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Mark Van Deusen is the Copy Manager at WHOOP. Before joining WHOOP, Mark served as the Managing Editor and Head Writer for CelticsLife.com. He was also a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a contributor at Yahoo Sports. A former tennis coach, Mark graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies.

‘Bat Boy’ to Bronze Medalist – Snowboarder Alex Deibold Answers 9 Questions

Alex Deibold won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. We spoke to Alex last month about his introduction to the sport, his fascinating journey to the medal podium four years ago, and how he incorporates WHOOP into his training. Unfortunately, Alex fell just shy of making the U.S. team…

From the Backyard to the Olympics, Literally – Tucker West’s Story

“My family and I have always kind of been Olympic nerds,” Tucker West told us. “Every time they’re on, we watch non-stop from the opening to closing ceremonies, we absolutely love it. I first saw luge when I was seven years old during the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. It just seemed so cool…

‘Ultimate Sledding’ – 9 Questions with Team USA’s Chris Mazdzer

Chris Mazdzer is a two-time Olympian who will once again be representing Team USA Luge at the 2018 winter games in PyeongChang. We had the opportunity to chat with Chris about his training, why he started using WHOOP, and what it’s like to slide down the ice at close to 90 miles per hour.  …

Best of 2017: Part 2 – WHOOP Athletes Doing Big Things, Most Popular Stories

With 2017 coming to a close, we’re taking a look back at the top stories of the year through the lens of WHOOP. Part 1 focused on the big moments in big sports. In today’s Part 2, we celebrate the individual accomplishments of some of our favorite athletes, and share some of the year’s most…

Best of 2017: Part 1 – Big Moments in Big Sports

With 2017 coming to a close, we’re taking a look back at the top stories of the year through the lens of WHOOP. In today’s Part 1, we focus on the big moments in big sports.   Last spring, Time Magazine published a feature on WHOOP entitled “Why Professional Athletes Love This Fitness Band.” Right…

Team Thrive is Thriving! HRV on the Rise

In last week’s Thriving Holiday Travel story, we mentioned we’d be looking for signs of improvement in Team Thrive’s data as the holiday season progresses. We’re pleased to report that in the four weeks since the team began, we’ve found one very clear indication of success–HRV (heart rate variability) is on the rise! From November…

Team Thrive Spotlight: Spartan Pro Alyssa Hawley

How WHOOP Helped Win a Medal at the Spartan World Championships   Earlier this month, Team Thrive member Alyssa Hawley topped the leaderboard for Strain on two consecutive days. On Saturday December 2, Hawley posted a Strain of 20.6 (out of a possible 21). The next day, she followed it up with a 20.7: “I…

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