SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- USANA Health Sciences Inc. (NYSE: USNA), a global nutritional supplements company, signs Sochi-hopefuls World Champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson and 2010 Vancouver medalists: U.S. Short Track Speedskater, Travis Jayner and Canada's National Women's Hockey Team member, Meaghan Mikkelson as its newest brand ambassadors. The three winter athletes will represent USANA on the global stage as they prepare for the impending Winter Games.
"More than 600 world-class athletes trust their health and careers to USANA's NSF and HFL-tested nutritional products, and more than half of them are involved in winter sports," said USANA Chief Communications Officer Dan Macuga. "We are honored to sponsor these professionals and wish them the very best as the prepare to compete for the highest honors, in their respective sports and for their respective countries, this February."
Arguably the most recognizable name in ski jumping, Hendrickson has won a U.S. title, a World Championship gold medal and a World Cup globe all before the age of twenty. Ending the 2013 season as World Champion and second place overall in the season's World Cup standings, the 19-year-old rising star, is now focused on making her way back to the hill after undergoing a successful surgery on her right knee in August.
"Life has a crazy way of working out and although injuring my knee wasn't part of my journey to Sochi, I'm still determined to get there," said Hendrickson. "While I'm thankful for all of my partners and the support I've received, USANA stands apart from some of the rest because they provide me with the personalized nutrition I need to get back on the hill and compete at the highest level."
Currently in her seventh season with the national team, the Vancouver gold medalist is also a five-time IIHF Women's World Championships medalist, with one gold and four silver honors. With less than four months to prepare mentally and physically for Sochi, the defensive player now has her eyes set on repeating her gold status during what will be the largest Winter Games to date.
"USANA offers athletes safe and effective supplements that are essential in sustaining energy levels and overall health and wellness, and with their support I believe I can reach my goals on the international stage," said Mikkelson.
As a 2010 bronze medalist member of the 5000m relay short track team, the 31-year-old speedskater also holds more than 20 World Cup medals, is a four-time World Championship medalist and the only male short track athlete to medal in all four Olympic distances in one World Cup season. With only four months to prepare for the Winter Games Jayner is currently focused on staying strong, healthy and securing gold in February.
"As a world-class athlete, I'm pushing my body to its limits every day, and with USANA, not only am I getting amazing products that make me feel great, but I'm also getting the piece of mind that USANA is striving for excellence, the same way I am," said Jayner. "I couldn't be more excited to be part of this incredible team."
USANA continues to provide its NSF and HFL-tested nutritional supplements to more than 350 winter athletes worldwide including the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), U.S. Speedskating (USS), Women's Ski Jumping USA (WSJ-USA), members of the Korean National and Short Track Speed Skating teams and Cross Country Canada.
For more information about USANA's products and company, visit USANA.com.
*The mentioned athletes are either distributors or dedicated users who have received compensation for their partnership and/or complimentary USANA products.
Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements and personal care, energy and weight-management products in its FDA-registered facility in Salt Lake City. USANA's products, used by more than 600 professional athletes, are developed by the company's award-winning team of scientists and sold directly to Preferred Customers and Associates in 19 international markets. USANA has earned NSF Certified for Sport® certification for its SportsPak, Essentials™ (Chelated Mineral and Mega Antioxidant), Proflavanol® C100, Active Calcium™, Procosa® and BiOmega™ products. It has also earned NSF dietary supplement certification for its HealthPak™. USANA has received hundreds of accolades, including: USANA is the No. 1 Rated Brand in Direct Sales Based on Customer Satisfaction in ConsumerLab.com's 2013 Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users. Learn more about USANA (www.USANA.com) and the USANA True Health Foundation (www.USANAfoundation.org/), stay current with the official USANA blog (www.whatsupUSANA.com), like us on the USANA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/USANAhealthsciences), or follow USANA on Twitter (@USANAinc).
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