Speakers

Marcos Lerbach

Marcos has plenty of experience with the under age set-up in Brazil having worked in the Youth and Junior categories since 1984.

Marcos was in charge when Brazil won two gold medals at the Junior World Championship in 1993 and 2001. Besides that, Lerbach was the head coach of the team which won the South American title nine times.

Finbarr Kirwan

Finbarr Kirwan is the High Performance Director for the United States Olympic Committee and is responsible for leading a team of sport experts supporting Olympic programs in Track and Field, Swimming, Equestrian, Shooting and Weightlifting.

Leena Huovinen

Leena Huovinen has been a sport chaplain for the Finnish Olympic Team since 2004, and Rio will be her 7th olympic games to date. Leena also works with the Finnish Athletes Team (track and field) and Finnish Crosscountry ski Team. 

Sergio Lara-Bercial

Senior Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University, and Manager for Strategy and Development for the International Council for Coaching Excellence, one of Sergio Lara Bercial's projects is leading an international research project looking at Serial Winning Coaches (e.g. Bill Sweetenham and Jurgen Grobler) in conjunction with ten international agencies (e.g. Trainerakademie in Germany and the  Australian Sport Commission. 

Penny Werthner

An Olympic athlete herself in track and field, Penny Werthner has served as a sport psychology consultant for national and Olympic teams since 1985, including as an advisor to the Canadian Olympic Committee on Sport Psychology for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team and the 2004 Athens Olympic Team.

Randy Wilber

Randy Wilber is a Senior Sport Physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he oversees the operation of the Athlete Performance Laboratory and is a member of the Endurance Sportfolio group of the USOC Performance Services Division.

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