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Malone Named Head Coach For Team USA Heptathletes

Jul 8, 2022

BOULDER – The University of Colorado track and field assistant coach Lindsey Malone has been selected as the head coach for Team USA women's heptathletes at the 2022 Thorpe Cup in Dallas this weekend.
The Thorpe Cup is an annual competition between USA and Germany in the heptathlon and decathlon. Each squad features seven athletes, five of which will have their scored compiled into a team score. The USA women are 11-3 in the series while the men are 14-12. The women are seeking their 11th-straight victory while the men are trying to stop a skid of losing nine of the last 10 competitions.
"Earning the honor of representing the USA in athletics is a dream and aspiration that my family has held to the highest esteem," said Malone. "Putting on the team gear and wearing USA across my shoulders encapsulates a dream that I have had since I was a child. Being selected to lead TEAM USA as a head coach is an honor that I will cherish my whole life and one that will make my whole family- especially my late father, incredibly proud."
Malone will serve as the head coach for the first time in her career and will be assisted by Cal Poly's Sara Macey. This is Malone's second time coaching the team and is the first time that there will be a pair of women coaching the women's squad. The last time that Malone coached was back in 2010 when Team USA brought back the trophy after losing for three-straight years.
"One of the greatest things is to get to represent your country," said Malone. "You get to have USA across your chest or across your back and all of your training. It's a combination of getting to represent everyone who is poured into you and filled you up and who you're representing and an entire nation cheering for you. So to get to be the head coach of this is probably at this time in my career, one of the biggest honors that I could have received."
There will be a number of familiar athletes in competition for Malone, including Duke's Erin Marsh, Stanford's Allie Jones and Texas Tech's Callie Jones. Even the opponents have familiar faces with Nevada's Nikola Ader competing for the Germans along with Oregon's Max Vollmer.
Malone arrived in Dallas on July 6th with three days of training before competition begins on July 9th at St. Mark's School of Texas.
Malone was selected by a group of her peers to coach this team and will work alongside historic coaches such as Kevin Reed who coached Bryan Clay to Olympic Gold.
"Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to represent the United States at the Olympics and as long as I've tried in as as many different sports," said Malone. "I tried between Track and Field, figure skating, in 2016 I was on the US pistol team and then I was also on your skeleton in 2009-10 I've never had that honor but just the dream and the belief of getting to be the person selected to get to represent your country is probably one of the biggest dreams I've ever had."