As a parent, sports broadcaster and former collegiate athlete, Lea B. Olsen has experienced sports culture from every angle.
Since playing basketball for the University of Minnesota, where she studied journalism, Lea has worked as a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx and on ESPN’s WNBA coverage, as a television sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves and broadcaster for numerous college and high school games.
Through Rethink the Win and her associated speaking engagements, Lea now champions young athletes as complete people and the positive impacts of sports beyond the game.
Lea has been a public advocate for promoting women in the media, served on the Minnesota Twins Community Foundation Board and served at the invitation of Gov. Mark Dayton on the Minnesota State High School League Board. She has also mentored African-American athletes at the University of Minnesota, moderated a civil rights discussion featuring U.S. Congressman John Lewis and interviewed Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Lea lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two teenaged children.