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2018 Winter Games: U-M experts available

  • Contact Laura Bailey, 734-647-1848, baileylm@umich.edu or Bernie DeGroat, 734-647-1847 bernied@umich.edu

EXPERTS ADVISORY

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


StacyLynnSantStacy-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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


DaeHeeKwakDae 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark ClagueMark 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Contact: 734-764-1300, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark PetersonMark 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Melvyn LevitskyMelvyn 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

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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.

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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.

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