Colorado Springs, Colo. (December 12, 2012) — USA Cycling on Wednesday announced that Jamie Staff a former UCI BMX Challenge World Champion and U.S. National BMX Pro Champion, has been promoted to the high performance director of sprint programs for USA Cycling.
According to USA Cycling President and CEO Steve Johnson. “We’re…also excited by the opportunity to expand Jamie’s role to include oversight of our BMX programs. Jamie’s past successes as both a BMX and track rider make the consolidation of these two programs a natural fit.”
In his new role as the high performance director of sprint programs, Staff will not only oversee the track program, but he will also work with the elite level BMX athletes and contribute to training programs. Staff, a British Olympic gold medalist born and raised in Ashford, England, joined USA Cycling in 2010. He was a member of the gold-medal winning team sprint squad in Beijing and also earned a keirin world title (2004) and team sprint world titles (’02 and ’05).
Attracted to the track late in his career, the 39-year-old got his cycling start in BMX, winning a world title in that discipline in 1996…a U.S. National BMX Pro Title in 2001..and earned world number one status in 2000 and 2001. Under Staff’s tutelage, Team USA’s, Jimmy Watkins, a full-time firefighter in Kern County, Calif., finished sixth in the men’s sprint at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Staff is stoked to get more fully involved with Team USA’s Elite riders…..“I’m very excited to go back to my roots and hopefully have a huge impact on a lot of the elite athletes becoming more professional,” Staff said. “I hope I can give them some of the tools necessary to compete at the highest level competitions around the world. I’m extremely excited to be working with such talented athletes. I hope to have them performing highly on the world stage.”