COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 26. USA Swimming has hired Brener, Zwikel and Associates Account Executive Karen Linhart as Media Specialist, the national governing body announced today. Linhart will work in media services for the organization, and will actively promote U.S. athletes, handle media operations at major events and service media requests. Linhart will travel with the USA Swimming National Team to the upcoming Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will also serve as a press officer at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Linhart has spent the last three years at BZA, where she served as the public relations contact for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. She also worked in media operations for boxing telecasts on HBO and Showtime, collaborating with Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, among other entities. Additionally, she brings experience in major professional sporting events including Super Bowl XLI and The NFL Experience, Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy, California Speedway and Grand Sumo Las Vegas. Prior to her tenure at BZA, Linhart served as tournament director for Athletes and Entertainers for Kids, where she coordinated the 10th Annual Tim Brown Celebrity Golf Classic.
A graduate of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism, Linhart will relocate to Colorado Springs, Colo. from Playa Del Ray, Calif. She replaces Sara Hunninghake.
Special thanks to USA Swimming for contributing this report.