Zach why leave the sun of San Diego and the U.S.O.C. behind for the U.S. Ski Team?
Every decision has its reasons. The work side of things was the main reason. I knew Andy Walsh, Per Lundstrom and Sue Robson (USST Sport Science Staff), and knew they were very innovative in how they approached sport – how sport science was integrated within the teams. With the USOC it was more consulting with various NGB’s (national governing bodies). I feel there is less of a barrier between sport science and coaching, and sport science and athletes, when employed by, and specifically working for, one Olympic sport. I felt this would be a great opportunity to work more hands on with coaches and their athletes. USST Sport Science is really innovative in trying to look for the new, state of the art way to train its athletes.
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