Team USA Support Staff

Tim Yount

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.

 

Emily Johnson-Haug

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 

Role: Team USA Manager

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

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

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

Learn to make pottery 

What is one thing that you cannot live without?

A squat rack/ bar - I love to lift weights and just forget about the world. It takes a tremendous amount of concentration and focus! 

Who is your role model and why?

My husband, no matter what life brings, he always has my back and is able to find the positive in every situation. 

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

The sport world is ever changing and requires flexibility yet firm decision-making (sometimes on the spot). Team USA has over 1400 athletes a year and I aim to make everyone feel special while still managing the needs of all. Mistakes are a part of the job and I take pride in my mistakes- to learn and grow from them!