Peter Davis, Ph.D.
Peter Davis is the Director of the Coaching and Sport Sciences Division at the United States Olympic Committee and oversees one of the world's premier sport science departments. Under his leadership, practical and applied support systems are developed for elite athletes and coaches in the areas of biomechanics, psychology, physiology and performance technologies. Before joining the USOC, Davis was Manager of Sport Science/Sports Medicine for the Olympic Athlete Program at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he was previously an exercise physiologist. A former assistant volleyball coach at the University of Oregon (1979-80), he has also coached middle/long distance running and junior basketball.
A rare two-sport star, Jordan is in his 12th season in Major League Baseball and spent three years in the National Football League. Currently an outfielder with the Texas Rangers after earlier stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jordan brings a .287 career batting average into the 2004 season. He played in both the All-Star Game and the World Series in 1999. From 1989-91, Jordan was a defensive back for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and was named as an alternate to the Pro Bowl after the 1991 season.
Chris McKendry joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in July 1996. Currently, she primarily serves as co-anchor of the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter. She also served as co-host of ESPN's coverage of the Winter X Games and served as late-night host for the X Games in 1997 and 1998, as well as the sideline reporter for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports' telecasts of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. McKendry graduated from Drexel University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in humanities. A dean's list scholar for three years, McKendry attended Drexel on a tennis scholarship.
Jim Page is the Managing Director, Sports Performance Services, at the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, and is responsible for the following USOC Divisions: Coaching and Sports Science, Sports Medicine, Olympic Training Centers and Athlete Development Programs. Page was a three-time All-American skier at Dartmouth College and claimed a trio of NCAA skiing titles. Prior to joining the USOC, he was the Nordic Program Director for the U.S. Ski Team, responsible for guiding the U.S. cross country, ski jumping and Nordic combined programs.
Janet Starkes, Ph.D.
Dr. Starkes' primary area of research is on the perceptual-cognitive components of motor skill and she has studied movement experts for over 25 years. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, and has authored over 145 peer-reviewed publications and two books: Starkes, J.L., & Ericsson, K.A. (2003) Expert performance in sport: Recent advances in research on sport expertise Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics and Starkes, J.L. & Allard, F. (1993) Cognitive issues in motor expertise, Amsterdam, Elsevier.
Bruce Watkins, Ph.D.
Bruce Watkins is an Associate Professor of Sport Management at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a developmental psychologist (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1979), he has conducted research on children's beliefs about what it takes to excel at sports. Watkins currently teaches courses in sport and the media and sport and public policy at Michigan. In 2000, he and his partner captured the doubles championship at the Clark Hatch Tennis Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
As one of Page 2's lead columnists, Jim Caple touches every base in the world of sports -- including coverage at one time of the U.S. Curling Championships. Before he joined the Worldwide Leader, he covered baseball and college football and basketball as a beat writer in Minnesota for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press and in Seattle for the Post-Intelligencer. Caple's sports writing career has also taken him to five Olympic Games, winter and summer.
Michael Knisley is the Senior Editor for Page 2 at ESPN.com, and can be heard regularly on sports business issues on Marketplace Morning Report, the nationally syndicated public radio program. In a previous incarnation, he was a Senior Writer at The Sporting News, where for 10 years he covered Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the Olympic Games and sports business. His three decades in sports media also include stints as the Senior Editor for professional football and boxing at The National Sports Daily, and 13 years as a staff writer at the Denver Post.