Susan Williams2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Susan came into the sport of triathlon at the age of 24 as a successful collegiate swimmer that would bike and run with friends just to stay in shape. She was a member of the USA Resident Triathlon Team in its second year, in 1997, when she turned pro and started racing on the International World Cup Triathlon circuit with hopes of qualifying for the US Olympic Triathlon Team in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
After the birth of her daughter Sydney in 2000 (a slight change of plans!), she set her sights on making the 2004 Olympic team. Along the way, Susan competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2002 placing in the top 20 overall. She achieved her goal of making the 2004 Olympic Triathlon Team and represented her country proudly in Athens, Greece.
After earning her Olympic Bronze medal in Athens, Susan decided she wanted to use the knowledge she had gained throughout her racing career to teach other athletes how to reach their full potential.
She is now a high performance endurance coach and masters swim coach and works with triathletes of all abilities, disciplines and distances to help them reach their own athletic goals.
Wanting to explore additional methods of pushing her body to its physical and mental limits, Susan ventured into mountain bike racing in 2008 and received the honor of top female in the Leadville 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race.
Susan has over 14 years of competitive swimming and over 15 years of elite triathlon racing experience, along with 20+ years of triathlon coaching making a her well-rounded and well-versed coach to lead athletes to optimal performance.
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Stephanie BunevichCoach Stephanie has been coaching and competing for over 30 years. She began swimming competitively at a young age, swimming both summer club and year-round. Stephanie swam in high school and college, competing at the National Level in IM and breaststroke events. She continues to compete on Foothills Masters Swim Team, that she also coaches. In addition to swimming, she also competed in downhill skiing and triathlon. She has competed in triathlon for over 15 years, having competed in sprint, olympic and ½ ironman distances. Her favorite is the ½ ironman distance. She also competes in open water events and especially enjoys the 2.4 mile distance events. Her passion is open water swimming at Chatfield.
While studying at CU Boulder, Stephanie began coaching High School Swimming and Masters Swimming. She continued to coach High School Boys and Girls Swimming, where she received the honor of Colorado High School Swim Coach of the Year in 2000. Coaching Masters athletes was a natural environment to meeting triathletes that wanted stroke instruction and endurance training to improve their swimming. She successfully started the Triathlon Training Program at Foothills over 10 years ago, and is still helping athletes improve their training and racing skills. She has coached numerous athletes to successful finishes; many that were top of their age group.
She has not lived without setbacks. In the past two years, she has undergone 4 abdominal surgeries. She understands what it takes to come back from the obstacles that life provides. This gives her an understanding of athletes who have experienced setbacks due to injury and illness and how to mold those experiences into making that individual stronger-emotionally and physically. She began coaching with EMC last year, specializing in pool and open water instruction and training. She enjoys working with the many different levels of athletes: from the beginner who has never swum to the elite athlete wanting to shave off a few seconds. It has been rewarding for her to coach such an inspiring group of athletes.
Stephanie’s family is very important to her. Her two boys and husband are all supportive of her multisport lifestyle and have competed in triathlon also. She feels balance is essential to maintaining her busy life of coaching and competing.
She is looking forward to a productive year in 2015 with Team EMC!
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