Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we talk with Jesse Iwuji about his journey going from a D1 football player to Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and his newest title of professional NASCAR racer. Jesse’s story is one of vision and determination.
Jesse is among the top up-and-coming NASCAR drivers and one of only two African Americans on theprofessional stock car racing circuit. He attributes the discipline he learned in the United States Navy, as well as playing football for the Naval Academy, to his success. Jesse has tremendous passion for serving his country and is currently still active in the Navy Reserves.
Gustavo Osorio is a strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, currently serving at the Elite Athlete Training Center, in Chula Vista, California.
There, he oversees the training of all the center's 32 Paralympic athletes and also works with its Olympic athletes.
This summer, he will head to Tokyo with his athletes who will compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We got to pick Gustavo’s brain on everything from his personal athletic journey to training elite Paralympic athletes with their eyes set on gold at this year’s Games.
Diego Moyano is an accomplished former professional tennis player from Argentina. As a USTA coach, he has trained ATP players Tommy Paul and Reilly Opelka, and coached Denis Kudla and Andrea Collarini. Currently, he's coaching world ranked number 82, South African player Kevin Anderson. We caught up with Diego in the middle of the Vienna Open in October of 2020, while Kevin was on his way to the semi-finals.
Diego joins us in today’s episode to discuss his incredible journey from leaving home at a very early age to set out on his quest for tennis greatness, having nothing and working his way to the top.
Isaac Jean-Paul is a Paralympic Track and Field Athlete with a visually impairment who set a world record in the men’s high jump at the 2017 World Para Athletics championship in London. He joins us on this episode of the Sport Fuels Life podcast and shares how he’s cleared the bar on so many of life’s challenges to defy the limitations that most people said would hold him down. Now he’s training at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, aiming for the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Take a listen below and then come back and let us know what inspired you most about Isaac’s journey!
Dan Jansen is a four-time Olympic long track speedskater, who won an historic gold medal in the 1,000-meter during his fourth and final Olympic Games. He set a junior world record at only 16 years of age during his first international competition, and he made the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team when he was just 18. Jansen was a seven-time overall world cup champion and two-time world sprint champion, holding eight world records and over 75 world cup medals. Though Dan had realized success outside of the Olympic Games, he hadn't won an Olympic medal until the final event of his Olympic career. He beat the 36-second barrier four times leading up to the Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994–something no other skater had accomplished at that time, and finally earned his first Olympic medal in the 1,000 with a world-record time, additionally winning the 1994 James E. Sullivan Award for the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete. After retiring from speedskating, he served as a CBS sports broadcaster and established the Dan Jansen Foundation to help aid in leukemia research and youth sports programs.
When former collegiate athlete and competitive skydiver, Sydney Williams, unexpectedly found herself on the receiving end of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, while grappling with unresolved trauma from a decades-old sexual assault, she set out on a mission: turn her pain into power. Two hikes across Catalina Island and 80 miles later, she founded Hiking My Feelings to help others tap into the mind-body connection and healing power of nature that helped kick her self-limiting beliefs and put her disease into remission.
Having more than 12 years of marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies and emerging brands, Sydney serves up her “truth juice” style of storytelling to break wide open tough conversations with practical, powerful content and experiences. Over the years, she’s been featured on the SXSW stage, as well as in the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and numerous other publications. Today, she is the author of Hiking My Feelings: Stepping Into the Healing Power of Nature and travels across the country empowering others to summit their personal mountains on their way to becoming Well Beings.
The Sport Fuels Life podcast is excited to bring you the Mizuno Volleyball series! Mizuno has been an elite performance brand for decades helping volleyball athletes attain peak performance on and off the court.
This episode, we’re speaking with Mizuno athlete Tri Bourne; professional beach volleyball player, former professional indoor player and NCAA Division 1 Men's Volleyball player for the USC Trojans. He’s a native Hawaiian, born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and spent lots of time on the beach, where he discovered volleyball.
We cover a lot of topics with Tri, including coaching, goal setting and how learning to control your mental state can help you stay in the game.
Listen to find out why Tri says there’s no such thing as a perfect coach, why setting personal goals and aligning those goals with your team matters, and how his mental state plays such a massive role in his physical performance.
Two-time Olympic medalist and professional beach volleyball player April Ross knows the value of having great coaches that push their athletes toward their greatest potential, because she has lived it. She joins us in our first episode of the Mizuno Volleyball Series on the Sport Fuels Life podcast, and shares her secret to building a home court advantage wherever she competes.
This episode is sponsored by Mizuno. Visit MizunoUSA.com for more information.
Today’s guest is the all-time winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball: the great Heather Macy.
Heather covers a multitude of topics from failure, pressure to succeed and the top three traits that create strong coaches.
Listen to this episode and connect with Heather here