2018 Winter Games: U-M experts available

February 7, 2018
Contact: Laura Bailey baileylm@umich.edu


The 2018 Olympic Winter Games begin Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with opening ceremonies and end Sunday, February 25. University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the event:

Judith Grant Long, associate professor of sport management, is an expert on the intersection of sports, tourism, city planning and economic development. Specifically, she can address planning for sports and tourism mega-projects, and assessing and improving host city experiences and outcomes.

Contact: 734-647-4762, jglong@umich.edu

Stacy-Lynn Sant, assistant professor of sport management, can discuss event legacy and leveraging, managing Olympic bids, sport tourism, destination marketing and sport event-based strategies for social and economic development.

Contact: 734-647-2704, slsant@umich.edu

Dae Hee Kwak, associate professor of sport management, is an authority on sport consumer behavior and psychology, and sport media behavior. Kwak is from South Korea, and can talk about his thoughts on the combined North Korea-South Korea teams.

Contact: 734-615-2884, kwakd@umich.edu

Kathy Babiak is an associate professor of sport management and co-director of the Michigan Center for Sport Management. She can discuss strategic alliances and organizations theory.

Contact: 734-763-6922, kbabiak@umich.edu

Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on America’s national anthem. He can address any questions about The Star-Spangled Banner being played at the Korea games, as well as the history of the song.

Contact: 734-649-4972, claguem@umich.edu

Scott Campbell, associate professor of communication studies, is can discuss the uses and impact of mobile and social media at the Olympics.

Contact: 734-764-1300, swcamp@umich.edu

Mark Peterson is an exercise physiologist and assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. His ongoing research is designed to better understand muscle physiology and metabolic health among children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and to examine the effectiveness of behavioral interventions such as exercise for these populations.

Contact: 734-763-0692, mdpeterz@med.umich.edu

Nick Tobier, professor of art & design, can speak on the public performance/opening ceremonies as both a nationalistic and commercial enterprise, as well as on the construction and orientation of viewing and medal platforms, stadia, etc., as ways of reinforcing or suggesting hierarchy.

Contact: 734-936-0697, 917-796-5370 (cell), nicktob@umich.edu

Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, can address the importance of sporting events in international diplomacy. He spent 35 years as a diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service under eight different presidential administrations, and served as officer-in-charge of U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations and as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Contact: 734-615-4262, levitsky@umich.edu

Asheesh Bedi, service chief and assistant professor of sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery, is a team physician at U-M and Eastern Michigan University and consultant for the National Football League and National Hockey League Players Association. He specializes in both arthroscopic and open surgery for athletic injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.

Contact: abedi@umich.edu

Kristen Schuyten is a physical therapist specializing in performing arts rehabilitation, in particular figure skating, gymnastics, dance and cheerleading. She serves as a physical therapist on the Team USA Figure Skating Medical Team through the U.S. Figure Skating Association and is member of the U.S Figure Skating Overtraining and Recovery Focus Group.

Contact: kbalfour@umich.edu

Edward Wojtys is a professor of orthopaedic surgery specializing in sports medicine. His clinical work and research focuses on knee injuries, and much of his research explores ACL injury susceptibility screening and ACL injury prevention programs. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Football League’s Injury and Safety Panel.

Contact: edwojtys@umich.edu