Welcome to Shade Global Boxing Champion, Marlen Esparza!


We are very excited to announce that 8-time U.S. Women’s Boxing National Champion & 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist, Marlen Esparza, is part of the Shade Global team! Learn more about Marlen in her athlete profile on our Athlete’s page and follow her journey to the 2016 Olympic Games on her social media outlets below:

Twitter: @Marlen112Boxing

Facebook: Marlen Esparza

Instagram: @marlen_esparza

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Nick Goepper attends the #KnowYourPark premiere


Nick Goepper attends #knowyourpark premiere

On Friday, October 17, The High Fives Foundation premiered its latest B.A.S.I.C.S. documentary titled “#KnowYourPark” at a hip outdoor cinema in downtown Truckee, California. A couple hundred local supporters showed up with a collective eagerness for the oncoming winter, all utterly stoked to catch the first glimpse of the newest High Fives project.

This year, the High Fives Foundation chose terrain-park safety as the focus for its B.A.S.I.C.S. program (an acronym standing for Being Aware & Safe In Critical Situations). The film breaks terrain park safety into five core values: Know Your Protection, Know Your Conditions, Know Your Terrain Park Features, Know Your Progression and Know Your Etiquette. (read more)

People Who Inspire Us, Despite What Others Might See As Their Challenges


Jen Bricker


Jen Bricker
Most people might think that if you want to be a tumbling gymnastics champion, you need legs. But just ask Jen Bricker if that’s true. She’ll tell you otherwise. “If you’re never given limits, you think you can do anything,” says Bricker, who because of a birth defect, has no legs. Born in Illinois, in 1987, her biological parents feared they couldn’t afford the cost of caring for their daughter. She was adopted by an American couple and raised in Oblong, a tiny town in Illinois. Bricker’s loving parents always encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Bricker’s dream? To be a champion gymnast. At 7, she started working on the trampoline. By the time she was in high school, she became the power tumbling champion of Illinois winning the state medal for gymnastics, against those who had had no physical challenges. She has since competed in the Junior Olympics and was a featured acrobat on Britney Spears’ Circus tour. When she was 16, her parents revealed that her biological parents’ last name was Moceanu. Yes, Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu, Bricker’s idol and favorite gymnast, was her biological sister. (read more)

American Erin Hamlin wins Lillehammer Cup preseason luge race


Erin Hamlin wins Lillehammer Cup

FOX Sports

Erin Hamlin’s season got off to a winning start.

Hamlin, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, won the Lillehammer Cup women’s luge race Saturday by rallying in her second run and topping Germany’s Julia Orlamuender by nearly one-tenth of a second.

Hamlin, of Remsen, New York, posted a combined time of 1 minute, 37.643 seconds. Orlamuender was 0.094 seconds back, with Italy’s Andrea Voetter third and Julia Clukey of Augusta, Maine placing fourth. (read more)

Team USA Athletes Take Over The Music World




Music and sport go together like Olympic medals and Team USA.

Just imagine watching an Opening Ceremony on mute — or an athlete on the medals podium without their national anthem playing over the loud speakers.

Even Taylor Swift knows you can’t have one without the other. And that is probably the reason why the singer recruited Team USA rhythmic gymnast Nastasya Generalova (along with three other gymnasts) to be in her latest music video for her smash single, “Shake It Off.”

Not long after, Mark Ballas released his new video, “Miss Incredible,” with an appearance by five-time Olympic gymnastics medalist Nastia Liukin.

We got the behind-the-scenes scoop on both videos when we spoke to the two athletes about the crossover craze of athletes taking over the music world. (read more)