Olympic Medalist Flanagan Joins KIMbia

Shalane Flanagan will now be managed by Tom Ratcliffe and KIMbia Athletics. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She’s now part of a larger team which includes most of her OTC teammates.

Written by: David Monti

(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly.  Used with permission.

Reigning Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan has engaged the KIMbia Athletics agency for representation, according to an announcement circulated to the media yesterday. The recently crowned USA cross country champion, 29, will now be jointly represented by her husband, Steve Edwards, in partnership with Tom Ratcliffe, KIMbia’s founder.

“He’s Batman and I’m Robin,” Edwards joked in a brief telephone interview yesterday.

Previously, Edwards had been his wife’s sole representative, but decided that it made more sense to work with Ratcliffe since KIMbia already represented most of the other athletes coached by Jerry Schumacher, Flanagan’s Nike-sponsored coach in Portland, Ore. Those athletes, who represent the Nike Oregon Track Club, include Chris Solinsky, Matt Tegenkamp, Andrew Bumbalough, Evan Jager, Simon Bairu and Tim Nelson.

“KIMbia has a tremendous reputation and years of experience,” Edwards said through a statement. “Shalane and I are very excited to be joining the KIMbia family.”

Flanagan holds three American records on the track –3000m indoors (8:33.25), 5000m indoors (14:47.62), and 10,000m (30:22.22)– and made her marathon debut at the ING New York City Marathon last November where she finished second.

She won her third national cross country crown in the last four years in San Diego earlier this month, and is preparing to compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain, on March 20. Last night in Stockholm she finished second to Olympic gold medallist Meseret Defar in the 3000m at the XL Galan, clocking 8:39.18, the #4 time in the world this year. “I have big goals and dreams,” Flanagan said in a statement. “And I believe that with KIMbia’s help and support I have a chance to reach them.”

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