From small town to college town to Sochi, Russia, Chad Gerhard - a 2010 exercise science graduate - has reached the greatest stage in sports. He is representing Bloomsburg University and his country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
As a strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Snowboarding Half-pipe and U.S. Aerials teams, Gerhard is helping to oversee workouts and coordinating gym sessions with the athletes. Athletes will also complete weight training, mobility and stretching exercises developed by Gerhard and the other coaches. Outside of physical training, Gerhard’s responsibilities extend to his athletes’ mental fitness.
“Athletes can get really worked up at the Olympics. My job is to provide a sense of normalcy,” says Gerhard.