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Former Olympic Coach Brings Anti-Drug Message to OCU

The founder of the American Athletic Institute and a coach to dozens of U.S. Olympic team athletes will give a presentation at Oklahoma City University at 7 p.m. Thursday. The presentation is free to the public and will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

John Underwood is a former NCAA All-American and World Masters Champion in distance running.

Underwood became an exercise physiologist and started a program in Lake Placid, New York, where Winter Olympic athletes were training. He coached, performed drug testing on U.S. team members and taught in a performance training center.

He coached 28 Olympic athletes. Five of them won medals, three of which were gold medals. He served on international anti-doping control teams that were tasked with finding those who use “cheating drugs.” He also worked on a project for the U.S. Navy SEALS.

Underwood studies the effects of drugs on athletes, particularly performance-enhancing drugs.

Watch a video about Underwood’s work at the link:

For more information about the presentation at OCU, contact intramural sports director Jonathan Triplett at (405) 208-5378 or