Twin Cities YMCA Revamps Approach To Youth SportsWe love our pro, college and high school sports, don't we? But the truth is, right now, youth sports in America is really struggling. According to a study by the Sports Fitness Industry Association, participation among kids age 6 to 17 has declined more than 9 percent in the last five years.
St. Paul's Gwen Jorgensen Races To Record Sixth Triathlon WinGwen Jorgensen became the first woman to win six career ITU World Triathlon Series events, topping the field Saturday at Grant Park. Jorgensen, the Olympian from St. Paul, Minnesota, completed the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 33 seconds.
ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week For May 30, 2014: Caleb ButlerBlaine High School's Caleb Butler can run. In fact, he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. That's what makes him special, according to Coach Rob Nick. "He's a coach's dream. He does everything we ask of him, his effort is always outstanding, he gives us 100 percent," Nick said. "He's just an amazing athlete. His strength is unbelievable, and for a kid to be 6'3', 220 and to run 110 hurdles. He ran 300 hurdles, shot disc, he's going to run a 4X1 for us."
Eagan Sisters Head To Jr. OlympicsNatalie and Elena Windels share both a last name and a passion for track and field. “I like how you just get to accelerate and, like, just use all your power and try and finish and do the best that you can,” Elena said. Her sister Natalie is more succinct. “I just like running,” Natalie said. James Pipkens, the head sprints coach for Apple Valley High School, works closely with the sisters. He says there may be some sibling rivalry going on.
Cretin-Derham Hall Track Star Shines OnThere's something Cretin-Derham Hall sprinter Megan Linder tells herself every time she steps in the blocks. “Just, ‘I believe I can do it.’ It's kind of hard to say you can do it, because I'm a really humble person. I don't always say, like, ‘I just gonna win.’ It's never like that for me. It's like, ‘Gotta believe it to achieve it,’” Linder said.