Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ted Knapp, Manager of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team

The U.S. Olympic Swimming team is composed of more than just athletes. There are coaches, physicians, and a whole host of talented staffers we never hear about.

Stanford's associate swim coach, Ted Knapp, is a prime example of the talent that backs up Team USA. He will be traveling to the Olympic Games as a team member for the first time, as team manager.

"Whatever the coaches, athletes and administrators need me to do, anything from getting batteries for clocks that don't work to being a movie or restaurant critic... I'm a jack-of-all-trades."

There's no telling what the Swimming Team will require of Knapp -- if the predictions are true, they might have trouble carrying all their medals.

Whatever the case, Knapp is sure to have the time of his life. I can only imagine the excitement of walking into the Olympic opening ceremonies and staring up at the throngs of fans. For most people - even the athletes - it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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