The United States Olympic Committee today announced Neal Henderson (cycling; Boulder, Colo.) as the 2011 Doc Counsilman Science Award winner and one of its coaches of the year.
After working with USA Cycling’s track programs, Henderson was nominated for the award by USA Cycling.
For years, Henderson has been at the forefront of applying scientific principles in the lab and on the field to improve athlete performance in the world of cycling. During the 2010-11 season, he formulated additional tools and protocols for aerodynamic drag analysis, which helped determine the specific power required for cyclists to attain a given speed. The results helped pace the USA Cycling team to a silver-medal finish at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Later that summer, Henderson continued aerodynamic testing to help identify the best wheel combinations for U.S. cyclists competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.