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Wolfgang Ritzdorf is a senior lecturer at German Sport University Cologne, vice director of Institute of Movement and Neurosciences and head of department of athletics. The focus of his research is on reactive strength and technique and training of the jumps events.

He is the IAAF chief editor for the entire CECS jumps material and a regular keynote speaker in internationalcoaches' conferences and IAAF Academy.

As a former national coach of German female high jumpers he is now director of the IAAF World High Jump Center where he is personal coach to 9 Olympic Games / World Championships high jumpers since 2007.

For EA he serves as a jury member of EA innovation award and organizer of the bi-annual European Pole Vault and High Jump conference. He also works as a coaching consultant and/or mentor for UK Athletics and FIDAL.



Professor Marco Cardinale is the head of Sports Physiology of Aspire Academy in Doha (Qatar). He led the Sports Science activities for the preparation of Team GB at the Beijing 2008, Vancover 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

A former Handball coach, he has been involved in coach education in various countries in the area of strength and conditioning and exercise physiology. A widely published and cited author in the scientific literaure on various aspects of human performance.

Professor Cardinale has also patented an innovative exercise device of a vibratory biofeedback system wich recieved research awards from NEStech and the Design Council.

Professor Cardinale holds a B.Sc from ISEF in Italy, an M. Sc from the US Sports Academy in the USA and a PhD from Semmelweis University in Hungary. 

Jeremy Fischer is the director and head coach of the USATF Residence program at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. In Rio they produced 5 Olympic Medalist including Ryan Crouser, Jeff Hendersson, Brittney Reese, Will Clay and Joe Kovacs. He currently coaches medalist Will Clay, Brittney Reese and Brigetta Barett. He also has been on staff for 3 USA Paralympics teams and produced champions and World Record holders.

Jeremy was an elite high jumper and finished runner up at NCAA and USATF championships. He won coach of the year for the NCAA, USOC and USATF.

He currently is a jumps instructor and author for USATF Coaching Education and IAAF Academies. He holds IAAF Level 5 and USATF level 3 certifications in the sprints and jumps. He aslo has certifications of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, USA Weightlifting Level 1 and master degree in Nutrition and one in Sport Sciences.


Rüdiger Harksen is Germanys National Coach for Womens Hurdles and former Head Coach for all Track events and Sprints.

Born 1954, Rüdiger studied sport sience, working as ha high school teacher in the 1980s. He has been coaching sprint and hurdles since 1980, and has been a full time coach at the German National Federation (DLV) since 1984.

Since 1984 he is teaching int the Track & Field coachs education system in Germany in all levels.

In his responsible as national Coach for womans hurdles his athletes have won several medals in the recent years. Kirsten Bolm European Championships Göteborg 2006 silver medalist (PB 12,59), three time Indoor medal vinner (2002-2007), Carolin Nytra European Championships Barcelona 2010 bronce Medalist, Indoor European Paris 2011 gold (PB 7,80, 12,57), Cindy Roleder World Championships Bejing2015 silver medalist (12,59) and winning gold at European Championships Amsterdam 2016 and gold at Indoor European Championships Belgrad 2017, Pamela Dutkiewicz indoor European Championship Belgrad 2017  bronze medalist, World Championships London 2017 bronze medalist (PB 12,61).

Since 25 years he is Meeting Director of BAUHAUS Juniors Gala in Mannheim, the world's greatest Junior Meeting for U20 Juniors. 

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