Chair of Sports Science Commission, U.S. Speedskating
Since the start of his career, Ingmar Jungnickel has been focused on identifying and executing the next big impact in sports. Initially, this meant shifting the focus of professional cycling from weight to aerodynamics. In college he developed and sold software that measured cyclists' aerodynamics in a velodrome with windtunnel accuracy, improving the performance of the German National Cycling Team. This led him to work with top rated cycling teams such as Omega Pharma QuickStep and Boels-Dolmans, as well as dozens of world champions and Olympic medalists.
Next, Ingmar led the aerodynamics department at Specialized Bicycles where he was in charge of bikes like the Specialized Venge and S-Works Tarmac, the latter of which has been used to win every world championship since its debut. Together these bikes have accounted for six of the last eight world championship wins.
At US Speedskating he designed algorithms that helped optimize training at altitude and developed the computer simulation that proved the effectiveness of the "American-Push" team pursuit technique which has changed how the event is raced. For his work he was awarded the 2018 Team USA Sports Science Coach of the Year "Doc Counsilman" award.
Ingmar is now the Chair of the Sports Science Commission at US Speedskating and the Lead Principal Investigator at Specialized Bicycles Futures Division, where he is again focused on identifying and executing the next big impact in sports.