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A three-part series of our favorite stories to tell: Jordan Burroughs winning his third straight World title just a month after breaking his ankle, all while extending his US record winning streak to 65-0.
Follow along with the Flo crew in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Siberia), in the summer of 2013. They traveled halfway around the world to cover the Russian National Championships.
PA high school wrestler Austin DeSanto lost to World Class phenom Spencer Lee in the state finals as a junior, losing by tech fall. He dedicated the next year of his life to avenging that loss. And that's exactly what he did.
Ben Askren went from being a good wrestler to being a once-in-a-generation wrestler during his college years at the University of Missouri. He developed an unusual and innovative style which has become the norm in today's wrestling.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have a very intense aura about them. See the lighter side of things in Iowa City, IA.
After wrestling in the 2012 Olympics, Jake Herbert thought his career was over. Three years later he made a comeback, coupled with Flo's Mark Bader who decided to compete for the first time in over 10 years.
Dan Dennis retired after no qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials. He moved to California and lived out of his truck. The fire inside never died and he returned to Iowa to give it one last run and ended up making the 2016 Olympic team.
A two-time Olympian and four-time World Team member, Daniel Cormier came from humble beginnings and has made a great life for himself and his family.
We get to know UFC fighter Frankie Edgar a little better and find out what motivated him to be the best.
Growing up in the sport of wrestling was tough for girls. Helen Maroulis made the most of it and had lots of ups and downs before eventually becoming the first female wrestler to win Olympic gold for the United States.
What looked to be Kerry McCoy's chance to become a world champion turned out to be politics. He was denied the opportunity when a call was changed after a match had finished.
J'den Cox is one of the most talented wrestlers on the planet, but things haven't always been easy for the man from Missouri. He has dealt with his share of demons in the past, but it's how he is managing them that makes the difference.
Mark Perry grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, nephew of John Smith, the greatest American wrestler and head coach at Oklahoma State University. So it came as a surprise when Mark went to the University of Iowa. It all comes to a head when Mark faces Oklahoma State's Johny Hendricks in the NCAA finals.
What happens when a man goes from a hot prospect in the UFC to the world of independent wrestling? In the case of Matt Riddle, that man becomes one of the hottest properties in the game. Riddle went from having his hand raised in four straight UFC bouts to being released from the promotion for failing a second drug test for marijuana metabolites. He took his athletic gifts to professional wrestling and has not looked back. Now a top star for a variety of promotions, most notably EVOLVE, Riddle has turned "Bro" into one of the key words in independent wrestling.
Centered around the premiere of "Foxcatcher," we get inside the mind of Mark Schultz as we talk about his life, wrestling career, brother Dave and Foxcatcher.
One of the most intimidating figures in American wrestling, there is so much more to who Steve Mocco is. From family tragedy to pursuit of excellence at both Iowa and Oklahoma State, all while dreaming of Olympic gold.
We get deep with one of the greatest American wrestlers in history. As he was preparing for the 2016 Olympics, Jordan Burroughs explains to us how he got to the position he is in today.
This series chronicles the man who dominated the US heavyweight division for eight years, Tervel Dlagnev. A highly cerebral wrestler, Dlagnev talks about his struggle with OCD, a condition that affects him on and off the mat.
One of the most colorful wrestlers in America, Pat Downey is known as a "bad boy" but get's the job done at the World Team Trials in 2019. We follow along with him and coach Reece Humphrey and go behind the scenes with them for the journey.
Coming off of a cadet World Title, we travel to Izmir, Turkey, as Aaron Pico moves up to the junior division in one of the toughest tournaments in the world. Add in protests and riots in the street and this is one entertaining series.
Travel to Siberia in the dead of winter and get embedded with Team USA as they compete in the Yarygin, the toughest tournament in the world.
One of the finest American high school and college wrestlers, Cary Kolat was ahead of his time. From 1997-2000 he made every World and Olympic team and had some gut-wrenching losses, where year after year it seemed like they were out to get him.
This film chronicles the decade long Olympic journey of legendary wrestler Terry Brands, offering unprecedented access inside the life and mind of one of the sport’s most iconic and enigmatic figures. This retrospective examination of Terry’s successes and failures is set against the exhilarating backdrop of the 2015 US Open in Las Vegas as Terry guides protege and Olympic hopeful Anthony Ramos in his second year of international competition.
No matter how you feel about him, Thomas Gilman is one of the most polarizing and cryptic wrestlers we have ever seen. From his physical, attacking style on the mat to his brutally honest answers in interviews, Gilman had the eye of every wrestling fan anytime he stepped on the mat or in front of camera. But there's more to Gilman beyond what fans see on the mat. Dan Dennis describes him as a hippie and maybe even a geek. For the first time go inside the life and mind of three-time All-American and world team member, Thomas Gilman.
Allie Ostrander is a rare distance gem found on the remote Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. A three-time state cross country champion and 10:03 two-miler on the track, the small-framed Ostrander had a mountainous rise that mystified and intrigued a nation.
We followed the No. 1-ranked Colorado Buffaloes as they prepared to defend their NCAA cross country title. This year's team is being touted as the best Colorado squad ever, quite the statement considering the long history of success that Coach Mark Wetmore has had. That history includes six national titles for Wetmore's Buffs in his 20 years at CU, four on the men's side and two on the women's. This has created an aura surrounding the man who has led so many teams to the promised land. As we follow the Colorado men in their build-up to a title defense, the question remains: What is the Wetmore Factor?
We followed the Georgetown Hoyas women's team as they prepared for the 2014 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on November 22. The excitement, tension, and nerves of a national championship are exhilarating, and we were there to witness it all.
Inika McPherson was hooked on the high jump from the moment she learned about the event as a kid growing up in Port Arthur, Texas. But the opportunity to jump was nearly taken away from her when McPherson “went into the dark,” where a cocaine suspension and jail time threatened her passion and her life. Coming out of the dark was just the beginning for this unlikely Olympian whose journey is far from over.
A two-part documentary series on the storied career of Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson.
Armand "Mondo" Duplantis earned his nickname as a 7-year-old, when he set his first age-group world record in the pole vault. Now, the 17-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native owns world age-group records for 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12- and 17-year-olds; at the Texas Relays this year, his 5.90m PB demolished the world junior record. He's defeated 2015 world champion Shawn Barber and Rio Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz da Silva. The son of former pro pole vaulter and record-setter Greg Duplantis will represent his mother's native Sweden at the senior level IAAF World Championships in London this summer. Did we mention he's a junior in high school?
A five-part docu-series following the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks during their 2019 cross country season.
Obea Moore was one of the greatest high school athletes of all time. He still holds the World Youth Best over 400m, a blistering 45.14 set in 1995, while his John Muir High School team remains the fastest boy's 4x400m relay in Penn Relays history, with Moore's split still the fastest (45.08) of all time. Moore's future looked so bright, but what happened?
Shalane Flanagan used to run like a kamikaze. She would run so hard trying to beat people from the moment the gun went off, that she wouldn’t even finish races. Shalane had to change her training. She now holds American records including the indoor 3K and 5K, as well as the 10K — a race in which she captured the Olympic bronze medal. Her next challenge: pushing herself to the next level of endurance, and qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in the marathon.
After finishing second to Florida at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Houston Cougars, led by Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis, went home to train and prepare for another shot at the NCAA title this summer.
When Sydney McLaughlin made the Olympics for Team USA as a 16-year-old last summer, she became the youngest track and field athlete to do so in more than 40 years. The game-changer may become the best 400m hurdler the world has ever seen but right now, she’s very much still a normal teenager — most of the time. McLaughlin gave FloTrack a tour of her New Jersey high school and reflected on her past and future in the sport of track and field in this exclusive documentary.
Get an inside look of the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program featuring 5K global medalist Paul Chelimo, 10K Team USA member Shadrack Kipchirchir, and eight-time NCAA Champion Lawi Lalang.
Nick Rodriguez burst onto the grappling scene in 2019, storming the elite level of the sport with under two years of submission grappling experience. Although known to hardcore followers of the scene, he was still a mystery to many when he showed up at ADCC and defeated Mahamed Aly, Orlando Sanchez, and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu on his way to a silver medal in the +99kg division. This is the story of that tournament.
The tale of 12 athletes living in the gym at Pedigo Submission Fighting and chasing their dreams of becoming jiu-jitsu world champions.
Watch FloGrappling's All Access training camp journal as Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon, Tom DeBlass and the rest of the crew prepare at their home gym, Renzo Gracie Academy. Cameras were rolling as we traveled back and forth between New Jersey and New York to seek the most competitive ADCC training in the world. Hear from Danaher, Renzo, and the whole crew as they collectively work towards gold at the 2017 ADCC World Championships.
Groundbreaking technical innovator Eddie Bravo is known as having revolutionized the way we think about no-gi jiu-jitsu. As he explains in Part 1 of our feature documentary "Building an Empire," his obsession with jiu-jitsu had an unusual origin – everything began while he was pursuing a music career in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Discover why he went all-in on jiu-jitsu and find out how his dreams came true in an episode that reveals a side of Eddie Bravo few people have ever seen.
At only 24 years old, Gordon effortlessly plows through the most elite competitors in the sport and proves why he is the best in the world. Stand alongside Gordon every step of the way as he submits his way to the top and watch as he gets crowned the ADCC absolute champion.
In April 2018 Andre Galvao decided to give one more shot at glory when he was invited to one of the biggest jiu-jitsu tournaments in the world. The Abu Dhabi King of Mats tournament invited only the top black belts from around the globe to compete in a round-robin style bracket to definitively crown a 2018 King of Mats champion. Andre Galvao walks us through his competition day and takes us on a few wild adventures through the desert country. Riding camels, exploring mosques and much more, "King of the Mat" has it all!
True Warrior features none other than one of the biggest stars of the jiu-jitsu competition scene, World champion Mackenzie Dern. In this intimate and revealing film, you'll see Mackenzie training in preparation for both the IBJJF World Championships and her MMA debut. Get to know one of the most charismatic and beloved stars from the sport of jiu-jitsu.
The 2016 IBJJF Masters World Championships was one of the most exciting and action-packed tournaments of the year. Saulo and Xande Ribeiro are two of the most decorated competitors in the history of jiu-jitsu. Together they storm Las Vegas to take the competition and prove just how powerful their bond is. In the final FloFilms series of the year go behind the scenes and along for the ride as Xande Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato Jr., and Saulo Ribeiro string us through an epic adventure. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the brotherhood that is jiu-jitsu, you will not want to miss this series!
At this point Mikey Musumeci is undoubtedly the greatest American jiu-jitsu black belt competitor there ever was, and the scary part is, at 22 years old he's only getting started. Known as the hardest worker in the room, Mikey became obsessed with jiu-jitsu techniques at an early age and has been steadily climbing toward achieving history in the sport ever since. In this 40-minute documentary, we get a look into the mind of Mikey Musumeci. He has a jiu-jitsu perspective unlike any other. From the early days of training with stuffed animals to climbing the ranks of black belt and beyond we leave no stone unturned in The New Guard: Mikey Musumeci and tell the story of jiu-jitsu's most beloved champion.
First up is the story of Alliance's most decorated colored belt competitors, Roberto Jimenez. One of jiu-jitsu's most prolific prodigies in the sport today, Jimenez started jiu-jitsu at the age of 4 and has been dominating the competition scene for years. In this 40-minute documentary feature you'll learn how Roberto got into the sport, why he hated it at first and how he was able to excel at the highest level with the help of his family, Tarsis Humphreys, and six-time World Champion Lucas Lepri.
Emily Gaskins left CGA and returned to her family in Florida, not knowing what her gymnastics future would hold. The pressure to find an elite gym and a late-night phone call led Gaskins to legendary coach Steve Nunno. Hear about their journey together and get an exclusive look into their training.
Jesolo takes you through the Juniors all-around and team competition. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the 2015 City of Jesolo Trophy including the return of Olympic Champions Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas and the first meet of 2015 for World Champion Simone Biles.
Go Beyond the Routine with Junior National Champion Maile O'Keefe and see what it takes to develop one of the top elite gymnasts in the country. Hear about the ups and downs of her elite career culminated with her winning the Junior National All-Around title at the P&G Championships.
Simone Biles: Golden Girl covers Simone's journey to her first World title. Hear about her childhood, how she came to Texas, and why she got started in gymnastics. Relive Simone's quick ascent that led to her shocking the world and winning the 2013 Worlds All-Around title.
Get insight into the training and lives of these incredible athletes and coaches in Beyond the Routine: Texas Dreams II. We checked in with the Texas Dreams juniors, including Emma Malabuyo, Colbi Flory, Kiya Johnson, Abigail Walker, and Annie Beard. Guided by coaches Kim Zmeskal Burdette and Chris Burdette, these gymnasts are dreaming big and working hard to make their dreams a reality.
Trinity Thomas was meant to be a gymnast. As a child, she would flip around the house with her sisters, and after falling and putting a hole through her wall at home, her mom put her into a gymnastics class. Trinity immediately fell in love with the sport and her natural talent was apparent from the start. She's gone through struggles and injuries like any other gymnast, but her perseverance and determination is paying off.
Our Beyond the Routine with World Olympic Gymnastics Academy gives you an unprecedented look at arguably the best gym in the entire country. WOGA is home to two Olympic all-around champions, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin, and in this feature we will give you an inside look at WOGA's latest World Champions, Madison Kocian and Alyssa Baumann.
"Being Brent Fikowski" explores the mind and practice of the most interesting man in CrossFit. With a full-time job completely unrelated to fitness, Fikowski became one of the fittest people on earth. On top of that, Fikowski only trains four or five months out of the year. The discipline, the effort, the training, the nutrition, the lifestyle — it's all there.
In 2015 Mattie Rogers, the future of American weightlifting, traveled to compete internationally at Junior Pan Ams, making her mark on the Weightlifting world. Follow her as she trains and competes for gold on one of the biggest stages in the sport.
"The Lion Killer: Donny Shankle" follows one of the world's most intriguing athletes. Go inside the mind of Shankle, a five-time national champion who trained at both the Olympic Training Center and under Ivan Abadjiev.
The NFL Combine is the most grueling job application in the world. A select group of athletes is invited to earn a spot in The League. They perform physically, showing off their athletic prowess, and are aggressively interviewed with surprising and brain-teasing questions over the course of a weekend. The athletes are tested physically and mentally with millions of dollars on the line.
The preparation that goes into that job interview is intense and all-encompassing at Cal Strength's Combine Camp. Nutrition, physical training, mental training: it's all included and designed to make sure the athletes can show up to the Combine and perform. Dave Spitz's goal is simple: those athletes should show up and give the Combine their best and leave with no regrets.
In 2011, Noah Ohlsen volunteered as an employee at Regionals. In 2012, he qualified for Regionals and took 24th place. In 2013, he led after the first day of Regionals only to finish a disappointing seventh overall. In 2014, he won the SE Regional and finished eighth overall at the Crossfit Games. So what was in store for this workhorse in 2015? Ohlsen: "It's mine."
After being bullied through high school, Sam Dancer knew he could turn his own hardship into a platform that could help others: "I started to figure out what love was, and that it was this cure-all for everything, and I wanted to share that. And this ended up being the perfect platform for that."
In this documentary, Dancer walks us through the hazing he experienced in high school, which ultimately lead to the birth of his Pro Love/Hard As Nails campaign, the early stages of his CrossFit career, and the romantic tale of meeting his future wife, Jennifer Nobis-Dancer.
Jon North has been an addict, a national champion weightlifter, and is now looking to move into bodybuilding. Loud, aggressive, and powerful, he's a hot topic of talk and conversation in the world of weightlifting and fitness and we got a chance to crawl deep into his mind. This is what we saw.
Sierra and Sydney's journey as sisters and high-profile athletes. We traveled to Palm Springs, California, to capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment between the sisters. Learn about why they each chose their own path. Learn about why Sierra chose Michigan and why Sierra chose Oklahoma.
Born and raised in Texas, Cat Osterman began what would be a legendary career in her home state as a member of her Katy Cruisers club team. Choosing to remain in Texas for college when softball reigned supreme on the West Coast, Osterman became one of the most dominant strikeout pitchers the NCAA has ever seen. The former University of Texas Longhorn went on to win two Olympic medals and play eight seasons as a professional in the National Professional Fastpitch league. Follow along as we relive the career of Cat Osterman from her days with the Katy Cruisers to the Texas Longhorns to the US Olympic team to her career as a professional softball player.
Retrace Monica Abbott's rise to the top as one of the greatest pitchers in history. She would go on to shatter one NCAA record after another before joining Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Follow her remarkable journey from a little girl afraid of the ball to pitching phenom.
In 2016, Paige Lowary was on pace to have an incredible sophomore season on the mound for Missouri until one pitch in late February changed everything. From tragedy to triumph, Lowary shares her remarkable story.
Breaking a decade-old home run record seemed to be a precursor for what former Oklahoma Sooner Lauren Chamberlain was going to do next. So when ESPN called for her to be in the infamous Body Issue, the Home Run Queen answered with an emphatic, "Yes." What came after was a whirlwind of publicity, body shaming, and a journey to peace with herself. This is Lauren Chamberlain.
Get an intimate look behind the curtain of "Ghostlight" with the 2019 DCI World Champion Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are an organization whose foundation is based on excellence and pushing to perfection at the most opportune time of the season: finals day. Follow along with the winningest corps in DCI as they go from prelims, to semis, to finals and earn their 19th DCI World Championship... in 2019.
Spend time with the Bluecoats to see their process to perform on the activity's biggest stage — Lucas Oil Stadium during the DCI World Championships. The corps held the top spot for a majority of the 2019 season and took over the community by storm with their show inspired by The Beatles. "The Bluecoats" was a hit from day one of the 2019 season and culminated in one of the most incredible crowd responses to ever be seen at DCI finals — a chorus of thousands singing "Hey Jude" as they walk off the field for the final time.
See the full film of how the Carolina Crown members survive 60 days of tour while competing at the highest level in the marching arts. Follow members across all three sections as they fight for a DCI World Championship, the Texas heat, and life on the road.
In 2013, Joshua Hartman suffered a near-fatal crash at a bike race in New York City. The impact of the crash caused severe trauma to Hartman’s nose, cheekbone, and jaw. Because of swelling around his brain, doctors put him in a medically induced coma. Hartman's crash was also deeply traumatic for the New York area cycling community — in particular, the members of the predominately African-American club with whom Hartman raced: the Major Taylor Development Team. In this film, titled The Scar, we spend time with Hartman at his childhood home in East New York, we ride with the Major Taylor team in Prospect Park, and we explore how the trauma Hartman and the NYC community experienced also contributed to his comeback.
Simonsen: Leave It Behind tells the story of PBA star Anthony Simonsen’s tough rise to prominence. Simonsen became the youngest major champion in the sport’s history when he won the USBC Masters in 2016. But his ascension to the top hasn’t been easy. He came from a tough family environment with very little money and eventually dropped out of high school during his freshman year to become a professional bowler.
Step into the world of Michael Porter Jr., the nation’s top player and the leader of the No. 1 team in the country. It’s an unforgettable journey unlike any other seen in high school basketball. From the 6-foot-10 small forward’s move to Seattle to his dominant play for Nathan Hale (WA) under coach and former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy, this season was one for the record books. A perfect 29-0 record. A state championship. Countless honors and accolades. This is the life of a young superstar. Michael Porter Jr. was born to play basketball, and now his story comes to life.