numerous awards including 2004 USA Cycling Lifetime Achievement Award;
2004 Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year, Celebrate Technology; 2003 US Bicycling Hall of Fame Inductee; 2000 Outside Magazine “Ultimate Coach” Award; 1999 US Olympic Committee “Coach of the Year”; 1999 USA Cycling “Coach of the Year”; 1999 VeloNews “Coach of the Year”
Coached many athletes including Lance Armstrong, 7-time Tour de France Champion
CBN.com 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. Named the US Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year in 1999, Chris formed CTS in 2000 after spending more than two decades in the sport of cycling.
Through Chris’s leadership, CTS immediately established itself as the premier destination for personal fitness, nutrition, and life coaching. To ensure that his message and coaching philosophy continue to be delivered at the highest level of quality, Chris created an unsurpassed, in-house education program that develops the highest-trained coaches in the industry. With a network of more than 100 coaches located throughout North American and beyond, the thousands of athletes working with CTS have full access to an unmatched base of knowledge and experience.
On the way to building a multimillion dollar coaching and multimedia business with more than 50 full-time employees, Chris also found the time to write six books, including the New York Times Bestseller, Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness (2004) and his newest release, 5 Essentials for a Winning Life (2006). His unique perspective on performance appears in his monthly columns in Bicycling Magazine and Outside Magazine, and the broad appeal of his message has seen him featured in Time, Business 2.0, Inc., and Forbes Small Business.
With the release of the book, 5 Essentials for a Winning Life, in December 2006, Carmichael is bringing his plan for living a high-performance life to a much broader audience. His message is simple: By integrating the five essential aspects of life (health, fitness, nutrition, relationships, and career), any individual can achieve extraordinary success. To help this audience succeed, Carmichael’s created a full complement of coaching, nutrition, and fitness products governed by the same principles employed by all successful athletes, including proper eating habits, intense and focused workouts followed by rest and recovery, time-management, and commitment to a goal.
Chris has also been very active in television, with appearances on the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, The Discovery Channel, ABC’s World News Tonight, and other venues. From 2001-2005, he served a daily on-air commentator for the Outdoor Life Network’s (now Versus) Tour de France coverage. And in 2006, Chris was the host of the Me vs. Me television show on the Fine Living TV Network.
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