Olympic Kicks: What Trayvon Bromell, Jeremy Taiwo & Others Train In

Some of the country’s top athletes are packing their bags and heading to Rio to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Prior to their gold-medal pursuits, stars sponsored by New Balance, Brooks and Under Armour shared what they laced up to prepare for their events.

Trayvon Bromell
New Balance
Men’s 100 meters

I train in the Vazee 2090, which is the best training shoe for me,” he told FN. “Keeps me light on my feet, and speed is no issue with wearing these shoes.”

New Balance Vazee 2090
New Balance Vazee 2090.
CREDIT: Courtesy of New Balance.

Emma Coburn
New Balance
3,000-meter Steeplechase

“I’m training in the Vazee Pace primarily but also wear the Vazee Rush,” she said. “I like how the Vazee Pace feels fast and responsive. I like that the Vazee Rush feels a little bit more cushioned for when I need a good recovery run. I race in the 5000s and do some workouts in the MD 800s and the RC 5000s.”

Emma Coburn
Emma Coburn.
CREDIT: AP Images.
New Balance Vazee Pace
New Balance Vazee Pace.
CREDIT: Courtesy of New Balance.

Jeremy Taiwo

I just seem to be so much more bouncy in those bad boys,” he said of the Launch 3, adding that he prefers the brand’s Tokyo special-edition colorway.

Jeremy Taiwo
Jeremy Taiwo.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Brooks.
Brooks Launch 3 Tokyo
Brooks Launch 3 special-edition Tokyo release.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Brooks.

Mikaela Mayer
Under Armour

I run in the SpeedForm Gemini, and for training or footwork drills, I wear the Micro G Limitless sneakers,”she said. “[In the ring], I use the boxing boot Under Armour designed for us, the UA ClutchFit Title Hunter.”

Boxer Mikaela Mayer Rio Olympics 2016
Mikaela Mayer.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Under Armour.
Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini
Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Under Armour.

Jenny Simpson
New Balance
1,500 meters

I have a lot of different training shoes, but the same shoes that I wore on the track and in the Trials will be the same ones I wear in the Olympics — my racing spikes are the MD 800,” she said. “I use those for workouts about twice a week. My trainers are New Balance 880s and 870s.”

Runner Jenny Simpson 2016 Rio Olympics
Jenny Simpson.
CREDIT: Molly Seeling.
New Balance 870v4
New Balance 870v4.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Under Armour.

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