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Susan Williams

2004 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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Marco Hintz

Coach Marco was born and raised in Michigan and has dual Citizenship in the United States and Italy (and speaks fluent Italian). From a young age he grew into land based competitive sports including martial arts, soccer and basketball. He moved to Atlanta in 2000 to study Massage and Neuromuscular therapy and practiced through 2004 then moved to Florida to pursue real estate and started cycling to improve general fitness and soon after began racing competitively. He then added swimming (to get over the fear of open water) and running into the mix and did his first triathlon in 200.

In early 2012, he relocated to Colorado to pursue a coaching mentorship program by Bob Seebohar through Multisport University.

Marco has raced every distance of triathlon from sprint to 140.6. He has qualified and raced at Age Group Nationals (qualifying for Worlds) and the 70.3 World Championships. He received USA Triathlon Honorable Mention All American Status each year since 2009. Marco is an active category 3 bike racer with nearly 10 years experience racing criteriums and road races.

He has mentored under Bob Seebohar and is a Kids that TRI Youth and Junior Certified Triathlon Coach as well as a Swim America Coach at Lakeshore Athletic Center.

Coach Marco lives and loves the multisport lifestyle and learning to grow within it, focusing on custom coaching for the serious athlete, training and racing with a power meter, avoiding injuries, sharing in the journey with friends and clients and believing that quality and efficiency trump random and excessive volume.

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Mary Walinchus

Mary is a USA Triathlon Certified Level I Coach. Mary's primary focus in life is fitness and health. She begins this at home and carries it into all aspects of her life. Mary's interest in health and fitness began early. Active in competitive sports in college, she continues to stay active by running, playing tennis, camping, fishing and hiking. As a mother of three, she loves including her entire family in all of these activities.

She specializes in working with youth and beginning triathletes. In addition to her USAT certification, Mary is also a Certified Fitness Instructor and has experience teaching pilates, yoga, swimming, senior and youth fitness classes. She feels that the most important aspect of teaching and coaching is to get involved on an individual basis with her students to help them attain their specific goals.

Mary's core belief is that the small steps of change make the biggest difference on the path to a healthier lifestyle. She combines her enthusiasm about staying healthy with her knowledge about nutrition, knowing this is a key part of overall health and wellness.

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Stephanie Bunevich

Coach 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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Hayley Benson

Coach Hayley is originally from England where she competed on one of the most competitive running teams in the country before a back injury put her running career on the back burner. In England she obtained her Bachelors degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Birmingham. She immigrated to the United States to be with her husband Shawn; she then went on to Northern Arizona University where she obtained her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with distinction. During her studies she started participating in triathlons and in her first season received USAT all American Honors and qualified to participate in the World Long Course Championships. A brief hiatus from triathlon to have her daughter Sierra and she was back competing at a high level. In 2014 she was ranked in the top 10 in her AG in the county in the USAT National rankings, and placed 9th in her AG at the World 70.3 Championships. She is passionate about running and triathlon and helping people be their own her personal best. Her Sport Science background, Physical Therapy expertise in gait mechanics, combined with her personal competitive experiences put her in a prime position for coaching athletes to run and race at their best.

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