PACE Sports Management is one of the world’s top athlete management and sports marketing companies. Headed by Ricky Simms and Marion Steininger with its headquarters in Monaco, Usain has been with PACE since 2003 when he joined as a 16 year old. PACE clients won a total of thirteen medals in the 2012 Olympic Games and the company was the most successful management group at the last two World T&F Championships in Daegu and Berlin. Current PACE clients include many of the stars of T&F, cross country and road running including Olympic & World Champions Mo Farah, Vivian Cheruiyot, Christine Ohuruogu and Phillips Idowu. PACE arranges competitions, endorsements and PR appearances and has been instrumental in developing Usain into a global superstar both on and off the track. Ricky has been listed in Sports Business International’s Top 20 most influential sports agents in the world; listed three times in the top 20 most influential people in athletics in the UK; awarded a European Athletics Association Coaching honour for Services to Athletics; awarded Athletics Kenya Agent of the Year. He is a Board member of the Association of Athletics Managers (AAM) and an IAAF authorized and licensed Athlete Representative.
Last summer, the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended track and field’s regulations on hyperandrogenism, a medical condition which causes high levels of hormone production, for women athletes. So runners like Caster Semenya of South Africa, who has the condition, no longer must take medications that suppress testosterone levels. Semenya, who won silver in London, is the overwhelming favorite in this race . She could even break a world record. But she may never outrun controversy : does her body give her too much of an advantage? Or is she a victim of a double standard? And why don’t we ask that same question about other athletes with exceptional gifts, like Bolt?