In 1990, Koichi began developing the Olympic Project aerodynamic tubing, and was soon chosen to be the Official Frame Builder for the US National Team 1991 season and 1992 Olympic Teams.
Among the results of this effort was the first medal ever for an American in the Kilometer, when Erin Hartwell, on a Team USA KILO, won the Bronze in that event.
Erin Hartwell, a 3-time Olympian and current professional cycling coach, has achieved at the highest level of sports.
It was a great time to be a cyclist in America and I must say that I learned a heck of a lot from the professional riders I was surrounded by during that golden era of US cycling," said Erin. "There was a momentum (to succeed) with that group of athletes and I am fortunate to have been privy to train and compete alongside such notables of American sport.
At the 1992 Olympics, US National Team rider Jeanne Goley, on a Team USA Road frame, took 6th in the women's road race. Jeanne's continued success led to future wins and a lead role with the dominant Saturn Professional Women's Road Team.