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Brian OlsenA 2006 Olympian in the sport of biathlon, Brian is now pursuing an MBA at the University of Washington. A renaissance man of sorts since retiring from competition in 2008, he joined the Army as an engineer officer, began a graduate degree in geographic information science, started serving on several non-profit boards, and continues to work in the Olympic movement as an athlete representative.

In his role as an Army officer, Brian led a contingent of over 60 military engineers in 2012 to Afghanistan, where he managed construction projects and led training of Afghan Army units on the Pakistan border. At the University of Utah, his graduate research employs data analytics to reverse-engineer how cell phone companies decide where to add new service. Also in Utah, he serves as chairman of the board for the Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation, which ensures that the 2002 Olympic & Paralympic Nordic skiing venue continues to inspire people of all ages to Light the fire within. Elsewhere in his work within the Olympic movement, he coaches athletes in Truckee, California, helps review performance data to select athletes for international teams, and earlier this year in Sochi, Russia, he mentored the next generation of Olympians as an athlete services coordinator for Team USA.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Vermont and is continuing research towards earning a Master’s degree, also in Geography, from the University of Utah. He counts backcountry skiing, trail running, weight lifting, and sailing among his many active passions.

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