Arizona Cardinals hire Olympic gold medalist as speed coach

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The Arizona Cardinals have today employed former Olympic 110m hurdles champion, Roger Kingdom to help improve the team's strength and conditioning.

Kingdom, who won gold medals at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, has been hired specifically to work as the Cardinals speed coach.

He will join fellow newcomers to the coaching staff, Buddy Morris and Pete Alosi.

And you would certainly expect him to know what he is talking about when it comes to pace.

Kingdom set a world record in his event in 1989 which stood for four years.

He also has previous on the gridiron having played two years of college football at the University of Pittsburgh before focussing on the track.

It was at Pittsburgh where he has honed his coaching skills also, spending time with both the football and track teams in the past.

The move comes as the Cardinals continue to overhaul their backroom staff having fired strength coach John Lott last week.

The Cardinals finished last season with a 10-6 record and Kingdom will be hoping to get his ideas across as early as this offseason.

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