Carnegie Mellon University coach headed to Tokyo Olympics

PITTSBURGH — The head coach of track and field at Carnegie Mellon University will be coaching Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.

Gary Aldrich, the first from CMU ever to coach in the Olympics, will guide the U.S. men’s team in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

This is Aldrich’s seventh time coaching Americans in international competition.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions,” said Aldrich of the ups, downs and uncertainties since he was selected by USA Track & Field to coach in the Olympic Games months before the pandemic struck. “It’s been pretty crazy, but it’s finally becoming a reality. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — the pinnacle of my career thus far, for sure.”

Though he is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Aldrich will undergo regular testing and abide by all protocols, including wearing a face covering.

He’ll be in Tokyo for two and a half weeks.

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