Bio - Sharon McDowell-Larsen
Sharon came to CCL after having spent three years working with elite U.S. Swimming athletes and the US Olympic Committee's Sports Science Division. While there, she was involved in research related to athletic performance, and the effect of stress on elite athletes. While with U.S. Swimming she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has also coached athletes at the elite and amateur levels as well as executives to achieve their fitness goals and performance outcomes.
Sharon received a Master's and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her graduate research examined the impact of exercise and training on immune function. She was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in South Africa, attended high school and college in Canada, Europe and South Africa. She also lived in Costa Rica where she taught English. She has competed extensively as a triathlete, runner, and, most recently, as a professional mountain biker.