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September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJunior Keegan Meuer hopes to win an NCAA title in hockey like two of his uncles did at Wisconsin.[/media-credit]Wisconsin athletics is no stranger to family affairs.Over the last several seasons, multiple teams have had sibling athletes, from the Kelter twins on both the women’s soccer and hockey teams, the Ammerman sisters on the women’s hockey team, the Little brothers on the men’s hockey team and the Trotter and Armstrong brothers on the football team.But rarely has a family had such a strong connection with UW as the Meuer family.While Keegan skates his junior season with the men’s hockey team, his younger sister McKenna is in the midst of her freshman campaign with the women’s soccer team.And they aren’t even the first of the Meuer clan to don the cardinal and white. Their father, Kelly Meuer, played for the men’s soccer team in the late ’70s. Their older sisters both played for the women’s soccer team – Molly and Katy played their senior seasons in ’04 and ’07, respectively.“It’s ingrained as a way of life for us,” Keegan said. “When you’re that close to it, you don’t realize how special it is and how lucky you are to be a part of something like that, it [isn’t] taken for granted. All of us have worked extremely hard at our craft and what we love to do to make it possible, to make it happen. There’s a sense of ownership and wanting to continue that tradition.”For the Meuers, that tradition seems to lie at McClimon complex – the very place McKenna has held court this fall.In just her first year, the midfielder has netted four goals – the most of any freshman – and one assist through 17 games played, 15 of which she started.The transition to college can always be a tricky one – especially in Division I athletics – but for McKenna, having Keegan right on campus has made her freshman year that much easier.“It’s actually been really great to have him,” McKenna said. “Obviously you don’t always get along with your siblings. With both of us being in college at the same time, it’s really helped bring us together. He’s awesome; he’ll have me over for dinner all the time – me and my soccer teammates. He’s always there to help when I need it. … It gives you another level of comfort when you’re in this new environment.”Before bonding a little more through their shared college experience, they were typical siblings – fighting, picking on each other and of course making the most of sibling rivalries.They were never at each other’s throats, nor did they ever hate each other – apparently, the kicking and screaming fights were left to Molly and Katy – but Keegan always had the upper hand.“We never didn’t get along; it was just me kind of picking on her as older siblings do,” Keegan said. “But I kind of run her show a little bit; she’s used to it. Now that she’s grown up and now that she’s in college, she’s learned to push back a little bit.”When both of her older sisters played, they each served their senior seasons as captains. While time will only tell for McKenna, one thing is certain – she has never felt any pressure from anyone outside herself to continue playing soccer, much less about doing so at Wisconsin.“When I’m playing, there’s a whole other level to it,” McKenna said. “I’m not just representing myself; I’m representing my family. People have known my sisters; there are people who know me through my sisters, through my dad and all that kind of stuff. It’s a whole different experience playing when it’s not more so about yourself, but what you represent and what your program represents. … To continue on something that started decades ago has been really awesome.”“There was never any pressure for us to follow in each other’s footsteps, but at the same time you didn’t want to let anybody down either,” Keegan added. “So there was no pressure on it which was really nice but at the end of the day you always knew you wanted to continue this. This is our hometown. This is where we live; this is where we love to be. There’s nothing better than being a Badger.”While McKenna upholds a Meuer soccer tradition, Keegan took his talents to the ice in the footsteps of his uncles – Rob and Jeff Andringa.The Andringa brothers helped UW earn three of its six NCAA titles, Rob with the 1990 team and Jeff with the 1981 and ’83 teams.Keegan admitted growing up, he wanted to be his uncle Rob. Whether watching the 1990 “Drive for Five” championship tape for the millionth time or treasuring a broken Gary Shuchuk stick – now his coach – the kid was made to skate.“I did soccer for a while, but I didn’t love it. I hated it,” Keegan said. “I play hockey so I can glide and use my momentum. I hate running. I always grew up, I wanted to play hockey. I had Ninja Turtle skates. I’d skate around the kitchen. All I did was hockey. In kindergarten show and tell I brought a hockey stick in and that was my toy. It always was hockey for me. Just having my uncles be a part of that and to be able to follow in their footsteps is definitely a great honor.”While Keegan has yet to earn a national championship ring, he was a part of the 2009-10 championship run, his true freshman season, which he redshirted. The following two seasons, the forward played 51 games and scored eight goals and six assists for 14 points. Through two games in the 2012-13 season, he has one assist on a Frankie Simonelli goal.Of his eight goals, seven were scored last season – although McKenna apparently has yet to see one.“She always comes to my games, but she’s too cool to stay for the whole thing,” Keegan said. “So she’ll leave and then I’ll score once she leaves. She’s under the impression that she can’t come anymore. … I’ll leave a ticket for her as always; my family has season tickets so she’s always welcome and I definitely welcome that. I try to get to her games whenever I can.”The support they give each other and receive from their long line of Badger ancestors gives each of them that extra edge, whether on the ice or at the pitch.“I believe that I have the best family in the world,” McKenna said. “They’ll support me no matter what I do – always there when I need them and I think that’s a huge reason again why I wanted to go to Madison, because it’s so natural when my whole family had gone there.”last_img read more

August 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Source: BBC World 100m champion Christian Coleman has been provisionally suspended after missing a third doping test.The American, 24, has disputed the third whereabouts failure, on 9 December, which has been confirmed by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).He claims he was Christmas shopping “five minutes away” from home and the tester made no effort to contact him.“I have never and will never use performance enhancing supplements or drugs,” Coleman posted on social media.“I am willing to take a drug test every single day for the rest of my career for all I care to prove my innocence.“I have nothing to hide but it’s not possible to show that if I’m not even given a chance to.”Coleman says he has been contacted by phone “literally every other time” he has been tested, and claimed the AIU tester wrote an incorrect address on his unsuccessful attempt form.The AIU does not regard Coleman’s explanation for the missing test as a defence, as it is not their policy to call an athlete if they’re not at the designated address.According to the AIU’s out-of-competition testing guidelines, athletes are accountable for missed tests if they are not at their specified location for the one-hour period they have stated.If they are not at the location, the tester must wait for the full 60 minutes before leaving.Coleman – who won his first major title at the World Championships in Doha last year – had previously missed a test on 16 January 2019 and experienced a filing failure on 26 April 2019.Three whereabouts failures in a 12-month period can result in a ban of up to two years by the AIU.“The system must change,” he said.“I thought the point of the organisation was to keep the sport clean by testing everyone and catching cheaters, not attempt to catch people when they’re not home and make no attempt to actually test them and mess with the livelihoods of people who are clearly not doping.“This isn’t justice for anybody.”The AIU has not yet responded to Coleman’s claims.His chances of competing in Doha last August had looked slim after the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) charged Coleman with missing three drugs tests in 12 months.However, it then withdrew the case after it was proved there had been a filing irregularity regarding the date of the first missed test.In a statement on Wednesday Usada said: “We can confirm the latest proceeding involving Mr Coleman and we are collaborating with the AIU on the matter.“As in all cases, a person charged with a potential anti-rule violation is presumed innocent unless and until found to have committed a violation through the established process.”Earlier this month, Bahraini world 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser was provisionally suspended after missing four doping tests.last_img read more