We are a group of Olympians and friends that are disgusted with the negligence of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
- BODE MILLER 6 time Olympic Medalist in skiing, including Gold in 2010
- CAROLINE LIND 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing, 2008 and 2012
- KAYLA HARRISON 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo, 2012 and 2016
- AUGUST WOLF Olympian and USOC Foundation Trustee
- JIMMY PEDRO 2 time Olympic Medalist in judo in 1996 and 2004
August Wolf - OLY
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 from Princeton University 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. He is the proud father of four athletic and artistic children: AJ (Captain DUKE Football ‘16), Alex (Data Scientist Dataiku), Andrew (Digital Media UCONN ‘18), and Abbie (Madill School of Journalism and basketball player Northwestern ‘20). Mr. Wolf also in 2000 founded US Athletic Trust, a sport NGO providing support and advocacy for America’s Olympic athletes. In 2014, he was named Trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, and serves on the Board of the Friends of Princeton Track.
Eva Rodansky - ATHLETE
Eva Rodansky was and is a world class activist for athlete’s rights. At age 17, Rodansky had already earned National Class status, but was blackballed by US Speedskating for being forthright about the unacceptable manner its athletes were treated. While earning advanced degrees in microbiology, and despite fighting the insider leadership for a decade, in 2001 Eva won the 3000 meters at the Fall World Cup Trials in a historic comeback.
Since retiring from speed skating in protest of USS’s 2006 unjust Olympic Team selection process, Rodansky published a seminal book, “Winter of Discontent: An athlete’s experience of speed skating in America,” which highlights the inequities of the USOC/USS systems. Eva currently works as a research lab specialist at the University of Michigan, leading projects in anti-fibrotic drug development.
Caroline Lind - OLY
Caroline Lind is a two-time Olympic gold medalist rower in the women’s eight. Caroline, won her first gold medal as member of the women’s eight team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Four years later at 2012 Olympic Games in London, Lind triumphantly defended her title, winning another gold for Team USA. Caroline was also six-time WORLD CHAMPION from 2006-2014.
Lind graduated from Princeton University in 2006 and earned an M.B.A. with an accounting concentration at Rider University (2010), that she is now using at the Princeton University Development Office. Caroline highlights winning her first Olympic gold medal as her most memorable athletic achievement.
Kehri Jones - ATHLETE
World Champion Bobsled Pusher Kehri graduated from Baylor University at the age of 20, where she was earned academic and athletic honors. She subsequently earned a Master’s of Science in exercise Physiology the following year. All Big-12 academic student athlete Kehri Jones became interested in the Bobsled after recruitment by Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor. After a year of hard work, her two-person team won the gold medal at the IBSF World Championships in 2017, where Kehi broke the start time record during her first World Cup race.
Kehri devoted two years of her life to TEAM USA for her Olympic Dream, getting paid hardly minimum wage for her efforts. She was sadly disappointed not to be selected on the 2018 Team. Kehri wants every American to have a fair chance to represent the USA while getting the support they deserve.
Frank T. Harrison - ATHLETE
Frank Harrison was multiple New Jersey State Champion in the 110 hurdles and 400m dash, and had a stellar career at the University of Pennsylvania, achieving All-American status in several events. Frank represented TEAM USA as a decathlete in several international competitions, and competed fiercely while injured in the 1984 Olympic Trials. Economic circumstances made it impossible for Frank to continue to pursue his Olympic dream, which is why he helps and will continue to help America’s future Olympians continue to be the best they can be.
Frank received his B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Strategic Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Frank is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holborn Corporation, a privately-held, employee owned, independent international reinsurance brokerage firm formed in 1920, headquartered in the financial district of NYC.Since its inception in 2000 Harrison has served on the board of the U.S. Athletic Trust, a non-profit organization supporting aspiring Olympic athletes, and also serves as a volunteer track and field coach for high school and university athletes.
Kayla Harrison - OLY
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 will continue her athletic career in June 2018 when make her MMA debut. 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.
Bode Miller - OLY
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.
Fred Samara - OLY
After a stellar NCAA career at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1976 Fred Samara was the second U.S. finisher in the decathlon behind Bruce Jenner at the Montreal Olympic Games. Samara is now in his fourth decade as the Head Coach of Men’s Track & Field at Princeton, having won an astonishing 41 Ivy League titles and guided the program to eight Ivy League triple crowns (cross country/indoor/outdoor championships).
Samara is recognized as one of the top track & field coaches in the world. His international achievements include establishing the VISA DECATHLON PROGRAM in the 1980s-1990s that produced several leading US decathletes including Olympic Champion Dan O’Brien.In 1992, Samara was selected as an Olympic Team coach responsible for decathletes and field events at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, where he worked extensively with Mike Stulce and Jim Doehring, the first Americans to sweep the gold and silver in the shot put since 1968.
Jimmy Pedro - OLY
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