COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 4, 2008) -- USA Triathlon is pleased to announce the six-member team that will support the Olympic athletes at this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
"I'm very proud of the staff that has been selected for the Games," said USAT Sport Performance Director Scott Schnitzspahn. "This is a proven team of coaches and support personnel who work well together and that the athletes trust."
2008 Olympic Team Support Staff
Team Leader - Scott Schnitzspahn
Scott Schnitzspahn is the Sport Performance Director for USA Triathlon, overseeing all elite athlete, development athlete and coaching programs at USA Triathlon. He served as the Team Leader for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the U.S. Team won half of the available medals, including a sweep of the Gold in both the men's and women's events.
Head Coach - Cliff English
Cliff English is the National Teams Head Coach for USA Triathlon and manages the triathlon program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cliff began working with USA Triathlon in 2005 after coaching triathlete Samantha McGlone to the 2004 Canadian Olympic Team.
Assistant Coach - Sharon Donnelly
Olympian Sharon Donnelly is the Resident Coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sharon was a member of the 2000 Canadian Olympic Team and was the 1999 Pan American Games Champion.
Mechanic - Nathan Kortuem
An elite triathlete himself, Nathan Kortuem is an International Cycling Union licensed mechanic and is the Resident Mechanic at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Chiropractor - Dr. Alex Keith
Dr. Alex Keith is the physiology guru for the National Teams Program and works closely with many of the top American athletes throughout the year as well as being the Team Chiropractor for multiple World Cup events and the 2007 and 2008 World Championships. Dr. Keith operates a highly successful private practice and event production business in Lake Worth, Fla.
Athletic Trainer - Diana Palmer
Diana Palmer has been the U.S. National Team trainer and massage therapist at numerous World Cup and World Championship events. As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Games staff, she will handle all medical related issues for the USAT Olympic Team. She was also on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff that supported the triathlon team and other sports at the 2007 Pan American Games.
Find out more about the Olympic Team selection process for triathlon.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,300 races and connects with more than 100,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.