Seconds before Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the Heisman Trophy winner in December, Best Buy Theater in New York City fell silent. In the audience, Lauren Van Vlierbergen sat rows away from Mariota knowing exactly what he was feeling.
The previous evening, Lauren had won a very similar honor when she was selected as the 21st Wendy’s High School Heisman National female winner.
Twelve national finalists were recognized in NYC. But Lauren was one of just two winners honored for her incredible accomplishments as a student-athlete and leader in her community of Algonquin, Illinois.
The crowd at New York’s Icahn Stadium watched a 10-year-old run a world record time in the mile, Yohan Blake sprint to a disappointing second-place finish, and a thrilling high jump competition at the Adidas Grand Prix Saturday.
SI Kids was on hand to witness the speed and agility of some of track and field’s biggest (and up-and-coming) stars. Here’s our recap.
Like most young children, Elexis “Lex” Gillette loved to play: hide-and-seek, basketball, football, and video games. Lex’s typical childhood drastically changed at the age of eight. More »
At a special event featuring Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake in New York City on Wednesday, Adidas revealed a new technology for its sneakers called Boost. The shoes feature a special cushioning that gives runners energy as they push off during their stride. The new foam makes it debut in a sneaker called the Energy Boost that tries to bring together cushioning and responsiveness in a single shoe. Check out more pictures and a video explaining the technology after the jump.
What do you think of the Adidas Energy Boost shoes? Tell us in the Comments below. More »
“Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.” For Jim Thorpe, this amazing remark was a common compliment. Thorpe was a track and field star, a baseball hero, and a football champion. To me, he defines what it means to be an all-around athlete. Thorpe died when he was 64 years old. Now, more than 50 years after the pro was laid to rest, his living children and his tribe are fighting to bring him home.More »
Carl Lewis can do it all. The track star won nine Olympic gold medals, flaunted his acting skills on the big screen, and is currently running for office in the New Jersey State Senate.
In August, Lewis will take a break from the campaign to do what he enjoys most—hang out at the track. He’ll be in Hershey, Pa. supporting the talented young athletes in the 34th annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Final Meet. This year, 400,000 kids from across the country competed to become one of 480 finalists participating on August 6. While Lewis says he loves watching the athletes compete, he’s also looking forward to the meet’s Fun Day on August 4, where he’ll join kids for the Moderation Nation Batuka Dance workout. One week before the meet, SI Kids warmed Lewis up with 10 questions. Keep reading to see how the Olympian does…
Hold on to your seats! The SI Kids IN YOUR FACE 3D App is throwing you right into the action. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the exciting 3D photographs that jump out from your iPad. Based on the popular book, these 3D photos will truly make you feel like you’re part of the game. Get ready to catch a pass from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, block a shot with NBA star Carlos Boozer, and cruise down a mountain with Olympic snowboarders.