Former Meet Director to be Part of Olympic Staff

July 17, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver, a manager on international track and field teams for five years, has been selected for that same role on the United States team staff for the 2008 Olympic Games next month in Beijing, China.

The Olympic staff is made up of coaches and managers, and Weaver will be one of the managers that will help both the men’s and women’s track teams get ready for competition in Beijing.

“I hold the Olympic Games in the highest esteem,” Weaver said. “I’ve very much enjoyed working with the world championship teams in the past and being part of international staffs. But for me, the Olympic Games are simply the pinnacle. To have the Olympic rings on one’s jacket is a tremendous honor.”

The U.S. has put together another solid group of Olympians, and Weaver is excited about the prospects of a successful showing by the Americans.

“Expectations are very high,” Weaver explained. “The United States team has a long tradition of spectacular and dominating performances, and this year’s team should be no exception as we take to Beijing a collection of American record holders, current and former world champions, veterans and newcomers who are all now peaking for the ultimate in track and field, the Olympic Games.”

Weaver spent 11 seasons at Kansas, working five years as Events and Alumni Director for the track and field program. He was the meet director for KU’s home cross country and all track and field meets, including the historic Kansas Relays. Weaver also served as a track and field assistant coach and worked with multi-event athletes, throwers, sprinters and hurdlers for the KU men and women.

“I certainly owe a significant debt of gratitude to the University of Kansas, its staff, and the Kansas Relays,” Weaver said. “My experiences at KU with the athletic department prepared me for my past work with USA Track and Field’s national teams and now at the Olympic Games. Without my time at KU, this Olympic experience would never have happened for me. I will always see a bit of crimson and blue whenever I’m wearing red, white and blue.”