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Game On! 7 Athletes Share Their Must-Have Gear

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Our favorite athletes to watch at this year’s GoPro Mountain Games in Vail — and the gear they can’t live without

Photography by Matt Nager

Racing bike: Orbea. Helmet and gloves: Giro. Skinsuit: Capo. Socks: SockGuy. Shoes: Shimano. Water bottles, Camelbak. GPS: Garmin Edge 800.
Racing bike: Orbea. Helmet and gloves: Giro. Skinsuit: Capo. Socks: SockGuy. Shoes: Shimano. Water bottles, Camelbak. GPS: Garmin Edge 800.
Georgia Gould

Age: 36

Sports: Mountain biking and cyclocross

Training spot: Fort Collins, Colorado

Championships/titles: 7-time national champion, 2-time Olympian, 2012 Olympic bronze medal.

Proudest moment: Winning the bronze at the 2012 London Olympics — such an honor to represent the USA!

Goals for the near future: Qualify for Rio Olympics, win the national championship and podium at a World Cup.

Why you love your sport: There is the physical aspect of pushing yourself and getting stronger. I also love being outside and getting to ride my bike in lots of different environments.

Stand-up paddleboard, Starboard Stream Crossover. Paddle: Werner Grand Prix. Shoes and personal flotation device: Astral. Watch: Tudor. Helmet: Sweet Protection. Shirt: Ibex. Board shorts: Patagonia.
Stand-up paddleboard, Starboard Stream Crossover. Paddle: Werner Grand Prix. Shoes and personal flotation device: Astral. Watch: Tudor. Helmet: Sweet Protection. Shirt: Ibex. Board shorts: Patagonia.
Brent Redden

Age: 37

Sports: Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and rafting

Training spot: GOAT Gym in Edwards, Colorado

Recent championships/titles: 2015 Ultimate River Challenge

Proudest moment: Being a dad.

Goals for the near future: Keep pushing it — and enjoy it.

Why you love your sport: I love being on the water and the new challenges that are always in front of you.

Running shirt: Merrell. Hat: Spenco. Shoes: Merrell All Out Terra Trail.Heart rate monitor: Mio Global.
Running shirt: Merrell. Hat: Spenco. Shoes: Merrell All Out Terra Trail.Heart rate monitor: Mio Global.
Joseph Gray

Age: 31

Sports: Mountain, road, cross-country and trail running

Training spots: Colorado, Washington and Switzerland

Championships/titles: 2015 USA Mountain Runner of the Year, 2015 U.S. Skyrunner Series Vertical Kilometer Champion, 2015 GoPro Games Spring Run-off 10K Champion.

Proudest moment: Representing Team USA for the 19th time in my career.

Goals for the near future: I want to be better than I was.

Why you love your sport: The freedom it offers is incomparable. Part of my job includes things I truly have a passion for such as exploration, blending with new cultures when traveling, and competing with athletes across the globe.

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Helmet: WRSI by NRS. Shoes: Chaco. Camera: GoPro Hero4 Session. Compression shirt, pants and shorts: 2XU. Personal flotation device: NRS. Raft: Sotar. Paddle: Galasport.
Helmet: WRSI by NRS. Shoes: Chaco. Camera: GoPro Hero4 Session. Compression shirt, pants and shorts: 2XU. Personal flotation device: NRS. Raft: Sotar. Paddle: Galasport.
John Mark Seelig

Age: 39

Sport: Whitewater rafting

Training spot: Owner and trainer at GOAT Gym in Edwards, Colorado

Recent championships/titles: 3-time USA Rafting Champion; captain of the U.S. Men’s Rafting Team.

Proudest moment: Becoming the father of the coolest kid, my 2-year-old, Bowen … oh, and winning nationals last year with a new team.

Goals for the near future: Winning nationals again, training U.S. Sailing One and seeing my athletes at the gym accomplish their own goals.

Why you love your sport: There is nothing like it! You truly rely on each other like no other team sport I have ever been a part of.

Camera: GoPro Hero4 Silver with Fetch harness.
Camera: GoPro Hero4 Silver with Fetch harness.
Trouble

Age: 2

Breed: Dutch shepherd

Sport: DockDogs

Training spot: Jasper’s Splash Zone, the K9 Body Shop and my own backyard.

Favorite training treats: Zukes

Hometown: Lafayette, Colorado

Championships/titles: 1st Place, Iron Dog Titan at the 2016 World Championships; 2015 Big Air top-ranked Dutch Shepherd; DockDogs Iron Dog Titan.

Proudest moment: Placing 4th overall at the 2016 World Championships in the Big Air Super Elite, achieving a new personal best of 29 during the competition.

Goals for the near future: Achieving an Iron Dog Spartan title and completing narcotics detection training.

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Top: Mad Rock. Pants: Verve. Chalk: FrictionLabs.
Top: Mad Rock. Pants: Verve. Chalk: FrictionLabs.
Megan Mascarenas

Age: 18

Sports: Rock climbing and bouldering

Training spot: Sport Climbing Center, The Pit and ABC in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Recent championships/titles: 1st place Vail 2015 Bouldering World Cup; 5th overall 2015 Bouldering World Cup Series; 1st 2015 ADIDAS ROCKSTAR competition in Stuttgart, Germany.

Proudest moment: 1st Vail World Cup! Climbed 5 v12’s in 2015 and my first ever v13 in Switzerland this year.

Goals for the near future: Compete in the full 2016 World Cup Series and compete in the World Championship, climb a v14.

Why you love your sport: I enjoy the movement and problem solving climbing offers. It also has a great community of people. Climbing has taken me around the world and to new places I would probably have never seen.

Bike: LOV Bikes. Helmet: Rudy Project. Jersey and socks: Yeti. Shoes: Specialized. Shorts: Oakley. GPS: Garmin Fenix 3 watch.
Bike: LOV Bikes. Helmet: Rudy Project. Jersey and socks: Yeti. Shoes: Specialized. Shorts: Oakley. GPS: Garmin Fenix 3 watch.
Ryan Sutter

Age: 41

Sport: Mountain biking

Training spot: Vail, Colorado

Recent championships/titles: None. That’s not why I do it.

Proudest moment: Finishing the Leadville 100 with a personal record after crashing at 60 miles in and tearing my rotator cuff (surgery required).

Goals: Complete Mountain Games Ultimate Mountain Challenge and the Leadman series.

Why you love your sport: Because it provides a necessary connection to nature and the benefits associated with the realization that I am a small part of a very large existence.

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