WHO WE ARE

Since 2000 Olympians Rising/US Athletic Trust has promoted reform of the US Olympic system, with a focus on athlete equity, transparency, fairness, opportunity and safety. We are a group of Olympians, coaches and supporters who find our Olympic system unacceptable. We intend to do all we can to support the new Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020, and reform our Olympic system, making athletes and sport development the primary priorities. 

Leadership

AUGUST WOLF OLY

Shot Put

August Wolf is the founder of Olympians Rising. Wolf was U.S. Indoor and Outdoor National Shot Put Champion in 1984, and competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Wolf graduated cum laude from Princeton University's School of International and Public Affairs in 1983, and holds the outdoor Ivy League Record in the shot put.

After retiring from competitive sport in 1992, August worked in Silicon Valley and in banking in New York City. August also in 2000 founded Desiderata Hederae Athleticae Corp, dba US Athletic Trust, a sport NGO providing support and advocacy for America’s Olympic athletes, which provided direct support to nearly 100 athletes, and published seminal work on the lack of direct athlete support. He was instrumental in rationalizing the USOC development effort from 2010-2014, and served as Trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation from 2014-2018. He has also been an influential member of the Board of the Friends of Princeton Track since 1995​​​.

BODE MILLER OLY

Alpine

Bode Miller is a world class athlete and gifted rebel. Bode excelled at different sports in high school including soccer, tennis, and even snowboarding. While attending Carrabassett Valley Academy, a ski racing academy in Maine, Bode laid the groundwork to become the best Alpine ski racer in the world. Bode is focused on allowing all young athletes, regardless of economic status, to have a chance to train and compete. Bode won six Olympic medals, including gold (Men’s Super Combined) at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He also won the Men’s World Cup Overall Championships in 2005 and in 2008.

Other world titles include: (2003 Giant slalom, 2003 Combined, 2005 Downhill, 2005 Super-G). Bode is considered one of the greatest Alpine Ski racers of all time and the most decorated male American Alpine skier in the history of the United States. Miller has already blazed his own trail making a successful the transition into the media and business world since retirement in 2014.

DR. GEORGE YANCOPOULOS

Scientist

Dr. George Yancopoulos is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, a pre-eminent biotechnology company. A classic all-around student athlete in Bronx Science High School and Columbia College, George played basketball, ran distance, and finally focused on competitive rowing on the Columbia University Crew Team.  Dr. Yancopoulos is also a proud father of four very credentialed student athletes including his youngest daughter, who competed in a dominant fashion in boys HS wrestling until an untimely injury ended her career.

Dr. Yancopoulos is proud to have co-founded REGENERON, the most prolific inventor of drugs in modern history. He has led Regeneron alongside Len Schleifer, MD, PhD, since 1989. George has been driven by science and performance his entire life. He began his education at the Bronx High School of Science, received his MD and PhD from Columbia University and went on to become the 11th most highly cited scientist in the world in the 1990s. In 2004, he was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yancopoulos, together with key members of his team, is a principal inventor and developer of Regeneron's six FDA-approved drugs, as well as its foundational technologies, including the Trap technology, VelociGene® and VelocImmune®.

KAYLA HARRISON OLY

Judo

Kayla Harrison began judo at the age of 6. As a teenager, Kayla became one of the most prominent judo competitors in the country. Kayla was the victim of criminal sexual abuse by a coach in her teens. She endured, and guided by fellow Olympian Jimmy Pedro, Kayla went on to make history at the World Championships in 2010, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, becoming the first American Olympian to win a gold medal in the history of the sport of judo. She repeated this same feat by defending her title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Kayla continued her athletic career in June 2018 when made her MMA debut with a first round submission by her opponent. Kayla supports organizations committed to protecting the lives of women and children. She founded the Fearless Foundation, an organization that shines a light on the darkness that is child abuse, and uplifts the lives of survivors through sport, education, as well as moral and emotional support.

JIMMY PEDRO OLY

Judo

Jimmy Pedro is an elite Judo master and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist. Jimmy also became a Judo World Champion (73 kg) at the 1999 World Judo Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain. Pedro is a Shichidan (7th degree Black Belt) and is known worldwide for his judo prowess, coaching style, and training methods. Jimmy graduated from Brown University in 1994 with BA in Business Economics. As a world class judo coach, Jimmy trained two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison and Silver Olympic medalist Travis Stevens. He currently owns Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield, MA and is also the President of FUJI Mats & Vice President of Hatashita/Fuji Sports. Jimmy also teaches Judo clinics & seminars all over the United States

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JIMMY PEDRO OLY

Judo

Jimmy Pedro is an elite Judo master and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist. Jimmy also became a Judo World Champion (73 kg) at the 1999 World Judo Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain. Pedro is a Shichidan (7th degree Black Belt) and is known worldwide for his judo prowess, coaching style, and training methods. Jimmy graduated from Brown University in 1994 with BA in Business Economics. As a world class judo coach, Jimmy trained two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison and Silver Olympic medalist Travis Stevens. He currently owns Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield, MA and is also the President of FUJI Mats & Vice President of Hatashita/Fuji Sports. Jimmy also teaches Judo clinics & seminars all over the United States

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KAYLA HARRISON OLY

Judo

Kayla Harrison began judo at the age of 6. As a teenager, Kayla became one of the most prominent judo competitors in the country. Kayla was the victim of criminal sexual abuse by a coach in her teens. She endured, and guided by fellow Olympian Jimmy Pedro, Kayla went on to make history at the World Championships in 2010, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, becoming the first American Olympian to win a gold medal in the history of the sport of judo. She repeated this same feat by defending her title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Kayla continued her athletic career in June 2018 when made her MMA debut with a first round submission by her opponent. Kayla supports organizations committed to protecting the lives of women and children. She founded the Fearless Foundation, an organization that shines a light on the darkness that is child abuse, and uplifts the lives of survivors through sport, education, as well as moral and emotional support.

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