WTA stars Monica Puig and Victoria Azarenka took on Peloton’s first-ever All-Star Ride on Saturday, joining professional athletes from across disciplines in a competition for charity.
Peloton offers its members unique livestreamed indoor cycling classes and competitions with people from all around the world. They challenged 16 professional athletes, eight men and eight women, to cycle for a cause: if the riders collectively reached an ‘output’ of 3,000, Peloton pledged to donate one million meals to the Food Bank for New York City. The race was also aired live on ESPN.
“I honestly don’t strategize,” Azarenka responded when ESPN asked her pre-race plans. “I just hope I can survive and not be the last person.”
All of that non-planning paid off: Azarenka completed the 20-minute challenge and placed fourth. Meanwhile, Puig finished in sixth place, riding alongside fellow pro athletes Allyson Felix, Morgan Pressel, Kyla Ross, Michele Smith, Dawn Staley and Colleen Quigley - who was the winner of the race.
What an electric ride from all of our female athletes! Congratulations to Colleen Quigley with a commanding victory representing Oregon and USA Track & Field. pic.twitter.com/ZncSxXmmPp— Peloton (@onepeloton) May 30, 2020
Puig herself is a longtime devotee of Peloton - at last year’s Volvo Car Open in Charleston, the Puerto Rican player revealed that she had taken up meditation using their app, and has since become a regular user.
@SloaneStephens Thank you SO MUCH for helping us spread the word about childhood hunger. Your voice is powerful, Sloane, and we’re grateful that you used that power to help hungry kids. #ThankAHungerHero pic.twitter.com/Trxg4RELzW— No Kid Hungry (@nokidhungry) May 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens got a social media shout out from No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending child hunger in the US.
“Without Hunger Heroes like you, many kids would be going without the food that they need,” said Quin Shaw, No Kid Hungry’s celebrity engagement manager. “Thank you for all that you’re doing to feed hungry kids during this crisis and beyond.”
"We'll see where that goes"@geniebouchard tells @AmandaDCNN about the struggles of dating in the age of coronavirus after agreeing to go on a virtual date all in the name of charity.— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) May 27, 2020
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Eugenie Bouchard’s All In Challenge charity auction raised a whopping $118,000 for coronavirus relief organizations. The Canadian offered up a trip to send the winner to a tennis tournament and hang out in Bouchard’s box, as well as dinner with the player herself. Now, she’s trying to solve the puzzle of delivering on that dinner in the age of coronavirus.
“I tweeted months ago that I would just prefer a boyfriend in quarantine,” Bouchard joked on CNN Sport. “That would be the ideal, instead of having to do virtual dates. So nothing’s quite stacked up to that, but I think it’s been fun.”
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