AISTS 2018 Athlete Scholarship awarded to USA triathlete and sport scientist

The AISTS has awarded its 6th Athlete Scholarship to 32 year old Thomas Roos from California, USA.

Thomas is a scientist, professional multi-sport athlete, entrepreneur, and identical twin. He has been involved in sport all his life from recreational youth sports, to an NCAA All-American swimmer in college, to a USAT All-American in triathlon, and now as a USA Triathlon elite triathlete.

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University and has a Master of Science in Biology from Stanford University. More recently Thomas also earned a second Master of Science degree in Clinical Research and Epidemiology also from Stanford.

I am excited to embark on the next phase of my career as a scientist-athlete by developing interdisciplinary sports management skills through the AISTS program. I am really looking forward to interacting and learning from the instructors and especially the other students. - Thomas Roos

Thomas also competes in other sports events including non-draft triathlons, aquathlons, duathlons, open water swims, cycling road races, and running road races. He also has achieved multiple top 5 finishes over the years at USA Triathlon National Championships events. Yet, he considers his most impressive sports performance as a record setting sub 12-hour bike-run "race" from the lowest (Death Valley, CA) to highest (Mt Whitney, CA) points in the continental USA. Thomas credits his moderate success as an endurance athlete to continual hard work, a never quit attitude, mental resilience, and a true love of sports.

Thomas's passion lies in helping athletes achieve their athletic dreams while abiding by the highest ethical, legal, and fair play standards. Along these lines Thomas has been a captain and coach for the Stanford University triathlon team and has worked as a sports science consultant for various sports technology and genetics companies.

Ultimately, I have come to appreciate that the breadth of my academic and athletic pursuits have joined into an integrated unit of knowledge and experience, from which I can pursue a career in international sports administration. - Thomas Roos

Thomas joins a growing list of international athletes who have activated their post-athlete career through the AISTS programme including former professional squash player, David Wardle, two-time US open water champion, Christine Jennings, former Captain of Ireland’s women’s hockey team, Nikki Symmons, Nigerian Olympic gold medallist for the 4 x 100m relay, Enee Udo-Obong and German Olympic windsurfer, Toni Wilhelm who recently competed at the Rio Olympic Games.

Thomas will commence his studies at the end of September with the MAS 2018 class and would like to explore opportunities with the international sports organizations in and around the Olympic capital of Lausanne.

This article was produced in association with Thomas Roos.


About AISTS - Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) was founded in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee and leading Swiss institutions and universities.

A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections.

The AISTS’s flagship programme is the 15-month postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology – educating aspiring sport managers from all over the world since 2003. Each year, the AISTS brings together over 140 international sports experts in the sciences of Management, Technology, Law, Medicine, and Sociology – all in the efforts of building a better world through sport.

Graduates go on to pursue careers with sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, international sports federations, and sport agencies.

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