The World Athletics Center is very excited to announce it is partnering with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Team to provide start-coaching services for the 2013-14 World Cup Season – culminating in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
With his extensive experience in the sports of bobsled and skeleton, World Athletics Center Performance Director and Sprint Coach Stuart McMillan will be joining up with USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USBSF) at key competitions, as well as the the pre-Olympic Games Holding Camp, and the Olympic Games themselves.
McMillan lecturing USA Men’s teamHaving previously led both Canadian and American athletes to numerous Olympic medals in 2002, 2006, and 2010, Stuart is looking forward to once again working in bobsled and skeleton: “these athletes are amongst the best in the world, and I’m very pleased that the USBSF have contracted the World Athletics Center for their push-start coaching services.”
Two-time women’s bobsled World Championship medalist, and bronze medalist in the Vancouver-Whistler Olympic Games Elana Meyers, says of McMillan’s appointment: “I’m ecstatic to have Stu working with the US Bobsled and Skeleton teams this season. In order to have a shot of winning medals in Sochi, we need to have the fastest starts in the world, and having Stu as our push-coach gives us that chance – his skill for coaching start mechanics is unparalleled in the world of bobsled and skeleton.”
World Athletics Center CEO and founder John Godina is very happy about the link, stating “We at the World Athletics Center are excited to work with USA Bobsled for their push-start development. With the the 2014 Winter Games just around the corner, we are happy to help our winter brethren in any way possible to bring back the gold. ”
Asked how this new role aligns with his position with the World Athletics Center, Stuart stated “I’m a big believer in the overall development of a coach and leader being dependent on the breadth of experience that he enjoys, and I fully expect that this Winter season working alongside the fantastic coaching staff at USBSF – as well as the opportunity to help some of the best athletes I have ever seen – will further my own experiences in sport as we at the World Athletics Center continue to strive to offer the best athlete coaching services in the World.”
Head Coach of the US Skeleton Team Tuffy Latour, for one, can’t wait for the season to commence: “In a sport that is searching for hundredths of a second, attention to detail matters. Stu’s involvement with our teams this year will be ‘the’ difference maker. His expertise and knowledge of the push-start is unparalleled, and will give our athletes that edge we need this Olympic season. Our U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams are excited to have him on board as we head down the road to Sochi 2014.”