About the Author
Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, is an associate dean for research and is on the
faculty of the departments of nutrition and kinesiology and health at
Georgia State University and has been involved in sports nutrition research
since 1981. He is the co-director of the Laboratory for Elite Athlete
Performance at GSU, which provides training and nutrition plans that help
athletes in their pursuit of excellence.
As the national team nutritionist and chair of the Athlete Wellness Program
for USA Gymnastics, Benardot worked with the gold-medal winning women's
gymnastics team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He has been funded by the
United States Olympic Committee to do research with elite athletes and has
also worked with top athletes from a variety of team and individual sports.
Benardot served as editor in chief of Sports
Nutrition: A Guide for Professionals Working with Active People and has earned
numerous awards for outstanding service from the American Dietetic Association.
Born in Greece, Benardot gained his love for sport while growing up in the Lake
Placid region of northern New York State. He now lives with his wife and two
children in Atlanta, Georgia, where he enjoys tennis, skiing, and photography.