain. She hears the countdown timer — beep, beep, beep — and imagines herself as a bird flying up the hills. She's a member of the U.
Nico Hernandez, a native of 20yearold Wichita, Kansas, makes his Olympic debut in Rio as light flyweight boxer (108 lbs). “When I’m in the ring, I’m just thinking about my family and making a better life for them,” Hernandez said.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, young sprinter Frentorish “Tori” Bowie has waited four years for this moment. She tries not to think too much about the coveted gold medal, as she trains relentlessly in the hot Florida sun.
Casey Eichfeld joins a small family of three-time Olympians as he races Canoe Slalom for Team USA in Rio. The sprint event can last anywhere from 90 to 110 seconds, and Eichfeld says that upon crossing the finish line, "you're zapped."
Miami-grown goalie Ashleigh Johnson, a Princeton University student, is taking the water polo world by storm. A fierce competitor, Johnson is the only non-Californian on the team, and is making history as the first African American to play for the
Several Team USA athletes have been spotted (literally) with round purple or red marks on their backs, shoulders and other body parts. An acupuncturist says these are the telltale signs of an ancient Chinese medicine practice called cupping. She e