Darin Tyson, program coordinator for Alumni Affairs, spent the last seven years or more helping elite swimmers with strength training for the Olympics, including seven who made it to the Rio games in 2016 and five to the London games in 2012..
Ryan Lochte, a 31-year-old swimmer who helped Team USA men win a gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay, is among the notable athletes who Tyson has helped with strength training and conditioning. Tyson first began working with Olympic swimmers as they readied for the 2012 London Olympics.
Other Olympic swimmers he worked with include gold and bronze medalist Katie Meili, gold and silver medalist Cullen Jones, gold and silver medalist Nick Thoman and gold medalist Davis Tarwater.
Tyson moved to Tulsa from Charlotte, South Carolina about a year ago after his wife began a pediatric residency at OSU Medical Center.
Although he was unable to keep training athletes as they headed to the Rio games, Tyson remains in contact with the swimmers, who continue to use the strength and conditioning programs he designed.
With Oklahoma’s Olympic traditions in gymnastics and wrestling, Tyson said he may try to work with athletes in those sports prepare for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. For now, he is enjoying being a dad to his son and helping his wife, Angela, get through her residency.