Faculty

Dr. Randy Wilber
United States Olympic Committee

Randy Wilber is a Senior Sport Physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado (elevation 1860 m / 6100 ft), where he oversees the operation of the Athlete Performance Laboratory and is a member of the Endurance Sportfolio group of the USOC Performance Services Division. Wilber came to the USOC in August 1993 and since that time has worked with Team USA athletes from a variety of summer and winter sports, advising them on the scientific and practical aspects of training. His expertise is in the area of environmental exercise physiology - heat, humidity, cold, air pollution, jet lag, altitude - and their effects on elite athletic performance. In addition, Wilber has provided support for Team USA athletes at four Olympic Games (Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008) and two Pan American Games (Santo Domingo 2003, Rio de Janeiro 2007).

Dr. Wilber’s research interests include evaluating the effects of altitude training on athletic performance, exercise-induced asthma (EIA) in elite athletes, and the use of ergogenic aids for the enhancement of athletic performance. He has authored scientific papers on these topics that have been published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Wilber has co-edited Exercise-Induced Asthma: Pathophysiology and Treatment, published by Human Kinetics in 2002 and has also authored Altitude Training and Athletic Performance: Theory and Practice, published by Human Kinetics in 2004. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at scientific meetings in Brazil, China, Finland, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Spain and Switzerland, and serves as a consultant to the U.S. Navy SEALs on issues related to physical performance at altitude. Dr. Wilber was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 1998 and was recently appointed to the ACSM Olympic and Paralympic Sports Medicine Issues Committee. In 2005, he received the Centennial Laureate Alumni Award from Florida State University, and in 2007 he received the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Wilber earned a B.A degree in history from Grove City College and holds a M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Florida State University where he conducted research on training and detraining in endurance athletes. Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Dr. Wilber spent most of his adult life in Florida prior to moving to Colorado in 1993, where he taught and coached at the high school and university level. He has been involved in sports his entire life as an athlete (Cross-country & Track), coach, and exercise physiologist. Dr. Wilber’s hobbies and recreational interests include running, biking, hiking, reading and photography. He has completed the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race (1999) and the Pikes Peak Ascent Run (2000-2003).