MAY 18, 2011

“Laissez les bons temps rouler” Let the good times roll

I want to first thank you for taking the time to visit this website and for supporting the Olympic movement. I am truly honored to be the first coach to blog for the I take great pride in being able to share my journey as I work to prepare 10 track and field athletes for the 30th Olympic games to be held in London in 2012. My name, as the blog intro suggest, is Ty Sevin (say-van) and I am a USATF national coach working at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. I coach track and field athletes competing in the pole vault, javelin, discus and shot put.

Iʼll start with a little background about myself. I believe knowing where a person comes from goes a long way in explaining an individual's motivations and actions. When I say, “comes from” I donʼt necessarily mean where a person was born, but more importantly how and by whom a person was raised.

I could not have imagined having the opportunities that have been afforded me while growing up in the remote Cajun town of Cut Off, La. This small “bayou community” was however the perfect breeding ground for developing the hard nose work ethic that is necessary for success both on and off the track. I was also very fortunate to have a family that held these same values and supported me in my athletic endeavors and I credit this for all of the success that has come my way. I must give recognition to my wife Marie for supporting and encouraging me to accept this position four years ago. I feel so blessed to have such a strong supporter as I chase my Olympic Dream to coach at the Games. I am also very proud of the fact that Marie is an active duty officer in the United Stated Coast Guard. There is nothing as honorable as serving your country and protecting what so many have bled and died for. You may get the hint that I am a very proud husband and supporter of the U.S. Armed Services.

Marie and I will also be expecting our first child this summer, smashed somewhere between our U.S. National Championships in June and the IAAF World Championships in August to be held in South Korea. This will definitely be my most exciting and hectic summer to say the least.

I look forward to diving into many topics that relate to life not only as a coach, but also as a husband and a father. Hopefully I can also get to what my passions are away from the track that is oh so necessary when working in such a high stress environment.

The next year is sure to be filled with highs and lows as these amazing athletes prepare to make the U.S. Olympic Team. I anticipate that this blog will bring you one step closer to understanding our “Olympic Dream” as we prepare to be the best that we can be. It is my hope that I can introduce you to some of the amazing people I get to work with each and every day. I will try to end each blog with a quote that can be inspirational to all.

“The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.”

- Dawn Fraser (Australian swimmer, three-time winner of Olympic Games.)