In 1996 the United States Olympic Committee nominated Mary Ellen as one of the top 10 women athletes in our country. To date she holds the distinction as the oldest women’s diving medalist in the history of the Olympic games. Mary Ellen has been seen in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Women Sports and Fitness, Life, People and featured in many books including Great Women in Sports and True Champions. She is a co-author of Gorgeous, The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts, a lifestyle enhancement guide. She has appeared The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today show, Entertainment tonight and featured in television commercials for various corporations. Mary Ellen is a profiled Olympian in Gloria Estefan’s “Reach” video and in Greg Louganis, “Back on Board” HBO documentary. She is a member of five Sports Halls of Fame, celebrating and recognizing her commitment to excellence in sports and in life.
Born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Mary Ellen is the youngest of seven children. She attended The Pennsylvania State University studying health and physical education and received her Masters Degree in the same field at Ohio State University.
Combining her educational background with her athletic accomplishments, Mary Ellen is involved in various fields of work. She is a Motivational Speaker inspiring audiences throughout the country. She is an active mentor for our future Olympic champions with United States Diving and owns ZAP diving, an age group diving program in Sudbury Massachusetts. Mary Ellen is an active advocate and supporter of women in sports through her affiliation and participation with ESPNW, Women & Sports Summit, as well as her continuing involvement with the Women’s Sports Foundation in which she served as a member of the board of trustees. In addition, Mary Ellen is a certified National Strength and Conditioning Association personal fitness trainer helping people of all ages to achieve their wellness goals with her training business. She is an Isagenix nutritional consultant helping clients and team members, specifically in the areas of weight loss, energy and performance, healthy aging and wealth creation. Mary Ellen is part of Team Isagenix, working alongside professional athletes, fitness champions and other Olympians, educating the world on the benefits of nutritional cleansing and replenishment system to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Mary Ellen’s career is defined by vision, courage and determination. Passion and hard work define her approach to life. Thousands have heard her message “Have fun with what you are doing and believe in your dreams with all your heart. Surround yourself with positive support systems and be willing to work hard for your goals, overcoming all obstacles to create the life you want and deserve.” Mary Ellen’s passion for sports, health, fitness and helping others to recognize their own potential is what inspires her most.
Currently, Mary Ellen resides with her spouse in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Mary Ellen Clark
In 2001, Abruzzi three brothers, who were all NYC firefighters, responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th. During pregame introductions at the next game on September 23, Andruzzi ran out with an American flag in each hand. His brothers were honored at midfield prior to kickoff.
On April 15, 2013, Andruzzi’s non-profit foundation was hosting an event in Boston, in support of the runners, when the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings occurred. In the aftermath, he was photographed carrying an injured woman to safety.
Joe is a survivor of an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphomais, He is a fighter not just for himself but his community. After completing treatment, the Andruzzi family founded the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in 2008. They are committed to tackling cancer’s impact by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research.
And, along the way, he became the world’s top CrossFit athlete in his age group.
Ames was the champion in the Masters Men’s 50-54 age group at the CrossFit Games July 21-26 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The Foxboro resident finished from second to fifth in all seven events in which he competed, topping a country-wide crop of 20 athletes.
“Consistency is the name of the game when you get out there,” Ames said. “You don’t have to win events. You just have to be consistently good.”
Ames’ second-place finishes came in the thruster — essentially, a weightlifting motion that combines a front squat and a push press — and the long chipper, a varied event involving several diverse exercises.
There was no particular event that worried Ames, who finished 13th a year ago. In his first year of qualifying, he had clear strengths and weaknesses, finishing first at the CrossFit Games in one event and last in another.
There was room for improvement.
“The first time in anything, you realize where your weaknesses are,” said Ames, who started compiling a list of those weaknesses on the flight home from last year’s event.
“I could’ve done a lot better,” he said. “I did have holes in my game, I guess you could say. I honed in on that.”
Ames consulted a nutritionist, and the duo slashed several items from his diet. Processed foods and alcohol were eliminated — Ames abstained for the duration of the year leading up to the games — and extra attention was placed on the particulars of his eating habits.
He ate entirely to fuel.
“I always ate clean, but it’s not necessarily what you eat, but when you eat it,” said Ames, who was particularly floored by the chemical effects of alcohol. “I took that to heart. To rule that out for seven months is a big sacrifice. Alcohol will slow down any gains you’re trying to achieve, and you can’t out-train a bad diet.”
In addition to incorporating yoga for extra flexibility, Ames also sought out training time with younger athletes for an extra performance boost. It worked, and he added to his confidence, as well.
“I knew anything they threw at us, I could probably get through,” Ames said. “It’s always what’s next, what’s next. It’s in my genetic makeup that I have to have something to keep me motivated.”
At the CrossFit Games, Ames plowed through each event — running, jumping, lifting — a myriad of bodily challenges.
He competed alongside some of the sport’s more well-known personalities — naturally, the younger athletes. His steady performances granted him a steady lead, all culminating with his age group’s title “Fittest in the World.”
Hundreds, Ames claimed, watched live from home, texting him freeze-frame photos of him competing at the CrossFit Games. His phone was going through a challenging workout of its own, doing the heavy lifting on barrages of calls, texts and social media posts.
His supporters were rewarded when Ames brought home the championship.
“The thing I find really cool is, I’m 51 years old, and I’m No. 1 in the world at something,” Ames said.
Being the best in the world at something allowed Ames to let his guard down, albeit briefly.
The Ames family recently got away for a vacation, and stopped at a diner in Maine. Ames ordered pasta and indulged himself with some of Ty’s chicken tenders. The former item he’d severely cut down on, and he’d completely eliminated fried foods. The resulting illness proved a testament to the commitment of his endeavor.
But, therein laid Ames’ most treasured result of his CrossFit Games title: Celebration aside, Ames’ children are following his lead.
Ty is eating more chicken — and not always fried — and working to achieve the same physical stature as the premier athletes surrounding his father at the competition. Morgan is off pasta, and competing for a spot on the Merrimack women’s lacrosse team.
Good habits can be difficult to maintain, but the Ames support group is larger than just the world’s fittest 51-year-old.
“It gives me goose bumps to think about it,” Ames said. “(Ty and Morgan) are watching me, and now they’re eating great. If there’s one cool byproduct of this whole thing, it’s that they’re living a healthy lifestyle, too.”