Observing the Olympics

Olympics Sant

Sport Management assistant professor Stacy-Lynn Sant shares her thoughts on the Rio Olympics in two recently published interviews, speaking to Nardy Baeza Bickel from U-M Global Newsroom, and John S. Kiernan from WalletHub.

In the Bickel piece, Dr. Sant explains why Rio de Janeiro was selected; the economic, political, and social indications in 2009 were mostly positive -- Brazil was up-and-coming. The current difficulties were not on the horizon when the city was awarded the Games. And while Rio hosted the World Cup just two years ago, political and economic upheavals since then -- including the impeachment of its president, Dilma Rousseff -- have cast a long shadow over the city's preparations to host the Olympics.

Dr. Sant's interview with Mr. Kiernan details her concerns for the athletes and tourists going to Brazil. She also touches on the economic boom (or bust) likely to follow after the Games.

Finally, if you see familiar faces in Rio, that could be because U-M is sending at least 26 Wolverines to the Games! (See University of Michigan Roster for 2016 Rio Olympics on the MGoBlue site). And some of them are Kines alums:

  • Dylan Bosch, SM '16, will be competing for South Africa in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay;
  • Nate Brannen, SM '05, will compete for Canada in the 1500 meter run;
  • James Henry, CERT, BSED '80, will coach Wolverine track star Cindy Ofili, who is competing for Great Britain;
  • And finally, multi-medaled Michael Phelps attended classes in Kinesiology between the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympics, when he lived In Ann Arbor and trained at U-M with his coach.

Good luck to all, and Go Blue!