STRATEGY FOR RIO: Aim for a “normal, predictable swim in the middle of an unpredictable and very abnormal environment.” He tries to minimize time in the Olympic Village, where some athletes are more focused on the party than the medals. “When you get there, you want to take care of business.”
Cliff Rovelto, Kansas State director of men’s and women’s cross country and track and field
ROLE AT THE GAMES: Has coached 14 Olympic athletes, including silver medalists Erik Kynard, Austra Skujyte and Matt Hemingway, and is a nine-time Team USA staff member.
MY FIRST OLYMPICS: He was nervous about the time commitment but the Olympians’ presence inspired his cheap College jerseys athletes. “They look at these folks and think, ‘Hey, that guy’s not much better than me! Maybe I can do those same kinds of things!’”
cheap NCAA jerseys Champion Magazine OLYMPIC PHILOSOPHY: “Even the Olympic Games are a little like just another day. I know that sounds crazy, and I’m not trying to make light of it. But it’s not about anything magical we’re doing at those meets. It’s what we do every single day in practice that enables us to get to those meets and perform at our best.”
STRATEGY FOR RIO: An Olympic coach’s role is specific. “Coaches work with athletes for many years, so it’s not like we’re gonna show up in Rio and rewrite training plans. We want to take the plan they’ve designed and help with it. That’s our job.”
Mike Bottom, Michigan men’s and women’s swimming and diving
ROLE AT THE GAMES: He has coached Olympic athletes from Serbia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Croatia, Poland, Israel, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S.
MY FIRST OLYMPICS: Bottom was selected for the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, the year the country boycotted the games in Moscow. “What I saw was a political disruption of what I thought the Olympic ideal was, and I wanted to make that as right as possible by coaching people from different countries, ideologies – teams that would stand together and support the Olympic ideal.”
cheap NCAA jerseys Champion Magazine OLYMPIC PHILOSOPHY:“It’s not really about ... winning medals. It’s creating champions, positive relationships with other teams and other cultures.”
STRATEGY FOR RIO: Bottom is always preparing for the next Olympics. “We have a clock over our pool that counts down the minutes, hours and seconds until the Opening Ceremonies.”
Randy Ableman, Miami (Fla.) men’s and women’s diving
ROLE AT THE GAMES: Served on the U.S. coaching staff for the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012 games, and was head coach of the South African diving team in 2008. He’s produced 11 Olympians in his time at Miami.
cheap NCAA jerseys Champion Magazine MY FIRST OLYMPICS: Named to the U.S. Olympic diving team in 1980, Ableman was forced to miss the games in Moscow due to the American boycott.
OLYMPIC PHILOSOPHY:v“I’m there for my athletes, to put them in the best position to do something great.”
STRATEGY FOR RIO:“Everyone puts a little more into the Olympics, so they can say, ‘I made an Olympic team, I’m an Olympian.’ But in my mind I just want to prepare them to be one of the best in our country and to represent us internationally. I don’t think we train any harder. But there is a little more stress involved.”
Marcio Sicoli, Pepperdine assistant beach volleyball coach
ROLE AT THE GAMES: Sicoli was trainer/consultant to Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor at the 2012 Olympics in London and will be trainer/consultant to Jennings and April Ross in Rio de Janeiro this summer. With gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012, May-Treanor and Jennings are considered the best beach volleyball duo of all time.
cheap NCAA jerseys Champion Magazine MY FIRST OLYMPICS: Even a coach with a gold-medal record says just getting there is a thrill. “You’re there to win a gold medal, but you feel a different energy in that you’ve already made it.”
OLYMPIC PHILOSOPHY: “It’s not about me, or even the team, but something cheap jerseys bigger. (The Olympics) changed my coaching philosophy from numbers and stats to the idea that sports are bigger than maybe everybody thinks.”
STRATEGY FOR RIO: The 2016 Olympics will bring Sicoli’s career full circle. He was born and raised in Rio. “I’m just stoked that I’ll have my friends and family close.”