Top Athlete Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/athlete The latest Athlete IAmA's collected from Reddit AthleteIamA professional slackliner, and so is my husband, and we just got married in the sky! 400 feet in the air on a spacenet, complete with BASE jumping flower girls, aerialists, and highliners! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6553/iama-professional-slackliner-and-so-is-my-husband First, let's get the proof out of the way. So, now, I am managing our company's largest store, and am swamped with managerial duties, training employees, and dealing with annoying vendors. But, I'm taking some time out for all of you guys.

There are lots of new, exciting things that have recently come out/are coming soon!

For those who NEED the most power, I've got just the Crack you need! Since we last talked, there are new bagless and cordless vacuums on the market, and some other exciting things.

So, on to business...here's the copypasta.

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YouTube Channel Here's some basics to get you started:

  • Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will almost always:

1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning).

2) Be in service for much longer.

3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables).

4) Filter your air better.

Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is. Things you should do to maintain your vac, regularly:

1) Clear your brush roller/agitator of hair and fibers. Clear the bearing caps as well, if possible. (monthly)

2) Change your belts before they break. This is important to maintain proper tension against the agitator. (~ yearly for "stretch" belts)

3) Never use soap when washing any parts of your vacuum, including the outer bag, duct system, agitator, filters, etc. Soap attracts dirt, and is difficult to rinse away thoroughly.

  • Types of vacs:

1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well.

2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright.

3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often.

4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction.

My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they're talking about.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIamA soldier in Kuwait with prior deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan (dat Trifecta) AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6548/iama-soldier-in-kuwait-with-prior-deployments-to Gotta run - thanks for all the questions!

Hey All! I’m Jessie, a Cross Country Skier and I race all winter on the World Cup - I am gearing up for another Winter Olympic Games -- all races from sprints to 30 kilometers! I have 4 World Championship medals, was part of the 2014 Winter Olympic team and am gearing up for another Olympic games.

I began skiing at age 3 and was part of the first-ever U.S. team to [win](https://www.teamusa.org/us-ski-and-snowboard/athletes/Jessie-Diggins

Learn more about me and all Olympic hopefuls at teamusa.org. The Winter Games begin Feb 8 on NBC! Read all Olympic AMA's and see what's next on Reddit at reddit.com/user/TeamUSAOlympics. Subscribe now to Ask Them Anything!

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteHi, I'm Kikkan Randall, 4x Olympian in cross-country skiing, Alaska girl, "Get-Active"ist and Mom -- Training for the Gold at the Winter Olympics. AMA and pleas ask me what I like on my pizza! http://www.topiama.com/r/6525/hi-im-kikkan-randall-4x-olympian-in-crosscountry My short bio: I'm Helena Oliviero, a features reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2002. I cover lifestyle and human interest stories. For this AMA, I'll be joined by Atlanta employment lawyer Amanda Farahany (http://justiceatwork.com/our-people/amanda-a-farahany-2/) to answer questions about sexual harassment in the work place. We'll start answering questions around 4:30 p.m. today!

My Proof: https://imgur.com/a/GVCVz Here's a link to my writings for more http://www.ajc.com/online/contacts/helena-oliviero/9cN7dEhxe8xTtXTi9GyLlK/

******UPDATE***** Here is the Facebook live answering some of the great questions you folks asked: https://www.facebook.com/myajcatl/videos/1701942433163877/ Expect a full story this weekend.

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI'm 16 Year Old Professional Snowboarder Maddie Mastro. I've been fortunate to score a spot on the podium at some of the most coolest competitions, but am currently training for the ultimate goal. The Winter Olympic Games. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6491/im-16-year-old-professional-snowboarder-maddie Thank you for all the questions!!! I've got to go! GOODBYE and THANK YOU!!!I found my footing in the snow at age two—on a pair of skis. It took a princess-pink snowboard to convince me to make the swap from two sticks to one when I turned six, and I've been on a streak ever since. At 16 , I am one of the youngest females leading the charge for women on the halfpipe, scoring a spot on the podium at some of the country’s most prestigious competitions for the last two years, including the third-place prize at the U.S. Grand Prix of snowboarding in Mammoth. I love to surf and spend time outdoors. I am currently training for a spot on TEAM USA for the Winter Olympic Games. AMA! https://www.instagram.com/maddie_mastro/

Read all Winter Olympic AMA's at: https://www.reddit.com/user/TeamUSAOlympics

Proof: https://i.redd.it/et1ttfknystz.jpg

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI am Katie Dinan, athlete and competitive show jumper competing at this year's Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Ask Me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6475/i-am-katie-dinan-athlete-and-competitive-show Thank you to all the Redditors for great questions! I hope everyone enjoyed the AMA -- I had a great time! Looking forward to WIHS next week. I hope that many of you can make it!

Katie

I am a 24 year old show jumper competing in the jumpers at WIHS (www.wihs.org). I came to WIHS for the first time in 2003 with my small pony First Edition and have looked forward to competing in the nation's capital almost every year since! This year, I will be bringing my horses Dougie Douglas ("Dougie") and Tarioso Manciais ("Harry"). I am excited for the whole week -- especially the costume class on Friday and the Grand Prix on Saturday! I ride full-time now after graduating from Harvard in 2016. You can follow me on instagram (@katie_dinan) or if you are at WIHS, spot me by my blue hair (I dyed it earlier this year!). AMA!

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI am a 70-year-old aikido teacher, practicing since 1979. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6444/i-am-a-70yearold-aikido-teacher-practicing-since My short bio: I began practicing aikido in 1979, at the age of 33, and have been teaching it since the mid-1980s. Our dojo teaches a Tomiki style of aikido and is part of the Kaze Uta Budo Kai organization. I recently turned 70, and continue to teach classes a few times a week. Aikido is still a central aspect of my life.

In addition to practicing and teaching aikido, I also write a blog called Spiritual Gravity. In addition to aikido, I've been interested in spiritual things most of my life, and this blog combines my two interests. There are plenty of aikido drills and advice on techniques, etc. There are also some articles on spirituality as it relates to aikido and life.

I'm here to answer any questions you may have about aikido, teaching, spirituality, or life in general. Ask me anything!

My Proof:

Picture: https://i1.wp.com/spiritualgravity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/unnamed.jpg

Spiritual Gravity Blog: http://spiritualgravity.wordpress.com

Edit: Signing off now. Thank you all so much for all the great questions. I will answer a few more later as time permits.

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Sat, 07 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI am Jamie Sinclair, the 2017 National Curling Champion and Winter Olympic Hopeful. Have no idea what Curling is? Let me tell you about it. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6439/i-am-jamie-sinclair-the-2017-national-curling My name is Sean Stratton I am a 24 year old environmental scientist and I am currently running for New Jersey District 18 Assembly as the Green Party candidate. I’m here to talk to you about my political platform and the experience of running as a young adult and third party candidate.

I decided to run for office 5 months ago after a friend’s tap water test came back containing 82 ppb of lead. This led me to research the federal Lead and Copper Rule along with conducting Open Public Record Act requests (for anyone not in New Jersey this is called Freedom of Information) to my hometown and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. What I found was that my hometown was not sampling the correct locations as per the federal regulations and they were not providing the correct notification to residents who had their homes tested. From this I began to look at other towns and found that we have multiple towns and cities here in New Jersey that have breached the federal action level for lead in residential drinking water. 3 examples are Newark, Trenton, and Milltown. This is significant because even during the height of the Flint Michigan crisis, Flint never exceeded federal standards.

This is when I decided I would run for office; I believe that everyone has the right to clean drinking water and in order to provide this we need to drastically rebuild our infrastructure including our water distribution system. I also believe that every worker deserves a livable wage which is why I support increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour here in New Jersey. Finally, I believe that all citizens no matter how rich or how poor have the right to healthcare. I support universal healthcare and will push for a New Jersey single payer healthcare system.

Want to get involved? You can check out my Facebook page or Nationbuilder: https://www.facebook.com/Stratton4Assembly/ https://stratton4assembly.nationbuilder.com/

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EDIT: Wow! 7 hours and I definitely got way more questions than anticipated! Was great talking with everyone and I definitely learned a lot! Remember to vote in your state and local elections, they're important!

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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI go 90 MPH and Pull 5 G-Forces while wearing a full body spandex suit. Hi, my name is Chris Mazdzer and I am a 2x Olympian in Luge and local sledding hill champion. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6380/i-go-90-mph-and-pull-5-gforces-while-wearing-a Hey everyone I am sorry that I didn't get to answer all of your questions but I need to get back to training and building my sled for the upcoming year. I leave Wednesday for Germany and will be on ice in less than 2 weeks!!! If you want to follow my story and abnormal life follow me on Instagram @mazdzer and @mazdzer for everything else. It was a made up name in the early 1900's and since their are just a few of us I have the digital market on it!!! I really appreciate all of your questions and everyone joining me on this thread, Thank you so much!!!!!!

I go by Chris and my last name is pronounced “Mazder”, that second Z is to throw off telemarketers. I’m a 2x Olympian and 7x National Champion in the sport of luge for Team USA (basically ultimate sledding). I grew up in lake Placid, NY but over the past couple years I find that I Live out of my suitcase, which changes locations about every two weeks. I have been lugeing “not losing” since I was 8 years old and am currently training to be the fastest man on ice who wears a full spandex suit, and yes… its tight in all the wrong places. I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of a good time (thank god for auto correct) and enjoy pushing the limits of life. Its important to build the best you and always sleigh the day! AMA!!!

Check out all of the Winter Games AMA at u/TeamUSAOlympics

https://www.instagram.com/mazdzer/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/mec5cglcxikz.jpg

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI'm John Urschel, MIT mathematics PhD student and retired NFL offensive lineman -- AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6369/im-john-urschel-mit-mathematics-phd-student-and I'm John Urschel, MIT mathematics PhD student and retired NFL offensive lineman, here to answer your questions about math, football, chess, Fiona Apple, and whatever else you may be interested in!

Twitter proof

This AMA is in partnership with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, organizers of the National Math Festival.

I'll start answering questions at 2pm, and end at 3.

EDIT (3 PM) - Thanks for all the great questions, Reddit! Sorry I couldn't get to them all, but you can find me on Twitter [@johncurschel]

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Fri, 08 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteOlympic Gold Medalist & 4 time X Games Gold Medalist...Ask Maddie Bowman anything now! http://www.topiama.com/r/6362/olympic-gold-medalist-4-time-x-games-gold Elijah and his CI journey

My Bio: My husband and I met working at a mental health group home for the deaf and hard of hearing. We are considered CODAs (Child of Deaf Adult) in the deaf world which meant that we are hearing children raised by deaf parents and fluent in sign language. Fast forward 6 years to the day our son Elijah was introduced to the world. We expected him to pass his newborn hearing screening just like all of our nieces, nephews and older sister before him... but he didn't pass. We were stunned and heartbroken, yes heartbroken. You would think that this news wouldn't be so bad for a couple who were raised by deaf parents but it wasn't that simple. We have first hand seen the struggles our parents faced with in unemployment, communication barriers and the fight for education standards among the deaf children. Don't get me wrong...I take pride in my parents and my unusual upbringing. The thought of my son facing those barriers was too much for my heart to bare. We initially ruled out cochlear implants as an option because we grew up thinking that it didn't work very well and the sound quality was sub par. Not to mention, we were also well aware of the strong opposition to cochlear implants, especially on children. It didn't take long for us to learn that there was a lot of misconceptions about cochlear implants within the deaf community. We ultimately made the decision to pursue cochlear implants after doing endless hours of research and talking to other families. We announced announced to our family and friends that we would be exploring cochlear implants for our infant son. That sparked a lot of anger within our family. Half of our family members did not speak to us for about 6 months. Two of my husbands siblings have deaf spouses and our news caused a firestorm on his side of the family. My son was implanted at 9 months old and activated at 10 months old. Our family members ended up working through their differences with us after my son received his surgery. They chose to put aside their difference for the sake of Elijahs happiness. I think Elijah has definitely changed a lot of lives with his journey.

Elijah is 2 1/2 now and he is doing amazing with his implants. He's has a fairly large vocabulary in spoken English and ASL. I still get anxious when deaf strangers see us out in public with our son. There are a lot of neutral/supportive Deaf folks out there but not very many are forthcoming about their support. My parents seem to be skeptical (but are supportive) about how well it works. They cannot hear him speak and so they tend to assume he's unable to hear speech.

One interesting piece worth mentioning is that my sons hearing aid video went viral a couple years ago. That's a whole other can of worms we opened in the deaf community.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteWe are 4 time National Bronze Medal Ice dancers and World Team members. Our Olympic season kicks off in just two weeks. ASK US ANYTHING AS WE PREPARE FOR MAKING TEAM USA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6344/we-are-4-time-national-bronze-medal-ice-dancers Hey guys! We have to run back to the ice! Thank you so much for your questions, it was great to chat with you all! We will be logging on throughout the week to get to any questions we missed, so feel free to keep posting!

We started our partnership in 2011, and have since been 4 time National Bronze Medalists and World Team members. Our Olympic season kicks off in just two weeks, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Come chat with us, and ask us about what it is like training as a team, for the biggest competition in sports! Follow us on Instagram : @splashmadison @zachtdonohue Twitter: @madihubbell @ZachTDonohue

If you didn't get enough, and want to check out some more info, read my blogs at www.hubbell-donohue.com

Proof: https://i.redd.it/8qwvzn3l9riz.jpg

Visit: reddit.com/user/TeamUSAOlympics/ for all upcoming Winter Olympic AMA's

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI am Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer involved in the Ryan Lochte Rio gas station scandal. Ask me anything http://www.topiama.com/r/6300/i-am-olympic-gold-medalist-swimmer-involved-in I came to America at 22 with nothing - lived in the back of my van - and pitched my way into HSN with zero experience. Since then, I’ve sold more than a billion in products, had my own show on Discovery Channel, and started a successful production company.

Now, I’ve written a book that teaches others how they can learn to pitch, so you can take control of your life and find success like I did.

Ask me anything about:

*my life’s journey *working with Billy Mays *what really happens behind the scenes of infomercials *having my own TV show *running a production company *Anything pitching! Like how mastering the skill of the pitch can change your life. *Anything at all! This is an AMA!

Buy my book here: https://www.amazon.com/You-Get-What-Pitch-Situation/dp/073822006X/ref=sr_1_1

My proof: http://imgur.com/a/ykI4o

EDIT: Thanks so much for all your questions! I've gotta run to a shoot, but I'll get back on later to answer some more. You guys rock.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
[AMA Request] Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (The married VO artists who work with Brandon Sanderson) http://www.topiama.com/r/6282/ama-request-michael-kramer-and-kate-reading-the That's all the time I have for today. Thanks everyone!

I’m a 5 time Grammy-nominated guitarist with six #1 blues albums to my name along with a string of #1 mainstream rock singles and numerous awards. My new album Lay It On Down just came out last week - buy it at Amazon - and I’ll be on tour throughout the summer/fall.

Proof: https://twitter.com/KWShepherd/status/894283464178106369

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI am Minda Dentler, a polio survivor and the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship. I’m working to end polio. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6169/i-am-minda-dentler-a-polio-survivor-and-the-first On June 12, Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an extension and increase of their financial commitment in an effort to eradicate polio worldwide once and for all. Additionally, 16 governments and several organizations have just pledged $1.2B to eradicate polio. Rotary has already contributed over 1.6 billion U.S. dollars and hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer time to the eradication of polio. When we succeed in eradicating polio, it would become only the second disease to be eradicated by vaccines, the other being smallpox.

Personally, I have known Dr. Salk, creator of the inactivated polio vaccine, and Dr. Sabin, creator of the oral polio vaccine through my work at the National Institutes of Health. In 1979 the last case of endemic polio was reported in the U.S. I, along with Rotary International president, Clem Renouf, brought to Rotary the idea to make it our chief goal to eradicate polio worldwide. For the last 11 years, I have been carrying on the visions of Drs. Salk and Sabin as the vice-chairman of Rotary International’s PolioPlus program, which helps oversee Rotary’s polio vaccination efforts worldwide.

Context:

In 1916, polio was an epidemic in the United States with over 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths. Following the availability of Dr. Salk’s inactivated vaccine in 1955 and Dr. Sabin’s oral polio vaccine in 1962, polio began to decline in developed countries where they were used. That decline began to accelerate as groups such as Rotary International began to champion the issue in the early 1980s.

Today, polio is nearly eradicated globally, as we’ve seen a 99.9% reduction – from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 6 reported cases so far in 2017. Polio is virtually eradicated, but there is still so much more to do. If we don’t continue to vaccinate, we could see 200,000 new cases every year – giving polio an unprecedented resurgence.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/8b4euv7l1n4z.jpg

EDIT: Thanks very much for all of your questions today. I enjoyed the conversation. For more information, please visit:https://www.endpolio.org/

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteI am Patti Catalano Dillon, a Native American and a former World and American record holder for long distance road racing, and a pioneer for women's athletics. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6138/i-am-patti-catalano-dillon-a-native-american-and Hi Reddit, I’m excited to be hosting my first AMA live from E3 2017.

I’ve been working in video games for the last 31 years, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. Not only are video games the fastest growing form of entertainment, they’re beloved by communities of players around the world and we believe that they can enrich peoples’ lives.

Beyond games I’m passionate about new technology, new methods of managing creative talent and new types of transportation… and chocolate!

Yesterday we held our annual E3 conference where we announced what I think is one of our strongest lineups of games in recent years. If you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you, watch it here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q1s3lOzQ1A

Edit 1 - I'll start answering questions at 10:30am PT keep them coming!

Edit 2 - Thanks so much for your questions, I really enjoyed hearing from you all, unfortunately that is all the time I have for today. I hope we can do this again soon!

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT