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Marthe Kristoffersen (born 11 August 1989 in Vannøya, Troms) is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since 2006. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, she finished 21st in the 30 km and 49th in the 10 km event.

At the 2009 World Championship in Liberec, she finished fourth in the 4 x 5 km, ninth in the individual sprint, and 12th in the 30 km events.

She has two World Cup victories, both in 4 x 5 km relays (2008, 2009). Kristoffersen also finished third at a 10 km event in Lahti on 8 March 2009.

Talented and truly lovely.

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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (born 22 January 1987 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian cross-country skier.

She skis with the IL Heming club in Oslo, near Holmenkollen. Her greatest achievement is winning the gold medal in sprint at the 2007 World Championships.

Another talented and lovely woman. My kind.

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Heidi Weng (born 20 July 1991) is a Norwegian cross-country skier and runner.

In cross country skiing her best individual World Cup finish is a third place in Lahti in March 2012. She has won three gold medals at the Junior World Championships, two in relay and one in pursuit. She is a Norwegian senior champion in fell running in 2010, and placed fourth at the World Junior Championships in the same year. She is also a Norwegian junior champion in cross-country running. She hails from Ytre Enebakk, but represents the club IL i BUL. Weng won the bronze medal at the skiathlon event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Such a talented and lovely woman. My kind.

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Kathrin Längert (born 4 June 1987) is a German footballer and goalkeeper. She currently plays for FC Rosengård (Swedish League Champion 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) in Malmö/Sweden. Her previous clubs were FCR 2001 Duisburg (Women Champions League winner in 2009) and FC Bayern Munich (Two Cup golds in 2011 and 2012).

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Marie Dorin Habert, born on the 19th of June 1986 in Lyon, is a French biathlete. She won an Olympic bronze medal in the sprint at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, where she also won the silver medal in the women’s relay. She also won awards in the World Championships, two silvers and a bronze in the women’s relay, and a silver and a bronze in the mixed relay. In parallel to her sports career, she has continued her studies in biology and environmental issues.

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Maya Gabeira (born April 10, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro) is a professional big wave surfer from Brazil.

In 2009, Gabeira won the ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. Later that year, Gabeira surfed the biggest wave ever by a female when she successfully surfed a 45-foot wave at Dungeons, a big wave surf spot in South Africa. In 2010, she was awarded with the Billabong Girls Best Overall Performance Award for a record four straight years in a row. Gabeira’s current sponsors include Billabong and Red Bull.

Gabeira’s father is Fernando Gabeira, one of the founding members of the Green Party of Brazil. Her father is also a former member of a guerilla group responsible for the kidnapping of the US Ambassador in Brazil, Charles Elbrick, in 1969. Since early 2011 she has been dating Australian actor Jesse Spencer. (via Wikipedia)


Louisa Nécib (born 23 January 1987) is a French women’s international footballer who plays for French club Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine. She plays as a central attacking midfielder and is described as a “gifted playmaker” who “possesses superb technique”. Nécib is also known for her “elegant possession, sublime passing skills, and cultured touch on the ball”. She has been labeled by the French media as “the female Zidane”, primarily due to having an Algerian background, growing up in Marseille like Zidane, and having immense skill.

Nécib began her football career playing for local youth clubs in her hometown of Marseille, such as Union Sportive Marseille and Celtic de Marseille. With the latter club, she made her senior team debut in 2003 and, in the following season, helped the club win the Division 3 Féminine. In 2004, Nécib was selected to attend CNFE Clairefontaine, the women’s section of the Clairefontaine academy. She spent two years at the training center, and in 2006, departed for Montpellier of the Division 1 Féminine. In her only season with Montpellier, Nécib helped the team win the 2006–07 edition of the Challenge de France. After departing Montpellier, she joined Lyon. Since joining the club, Nécib has won a slew of trophies, which include four league titles, one Challenge de France, and one UEFA Women’s Champions League title. For her performances during the 2008–09 season, she was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Female Player of the Year.

Nécib is a former French women’s youth international having represented her nation at all levels for which she was eligible. At under-19 level, she played on the teams that reached the 2004 and 2005 editions of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. With the under-20 team, Nécib played at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship scoring a goal in the group stage against Argentina as France reached the quarter-finals. Prior to playing in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, Nécib made her senior international debut in February 2005 in a friendly match against Norway. Two years later in March 2007, Nécib scored her first senior international goal in a UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 qualifying victory over Greece. She has participated in three major international tournaments for her country; the 2005 and 2009 editions of UEFA Women’s Euro and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the latter competition, Nécib acted as the playmaker and contributed to the team that finished in fourth place.

Nécib was born on 23 January 1987 in the city of Marseille to parents of Algerian origin. Her father emigrated to France from Biskra, while her mother moved to France from Oran. Nécib was raised in Busserine, a quarter located in the northern suburbs of the 14th arrondissement of Marseille and has a brother and sister. After signing with Lyon, Nécib enrolled at the Université Lyon 1 with hopes of completing her undergraduate studies in Sciences et techniques des activités physiques et sportives (STAP) (English: Science and Technology of Sport and Physical Activity). She developed an interest in football at a young age, prior to which she trained in gymnastics. She, initially, did not look at the future prospects of women’s football and played mainly for recreation with males stating “I’d always played with the boys in my neighborhood” and “I didn’t plan to join a club because, to be honest, I didn’t know girls’ teams existed. Then, one day I found out there was a club in the 14th arrondissement and I signed up”.

Nécib primarily plays as a central attacking midfielder, but can also occupy the roles of a deep-lying midfielder and a winger. Domestically, she primarily plays in the playmaker role, while at international level, she plays as a winger in Bruno Bini’s 4–3–3 formation. Two of Nécib’s most common exemplary traits is her vision and passing, which has been described as “one-of-a-kind” and “sublime”, respectively. She is also known for her distinct understanding of the game, which has led to her developing “a great football IQ”. Her understanding has allowed her to determine “when to take a defender on one-on-one, how to find a teammate with a slide-rule pass, and how to exploit tight spaces to create scoring chances for herself and her cohorts”. Since making her debut with Celtic de Marseille, Nécib’s playing style, ability, and cultural background have drawn comparisons to French legend Zinedine Zidane. The midfielder admits its an honour to be compared to Zidane, but has regularly attempted to disassociate herself from the player stating “Being compared to Zidane is really nice, but I don’t think it can harm me because I’ve been hearing it since I was very young. It always makes me proud, but as I always say, I don’t think you can compare anyone to him. He’s unique”. While training at the Clairefontaine academy in 2004, Nécib met Zidane, who was at the training center in preparation for 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. The two players exchanged shirts and the shirt Nécib acquired from Zidane is currently in the possession of her father.


Frida Wallberg born April 28 (Height:169 cm, Weight:63 kg), 1983 in Åtvidaberg in Östergötland, Sweden. Wallberg is Sweden’s most successful female boxer. As an amateur, she won 48 of 53 matches before she turned pro in 2004. She has won the Nordic championship two times and the Swedish championship six times and is currently in the lightweight champion of WIBF. 27 November 2010 Frida defeated the Canadian boxer Olivia Gerula, which meant that Frida Wallberg took over the coveted WBC belt.

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Alexandra “Ali” Lowe Riley (born 30 October 1987) is an American-born New Zealand association football player who is currently a member of the LdB FC Malmö in Damallsvenskan. Riley is a member of the New Zealand women’s national football team. She captained the Stanford soccer team to two NCAA semi-finals and one final.

Born in Los Angeles, California to parents John Graham Riley and Beverly Fong Lowe, Ali attended Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California. She was named captain of the soccer team during her senior season and was a two-time Mission League Offensive MVP as well as a two-time first-team San Fernando Valley selection. As a senior, she helped lead the Wolverines to the 2006 Southern Section Division I final and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team. Riley also competed for local soccer clubs, the Westside Breakers Soccer Club and SoCal United. Riley attended Stanford University and played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2006 to 2009. During her freshman year, she started in fifteen of the eighteen matches she played. She played forward and made four goals with two assists. As a sophomore, she played sixteen games and started in fourteen of them. She scored two goals and had two assists. During her junior year, Riley converted from her position at forward to an outside back, which is what she plays for the New Zealand National Team. As a senior, Riley started in each of the twenty-four games and scored one goal with one assist.


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In January 2010, Riley was selected as the tenth pick in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft by FC Gold Pride. While she plays on her natural right wing-back position for the NZ Women’s National Team, she plays professionally as a left wing-back and had three assists in the 2010 run to the WPS championship by FC Gold Pride. Riley won the WPS Rookie of the Year award.

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Riley signed for Western New York Flash for the 2011 season becoming a free agent after FC Gold Pride failed to find financial backers. In the 2011 season Riley was a finalist for Defender of the year as the Flash swept both the league season title and then won the 2011 WPS Championship. In 2012, Riley resigned with Western New York Flash for the 2012 season, however, the league folded before play began.

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With the suspension of the WPS, she then signed with LdB FC Malmö, Swedish League Champions. In her first game, (the Supercuppen) she assisted on the winning goal.
In October 2012 Riley resigned with LdB FC Malmö for the 2013 season.

Riley represented New Zealand at the 2006 Women’s U-20 World Cup finals. She was named Player of the game v. Russia. She made her Football Ferns debut in a 0–5 loss to Australia on 6 February 2007, and represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in China, where they lost to Brazil 0–5, Denmark (0–2) and China (0–2). Riley also played every minute for the New Zealand squad in the 2008 Summer Olympic games where they drew with Japan (2–2) before losing to Norway(0–1) and the United States (0–4). Riley’s first international goal was scored in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup as New Zealand qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup with an 11-0 win over Papua New Guinea. On 27 June 2011 Riley earned her 50th A-international cap in a 2-1 loss to Japan in New Zealand’s opening group stage match at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the final seconds of extra time in the match v. Mexico she assisted on the tying goal that gave the Football Ferns their first point in a World Cup final. In the 2012 Olympics Riley played every minute of the Football Ferns’ four games. In the preliminary round games the Ferns lost 0-1 to Great Britain and Brazil and beat Cameroon 3-1. This was the first victory by a NZ football team in the Olympics. With the victory the Ferns advanced to the second round based on goal differential. In the quarter-final the Ferns played the USA losing 0-2.


• Nike Junior Women’s Player of the Year 2006
• Nike National Women’s Player of the Year 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• Oceania Football Confederation Women’s Player of the Year 2009, 2010

• All American (NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America)
• Scholar All American (NSCAA)
• All Pac10 First team
• All Pac10 Scholar Athlete of the year

• Stanford University, Pat Strathairn Best Competitive Athlete Award

• Rookie of the year

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The left defender started 23 games for regular season champions FC Gold Pride this season and had three assists. Her solid defensive play helped FC Gold Pride lead the league in team defence with just 19 goals allowed, while her consistently aggressive runs up the left flank and dangerous crosses created opportunities and space for FC Gold Pride’s forwards throughout the season.
• All Pro selection (First XI)

• Finalist, Defender of the year
• All Pro selection (First XI)

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Maja Ivarsson, (born 2 October 1979) is a Swedish singer and lead vocalist of the Swedish indie rock band The Sounds.

The Sounds were formed in 1998 in Helsingborg, by childhood friends guitarist and vocalist Felix Rodriguez and bassist Johan Bengtsson, who later invited drummer Fredrik Nilsson on board. Maja Ivarsson’s striking presence and personality led to an invitation to be their lead singer. They met Jesper Anderberg during the Hultsfred Festival by chance and invited him to join their band. He plays piano, guitar, synthesizers and does back-up vocals.

The Sounds are active on the touring circuit, including the United States. Their first tour was in the wake of their 2003 smash “Living in America” (both the song and the album), although their touring conditions were a far cry from the sheen of the video for the song. They have been to the “Southern Finland triangle” (Turku, Tampere and Helsinki) many times, but their tour in the fall of 2006 showcased them in additional inland and coastal towns. After that they went on international tour and were in Portugal in 2007. In 2008 they began a tour of Europe and North America that ended at the end of summer 2009. The band opened for No Doubt alongside Paramore during a U.S. tour over the summer of 2009. These proved to be successful exposure for them as their popularity on myspace, Twitter and their Street Team has increased dramatically. Most of the shows on their tour involved opening for No Doubt, while some of their headlining shows featured opening act Hey Champ. The Sounds headlined a 2009 US tour with supporting acts Semi Precious Weapons and Foxy Shazam and a tour in Europe with supporting act Matt & Kim to promote their album, Crossing the Rubicon.

In 2002, Ivarsson collaborated with Andreas Mattson in the song “Free Free Free” which was released on the soundtrack for the German film Big Girls Don’t Cry. Ivarsson was featured in Cobra Starship’s single and music video “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)”, for the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. The widely advertised film gave an enormous amount of publicity to Ivarsson and her band, especially in America. In March 2011, Ivarsson signed for a promotion campaign by American hair care company Sebastian Professional. Earlier fashion-related appearances included the Berlin Fashion Week in January 2011 where The Sounds played during the presentation of a German fashion label. Ivarsson is featured on the song “We Are Rebels” by Alice in Videoland from their 2008 album She’s A Machine! and on All Time Low’s song “Guts” on their 2011 album Dirty Work. She also collaborated with Felix Cartal on the song “Tonight” from his 2012 album Different Faces.

Ivarsson found Roxy Music and their song “Love Is the Drug” a big inspiration; references to this song and Bryan Ferry can be found in The Sounds’ single “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Depeche Mode and Bruce Springsteen were popular when she was young and she found the Depeche Mode song “My Secret Garden” particularly mesmerizing until her brother translated the lyrics for her (she did not yet speak English), at which point she refused to listen to the rest of the translation. She has also admitted to having a crush on Billy Idol when she was a child. The band has been likened to Blondie. Ivarsson has an eclectic taste in music, having claimed to like electronica as well as Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, and music by Otis Redding, Dolly Parton, Slipknot and Simon & Garfunkel.

She began playing the French horn at the age of 8 and at 14 she took up the electric guitar. She is also a composer and lyricist, even though most of The Sounds’ songs are written by the other band members. Around the age of 8 she took up karate, Thai boxing and kickboxing. She has six tattoos: a tribal sun on the inside of her left forearm, Modesty Blaise (a 1960s-era British comic book character) on her right outer forearm, three dots between her right thumb and index finger, a sparrow on the right side of her neck, an anchor on her outer left arm, and lip prints on her inner right biceps. The three dot tattoo and anchor tattoo are in memory of her father, who was a sailor. The dots symbolize having traveled the seven seas.

When asked by an interviewer in Out Magazine, Ivarsson characterized herself as bisexual. When asked what kind of sexual partners she prefers, she replied, “I like very feminine girls. And very masculine boys. Kind of boring in a way. If I was dating a guy – I like it almost when you can’t make up your mind if they’re good looking or not. I don’t like pretty boys at all.”In previous interviews, she confirmed her status as “a member of the queer community.” She was in a 7 year relationship with a woman but in 2010 they broke up. She is now in a relationship with a man. (via Wikipedia)

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