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Genadijus Sokolovas, Ph.D. is considered by many to be one of the world’s most accomplished sports physiologist.
Genadijus was USA Swimming’s Director of Physiology & Director of Sport Science from 2000 to 2008. He developed several innovative testing programs for USA Swimming Olympic and National Team members (including lactate clearance tests, land/water strength tests, biomechanical analysis and training design programs).
He tested, evaluated and advised USA Swimming National Team and Olympic Team athletes and coaches before and during all major international competitions and Olympic Games between 2000 and 2008, including gold medalists and world record holders Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, Jenny Thompson, Ryan Lochte, Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker, Katie Hoff, Kate Ziegler, Misty Hyman, Amanda Beard, Tara Kirk, Megan Quann-Jendrick, Neil Walker, Gary Hall Jr., Anthony Ervin, Ed Moses, Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, Cullen Jones and more than 2,000 world-class swimmers have been tested at over 60 major competitions.
Genadijus has provided testing feedback and advice to coaches at Stanford, California Berkeley, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Southern California, Alabama, Auburn, Arizona, Arizona State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Denver, Colorado State, and many other universities.
Genadijus has also provided feedback and advice to numerous coaches and Olympic athletes in triathlon, running, cycling, modern pentathlon, fencing and wrestling. He has worked with United States Olympic Committee on supplemental oxygen training, use of altitude tents, vibration training/treatment, use of blood testing results, use of saliva testing results and use of urine testing results. He has also given presentations in many countries on training adaptation, recovery, altitude training, biomechanical analysis.
Before his work at USA Swimming, Genadijus was the Dean of Coaching Faculty at the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education between 1987-2000 where he served as the Scientific Advisor of Lithuanian Swimming, Modern Pentathlon and Track & Field. Also as the Head of Laboratory of Computerization in Sport, Genadijus optimized training strategies in swimming, running, race walking, modern pentathlon and triathlon, and developed mathematical models of adaptation of athletes in career, seasonal and weekly training.
Genadijus received his doctorate from the Russian Academy of Physical Education in Moscow where he used physiological, biochemical, and pedagogical testing programs to assess adaptation in swimming to different workload
Steven Munatones is one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on open water swimming.
Steven was a USA Swimming coach at the 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 World Swimming Championships and the head coach at the 2004 World Open Water Swim Championships. He also served on the USA Swimming staff at the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and was a coach at the 2006 and 2007 USA Swimming National Team Select Training Camps. He has coached solo Catalina Channel and English Channel swimmers.
He reported on open water swimming for NBC Olympics, USA Swimming, Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, Swimming Australia Magazine, Triathlon Magazine (Japanese edition), Competitor Magazine and provided background open water swimming information for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, USA Today and National Public Radio. He was the NBC Olympics commentator for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and wrote the script for latest USA Swimming Open Water video distributed to every swim club in America.
Steven delivered a talk at the 2006 American Coaches Swimming Association World Clinic and created comprehensive swimming websites such as www.10Kswim.com, www.10Kswimmer.com and www.virtual-swim.com.
Steven was the race director for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and was the swim director for the Honolulu Waterfront Triathlon, National High School Triathlon Championships and created Open Water Swimming Clinics for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and Pacific Open Water Challenge.
He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and is currently on the IMSHOF Board of Directors. He was also a professional marathon swimmer and the 1982 World Long-Distance Swimming Champion (25K in Windermere, U.K.). He planned and completed five unprecedented solo swims in Asia between 20 – 36 miles and received USA Swimming awards in 2001, 2005 and 2007.
Steven founded Pan Pacific Partners, Inc. of Huntington Beach where he currently coaches pool and open water swimmers and water polo players.