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Get Motivated! 2 Athletes to Follow at The Games

Check out some of the lesser known, but no less amazing, athletes that are competing at the Games.

When it comes to the Games, everyone knows Sara Sigmundsdottir and Mat Fraser, but what about the lesser known talents out there that are representing their country and throwing down at the highest level in the sport.

Willy Georges

The alterations to Regionals competition in 2018 have allowed for a greater diversity of athletes to compete at The Games. As a result, there are many more European Athletes. One such rising star is Frenchman Willy Georges.

Explosive power

He finished in 3rd place overall in the worldwide Open and qualified in 4th place from the Europe Region. As his Open performances indicate, Nike athlete Willy Georges has exceptional ability when it comes to conditioning. His work rate is also clearly visible when you consider the way he has improved dramatically over the last few years.

Willy Georges Worldwide Open Rankings

  • 2018 – 3rd
  • 2017 – 118th
  • 20116 – 434th

He was the fittest man in France in 2017 and 2018. Learn more about Willy using the Nike App.

Willy is also strong and fast, and his former career as a professional Rugby player will serve him well when it comes to the odd objects and esoteric events that the 2018 Games will throw at him.

Strong, fast and dedicated

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Rugby teaches physicality, skill, composure, strength and conditioning in equal measure, and his performances at this high professional level will prepare him for the pressure of the events of Madison.

The sport has developed his ability to understand performance as a skill, and to apply this principle when it matters most. This is an important concept amongst the top athletes. It incorporates the ability to execute, and to understand how to clearly apply the hours spent training into the moments under the lights, in the arena itself, when the pressure is on and every second counts.

Willy Georges is also a keen outdoor enthusiast, spending time running, swimming and hiking outside in the natural landscape. This will serve him well at a Games where Castro has promised and planned a larger number of outdoor events.

He trains with Nike Metcon 4 from the Nike Training 2018 Collection because of the upgraded forefoot cushioning, enhanced support and improved durability. The entire collection is built for performance, durability and iconic style.

The French athlete trains with an open mind and a keen intelligence to help him improve himself across a broad range of different activities). He works a great deal on stability, training different planes of motion and unilateral movements.

Triplanar training is when we use movements in all three planes of motion. These planes are saggital (forward/backward), frontal (left/right, sometimes called coronal) and transverse (rotation). Try these tips from Willy:

  • Muscle attachment points are often not located on the front and backside of our bones, so we can take advantage of this to get greater muscle activation and recruitment by varying the angles of our lifts.
  • Try some of your regular lifts, but aim to lift a few inches away from your normal centre.
  • In doing so the lever arm changes so the weight will feel heavier, but you’ll also feel different muscles fire up compared to the normal version of the lift.
  • Try some off-centre lifting for yourself, just remember to start light

Niccolo Colli

This young Italian Athlete is 17, 70 kg and stands at 172 cm tall. 

The talented European won the Fall Series Throwdown, took 4th place Italian Showdown, 1st place Sicily Throwdown, 2nd place Battle of Milan and 2nd place in the Fall Series 2017.

He then managed to make it to the Games! Keep an eye on him during competition as he has already started to climb the leaderboard. His highest is a fourth place finish so far. Niccolo is also well know for his dedication and hard work. 

“I always think that no one is going to do the work for me. Also, when I don’t want to work out, I bear in mind that there is someone, somewhere, that is not giving up, so, why should I?”

He is focused on the task on hand, and the end goal that he is working towards.

“My main goal is to become a better athlete, day after day. I try to give my best effort in each training session.”

Learn more about him using the Nike App.

Niccolo in action

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He is known for his quick pace and great engine and is competing at the Games in the 16/17 Division. Here is an example of a quick conditioning workout for you to try:

10 Rounds:

  • 10 Calories Assault Bike
  • 10 Push-ups hand release

Post training with a smile on his face

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Here he is training in the brand new Nike Metcon 4 from the 2018 Collection. 

Stable, supportive and responsive to quick movements

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