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Tim Yount, Chief of Sport Development

Hometown: Monument, Colorado

Role: Team USA Manager

Do you have a saying or a motto that you live by?

Pressure is a privilege – which I live by every day. We should be proud to have a target on our backs.

Typical cheat day meal?

Animal crackers…not a meal but gets me from 11am to my workout time which is usually around 1pm. I am also a bar fan but need a mixture to reward my changing palate.

What challenges you the most when it comes to your job?

Juggling the flow of work. I receive 200 emails a day and support 20 or so meetings a week. I also have other projects that I have to get done for our teams or for our CEO. This certainly supports my 65-70 hours of work a week.

What does it take for you to be successful in your role with Team USA?

Being certain that EVERY athlete is treated as if they were an Olympian. That is really the role…to never say never and always believe that we can help all athletes with every need that they have. If we can do that, I feel we have been successful. To add, never make excuses…and to always make every movement as simple as we can for the athletes. No ego – we really have to subject ourselves to doing even the most remedial tasks without any feeling that it is below our pay grade. Listen more than talk – for us to always know the pain points for athletes and to anticipate before things happen for things that have the highest probability of failing us as a team. Never making any assumptions – we can’t take anything for granted so over communication is better than leaving details on the table. Someday I hope to write a piece on these details of team management as there are others that I have learned are critical to best supporting our teams.

Fun fact about you that not many people know?

I eat ice cream probably 330 days a year. May I tie that in with another fun fact? I still weigh what I did in high school.

On the weekend, what are some of your hobbies?

Riding every weekend I am home and spending time with Samuel (my five year old) either doing sports or attending sporting events.

Lindsay Welker, Programs Coordinator

Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana 

Role: Programs Coordinator

Do you have a saying or a motto that you live by?

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

Typical cheat day meal?

Take out Thai and Ice Cream 

What’s one item on your bucket list that you’re hoping to accomplish in 2020?

Travel to Europe, which this program is going to give me the opportunity to do!

What is one thing that you cannot live without?

Ice cream. It’s built into my daily routine

What challenges you the most when it comes to your job?

Working with Team USA while there is a pandemic has been a unique challenge with the constant changes and cancellations across World Championships. However, it is rewarding to work through these challenges with Tim and help athletes be able to compete at World Championships.