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Jamie Staff set to lead US Olympic bid

Jason Kenny, Jamie Staff and Chris Hoy stand atop the podium
Staff (centre) was renowned as the fastest starter in the world

Britain's Olympic cycling champion Jamie Staff is to head up the United States' track sprint medal bid ahead of the London 2012 Games.

The 37-year-old from Ashford, Kent, won gold alongside Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

But he retired from competition in March due to a chronic back problem.

Staff told BBC Radio Kent: "I am very excited. I always intended to go back to the States. My wife's American and my kids were born there."

He continued: "Long term I would like to see it as a managerial role but initially it's hands on coaching at multiple levels.

"We've got hardly any athletes. I've got to find those athletes. At the moment I'm predicting one medal in Rio, in six years time, and that's if I can secure any athletes."

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see also
Olympic sprint star Staff retires
30 Mar 10 |  Cycling
Staff injury may end world hopes
15 Jan 10 |  Cycling
Staff's 2012 dream 'under threat'
03 Nov 09 |  Cycling
GB stars race to three more golds
01 Nov 09 |  Cycling
Funding boost for Ashford's Staff
10 Nov 08 |  Cycling
Gold hero Staff honoured by town
16 Oct 08 |  Olympics
Awesome GB sprint team take gold
15 Aug 08 |  Cycling

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