RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 10. KLETE Keller (Olympic bronze and silver medalist) and Nate Dusing (Olympic silver medalist) turned professional today, signing with Premier Management Group (PMG), an agency exclusively focused on Olympic athletes, to represent both for marketing, endorsements and public relations.
Keller has been on a meteoric rise over the last two seasons, highlighted by his two Olympic medal performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and his World Championship victory.
After completing his sophomore year at the University of Southern California, Keller decided to turn professional and swim for Olympic assistant coach Jon Urbanchek at the University of Michigan’s Club Wolverine alongside Olympic medalists Tom Malchow and Chris Thompson (also PMG clients).
Keller is widely believed to be the future of the United States’ middle distance freestyle team. His goals are to train for the Athens 2004 Olympics.
Keller made the difficult decision to go professional and forego his college eligibility because he wanted to focus all of his attention to being the best swimmer in the world. "I loved NCAA’s, but I felt tthat for me, the extensive course load I was carrying at S.C. was becoming extremely difficult to balance with my desire to become the best swimmer in the world in all of my events. I am very excited about training for Coach Urbanchek. I think I have put myself in the best position to be successful this summer and through 2004."
Nate Dusing is an Olympic silver medalist and also an NCAA champion from the University of Texas. Nate’s specialties are 200m freestyle, 200m IM and the freestyle relays.
Nate is currently training in Austin, Texas under Olympic assitant coach Eddie Reese. Nate has already made his presence felt through several Ultimate Technique Swim Clinics.
"I am very excited about having Nate and Klete join the PMG family," said PMG's President Evan Morgenstein. "They embody exactly the type of great people and outstanding athletes that we currently represent.
"With great team leaders such as Josh Davis, Lindsay Benko and Tom Malchow as clients, I hope we can help and mentor both athletes in achieving their goals both in and out of the pool."
PMG currently represents one of the largest group of Olympic-caliber athletes in the world including swimmers Ed Moses, Misty Hyman and Brooke Bennett; freestyle aerials Olympic gold medalist Eric Bergoust; moguls Olympic silver medalist Travis Mayer; and NBC Olympic commentator Rowdy Gaines. PMG’s clients have won 46 Olympic medals.