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Experts available to discuss the Olympics


Posted: August 14, 2008



Experts available to discuss the Olympics

Denver - The following Metropolitan State College of Denver faculty and staff are available to lend their expertise on topics surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Prof can relate to Olympic swimmer’s fight against testicular cancer: Joe Quatrochi, professor of human performance and sport, and a testicular cancer survivor, can address what Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau can look forward to with testicular cancer surgery and recovery. He can also address the need for male cancer patients to be their own patient advocate. Contact him at 303-556-2898 or quatrocj@mscd.edu.

Maintaining your sanity during the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat: Shawn Worthy, a professor and clinical psychologist whose areas of expertise include sports psychology, particularly fear and performance, can address how Olympians can manage their emotions during the peaks and valleys of this once-in-a-lifetime competition. Contact him at 303-556-2158 or worthys@mscd.edu.

Politics and the Olympics: Political Science Professor Norman Provizer can discuss the history of politics and the Olympic, from the Cold War era to the 21st century. Contact him 303-556-3157 or provizen@mscd.edu.

Safety at the Olympics? Prior to the opening of the Beijing Olympics, organizers sought to reassure the 10,000 athletes and 500,000 other expected foreign visitors coming to China for the Games that they should not be concerned about security. A week into the Olympics how are they doing? Political Science Chair and Professor Robert Hazan can address their efforts and the results. Contact him at 303-556-3412 or hazanr@mscd.edu.

Metro State runners training like Olympians: Cross Country/Track Head Coach Pete Julian is in Denver coaching his own team at Metro State, but earlier this summer (for seven weeks), he helped to coach long-distance runners with the Nike Oregon Project, some of which have made it to the Olympics. Julian can address preparations key to compete at Olympic levels. Contact him at 303-556-2730 or pjulian@mscd.edu.

Marketing China during the Olympics: Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing Darrin Duber-Smith can address how China has been marketing the Olympics and the country to the world. Contact him at 303-819-5445 or ddubersm@mscd.edu.

An Olympian’s diet: Recent headlines report a 12,000-calorie a day diet for Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps. James Stevens, visiting assistant professor of Health Professions, can discuss the special dietary needs of competitive athletes. Contact him at 303-556-2752 or jsteve51@mscd.edu.

You can contact the faculty and staff directly or contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or angeliam@mscd.edu to help coordinate an interview.

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