Monday, February 29, 2016
Every four years, we look forward to getting to know all of our new Olympians. And, one diver you can almost certainly assume will be one of those Olympians is Steele Johnson.
He cleaned up at the NCAA Championships last March, representing his alma mater the Purdue Boilermakers, and followed that up with a promising performance at the World Championships in July.
Watch for him as the U.S. Olympic Diving Team Trials approach in June.
Name: Steele Johnson
Date of Birth: June 16, 1996 (Gemini)
Hometown: Carmel, Indiana, USA
Currently: West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
College: Purdue University
Height/Weight: 6'0"/134 lbs
--- 2015 World Championships 5th place, 10-meter synchronized
--- 2015 NCAA Championships 1st place, 1-meter
--- 2015 NCAA Championships 1st place, 10-meter
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Pierre-Yves Gigou was born on January 19, 1987, and counts as his hometown lovely Sherbrooke, Québec. He competes in Triathlons and Ironman competitions, and is fortunate to earn his living as a Triathlon coach. He has competed in Triathlons since 2002. He states:
I started sports at the age of 7 months when I managed to hoist myself on two legs and fling myself forward at full speed until a wall stopped me J. After that, once I received my first tricycle, I was able to perform in many criteriums around the family dining table… luckily at the age of 5 I started judo and was able to get rid of that surplus of energy in a more structured manner. I practiced judo for 5 years, with a little branch out towards Aikido.
At 7 years old, I started table tennis (which I played for 5 years) and at 10 years old I started tennis (which I played for 3 years). At 13, I started playing handball, which I kept playing in until I was 18.
During my adolescence, I also did roller blading, wind surfing, badminton, and rugby. I also got the chance to do track and field (School Championship, France), cross-country, and soccer… basically, I was unstoppable. At 14, my dad finally brought me to the scooter shop to get me a bike, which sure didn't help.
As I was excelling in multiple sports, it just made sense that I start triathlon. So at 16, I completed my first spring distance triathlon and was hooked.