HMMR Podcast Episode 216: Ahead of the curve (with Gary Winckler)

When it comes to sprinting and hurdling, few coaches can put together the accomplishments that Gary Winckler achieved in his career. But what was more impressive than his results was his process. He continuously sought out new ideas to improve upon what was already one of the nation’s top programs. He joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about staying ahead of the curve, and how his coaching changed over his last decade of coaching, especially in regards to skill acquisition and exercise selection for sprinters.

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Gary Winckler is one of the top sprint and hurdle coaches in the world. In 2008 Winckler retired after 23 years as a coach at the University of Illinois. During that time he coached over 300 All-Americans and more than a dozen Olympians, including world 100-meter hurdles champion Perdita Felicien and Olympic 400-meter hurdles medalist Tonja Buford-Bailey. He was named NCAA coach of the year three times, in addition to many other coaching honors.

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