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Alexander Petersson

Birthdate: 02/07/1980

Personal Best
  • Icelandic Sports Person of the Year 2010

Alexander Petersson plays for Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the German Bundesliga and the Icelandic National Team.

Alisha Glass

Hometown: Leland, Michigan

Birthdate: 05/04/1988

  • FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)
  • NORCECA Championship (Gold)
  • FIVB World Cup (Silver)

Born Alisha Rebecca Glass on April 5, 1988…Mother is Laurie Glass, who was also her high school volleyball coach…Grandfather Larry Glass was her high school basketball coach… Majored in kinesiology at Penn State University with a minor in human development and family studies.

Started four of five matches at the Montreux Volley Masters, helping the U.S. to a .251 team hitting efficiency…Turned in 27 digs during Montreux Volley Masters for a 1.80 dig average…Played in 25 of 27 sets at Pan American Cup, including seven of eight match starts…Helped team to an overall .325 hitting efficiency for the tournament, including a .525 hitting efficiency versus Cuba in the bronze-medal match…Averaged 1.92 digs per set at the Pan Am Cup…Averaged 3.21 assists per set with 19 sets played and two match starts in helping U.S. win the FIVB World Grand Prix…Helped U.S. hit .493 as a team in starting setter role against Peru on Aug. 21…Played in nine sets and registered nine assists during NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, helping the squad to the gold medal…Played in 20 sets during the FIVB World Cup with one match start helping Team USA to the silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification…Tallied two blocks and 25 assists in start against Kenya as the team held .322 hitting efficiency.

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China Table Tennis Team


Chinese players have won the men's World Championship 60% of the time since 1959; in the women's competition, Chinese players have won all but two of the World Championships since 1971. At the 2008 Olympics, China won all possible medals. Apart from the Chinese national team who are ranked number one in the world and wear Mizuno kit for training and competition, the table tennis community in China continues to produce many world-class players. This depth of skill allows the country to continue dominating recent world titles after a short break during the 1990s. The overwhelming dominance of China in the sport has triggered a series of rules changes in the International Table Tennis Federation and as part of the Olympics. Wang Hao is currently the
highest-ranked male player in the world. Deng Yaping is regarded by many as one of the greatest table tennis player of all time. The sport played an important role in China's international relations; in April 1972, the US table tennis team were invited to visit China, an event later called "Ping Pong Diploma’’.

Christian Malcolm

Hometown: Newport, Wales

Birthdate: 03/06/1979

Personal Best
  • Outdoor 100 Metres 10.09 Edmonton 04/08/2001
  • Outdoor 200 Metres 20.08 1.0 Edmonton 08/08/2001
  • Indoor 50 Metres 5.81 Liévin 28/02/2004, 5.81 Liévin 24/02/2002
  • Indoor 60 Metres 6.64 Cardiff 11/02/2001
  • Indoor 200 Metres 20.54 Gent 26/02/2000

Christian Sean Malcolm (born June 3, 1979) is a Welsh athlete, specializing in the 200m discipline. Malcolm was born in Cardiff and resides in Newport, Wales. He won the title of World Junior Athlete of the Year in 1998 and in the 1998 World Junior Championships; he won the 200m in 20.44 seconds. At that year's Commonwealth Games, his 20.29 for the silver medal was a European Junior and Welsh senior record. He took the 2000 European Indoor gold medal in 20.54, for a Welsh Indoor record. Outdoors he led off for the sprint relay team on the first day and ran a season's best of 20.45 to win the 200m on the second day at the European Cup. He went on to 2nd at the AAAs and to excel at the 2000 Olympics to take fifth place at 200m in 20.23.In 2001 he took the World Indoor silver medal. Outdoors he was 3rd at 100m and 2nd at 200m at the AAAs and at the World Championships ran eight races to make the finals at both 100m and 200m, finishing 6th and 5th respectively. He also competed as part of the relay team; however, the baton was dropped in the heats. After four second places at the AAAs, he at last won the 200m in 2005 in a narrow decision over Marlon Devonish and was also 3rd at 100m. He surprised even himself with a brilliant win at the European Cup in 20.15, his best time for five years.Malcolm represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He competed at the 200 metres and placed second in his first round heat after Brian Dzingai in a time of 20.42 seconds. He improved his time in the second round to 20.30 seconds and placed fourth in his race, normally not enough to advance to the semi-finals, but his time was among the four fastest losing times and he qualified after all. With 20.25 in his semi-final race he even managed to qualify for the final, finishing fourth in his race. In the final he came in seventh at 20.40 seconds, but as a result of the disqualifications of Churandy Martina (second) and Wallace Spearmon (third) he moved up to the fifth place overall. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games
in Delhi, Malcolm, representing Wales, was one of the favourites to win the men's 200m, and took the bronze medal. Malcolm was named as the GB Team captain and led nation’s athletes into the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea.

Frederick Bousquet

Hometown: Perpignan, France

Birthdate: 08/04/1981

Personal Best
  • SC 50 y freestyle – 18.67
  • SC 50 m freestyle – 20.63, LC 50 m freestyle – 20.94
  • SC 100 y freestyle – 41.83
  • SC 100 m freestyle – 46.87, LC 100 m freestyle – 47.15
  • LC 50 m butterfly – 22.84
  • LC 100 m butterfly – 51.50
  • Silver Medal - World Championships Rome 2009 50m Freestyle
  • Bronze Medal - World Championships Rome 2009 100m Freestyle
  • Gold Medal - European Swimming Championships 2010 Budapest 50m Freestyle

Frédérick Bousquet (born 8 April 1981 in Perpignan) is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer from France. He was the holder of the world record in the 50m freestyle in a time of 20.94 in long course, set on April 26, 2009 at the final of the French Championships. The Mizuno ambassador was the first swimmer to go under the 21-second mark on the 50m distance. Bousquet previously held the record in the 50m short course in a time of 21.10, set in 2004 at the Men's NCAA Division One Swimming and Diving Championships, for over two years. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome Bousquet competed in the 50m and 100m freestyle, capturing a silver in the 50m and bronze in the 100m.

At the 2010 European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Bousquet won a Gold medal in 50m freestyle, a Silver medal in 50m butterfly and a Gold medal in 4x100m medley relay.

Gedeón Guardiola

Birthdate: 01/10/1984

  • Winner - World Men's Handball Championship 2013

Gedeón Guardiola Villaplana plays for Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the German Bundesliga and The Spanish National Team

Gilbert Kirwa

Hometown: Nandi Hills, Kenya

Birthdate: 20/12/1985

  • Marathon 2:06:14 Frankfurt 25/10/2009
  • Half Marathon 1:00:45 Berlin 09/05/2010

Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa (born 1985) is a Kenyan athlete who specialises in long-distance running and the marathon event. A Nandi from Nandi Hills in Kenya, Kirwa had no background in running when a friend, the Ugandan professional runner Nicholas Kiprono, asked him to begin training with him in 2005. Based on what he had seen in training, Jason Mbote asked if Kirwa would be a pacemaker for him at the 2008 Seoul International Marathon in South Korea. This was the first time Kirwa had left Kenya, and his first ever international competition, but he set a strong pace up to the 33 kilometre mark and athletics agent Gerard van de Veen signed him on the strength of the run.He made his competitive debut in 2009, to much success: he won the Vienna Marathon with a time of 2:08:21, in what was he first ever attempt at the distance. He won the Hamburg Half Marathon in June with a best of 1:01:52, won the 10 km race in Wierden the following month, and took third at the Loopfestijn Voorthuizen 10km race. Running in the Frankfurt Marathon in October, his second race at the distance, he beat the defending champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot and also broke the course record. His time of 2:06:14 ranked among the top-twenty fastest marathons on record. The win at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race earned the runner €95,000 in prize money and bonuses. Following this result, Kirwa stated his career ambition to challenge Haile Gebrselassie's world record. He will be chasing his dream with the support of Mizuno, who provide Kirwa with their most technically advanced running equipment in return for his expert feedback for ongoing product development.

Godfrey Mokoena

Hometown: Heidelberg, South Africa

Birthdate: 06/03/1985

Personal Best
  • Outdoor High Jump 2.10 Germiston 23/03/2002 2.10 Debrecen14/07/2001 2.10 Rustenburg 31/03/2001
  • Outdoor Long Jump 8.501.3 Madrid 04/07/2009
  • Outdoor Triple Jump 17.251.3 Durban 16/04/2005
  • Indoor Long Jump 8.18 Paris (Bercy) 23/02/2007
  • Indoor Triple Jump 16.22 Stockholm 20/02/2007

Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (born March 6, 1985 in Heidelberg) is a South African athlete who specializes in the long jump and triple jump. In 2008 he won long jump at the world indoor championships and silver at the Olympic Games.
In July 2009 he set a new African record in long jump, 8.50m in Madrid in an IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting where he finished second behind Fabrice Lapierre. The previous African record, 8.46, was held by Cheikh Toure of Senegal and set in 1997. Phakiso Mokoena, father of Godfrey, was quoted in a local newspaper ""Godfrey initially found it difficult to qualify for the Olympics, but has through hard work endured and finished second in the world.

Hulk (Givanildo Vieira de Souza)

Hometown: Paraíba, Brazil

Birthdate: 25/07/1986

Personal Best
  • J. League Division 2: Top scorer 2007
  • Peace Cup: Top scorer 2009
  • Portuguese League: Top scorer 2010–11
  • Portuguese League Player of the Month: February 2009, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011 (record)
  • Portuguese League Breakthrough Player: 2008–09
  • Portuguesa League Player of the Year: 2010–11
  • Silver Medal - Olympics London 2012
  • Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11
  • Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • UEFA Europa League: 2010–11

Givanildo Vieira de Souza, aka Hulk, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Zenit St Petersburg. On the eve of the Super Cup match between Porto and Barcelona, Mizuno revealed that their ambassador, Hulk, will wear a unique pair of the brand’s Morelia boots for the big game. The gold boots have been specially designed and embroidered to commemorate the Brazilian star’s remarkable 2010/2011 season during which FC Porto won the Portuguese League, the League Cup and the Europa League Cup, and Hulk himself achieved top goal scorer status in the Liga Sagres with 23 goals.As his nickname suggests, Hulk's strength and stocky build are considered his foremost attributes, along with speed, acceleration, and a powerful shot. Coupled with his explosive on pitch personality, this means he is somewhat true to the nickname he has been given. However, its origins stem from when he received the nickname Hulk due to his resemblance to actor Lou Ferrigno, who played the comic book hero.

Igor Vori

Birthdate: 20/09/1980

Personal Best
  • Best Defensive player 2008 European Chanpionships
  • Bronze Medal Olympics London 2012
  • Gold Medal Olympics Athens 2004

Igor Vori plays for HSV Hamburg and the Croation National Handball Team

Jens Bechtloff

Hometown: Waiblingen, Germany

Birthdate: 17/04/1986

  • Plays fro TBV Lemgo

Bechtloff began playing handball at age five. With the TV Bittenfeld he rose in the 2003/2004 season in the palm-Regional and 2005/2006 in the second Bundesliga Süd on. For the German national youth team, he played 8 games. With the junior national team, he became European champion in 2006 in Innsbruck.

His international debut came on 29 November 2008 in a friendly match against Iceland.

On 29 May 2010 he won the EHF cup with TBV Lemgo.

Position: Left Wing
Shoe: Wave Stealth

Jordan Larson

Hometown: Hooper, Nebraska

Birthdate: 16/10/1986

  • FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)
  • NORCECA Championship (Gold)

Born Jordan Quinn Larson on Oct. 16, 1986, in Fremont, Nebraska. Parents are Pat and Kae Clough and Kevin Larson…Married Luke Burbach in May 2009…Majored in communication studies at University of Nebraska.

Earned first team Super-State honors in each of her final three prep seasons at Logan View High School (Nebraska)…Named Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 pick and was ranked the No. 2 player in the country by 2005 - Selected All-American while playing for Nebraska Juniors at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship. 2004 - Selected All-American while playing for Nebraska Juniors at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship…Led Logan View to a 25-2 record and a berth in the Class C-1 state semifinals…Established a C-1 record with 501 kills, hitting .490 with 49 blocks as a senior…Selected Nebraska Gatorade High School Player of the Year honors…Earned Lincoln Journal Star’s Female High School Athlete of the Year for 2003-2004…Selected All-State Second Team in high school girls’ basketball after leading team to a 21-2 record with averages of 14.8 points and nine rebounds per game. 2003 – Selected All-American while playing for Nebraska Juniors at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship…Paced LVHS to a 25-3 record and a state final appearance, totaling 357 kills on .424 hitting while serving 158 aces and setting a C-1 state record with 15.08 kills per game.

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Jordan Larson - Outside Hitter - Women's National Team: @JordanLarson10

Koji Murofushi

Hometown: Numazu, Japan

Birthdate: 08/10/1974

Personal Best
  • Outdoor Discus Throw 41.93 Madrid 21/09/2002
  • Outdoor Hammer Throw 84.86 Praha 29/06/2003
  • Bronze Medal Olympics London 2012

Koji Alexander Murofushi (born October 8, 1974 in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese hammer thrower. His nickname is the Iron Man of Asia. Koji has been among the world elite since the 2001 World Championships where he won the silver medal, followed by the gold medal in Athens Olympics. Koji Murofushi comes from a hammer throwing family - his father Shigenobu Murofushi is a former Olympian and held the Japanese record for 23 years until his son broke it, and his sister, Yuka Murofushi, throws both hammer and discus. Murofushi's Romanian-born mother, Serafina Moritz, was a javelin thrower for Romania, European Junior champion in 1968, and Romanian senior champion in 1970. She is now a glass painter, and lives in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.

Kristian Kjelling

Hometown: Oslo, Norway

Birthdate: 08/09/1980

  • Plays for the Norwegian National team and AaB Håndbold

Kristian Cato Walby Kjelling (born 8 September 1980) is a Norwegian handball player who currently plays in the Danish handball team Aab. Before joining AaB Håndbold he played for the Spanish clubs Portland San Antonio and Ademar León and the Norwegian clubs Kjelsås, Vestli, and Drammen. Kjelling won King’s cup with Ademar Leon in 2002 and is one of the biggest handball stars in Europe.

Position: Left Back
Shoe: Wave Stealth

Leevan Sands

Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

Birthdate: 16/08/1981

Personal Best
  • Outdoor Long Jump 8.13 Nassau 10/07/2005
  • Outdoor Triple Jump 17.59 Beijing (National Stadium) 21/08/2008
  • Indoor Long Jump 8.10 Lexington, KY 28/02/2004
  • Indoor Triple Jump 17.02 Fayetteville, AR 14/02/2004

Leevan Sands (born August 16, 1981) is a Bahamian triple jumper born in Nassau.The Mizuno ambassador achieved his personal best jump of 17.59 metres, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This is the current Bahamian record. He went to High School at Florida Air Academy. Sands is the cousin of hurdler Shamar Sands. Leevan holds a degree in Accountancy, quotes BBQ ribs as his favourite food and is a follower of football and basketball.

Marisa Barros

Birthdate: 25/02/1980


Elisa Marisa Branco Barros Rodrigues (born February 25, 1980 in Paços de Ferreira, Tâmega) is a female long-distance runner from Portugal who specialises in marathon running. She ran for her country at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was sixth at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. On the road circuit, she has won marathons in Porto and Seville.She made her debut in the half marathon in May 2007 and beat all opposition at the Setúbal Half Marathon, running a time of 1:13:54. She ran at the Porto Half Marathon, where she claimed third place, that September and was the runner-up at the Ovar Half Marathon behind Fernanda Ribeiro in October. A marathon debut followed two weeks later and she won on her first attempt, taking the top honours at the Porto Marathon. In 2008 she ran a half marathon in Pombal, finishing behind Inês Monteiro and then went on to represent Portugal in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing in 32nd place. Barros showed significant improvements at the Seville Marathon in February 2009 with a significant personal best of 2:26:03, winning the national title. She competed in a 10K road event at the 2009 Lusophony Games and was second behind Ribeiro. Later that season she went on to take sixth place at the 2009 World Championships Marathon as the first European finisher.Her first race of 2010 was the Osaka Ladies Marathon and she improved her time to 2:25:45, finishing as runner-up to Amane Gobena. In the event at the 2010 European Athletics Championships she was ten minutes off her best time and had to settle for eighth place. She ran in the Great North Run (UK) in September 2010 and took third place with a time of 1:09:09, behind compatriot Ana Dulce Félix. The 2010 European Cross Country Championships were held on home turf in Albufeira and Barros ran for the hosts, taking sixth place overall and helping the Portuguese women to the team title, alongside race winner Jessica Augusto.

Meseret Defar

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Birthdate: 19/11/1983

  • Gold Medal - London 2012, 5000m
  • Half Marathon 1:07:45 Philadelphia 19/09/2010
  • 500 Metres 4:02.00 New York City 12/06/2010

Meseret Defar (born 19 November, 1983 in Addis Ababa) is a female long-distance runner from Ethiopia who competes chiefly in the 3000m and 5000m events. She has won medals at top-tier international competitions including Olympic and World Championship gold medals over 5000m. She broke the world record in the event in 2006, broke it again in 2007 and held it until 2008, when fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat her time.Defar has been successful in the 5000m at the Olympic Games, taking gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has experienced similar success in the World Championships, taking silver in 2005 Helsinki Championships and gold at the 2007 Osaka Championships. Defar holds the indoor records for the 5000m, 3000m and two-mile run. She has dominated the 3000m indoor event, winning three consecutive gold medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Russia Men's Volleyball team

Personal Best
  • FIVB Ranking 2
  • Gold Medal - Olympics London 2012
  • Bronze medal - Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Bronze medal - Athens Olympics 2004
  • Bronze Medal - World league Belgrade - 2009
  • Bronze medal - European Chanpionship 2003

The Russia men's national volleyball team takes part in all international volleyball competitions. FIVB considers Russia as the inheritor of the records of Soviet Union and CIS.The team’s medal haul includes three Olympic gold medals, 6 World Champion gold medals, 5 World cup gold medals and 13 European Championship gold medals.

Russia Women's Volleyball Team

Personal Best
  • FIVB Ranking 5
  • Silver Medal - Athens Olympics 2004
  • Bronze Medal - World Championships Germany 2002

Ryan Miller

Hometown: Alpine, Utah

Birthdate: 22/01/1978

  • NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship (Silver Medal)

Born Ryan Madsen Millar on Jan. 22, 1978 in San Dimas, Calif. ... Parents are Steven and Mardi... He is married to Suzanne... Together, they are proud parents of Max, born in 2006 and Oliver, born in 2010... Ryan also has two brothers: James and Jon... Enjoys snowboarding, golfing and being with his wife... Graduated from BYU in 2001 with a degree in sociology... In July 2006, Millar was named as an assistant coach for the BYU men's volleyball team under Head Coach Tom Peterson... In August 2006, Ryan was named co-interim head coach of the BYU men's volleyball team after Peterson's sudden resignation. After one season with the BYU men's program, Millar returned to the U.S. Men's National Team and removed his name from consideration for the BYU head coaching position... His most defining moment was getting married at 19... His happiest moment in sports was winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games... While celebrating the gold medal victory, Ryan held up a poster of son, Max... Disneyland held a parade for Ryan following the gold medal victory. He also got to throw out the first pitch at an LA Dodgers game and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey and Bonnie Hunt shows... Lists his life goals as "I want to be a great husband, I want to be a great father, and I want to coach an NCAA school to a National Championship"... He would also like to play on the Senior PGA Tour.

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Yemane Tsegay

Birthdate: 08/04/1985


Yemane Adhane Tsegay (born 8 April 1985) is an Ethiopian long distance runner who specialises in the marathon. He began competing in international races in 2008 and finished third at the Casablanca Marathon that year, posting a time of 2:13:29. He had his first victory at the end of the year, winning the Macau Marathon in December. He opened 2009 with a second place finish at the Marrakech Marathon in January.
Yemane made significant progress at the Paris International Marathon in April that year: although he finished in fourth place, he clocked a much improved personal best of 2:06:30.He qualified to represent Ethiopia at the World Championships in Athletics and put in a strong debut performance at the 2009 World Championship Marathon race with
a time of 2:08:42, just seven seconds behind bronze medalist Tsegay Kebede. Two months later he recorded his third consecutive sub-2:09 time, breaking the course record at the Gyeongju International Marathon in the process. In the 2010 season, he started by setting a new half marathon best of 1:01:50 at the Zayed International Half Marathon. He stepped back up to the full distance for the Lake Biwa Marathon and won in cold conditions. He improved further at the Prague Half Marathon with a quick run of 1:01:37 for third place, in spite of poor conditions. He ran at the Berlin Marathon in September 2010 and finished in fourth place, running 2:07:52 in wet conditions. A considerable marathon talent, Yemane chooses Mizuno kit to keep him pushing forward safe in the knowledge that he has cutting edge equipment at his feet.

Yukiko Akaba

Birthdate: 18/10/1979


Yukiko Akaba was born 18 October 1979 (in Haga, Tochigi). A Mizuno ambassador, the Japanese long-distance runner
specializes in the 10,000 metres, half marathon and marathon events.Akaba won the silver medal in half marathon at the 1999 Summer Universiade. At the 2001 Summer Universiade she finished eighth in the 5000m and won the bronze medal in the 10,000m. She finished twentieth in the 10,000m at the 2008 Olympic Games, but was less successful in the women's 5000m, failing to make the final. Her next global competition came at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, where she finished 31st in the World Championship marathon race. She also ran at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.In the beginning of the 2010, she entered the Osaka International Ladies Marathon as a possible podium contender but dropped out mid-race. She soon returned to form, however, clocking a time of 1:11:09 for second place at the Matsue Ladies Half Marathon in March behind Kenyan Obare Doricah. Running at the 2010 London Marathon, she took sixth place with a time of 2:24:55, a personal best for the distance. She won her first race at the 2011 Osaka Ladies Marathon, although she did not achieve the time standard to make the Japanese World Championships team. She did however achieve this at the 2011 London Marathon, taking sixth for a second year running but also achieving a personal best time of 2:24:09 hours.