Team USA Support Staff

Tim Yount

Hometown: Monument, Colorado

Role: Team USA Manager - Fyn, Gold Coast

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.

 

Lauren Rios

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Role: Team USA Manager - Zofingen, Fyn, Gold Coast

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

"Travel literally forces us out of our routines and, in doing so, gives us the freedom to see things with fresh eyes.

What’s one item on your bucket list that you’re hoping to accomplish in 2017?

Take a hot air balloon ride in one of the countries I visit this year.

What is one thing that you cannot live without?

Coffee. You’ll always see it in my hand at work and often referring to it as ‘work juice’. It’s one of my favorite ways to start the day and stay energized. Favorite kind? Starbucks Dark Roast.

Who is your role model and why?

My mom. I think she deserves an award for putting up with me. It’s cliché to say but she’s really taught me everything I know --  kindness, creativity, to take risks, work hard and do your best. If I can be half the person she is one day, I’ll be happy.

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

To be successful at USA Triathlon, you have to find the right balance of everything. What most don’t know is that in addition to Team USA, I run all of the research for the organization such as economic reports, surveys, program evaluations, reporting and analysis. Juggling this with organizing all of the logistics for five world championship teams can be challenging at times. With Team USA, I wouldn’t call it a challenge as much as a fun project to figure out how to adapt the planning and logistics to fit each team. I’ve learned that each of the five teams are very different in personality type, which means finding multiple strategies to successfully manage each team. I’m constantly reviewing the plans to make sure they fit the needs of the athlete and that going into worlds we’re the most prepared we can be. With roughly 2,000 athletes a year, one plan may not work so this means being flexible with how something plays out and being ready to change something at a moment’s notice. This becomes incredibly important when we’re on site. 

Meg Duncan

Role: Team Manager -- Fyn

Do you have a motto that you live by?

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Post workout guilty pleasure?

Caramel chocolate ice cream bars

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Traveling abroad in India. It was completely eye-opening and gave me such an incredible outlook and perspective on happiness and life.

What is your favorite part about living in Colorado?

The ability to ski on a Saturday and then go for a bike ride on a Sunday!

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

I often feel challenged by staying ahead of the curve and keeping up with new trends in education. When handling so many tasks and responsibilities, I feel fortunate to be able to come to work every day with such a great team and tackle unique projects together.

Dr. Andrew Getzin

Role: USA Triathlon Team USA Medical Director 

What is the most important aspects of USAT to you?

Inclusion and the motivation for people to move their bodies.  I am a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine where we are working hard to get the message across that exercise is medicine.  Too many Americans want prescription of medication for their lifestyle problems of consuming too many calories and exercising too little. 

Exercise is also personal.  USAT has a distance and a race for everybody.  I just did a duathlon last weekend and wound up second.  Some of my friends gave me a hard time wondering if I am ever going to win one of these things.  I felt like I did win.  I am 47 and still competing.  That is a win.  I was doubly motivated at that race by several friends who competed: a fast 70 year old and a 1st time 35 year old who was making it happen! 

Fun fact about you that not many people know?

When I was younger, I had a different body.  I was a power lifter and was seventy pounds heavier.  I played defensive line in college football followed by rugby during medical school in Newark, NJ and then for the Providence men’s club for the next 3 years during my residency.

I could not swim at all when I met my wife twenty years ago.  She is a water person (she was a USA Olympic Spring board diver) and figured I would need to learn to swim for us to be compatible. She introduced me to triathlons.

On the weekend, what are some of your hobbies?

My wife and I have 3 kids ages 14, 11, and 8 and spend our weekends driving to lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling.  It makes for some early morning training and trips to the office on my end.

If you could eat one food forever what would it be?

If I could only eat one food the rest of my life and it was the perfect nutritional balance to sustain me, it would have to be Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  My three kids and I eat it out of the carton but need to be sneaky so that my wife does not catch us not using bowls.  Beer would be a close second.  When I am in tri season, I try to limit the evening beer and ice cream to get down to race weight (sometimes a losing battle).

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

Being a successful triathlete and doctor require a similar skill set.  You need to have consistency, toughness, good organizational skills and be able to listen.  As a sports medicine doctor who treats active people of all ages, a competitive age group triathlete for the past 15 years, and a triathlon coach, I understand the psyche of triathletes and how much work goes into participating and competing.  I have supported USAT for the past 10 years and am excited about the opportunity to become more involved with such a great organization and wonderful group of athletes.