April 9, 2012

Norcross, GA (April 9, 2012) – Mizuno USA, Inc.,a leader in high-performance running footwear and apparel, announced today that they have signed an endorsement deal with renowned triathlete, and notable speaker, Dr. Amanda Stevens.  Dr. Stevens, a former Ironman 70.3 USA Pro Champion, is yet another elite name added to the Mizuno Racing Team, joining such notables as Serena Burla, 3rdPlace finisher at the 2012 Seoul International Marathon; and Clara Grandt, 7thPlace Finisher at the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials.    

“Not only is Amanda a fantastic athlete with an impressive resume and serious work ethic, but her commitment to encouraging people to live healthier is something Mizuno greatly admires,” said Ron Wayne, Running Promotions Manager, Mizuno USA.  “We’re excited to have her character and talent competing under the Mizuno Brand.”

Dr. Stevens earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 2006, and is also a graduate of Texas Christian University, where she was an All-Conference swimmer and USA Swimming Senior National Qualifier.  As a professional, her career highlights include winning the Ironman 70.3 USA Pro Championship, earning Fastest Female Swimmer in the 2011 Ironman World Championships at Kona, and placed in the top 10 in 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.  Dr. Stevens also reached the Olympic Trials Qualifier in both 2004 and 2008.    

“Joining Mizuno seemed like a perfect fit given we have similar philosophies that focus on continually improving yourself, and striving to reach the next level, no matter how far you’ve already come,” said Dr. Stevens.  “I’ve always considered Mizuno to be a premium brand, and it’s great to know I will be competing as a representative of their longstanding traditions.” 

 Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes baseball, golf, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc., is based in Norcross, Georgia.

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