Records for Running: Wallace Spearmon

If there ever were a Mohammed Ali of the track world, Wallace Spearmon could claim that title. He’s tall (6’3”), sleek (185 lbs) muscular, intelligent and pretty. His name is often coupled with two words: sexy and runner.

As Fayetteville High School alum, Wallace Spearmon began his athletic career as an Arkansas Razorback. He dominated in the sprint events. As a result, he gathered several accolades during his college career. He was a four-time NCAA champion, five-time All-American, two-time SEC Champion and American record holder in 200 meter. These accolades were a sign; a sign that he’d continue to run and wow the world.

Wallace Spearmon ended his college career early and joined Nike’s team. It was an event that took him abroad to other countries, leading to more wins and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2007, he won a gold medal for the World Outdoor 4-by-100 meter and a silver medal for an USA Outdoor 200 meter. At the Olympic Games, he faced controversy for stepping out of his lane, which led to his disqualification. However, considering that it was his first Olympics, he represented his country well. Spearmon was also able to place high in several of the 200 meter heats, showing everyone that he is a stellar runner.

Wallace Spearmon will surely get his name a place in history as a record breaking runner with an excellent, professional running career. Like Mohammed Ali, he dances like a butterfly and stings like a bee. We will surely hear more about him in the future. My guess? He’ll be a record-breaking runner in the next Olympics. Spearmon will be the guy giving the other runners a lot of competition and running squarely inside his lane.


How ironic that the winning design was worn by the designer who was sent home? Here’s the rundown from last night.

The challenge: Design an outfit for another contestant. The catch – the outfit has to fit a musical genre, ie. rock ‘n roll, punk or hip hop.

The winner:
SS: Korto, those pants are pretty hot. When paired with all the accessories, the outfit was within the genre but outside of the box. Way to go, chick.

JF: Korto, way to go! I’m not surprised because Korto has mad skills. To go outside of what she usually does and win it, really shows her talent.

The loser:
SS: Rock ‘n roll shouldn’t be boring. And the look Jerell was wearing, designed by Suede, was a bit boring. Don’t get me wrong, the pants looked hot and the vest had a nice design, too. But the shirt made it look a bit too Godspell, with the sternum exposed. The sternum exposure was the only risk taken in the whole outfit. A bit too safe, and let’s face it, rock ‘n roll is never safe!

JF: Suede, you played it a little too safe. However, I know why Kenley gets to stay, drama. She had no clue what hip hop was. And to have one of the kings of hip hop (LL Cool J) as the guest judge, should have gotten Kenley the boot for that outfit. But like I said she’s drama, and drama equals ratings. Fine. It’s not like Suede was that awesome anyway, and as her outfit showed, she really missed the mark by miles. Bye-bye Suede, bye-bye.

It’s really getting down to the wire. The next challenge determines the final three who will go to New York Fashion Week. Come on, you can tell us, who won’t be going there?

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Blog World Expo '08 Twitter Party Gone Viral!

That’s right! We’ve decided to kick Brett off of the mic and let the true talent, our Twittering guests, do all ot the talking.

Brett H. For Blog Publisher

It’s election season here in Zappos Blogland, and the attack ads are getting fierce. Here is my ad to show the Real Vanessa L.

Shark Swimmin'

Lynn, our User Experience Queen here at Zappos, is a thrill seeker by nature. She has more energy than our entire blog team put together, I also wanted to point out.

So, Lynn, in her infinite madness, has decided that, for her upcoming vacation, she would kick back, relax, and swim with sharks in the waters near Guadalupe Island. It’s one of the worlds capitials for Great White Shark populations… know….the kind of shark that Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and the scary boat captain dude were trying to catch. Ahhh….the calm soothing grooves of possible death.

And, since, today is her last day before heading off to ‘relax’, our design and UX teams decided to comfort her nerves with a homemade shark cage (made with great care by John F. and Sara M.).

Just about everyone in two buildings were in on this, and Lynn seemed to be completely surprised.

Have fun, Lynn. Da-Da.

A Nerf Strike is Imminent in Dev/Finance

Las Vegas, NV— Tensions are rising as our Development team and Finance team are ignoring requests for talk of a cease fire of the ongoing Nerf war. Both teams have given up on peace talks, and the rumors of war are abound.

There has even been talk of a premptive strike against Finance from Development, and these rumors were proven today as Alex K., stated, “We feel that we need to strike before their arsenal of Nerf weapons grows any larger. I don’t think we can wait, it might be too late”.

Finance has stock piled some large Nerf machine guns and bows and arrows.

There is even infighting in both camps, our reporter Brett Houchin was caught in a crossfire today and it was caught on film.

The Blog Team will be here to keep you filled in on this developing story.

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Death Defying Climbs: Ayers Rock

Mention Australia to the average person and they probably will think of three things: kangaroos, koalas and Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee, the rugged outdoorsman played by comedian Paul Hogan in a popular series of films. The Dundee character, who lived in Australia’s Northern Territory, earned his nickname after allegedly surviving a crocodile attack.

For climbers, the Northern Territory offers something more enticing than a wisecracking crocodile fighter, namely the destination called Mount Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, this mountain attracts thousands of visitors each year, many of whom are bound and determined to climb to the top of this unique formation.

Located in Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Ayers Rock is just 986 feet, but the climb to the top is fairly steep, even for a veteran climber. Though it looks like an easy mountain to tackle from the ground, some people have died from heart failure during the climb.

Besides the physical challenges, there are other roadblocks that could interfere with your plans to visit Mount Uluru. The Anangu people are the owners and guardians of this rock formation, and they consider it sacred. They have posted signs asking tourists to please keep off the mountain.

Despite the expressed wishes of the Anangu, there are no laws preventing you from climbing Ayers Rock. It’s not uncommon to see enthusiasts heading up Uluru, but the decision to climb is up to you and your conscience.

If Ayers Rock is too strong for you to resist, make sure to invest in a good pair of climbing shoes, such as Boreal Ace . With a pair of Aces on your feet, you should be able to reach the top and get a bird’s-eye view of the Northern Territory.

Australia is a land of natural wonders, not the least of which is the beautiful Mount Uluru. You may not see Paul Hogan tossing another “shrimp on the Barbie,” but for those who take their chances on Ayers Rock, the experience can be memorable.


Shoe Encyclopedia: Active Wear Shoe Talk

Let us undertake another fun session of shoe encyclopedia. If you’ve been following along, you’ve already learned so much. You should be proud of yourself. You may have already discovered that shoe talk can be, not only fun, but very useful. Let us continue on with this fifth installment of the shoe encyclopedia. You’ll learn about the approach shoe, exactly what supination is, about the exclusive Skate Park line and the definition for blucher.

Approach Shoe
The approach shoe is not going to walk up to you by itself. Rather, an approach shoe is one that will help you approach that mountain top with greater ease. It is actually a shoe designed with a special grip on the sole that is meant to aid rock climbers on the trail back and forth from the climbing area.

Supination is not a shoe or a shoe feature. Instead it’s an action that can be done by the foot. It is when, during walking or running, the outermost part of the heel touches the ground as it’s supposed to, but instead of rolling inward, like in a normal walking pattern, the pressure stays on that outside part of the heel. This causes pressure on the smaller toes and the lateral side of the foot. To help with this problem, supinators (those who walk or run with supination) can try neutral running shoes.

Skate Park
I’m not talking about the place you go hang out with your skateboarding buddies. This Skate Park is actually an exclusive Zappos collection made especially for skaters. It contains shoes, clothing and accessories for skaters, boarders and surfers. This is the place to get all the shoes and other gear you need to look awesome while you enjoy these great outdoor sports.

A blucher is a shoe that features two side flaps of fabric or other material. These two materials feature lacing to hold them together. For instance, many tennis shoes feature the blucher style, as can dress shoes and even boots. In other words, many, or even most, shoes that contain laces display this style.