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In a few short weeks, it’ll be a common sight on TV: Football players sucking oxygen between downs at Mile High Stadium, battling the effects of altitude and extreme exertion.But it doesn’t have to be that way. A few years back, Martin Denbar, a dentist-by-training who now specializes in sleep apnea treatment, was watching his hometown team, the Houston Texans, when he saw something unusual.
At the height of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a. Beast Mode, was often seen wearing a device known as The Training Mask as part of his pregame ritual. While this decision inevitably brought about a rush of Batman-related memes, it also advanced the national discussion about the advantages of high-altitude training as it relates to athletic performance.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself ?
A: For the many that don’t know me, I come from a small South Eastern Indiana town called Batesville. Population about 6,500 where we’re famous for manufacturing caskets, believe it or not. I just recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame, class of 2015, with a degree in Management Entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of Business….
For Chris Giesting, handing over the relay baton to US 4x400m teammate Patrick Feeney at last month’s world indoor championships felt as normal as passing a spoon at the breakfast table. From high school rivals to world champion teammates, the Notre Dame graduates have become closer than the 0.02 seconds that separate their 400m personal bests.
Chris Giesting’s list of collegiate accolades is long. Over the course of his four years at Notre Dame, Giesting has won a national championship for the 2012 distance medley relay, an ACC indoor title for the 400-meter sprint in 2014 and is a four-time first-team all-American.
High Performance Breathing Technology Runners Patrick Feeney and Chris Giesting paced their four man team in the 4 x 400 metre relays for Team USA over two days to win the Gold Medal in the IAAF World Indoor Championships and nearly break the world record.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Notre Dame track and field program has hit its stride in recent weeks – not just with members of the current team, but also with alumni continuing on their athletic careers.
Alums Chris Giesting (‘15) and Patrick Feeney (‘14) were on hand at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships held in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon this past weekend, running for the United States in the men’s 4x400m relay. Both raced in the preliminaries, but it was Giesting who stole the show and helped the U.S. clinch the gold medal Sunday evening.
The former Lawrence North High School sprinter won gold and silver medals in track and field’s World Indoor Championships at Portland, Ore.
She ran anchor leg Sunday for the U.S. team that won the women’s 1,600-meter relay in 3:26.38. The Americans won by 4.77 seconds, second-largest margin in the history of the indoor worlds.
The men’s 4x400m team closed the most successful World Indoor Championships ever for the United States with a memorable performance in front of another sell-out crowd at the Oregon Convention Center.
National indoor champion Vernon Norwood anchored the host squad to a 3:02.45 win, the third-fastest time ever indoors, just 0.33 seconds shy of the world record they set two years ago in Sopot. Bahamas (3:04.75) and Trinidad and Tobago (3:05.51) produced national indoor records to complete the medallists.
David Craig, LAT ATC, longtime Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers and Director of Athletics for High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC will be inducted into the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
David graduated from Purdue University working under the legendary William “Pinky” Newell. After working summer camps with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, David spent the next 35 years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers. During his time with the Pacers, David was part of two ABA championship teams.
Indianapolis will be one of six stops on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour ahead of August’s Olympic Games.
The tour stops in Indy on June 24-25, coinciding with the U.S. Olympic Trials in diving at the Natatorium at IUPUI.
The tour features meet-and-greet opportunities with athletes, interactive sports elements, athlete demonstrations, Team USA giveaways and live entertainment.