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.

 

Megan Ritch

Hometown: Asheboro, North Carolina 

Role: Team USA Manager

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

"Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good." ~Minor Myers Jr

Typical cheat day meal?

Curry and Samosas – however, lately this has become less of a cheat meal and more of an everyday meal.

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

Learn to whitewater kayak!

What is one thing that you cannot live without?

A Camera – I take my camera everywhere and am always taking pictures!

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

I’m involved in two really exciting areas of the sport, Diversity and Inclusion and the Team USA program.  Balancing the needs of both areas to ensure success of these areas can be challenging at times, but always rewarding.  Getting to be a part of athlete’s journey in the sport, whether its someone first race ever or someone’s first world championship, make long hours and working on weekends worth it!