Webinar Presenter Bios
Laura is a Registered Dietitian with a specialty certification in Sports Dietetics who has experience with athletes of all levels and in different sports. She spent several years with the United States Olympic Committee supporting primarily Acrobat and Combat athletes and currently supports our military’s own brand of elite athletes through the THOR3 (Tactical, human, optimization, rapid recovery, rehab) program. With a Master’s degree from Colorado State University in an interdisciplinary program of exercise physiology and nutrition, Laura specializes in helping athletes enhance training adaptation and performance by identifying nutritional strategies, and assisting in the plan to optimize body composition that will ensure the athletes hard training translates into a positive performance.
Personally, Laura loves to be on the bike. She has participated in such events as the Leadville 100 MTB race, Mt. Evans Hill Climb (2nd in age group, 3rd overall citizens class), and the Trans Rockies 7 day Stage race. She currently is planning on participation in a 4 day stage race 2012 in which she will be able to personally put into play nutritional strategies in dealing with a tropical environment.
Andrea Braakhuis is a Senior Sport Dietitian with the USOC, employed with the Strength and Power Sportfolio, which includes swimming and track and field amongst other sports. Ms. Braakhuis has completed a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in human physiology and a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Braakhuis completed a Nutrition Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Sport in 2001 and then moved to New Zealand to work with the New Zealand Academy of Sport and lecture in sport nutrition. Ms. Braakhuis is completing doctoral studies on dietary antioxidants for athletes and is certified in ISAK body composition testing (level 3). Ms. Braakhuis has a background in middle distance running and more recently competes in triathlons.
Andy Coggan, PhD, FACSM
Andy is an internationally recognized exercise physiologist. He has published numerous scientific articles on a diverse range of topics, including the effects of carbohydrates on cycling performance, the physiological adaptations to endurance training, and the effects of aging on muscle metabolism during exercise. These papers have been cited more than 4,000 times in the scientific literature, with 14 of them achieving Citation Classic status (i.e., cited more than 100 times apiece). A national-caliber masters cyclist and TT record holder, Dr. Coggan is also widely recognized as one of the leading experts on the use of power meters, including their application to aerodynamic testing, and is coauthor of the book Training and Racing with a Power Meter.
Bernard CondevauxBernard received his degree in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University from Wayne State (MI) University in 1987 and has practiced as a Physical Therapist in Michigan, California, and Colorado. Bernard has been involved directly in cycling since 1992. Bernard worked his first Mountain Bike World Championship in Metabief, France with the New Zealand national team, and then worked in staging at the 1994 Tour DuPont. At the 1994 MTB Worlds, he worked for the French national team as a team liaison, assistant, trainer, and translator. In 1995, he developed a Junior Development Program through HealthSouth, traveling the country speaking to juniors and their parents about training, nutrition goal setting, and establishing training schedules. Bernard began a 2-year stint as soigneur for Team Dirt at the Redlands Classic in 1995, and later that year joined USA Cycling for the MTB Worlds at Kirchzarten, Germany. He has worked with USAC at every MTB Worlds since. He was a member of the USAC Pan Am games team in 2003 and 2007, was a staff member at the 2004 and 2006 Cyclocross World Championships. He has worked with the U-23 National team since 2004, and was PT/soigneur for USA at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. He was a soigneur/ PT for Team Quick Step at the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. In addition to various lectures on cycling injuries, Bernard has been a national instructor for Healthsouth on knee and shoulder injuries and rehabilitation, and has lectured for the Colorado chapter of the APTA. He has lectured on cycling injuries, rehabilitation, and the role of the soigneur for USA Cycling since 2004. Bernard served as a PT consultant for the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club until 2004, and was a consultant for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club from 1994-2000. He currently works as a Physical Therapist and Market Manager in Denver and Colorado Springs. He has been published multiple times in Performance Conditioning for Cycling, and has written a chapter on Cycling Injuries for the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine from Sage Publishing. He is also a certified Emergency First Responder.
Kristen Dieffenbach, PhDKristen is an assistant professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University and is an Association of Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant. Currently she is the coaching education representative on the NASPE Sport Steering Committee and is on the board for the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. She also serves as an advisory board member with the USA Cycling coaching education committee. Kristen is also a professional coach with a category 1 (elite) USA Cycling license and a Level II endurance specialization from USA Track and Field. She has coached for over 15 years at the high school, collegiate, recreational, and elite level.
Shawn Dolan, PhDShawn Dolan, PhD, RD, CSSD is a Sports Dietitian and Physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). She works primarily with the Team and Technical Sports Folio including volleyball, beach volleyball, water polo, soccer, archery, rugby, and swimming. Shawn is an avid runner and triathlete. Her favorite distances to compete in include half marathon and 70.3 Half Ironman. During her free time she enjoys spending time at the beach with her dog “Mojo”.
Jennifer GibsonJennifer is a Canadian Registered Dietitian working with the acrobat and combat sportfolio here at the USOC. Jennifer is also a nutrition service provider for the Women’s Professional Tennis Tour. In her career thus far, Jennifer has worked with many high performance sport disciplines including: Tennis Canada, Team Canada Women's Soccer, Canadian Snowboarding Federation, Canadian Alpine Disabled Ski team, Softball Canada, Team BC and the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Club. Jennifer completed her undergraduate education (BASc, Food and Nutrition) at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) and her dietetic internship with the University Health Network (Toronto, Canada). She is a distinguished graduate of the IOC Diploma in Sport Nutrition and a Level 1 certified anthropometrist with the International Society for the Advancement of Anthropometry (ISAK). Jennifer’s Masters research (University of Victoria, Canada) focused on investigating the nutrition and hydration status of junior elite female athletes.
Tyrone Holmes, Ed.D.
Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes is an author, speaker and coach. He is certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and as a Level 2 cycling coach through USA Cycling. He is also a competitive cyclist who rides thousands of miles every year, and competes in dozens of races and events from 10 to 100 miles in length. Through his seminars, webinars and coaching activities, Dr. Holmes helps his clients build successful speaking, coaching and consulting businesses, and improve athletic performance. His most popular programs include How to Build a Six-Figure Business, Building Your Brand, The ABC’s of Pricing, Using Social Media to Market Your Business, and Blog Your Way to Business. He also facilitates programs for athletes such as Increasing Power on the Bike and Performance Gearing and Shifting. Dr. Holmes provides Cycle-Max Coaching for cyclists and multisport athletes who want to improve their performance on the bike, and Lifestyle Coaching for individuals who want to lose weight and develop healthier lifestyles. He also provides Business Coaching for speakers, coaches, consultants and other entrepreneurs. Dr. Holmes has published two books: Training and Coaching the Competitive Cyclist (2010) and Developing Training Plans for Cyclists and Triathletes (2011). He is currently working on two additional books: Increasing Power on the Bike and WRITE Your Way to More Business and Income. Dr. Holmes is also a Diamond Level author at EzineArticles.com.
Alicia KendigAlicia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As a collegiate varsity swimmer, and during her time as a coach, she lent her knowledge and expertise in sport and nutrition to numerous athletes and teams.
Over the past number of years she has worked with various National Governing Bodies, the USOC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency to educate athletes on both sports nutrition and dietary supplements. She has helped athletes of all ages, levels, and backgrounds achieve their performance goals by focusing on fuel for optimal performance.
She is currently a Sports Dietitian within the U.S. Olympic Committee working with the Winter Sports, Strength and Power, and Endurance groups. Alicia also oversees the activity and testing conducted in the Athlete Performance Lab here at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado
Michael LovegrenMichael has over 15 years experience in the field of exercise science. As a gifted performance coach he has helped athletes and life athletes achieve their goals. He has dedicated the majority of his life studying athletic excellence and combines physiological assessments, functional training, cutting edge technologies with a motivational program and plan that rapidly enhances athlete’s hard work and training. He personally researches new ideas and technologies that promote athletic performance.
Michael has been cycling, running, and swimming for over 25 years. His passion for cycling started when he was a kid on his Torker BMX bike racing and building the next new jump for his next trick. As a kid he would practice jumping off his house into his swimming pool. " I always loved pushing the envelope trying to learn a new trick along the way. I guess I watched the RAD movie too many times as a kid. As an athlete I learned a lot on how to push the envelope and mask my pain. As a coach I learned that teaching these techniques is the hardest thing to teach. Not everyone knows how to mask their pain."
Michael has been racing competitive road racing and triathlons since 1998. After his tour of duty in the USMC he started to look for his next challenge. Entering into several different triathlon events from sprint to half Ironman. During that year he was asked by his friends and teams to race on the road. His first year of racing he went from a Cat 5 to Cat 3. The following year he raced Cat 3 and learned a lot by be mentored by various coaches. He finished up his racing career as a Cat 2 with enough points to upgrade to a Cat 1 but decided to focus on college and his passion for coaching. He was mentored in the field of coaching and biomechanics by elite professors and cycling coaches. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and became an elite swimmer and runner.
Michael also had the privilege to work with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). "Working with them helped me pursue my passion of writing and enable me to expand my knowledge on muscle imbalances."
Michael owns Kinetic Loop Training System LLC and coaches endurance athletes around the world and is a exercise therapist for Chronic Pain Patients for the Lakewood Functional Restoration Program. He believes his experience of masking pain and biomechanics has enabled him to help those with chronic pain.
Steve McGregor, PhD
Stephen McGregor, Ph.D. is an innovator in the development of training concepts and software designed to maximize the benefits of running with a speed and distance device. Most notably, he created the normalized graded pace (NGP) algorithm and the run training stress score (rTSS).
Dr. McGregor is Associate Professor and Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at Eastern Michigan University and has published and presented numerous research papers examining muscle injury, nutritional supplements, performance modeling, and running physiology. He is co-author, with Matt Fitzgerald, of the recent book from Human Kinetics titled “The Runner’s Edge”. He also serves as faculty for USA Cycling Science and Education, was a physiological advisor to US Olympic BMX team in 2008, and is physiological advisor to Eastern Michigan University Men’s Cross Country/Track team. In addition, he serves as an advisor to numerous cyclist, triathletes and runners from age groupers to Olympians alike.
Nanna Meyer, PhD
Nanna is a native of Switzerland and former member of the Swiss Alpine Ski Team. She is currently a Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the director of the Sport Nutrition Graduate Program. Her research interest covers bone health as it relates to sport, exercise, and nutrition. She is also dedicated to applied research that refines the efficacy of sport nutrition services provided to athletes. Nanna’s work experience in sport nutrition dates back to 1996. She worked for the Swiss Ski Team, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) in Salt Lake City, UT, and for US Speed Skating among several other sport teams. Nanna has been the Olympic team sports dietitian for US Speed Skating for three consecutive Winter Olympic Games. She is currently a senior sports dietitian with the United States Olympic Committee, overseeing sports nutrition operations. Nanna is also involved with professional organizations: she is a steering committee member of Sports Dietetics-USA and the president of Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES), a world-wide network of experts in sport nutrition.
Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM
Bob Murray is Managing Principal of Sports Science Insights, LLC, a consulting firm that helps companies make informed science-based decisions about products and programs. Prior to founding Sports Science Insights in 2008, Bob served as director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute for almost 23 years. Bob received his PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University and his BS and MEd degrees in Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. Prior to working at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Bob was an associate professor of physical education at Boise State University. Bob has published numerous articles in scientific journals, has lectured at professional meetings around the world on topics related to sports nutrition, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Bob completed the Hawaii Ironman in 1992 (once was definitely enough) and now competes in masters swimming events. Bob lives and works in Crystal Lake, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
Harvey Newton, the 1984 USA Olympic Coach for weightlifting, raced road and track for over 20 years. During 1982-1992 he served as a strength and conditioning advisor to USA Cycling. He holds a BA in psychology from the University of Central Florida and an MA in Sociology (coaches’ education emphasis) from the University of Colorado. Newton is a USAC Level 2 Coach, a USA Volleyball Master Instructor, and a USA Weightlifting Senior International Coach. A noted national and international clinician, Harvey Newton authored Explosive Lifting for Sports and the Strength Training for Cyclists System (www.newton-sports.com).
Sage RountreeSage Rountree, PhD, is author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga and The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery, both published by VeloPress. She writes on yoga for Runner’s World and USA Triathlon Life and on sports for Yoga Journal. She competes in triathlons of all distances and coaches runners, triathletes, and mountain bikers. Find her workshop schedule, products, and online classes at sagerountree.com.
Randy Wilber, PhD, FACSM
Randall L. Wilber, PhD, FACSM, is a senior sport physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado (elevation 1,860 m/6,100 ft), where he oversees the operation of the Athlete Performance Laboratory. Dr. Wilber has worked with athletes including Lance Armstrong (five-time winner of the Tour de France, two-time Olympian), Alison Dunlap (2001 World Champion in cross-country mountain biking, two-time Olympian), Mari Holden (2000 World Champion in road cycling, 2000 Olympic silver medallist), Barb Lindquist (world-ranked #1 female triathlete in 2002 and 2003), and Hunter Kemper (2003 Pan American Games gold medalist in the triathlon, 2000 Olympian).
Dr. Wilber’s research interests include evaluating the effects of altitude training on athletic performance. He has had published scientific papers in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sport Nutrition, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Wilber was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 1998. Dr. Wilber holds a PhD in exercise physiology from Florida State University, where he conducted research on training and detraining in endurance athletes. Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Dr. Wilber spent most of his adult life in Florida prior to moving to Colorado in 1993. He has been involved in sports his entire life as an athlete (cross-country and track), coach, and exercise physiologist. Dr. Wilber’s hobbies and recreational interests include running, biking, hiking, reading, and photography. He has completed the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race (1999) and the Pikes Peak Ascent Running Race (2000-2002).
Dr. Wilber has authored the book Altitude Training and Athletic Performance (Human Kinetics).
Kathy ZawadzkiKathy Zawadzki has more than two decades of experience working as an exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist, and endurance cycling coach. She is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach and licensed Sports Nutritionist. She also serves as an advisory board member with the USA Cycling coaching education committee. Kathy earned a master's degree in Exercise Science and is certified as a Health and Fitness Instructor through ACSM. She was a contributing author on Food for Fitness: Eat Right to Train Right (Putman, 2004) and currently helps athletes achieve peak performance as a coach and sports nutritionist with Peak to Peak Training Systems in Colorado.
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