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Time well spent

Eagle Grove native works at Summer Olympics

September 23, 2012
By CHRIS JOHNSON - Assistant Sports Editor (sports@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

With the temperatures cooling down and autumn fast approaching, Ken Brauman is still looking back fondly on a summer he will never forget.

The 1965 Eagle Grove High School graduate spent the majority of his time in June and July preparing for a distant trip and a once in a lifetime experience.

Brauman, a former track star for the Eagles who owns a decorated coaching resume, got to be the head manager for the United States Olympic track and field team in London at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Eagle Grove graduate Ken Brauman poses during the Closing Ceremonies of the London Olympics.

This was the first Olympic team that Brauman has coached, but he has served as a coach or head manager on 13 other world championship squads.

"The greatest thing about the Olympics was seeing the best athletes in the world every day in the Olympic Village,'' Brauman said. "It was a tremendous experience and I have so many fond memories from my time there."

Brauman didn't spend much time enjoying the sights and sounds, though he did get a chance to make the most of his journey.

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THE BRAUMAN FILE

1987 USA Junior Team coach

1990 World Junior Championships coach

1994 USA vs. Great Britain coach

1997 World Indoor Championship coach

2001 World Outodoor Championship coach

2004 World Junior Championship coach

2006, 2008 World Junior Championship head manager

2009 World Outdoor Championship head manager

2010 World Indoor Championship head manager

2010 World Junior Championship manager

2011 World Outdoor Championship head manager

2012 World Indoor Championship manager

2012 Olympic Games head manager

"Was it fun? In a working way. I spent all my time either in the Village or at the Olympic Stadium,'' Brauman said. "I did not get to see any other events as I was there to do my job.

"The athletes are always fun to be around. People at home see them on the field of play competing. I see them as everyday human beings. Being around them on a daily basis was the greatest experience in the world.''

Brauman began his trek for the Olympics in June at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., where the US team was selected.

On July 11, Brauman left for England and helped the United States set up their training camp. They trained for 10 days before they moved to the Village.

"On July 16, I left for the Olympic Village to prepare for our team's arrival,'' Brauman said. "This involved many, mnay duties, from setting up our medical rooms to preparing athletes rooms and equipment for their arrival.

"All totaled I spent over 75 days away from home this past year for my Olympic responsibilities."

While in London, Brauman's itinerary was packed.

"My responsibilities were basically logistical,'' Brauman said. "I ran the team in every aspect except the coaching. This included trasnportation, housing, equipment, entries, withdrawls, filing protests and making sure athletes were at their events on time.

"What I did each day varied. Normally my work day began at 6 a.m. and I usually crawled in the bet between 1 and 2 a.m.''

Brauman's track knowledge has been a key part to his success. He's published three instructional books on track and field and authored nine journal articles on track and field. He has also published one instructional DVD.

The Eagle Grove graduate built up his love for track and field while in high school. Brauman was a part of three state championship teams. He won three state long jump championships and was a Drake Relays champion.

Brauman also competed on state and Drake Relays title squads. He is the record holder in the long jump.

After graduating high school, Brauman attended Iowa State on a track scholarship for the long and triple jump. He held the program record in the triple jump and was an all-Big 8 and USTFF All-American in the triple jump.

Following his career at Iowa State, he coached the Cyclone jumpers. Brauman then moved to Florida, where he was the track coach Palatka High School for 10 years.

Brauman is currently the head track coach at Seminole, where he started in 1983. This season will be his 40th year of coaching at the high school level.

 
 

 

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