free Friday night clinic
The evening will begin with a brief introductory session on the track at the Prince George Center followed by four break-out sessions. Summit facilitator, Cedric Walker, Assistant Manager of the 2004 Olympic team, explained that the Summit will continue to be an integral part of the Nike Indoor Nationals. “Young athletes need as much exposure as possible to opportunities where they can learn important tools to maximize performance, “ he stated. “The clinicians we've selected this year have mastered their particular discipline. Our coaches know how to teach it, Joanna can demonstrates it over and between the hurdles and Dwight's technique earned him gold in Athens.”
2004 Olympic Coach, John Smith makes a return visit to the Summit. Smith's intuitive kinship with the subject of speed is evident in the success of his HSI athletes including World Record holder Maurice Green (60m). Jason Smoots, will assist Coach Smith. Smoots is currently ranked #5 in the World in the 60m by the IAAF. Smith's presentation will focus on race modeling for the 100 meters and will be geared for both the athlete and coach. Participants will have the opportunity to put his teachings to work on the back-stretch of the track.
A special addition to the Summit this year is the Endurance Symposium. Summit organizer, Joy Kamani, explained that it was time to add something special for the distance kids who faithfully support the NIN. Three well-known New York coaches, Paul Limmer, Bob Baratta and Al Berkowsky will host distance runners, their coaches and fans for an open discussion on endurance training.
Technique (long jump and hurdles)
2004 Olympic gold medalist, Dwight Phillips will lead the session on the long jump. Dwight arrives with a trail of gold behind him: 2004 Olympic Trials champion, 2003 World Indoor and 2003 World Outdoor Champion. His leap of 8.59m, just shy of his personal best of 8.60m, was more than enough to capture the first Olympic gold medal in the men's long jump since Carl Lewis won at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Joining Dwight at the pit will be triple jumper Tiombe Hurd. Tiombe was a member of the 2004 Olympic team in Athens and is the current American record holder in the triple jump (14.05m)
2004 Olympic gold medalists Joanna Hayes, who surprised many in Athens, will work with Coach Andrew Blanks of Houston Westbury High School on the hurdles. Hayes is also the current 100m hurdle Olympic record holder (12.37) and was the 1999 NCAA Champion in the 400 meter hurdles. She is only the second American 100m hurdles Olympic gold medalist in history.
Coach Andrew Blanks' name may not be a well-known but two of his pupils shared the spotlight last summer in Athens in the 400m hurdles final. Coach Blanks is the only high school coach to have two finalists share the track in the same Olympic race: Bayano Kamani who represented Panama and Bennie Brazell- USA. Both are recent graduates of Coach B's high school program where they were both Texas State Champions and Texas State Record Holders in the 300m hurdles. Kamani was also the State Champion in the 110 hurdles. Coach B is the Texas guru of the hurdles!
The Summit will be held on Friday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Prince Georges Sports & Learning complex in Landover, Maryland.- the same facility where the Nike Indoor Nationals will be held. It is free to all athletes registered for the 2005 NIN which kicks off early on Saturday morning. There is a nominal $10 registration fee for coaches, parents, etc. and tickets may be purchased at the Center. All Summit participants will receive a clinic notebook.
Plan on being there early for the best seats. Athletes should come dressed and prepared to participate.