Feb 11, 2014 12:51 AM by Greg Smith
Many people go to the gym to stay in shape, and Olympians do too, but it's on a whole different level. The man charged with whipping the most athletic people in the world in shape, took some time to take our own jordan mason under his wing.
"You're talking about hundredths of a second," says Eric Lawson. "Or tenths of a second difference between getting on the podium and not getting on the podium."
Lawson has been the USOC strength and conditioning physiologist for almost 30 years.
"I can tell when an athlete is off balanced, under balanced, over balanced," says Lawson. "I try to make those specific adjustments to help them."
Just think of Lawson as a "fixer." When athletes need those slight adjustments, they go to the weight room at the Colorado Springs OTC.
"One of the things we worked on was running economy for bobsledders," says Lawson. "How to push better, how to run better. We're trying to help an athlete feel elastic return. If you look at most sprinters, it almost looks like they're floating when they sprint."