Saluting Our 2009 Featured Athletes

With 2009 fading into the distance and 2010 off to a running start, we’d like to thank the athletes we featured throughout the year and recap some of their inspiring accomplishments…

Holly BrooksHOLLY BROOKS. When Holly wasn’t coaching for the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, she was sharing her tips for Training at Ten Below Zero, along with training herself and musing about Life Inside a Sweaty Sports Bra. During the Mount Marathon, Holly was hospitalized with Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, a condition characterized by extreme damage to the skeletal muscle cells and at times, kidney failure. But that didn’t stop her from crossing the finish line to be eligible for next year’s race, and six weeks later declaring, I Want To Be An Olympian. In her quest to qualify for the Olympic trials, she won the SuperTour ski races in West Yellowstone and Montana, and ranked high in the US Nationals on her home turf of Anchorage, Alaska.

Ice Chamber Kettlebell GirlsICE CHAMBER KETTLEBELL GIRLS. As the first all female Kettlebell Sport competition team in the U.S., the ICKB Girls traveled  near and far to train with and compete against the best. Their hard work and dedication resulted in 16 medals along with achieving some significant milestones: Jessica became the 1st American Female Master of Sport in the Long Cycle, and Surya earned the best female lifter award in the Long Cycle at the World Kettlebell Lifting Championships. Coach Maya , who’s been an inspiration to chi readers starting with her Postpartum Comeback Journey, earned the best female lifter award in Ventspils, Latvia, and became the 1st American to win a Gold medal in Eastern Europe in the history of the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting.

Jennifer YanazzoJENNIFER YANAZZO. Mountain bike racer and triathlete Jennifer juggled training and competition with family life and work as a special education behavior analyst and preschool teacher for children with autism. With a full, rich life that’s characteristic of women athletes, she learned some valuable lessons about Overtraining and Balance, and shared her insight with chi readers. As an athlete who found her motivation after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31, she was determined to share her Inspiration and Passion for sport. When Jennifer saw her dear friend RJ start training for her first triathlon, there was no question she would be there to support, encourage and share insight from her own experience.

Sage RountreeSAGE ROUNTREE. When she wasn’t working on the latest edition of her book The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga or teaching workshops, Sage was sharing her expertise as a Registered Yoga Teacher and coach (certified from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and the Road Runners Club of America) with clients and chi readers. Her training plans that integrate yoga for runners, from how to Get a Running Start up to Training for a Half Marathon, were popular with chi readers. Because the chi is all about connecting women to the energy of inspiration, last May we paired Sage with chi contributor Kathleen Burke Jensen for a series focused on Training For a Century Ride. And Sage put her own endurance to the test by training for and completing her first Ironman, and running the New York Marathon.

Tamara JacobiTAMARA JACOBI. Eco-adventurer and multi-sport athlete Tamara kept us on the move across the running trails she calls home in three North American countries. As the co-owner, hostess, website-designer, bookings manager, and expedition guide for Tailwind Outdoor, a family-owned eco-lodge and adventure tour company, she spends part of the year in the jungles of Mexico. In 2009 Tamara and her team expanded their lodge with the beautiful Casita Tejone and became the first certified sustainable eco-lodge in Mexico. When she wasn’t busy with life as an entrepreneur, Tamara made it a priority to connect with her personal trainer (aka Mother Nature) for everything from Synchronized Surfing with her athletic mom to sea kayaking and yoga in the jungle.

We wish continued good health, happiness and success to these exceptional women, and look forward to sharing more of their inspiration and expertise in 2010.

Ready To Meet Team Athleta 2010? Please check back soon for an introduction to the ten women we’ll feature this year. Guaranteed to inspire.


  1. Julie says:

    Does Sage have any training for a marathon programs? I’m a long time runner who is contemplating my first marathon in October, and would love to have her advice…

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  2. Team Athleta says:

    Julie, thanks for your comment. Sage is developing more training plans for chi readers, and a marathon plan is in the works!


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  3. Carol says:

    I am looking to get more tips from the featured Athletes for Team Athleta of how to prepare my bio and pictures to submit for the next sponsored Athlete?

    Please give me some help…tips…Thank, Carol

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