World Performance Technology Expert Emil Kossev Joins Podium Canada

    OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - Podium Canada announced today that performance
technology expert Emil Kossev has joined the Road To Excellence initiative in
the position of Performance Technology Advisor. Kossev is scheduled to begin
his duties this week and will report to Podium Canada's Director of Sport
Sciences, Medicine and Technology, Dr. Peter Davis.
    As a Performance Technology Advisor, Kossev will be responsible for
providing mentoring support to Canada's targeted summer sports as part of
their preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games. Kossev will also assist in the
development and implementation of a new national "Train The Trainer" program
that will focus on building capacity among Canada's summer and winter National
Sport Federations (NSFs) and Canadian Sport Centres (CSCs) while also
educating technical staff in the areas of applied high performance technology
and advanced video systems.
    As a U.S. national team rowing coach for the past nine years, Kossev has
obtained extensive knowledge and expertise in integrating advanced video
feedback into an athlete's training regimen. Since 1992, twenty-eight of
Kossev's athletes and crews have earned medals in elite international
competition through the utilization of leading edge performance technologies.
    "Kossev's proven track record of successfully merging scientific theory
and methodology with applied technologies in order to maximize and sustain
athletic performance will be a tremendous asset to Canada's Olympic and
Paralympic teams," said Dr. Davis.
    "When fractions of a second are what make the difference between podium
performances and fourth-place finishes, it is vital that our technical staff
and coaches take advantage of today's latest technologies for training and
competition," said Kossev. "With just over one year before the start of the
2008 Olympic Games, these innovative training techniques will be key in
helping Canada's athletes and coaches achieve podium success in Beijing."

    The Road To Excellence program is a national sport initiative designed to
provide high performance leadership and technical support to Canada's Olympic
and Paralympic summer sports, leading to a more coordinated, effective and
sustainable Canadian sport system supported by world-class programs, policies
and financing to help Canada achieve international podium success.

    Podium Canada is a high performance technical advisory body that makes
funding recommendations to the national funding partners for enhanced
resources for National Sport Federations and Canadian Sport Centres based on
expert analysis.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Michalko, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Cell: (416) 528-6742, Email:

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