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2014 USATF National Podium Education Project

October 25-26, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada

What is it: The Podium Education Project (PEP) is an annual High Performance symposium which brings together coaches and sport scientist to review and present the most cutting edge methodology and coaching practices. It is designed to provide an exchange of knowledge between scientists, elite coaches and podium level coaches who have achieved the status of developing a medal-winning athlete at the highest level (National Championships, Youth Olympics, Junior and Senior World Championships, Pan American Championships and the Olympic Games).

2014 Program: The “Road to Rio” starts with timely preparation and a clearly defined plan. Before the conclusion of the 2012 Games, Duffy Mahoney, USATF Managing Director of High Performance Programs, was developing strategies to further impact the US medal count in Rio. In Vegas, Mahoney will present the USATF High Performance plan focusing on the second half of the quadrennial leading up to the Games. Finbarr Kirwan, USOC Director of Performance, will follow with the USOC’s expected outcomes for Rio and the assistance from USOC providers up to the 2016.

Other featured PEP presenters will include, Inigo Mujika, Spanish researcher and world class expert on tapering and recovery; Dr. Michael Fredericson, Stanford Running Clinic and Team Doctor, presenting on diet and prevention of stress fractures; Dr. Randy Wilber, USOC top sport scientist presenting on sleep and performance; and an expert coaches panel that will provide personal journeys to getting athletes to the top of the podium.

At the conclusion of day one, coaches can speak with presenters and expert coaches at the Coaches Reception following the presentations.

When: The PEP will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 9am - 12pm

Where: The conference will be held at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reference "USATF PEP" when making reservation to secure the USATF room block rate. Room block will be open until September 29, 2014.

Schedule: Click here to view the schedule.

Registration: Registration for the PEP is $75. Coaches who are members of the coaches registry will receive a discount code via email by August 31, 2014. The code will allow coaches to register for $25. If you have questions about the coupon code, e-mail Terry Crawford. The discount code must be used at the time of registration.

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