■ RADEGEN SIGNS OLYMPIC HOPEFULS: Radegen, an agency specializing in athlete marketing and management, has signed five-time Olympic medalist sprinter Justin Gatlin, as well as other athletes pointed toward this summer’s Olympic Games.
Radegen has also signed U.S women’s beach volleyball players Kelly Claes and Emily Day, as well as Canadian women’s beach volleyball player Brandie Wilkerson. Additionally, the agency has signed LPGA Tour player Jenny Shin.
Agent Ryan Henderson is representing all of the new athlete clients.
For Gatlin, who just turned 38, it will be his fourth Olympics, if he qualifies at the trials and if the Games are held as scheduled. He specializes in the 100 and 200 meters and won gold at the 2017 World Championships and gold at the 2004 Olympics.
His goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympics and 2021 World Championships before he retires. Radegen is focused on post-retirement opportunities, including speaking and podcasts, as well as marketing opportunities, Henderson said. “He is very inspirational,” he said.
The track and field trials were scheduled for Portland in mid-to-late June.
Gatlin was training last week in South Florida, and his regimen was not adversely affected by the coronavirus, Henderson said. “They train outside, and it’s a small group,” Henderson said.
Meanwhile, new client Emily Day was training on the beach in Southern California last week after her gym was closed. “They are still doing workouts on the strand while they are permitted,” Henderson said.
Day also owns a math and science tutoring company and last week expanded her company to online and virtual sessions so students home from school as a result of the coronavirus can get lessons.