Talking Proud Photo Gallery - Our drive to be the very best we can be - We love to compete

All locked up! Washington Spirit vs Portland Thorns

Classic in the mud. The 1965 NFL Championship, Browns vs Packers, January 2, 1966


C'mon you guys, pull, follow my lead. Sgt. Lakezia Ortiz, USMC participates in a tug-of-war competition at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Ortiz is a section chief assigned to Repairable Maintenance Company,


See guys, the thing is I'm coming through! Larry Czonka, fullback, Miami Dolphins


Getting older doesn't have to mean getting slow and weak. Jane Soeten performs an under-the-leg dribble in the Texas Challengers vs. Sooner Gals 80+ basketball competition during day seven of the Senior Games

Not on my watch, Ivan!


Whistle bows, gun fires, they're off! SSgt. Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano, USAF (Ret. - medically) reacts to winning a gold medal for hand cycling during the 2017 Invictus Games.


Real American athletics. Lance Cpl. Sarah Rudder, USMC (Ret.) competes in 200 meter dash, Invictus Games 2017, Toronto.

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I got this. Air Force Master Sgt. Lindsey Glover participates in the squat event portion of a powerlifting competition at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan


This guy is a high schooler! Seth Knowlton of Great Oak High School's Seth makes his throw in the Boys Shot Put finals during the 2016 Inland Empire Championship invitational track meet at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, California. He later won the discus throw with a meet record throw of 197 feet, 6 inches, the third longest throw in Riverside County history.


Meet Enzo Temmerman, nine years old! He represented Team USA in Verdun, France in 2016. Among the very best.


USA Ultimate, try it! Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. It's a national program. The photo is of a woman (in white) from the "Super Fly" team at Stanford.


Senior hoopers still in the game. The San Juan Capistrano-based USA 80 team, made entirely of players over the age of 80, will travel to Minneapolis to compete in the 2015 National Senior Games with the hopes of capturing their fifth-straight national senior championship. They have won four consecutive national championships at the ages of 65. 70, 75 and 80. titles at the ages of 65, 70, 75 and 80.


Crippled? Not me! U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games.


C'mon man! U.S. veterans ride their mountain bikes during a Ride 2 Recovery program February 2, 2016, at Blue Diamond, Nevada. R2R is a veteran program that saves lives by restoring hope and purpose by reaching out to veterans through cycling as a therapy for injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and creates a family for them to be a part of again.


Hi-five baby! Christopher Aguilera, an USAF wounded veteran, wins cycling trials at Nellis AFB. Fly high, fly Air Force!




Here comes my rocket fire. I love this kid. It’s in his blood.


Bring ‘em on: These are members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) being introduced before a softball game against the Navy Commanders on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. These guys are not here to make people cry. They are here to win a softball game.


Gettin’ down and dirty. These Navy and Marine runners are near the finish line of the 12th Annual Mud Run at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Proceeds go to the Armed Services YMCA.


You wanna race against three Marines? Two double amputees, one single amputee, all raced their cycles in the Warrior 2012 Games in Colorado Springs. Classy looking bunch, heh?


No way, buddy, I’m taking you down. Red team athletes Sean M. Mckinney and Maurice Honeywood show their game faces as they pull against the blue team during the annual Manpower, Personnel, and Administration Directorate Field Meet at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on March 17. The directorate gathers each year to promote camaraderie and unit cohesion, but teams also strive to win the MP&A Field Meet Trophy.


Aim high. Push hard for your goals. More than 600 disabled veteran athletes will compete in 17 different sports Aug. 1 through 6, 2011, during the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Pittsburgh. Competitions included air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field events, handcycling, nine-ball, a motorized wheelchair relay, power soccer, quad rugby, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting, weightlifting and wheelchair slalom. The event is presented each year by officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Dig it out commander. Cmdr. Greg McGuire, a center for the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Rugby Football Club, pushes into a maul during a game against the Tokyo Gaijin, a team comprised of Japan residents from New Zealand, Australia, France, the United States, England and Japan. Photo credit: MCS2 James Kimber

The question is, which guy is going down? Staff Sgt. Joshua Greenwood, USA, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 167th Armored Regiment, keeps a close watch as he referees a wrestling match between U.S. Soldiers, during a wrestling tournament, at Forward Operating Base Marez, near Mosul, Iraq, July 25, 2009. Photo credit: MCS1 Carmichael Yepez, USN

Move it, Move it, Move it you maggots. Ooh Rah.* Gunnery Sgt. Derrick T. Jordan, company first sergeant for Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, yells orders to the San Diego Chargers linebackers during their practice at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Youth Sports Complex soccer field June 17, 2009. The Chargers practiced on station to show support to the service member and their families during the 3rd Annual Military Appreciation Day. Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Alexandra M. Harris, USMC

*Before getting bent out of shape, the term "maggot" is a Marine Corps drill instructor's affectionate term for his/her recruits.

I am pulling for cryin' out loud: U.S. Marines and Sailors struggle to defeat the opposing team in the tug-of-war competition, at Camp Baharia, Iraq, October 31, 2008. U.S. Marines and Sailors from C/1-3 Marines, are participating in the "Charlie Company Olympics," a physical and mental event that included ammo can runs, push-ups, mud crawls, weapons disassembly, and tests of their military knowledge. Photo credit: LCpl Geoffrey T. Campbell, USMC.

Bring 'er down man. Can't ya see the plate? LCpl Joeli Noareyes, USMC, MP Det, CLC 19, 1 Marine Logistics Group catches pitch during a baseball game at Mudaysis, Iraq, October 17, 2008. Photo credit: Sgt Jason Fudge, USMC.

"Boy becomes man. Brian is a first year Pee Wee in the Perinton Youth Hockey organization. The first year of Pee Wee hockey is tough on a lot of kids because it’s the first time they experience checking, which, at the end of the day, means the sport becomes a lot more physical. In this photo, Brian is focusing on his coach, who was psyching the kids up for the final period. Many of the kids were worried about the outcome of the game, not to mention their physical wellbeing. I love this photo because Brian's eyes tell a story of intensity, apprehensiveness and faith in his coach." Text and Photo Credit: Mark Druziak. Presented by

Are we havin' fun yet? Midshipmen lock arms at the foot of the lard-covered Herndon Monument to form the base of a pyramid for classmates to climb to the top of the 21-foot-tall structure to replace the traditional plebe cap with a midshipman cap at the U.S. Naval Accademy, Annapolis, May 15, 2008. The Herndon Climb, in its 101st year, is a rite of passage symbolizing the end of the midshipmen's plebe year. Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Gordon, USN

I love it, I tell you I love it. U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Fuccillo of Team 7 representing the 75th Ranger Regiment pushes himself through frigid water and barbed wire in the early morning hours of the 2008 Best Ranger Competition, April 18, 2008, at Fort Benning, Ga. Photo credit: U.S. Army

Wherever we go, we'll fight together! Air Force rugby player Ryan Dombrock is tackled while his teammates prepare to ruck the Army defenders during the 2007 Armed Forces Rugby Tournament October 27, 2007 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Airmen won 22-5 for a fourth consecutive championship victory. Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Greg C. Biondo, USAF

Comin' through! A Team International Zone player tries to make his way through a group of Team Falcon players during the Baghdad Bowl at Forward Operating Base Prosperity in Iraq, February 3, 2007. Photo credit: Cpl. Robert Yde, USMC. Presented by Defend America.

Safe! Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski collided with Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett on May 20, 2006 at home plate in the second inning. Barrett then chose to cold-cock the "Ski" when he least expected it, emptying the benches. Listen Barrett, if you want to stand on home plate when a fellow catcher is bull-doggin' down the runway, well, the lad has to take you out. No need to punch the boy. Just stay out of his way. The White Sox won the game 5-0, and the "Ski" was safe! Like Ty Cobb said, "Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out." (052006)

The Exceptional Athlete Matters, no matter what. Brian Anderson, an Army veteran from Rolling Meadows, Ill., works his hand trike during the two-day 2006 Face of America Bike Ride south of Barlow, Pa., April 29, 2006. Anderson lost both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow while serving in Iraq last year. World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters), working with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and The National Navy Medical Center hosts the ride from Gettysburg to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington to honor and assist disabled servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP (043006)

That shower is gonna feel good. Canada's Marie-Helene Premont, seen here racing in Belgium in 2005, dodged a kangaroo then bounded away with her country's first cycling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the women's mountain bike race in Melbourne. Photo credit: Yves Boucau, AFP

Ouch! Aly Wagner, left, of the United States, gets a ball in the face while jumping with China's Lina Pan during their Algarve Cup women's soccer match March 9 2006, in Faro, southern Portugal. The game ended in a 0-0. That's using your head, Aly! Photo credit: Armando Franca, AP (031306)

Get 'em coach! Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth, right, argues with referee Tim Gebhardt after being called for a technical foul March 2, 2006, in the second half of a semifinal game against Youngstown State at the Horizon League basketball championship in Green Bay, Wis. Green Bay won, 63-53. Photo credit: Mike Roemer, AP. Visit our photo gallery of coaches in action, Coaching is a lifestyle, people are depending on you, of March 31 2005. They are intense!

More than "just tug o'war." Marines Willie Hibler (front) and Carnell Martin were at the front of the rope during the “Tug of War” portion their commanding general's Cup Field Meet. The two Marines helped their team, known as the "Weapons," take first place overall in the men’s competition. Photo credit: Wayne Short, presented by Marine Corps Stories

Marines compete. As if war in Iraq is not enough, these Marines enjoy a "friendly" game of football in Karabilah, an Iraqi town near the Syrian border, Nov. 24, 2005. These Marines have been waging an intense offensive against our enemies in this region, but here they get to spend a little of their intense energy against their own. Photo credit: Jacob Silberberg, AP.

American women take sabre gold. The U.S. women's sabre team beat Russia 45-36 on October 15, 2005 to take gold on the final day of the 2005 Fencing World Championships held at the Leipzig, Germany arena. The American team was led by Mariel Zagunis, the Olympic sabre champion, and Sada Jacobson, who took bronze in the same event. They were the first two American women to ever medal at the Olympics. Hungary beat Poland for the bronze, 45-36. Way to go! Photo credit: U.S. fencers Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Caitlin Thompson and Rebecca Ward, from left, celebrate after they won the final match against Russia of the women's saber team competition. Eckehard Schulz, AP

This is my spot. The New York Liberty's Becky Hammon, in front, guards the Connecticut Sun's 7-foot-two-inch center Margo Dydek, of Poland, during the second half of their WNBA game at Madison Square Garden in New York on August 2, 2005. Photo credit: Gregory Bull, AP

Concentration. Team Canada skip Jennifer Jones, left, and third Cathy Overton-Clapham watch as Team USA skip Cassie Johnson directs the sweep at the World Women's Curling Championship in Paisley, Scotland on March 23, 2005. Team USA won 10-7. Photo creedit: Andrew Vaughan, AP

Okay big guy, show me what you got! Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (32) walks next to Denver Nuggets 5-foot 6-inch guard Earl Boykins (news) (11) during a timeout in the second half Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in Miami. Photo credit: Luis M. Alvarez, AP

I'm comin' tru, boys. No you ain't. Pittsburgh Steelers' fullback Duce Staley of the Pittsburgh Steelers is gang tackled by the New York Jets during their game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Al Bello, AP-Getty

No, this is not rugby, this is how American baseball athletes celebrate winning the World Series! Boston Red Sox celebrate on the field following their World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals, in St. Louis, October 27, 2004. The Red Sox won the game 3-0 to sweep the best-of-seven series in four straight games. It is the Red Sox first World Series win since 1918. Manny Ramirez , leaping onto the pile of players at right, was named Most Valuable Player. Photo credit: Mike Blake, Reuters

Riders make their way down the hill at the Omak Suicide Race in Omak, Washington, August 10, 2003. This is the 70th year the race has been held. Photo credit: Jerome A. Pollos, Reuters