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Kennedy Laureate Award


The Kennedy Laureate Award recognizes individuals of outstanding achievement and personal commitment to community service. In 2009 the award was presented to Chris Carmichael as acknowledgment for his dedication and service in the world of health, fitness, athleticism and endurance training.

Information about previous Laureate Award Winners is provided under "Resources" on the right sidebar.

Kennedy Laureate Award Recipient 2009: Chris Carmichael
Chris Carmichael is the founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. (CTS) and personal coach to cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong.

Carmichael was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic cycling team and went on to be named U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 1999. He has been credited for guiding athletes to win a combined total of 33 medals at the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan American Games, including three-time Olympian George Hincapie, former World Champion Dede Demet-Barry, 2000 Olympian Dylan Casey and 2000 ParaOlympian Ron Williams.

Since its founding in 2000, CTS has established itself under Chris’ leadership as the premier destination for personal fitness, nutrition, and performance coaching. Chris developed a high quality education program based on his coaching philosophy that develops the best trained coaches in the industry. Today, CTS is a multimillion dollar coaching and multimedia business with more than 50 full-time employees.

Chris is the author of five books, including the New York Times Bestseller, Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness (2004) and his newest release, Five Essentials for a Winning Life (2006). His unique perspective on performance appears in his monthly columns in Bicycling and Outside magazines, and the broad appeal of his message has seen him featured in Time, Business 2.0, Inc., and Forbes Small Business.

Chris has also been very active in television, with appearances on the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNN, CBS's 60 Minutes, The Discovery Channel, ABC's World News Tonight, and other venues. From 2001-2005, he served as daily on-air commentator for the Outdoor Life Network’s (now Versus) Tour de France coverage.