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January 19, 2011

USA Olympic Track & Field Athletes to share expertise at summer camp

Former Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Sharrieffa Barksdale will oversee the camp. Centre head cross country and track and field coach, Lisa Owens, will be in charge of advertising and camp set up.

Joyner-Kersee won the silver medal in the heptathlon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. In the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, she took gold in the heptathlon and the long jump. She then took gold in the heptathlon and bronze in the long jump in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Joyner-Kersey currently holds the world record in the heptathlon and the American record in the long jump.

Barksdale won the U.S. title, the TAC Championships, and the silver medal in the Pan-American Games in the 400 meter hurdles in 1983, and then competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in the 400 meter hurdles. The former American record holder in the 400 meter hurdles was the assistant manager for the U.S. Track & Field team during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Tyson Gay, Jamie Nieto, Aretha Hill-Thurmond, Kristin Heaston, Dwight Phillips, and Bershawn Jackson are a few of the U.S. Track and Field Athletes athletes who will be putting on clinics.

A Lexington, Ky. native, Gay was named the USOC Sportsman of the Year, the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, and the Track & Field Man of the Year in 2007 following wins in the 100 meters and the 200 meters at the U.S. Championships and the World Championships. He was also a member of the 4x100 relay World Championship team in 2007. Gay is the American record holder in the 100 meters and is the second fastest 100 meter runner in world history.

Nieto participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in the high jump after winning the U.S. Outdoor Championship in 2003 and the U.S. Indoor Championship and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004.

Hill-Thurmond competed in the Olympic Games is 1996, 2004, and 2008 in the discus throw. She won the Pan-American Games in 1999 and 2003, the U.S. Championships in 2003, 2004, and 2006, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008.

Heaston participated in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, following a second place finish at the Olympic Trials.  She won the U.S. Outdoor Championships in 2003, 2005, and 2007 and the Indoor Championships in 2003.

Phillips, a former member of the University of Kentucky track & field team, was the U.S. Outdoor National Runner-Up in the long jump and would go on to perform in that event at the 2000 Olympic Games. In 2003 Phillips won the World Indoor Championships, World Outdoor Championships, U.S. Outdoor National Championships, and the IAAF Grand Prix in the long jump. Phillips, helped represent the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games after winning the U.S. Outdoor National Championship in the long jump.

Following a first place finish in the 400 hurdles at the 2001 Junior Olympics, Jackson would eventually go on to take bronze in the 400 hurdles at the 2008 Olympic Games. He also won the gold medal at the 2005 World Championships in the 400 hurdles and in the 4x400 relay at the 2009 World Championships. In 2010 he won the U.S. Indoor Championships in the 400 and the U.S. Championships in the 400 hurdles.

Other outstanding USA Track and Field athletes who will be conducting clinics are Chandra Cheesborough, Joette Clark Diggs, Johnny Gray, Jeff Hartwig, Gary Morgan, Francie Larrieu Smith, Rose Monday, Dana Pounds, and Angela Taylor.

During the three-day camp, Demetrius Robertson, the 2010 KY State Bodybuilding Heavyweight Champion, will provide instruction on sports nutrition and weight training.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 12-19, with space being limited. In order to secure a spot in the camp a $100 non-refundable deposit is required. The camp costs $400 per overnight camper and $315 per commuter camper.

A coach or parent can attend for $200 and will get lunch daily, observation of all instruction, one-hour session with the Olympians daily, and a camp polo shirt.

"There has never been a track and field camp of this magnitude in the United States. There has never been a camp with this many Olympians at one time. I think it is the premier track and field camp in the country. I have not seen a better one with the clinicians coming here," Owens stated.

Registration forms can be found by going to the Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy web-site.

Those who would like further information can contact Centre head track & field coach Lisa Owens at (859) 238-5494, lisa.owens@centre.edu, or can visit www.mvtfa.com.

The Danville Advocate Messender has also done a couple of articles on the Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy. To read the articles click on the links below:
- Centre College hosting elite track camp June 5-8.
- A look at athletes participating in Centre College track camp June 5-8.