An elegantly executed high jump can appear almost effortless. In reality, it’s a complex combination of athletic prowess, gymnastic flair, precision timing and mental toughness. SPIKES meets Alessia Trost, one of high jump’s hottest prospects, to find out more.
Johan Cronje trudged through 11 years of hurt, frustration and near-misses – but won a world 1500m bronze in Moscow last year. SPIKES charts the South African’s incredibly long and painful route to glory.
How running helped me win the speedway world title
It’s often said that athletics is the root of all sports. But what about a wacky motorsport like speedway? We chat to maverick world champ Tai Woffinden about how running helped him conquer the dirt track.
From decathlon debutant to world medallist in just three years, Canada’s Damian Warner has been fast-tracked to success. For his next trick, he must somehow beat world record holder Ashton Eaton. SPIKES finds out more.
Multiple award winning actress Meryl Streep was lucky enough to sit beside Olympic medal winning high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim at a sport’s dinner in Doha, Qatar. Here’s the story of the night, as told by Barshim.
After two seasons dominating the European circuit, 400m man Pavel Maslak is ready to take on the world. SPIKES chats to the European indoor and outdoor champion about doing mad martial arts, and why his trademark running sleeves won’t be coming off any time soon.
After six years training alongside the world’s fastest men, Xavier Brown wants to make athletes quicker in any sport. SPIKES tracked him down in Australia, where he has been helping rugby league players to go faster.
Some say it will never happen, but at SPIKES we like to think that a sub two-hour marathon is merely a matter of time. And with that, here are 13 reasons why @Statman_Jon reckons it might, just might, happen sooner than you think.
SPIKES meets the New York teenager who went from swimming wannabe to member of the world’s coolest running club. Mary Cain explains why she turned pro, and why she wouldn’t mind if coach Alberto Salazar broke her spikes before a race.
Even if Cool Runnings is your sole source of bobsleigh knowledge, you’ll know that track athletes possess the raw potential to be superb bobsleighers. Here’s your SPIKES guide to track and field’s little brother.
SPIKES chats to top sprints and jumps coach Rana Reider, who crossed the Atlantic to take up a leading position for UK Athletics in 2012. He reveals why GB is the place to be, and his airport problems with Christian Taylor and Dwight Phillips.
DeeDee Trotter: "Indoors is like track and field extreme"
Olympic 400m bronze medallist and relay supremo DeeDee Trotter talks to SPIKES about moving to LA; her ambitions to be a coach AND an actress, and why the indoor season is like the rollercoaster of the track.
Spanovic: "I need to jump seven metres as quickly as possible"
A world-class long jumper with a world-class name – and the work ethic to match. She strikes a fine gym selfie pose, too. Say hello to Ivana Spanovic, Serbia’s world bronze medallist who has her mind fixed on toppling the great Brittney Reese.