Jayhawks in Rio: Let the Games Begin

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Several Jayhawks will be competing, working and volunteering during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for Team USA and their respective countries. Many have agreed to share their experience with KU alumni. Throughout the games, we’ll be sharing their first-hand accounts, photos and stories on our blog and social media accounts, so be sure to follow us during the games as we cheer on our #JayhawksinRio.

IMG_news_TW4Tim Weaver, g’97, is attending his fourth Olympic Games as part of the United States delegation in Rio. As a manager for Team USA track and field, Weaver spends his days with the athletes in the Olympic village, giving him a unique perspective on the festivities in Rio, which seem to be a hit so far, despite the challenges that have been widely reported in the months leading up to the games.

“The village in Rio is tremendous,” Weaver told us. “It’s a beautiful campus, and the staff here have been extremely friendly and accommodating. U.S. Olympic Committee has spent over 4 years preparing for our arrival with multiple high performance centers and a massive transportation plan. So far, everything has been very smooth.”

Most of the athletes arrived this week just ahead of the Opening Ceremonies, according to Weaver, and the anticipation has been building.

“There are few still moments moments inside of the Olympic Village. Athletes from all sports and all nations are warming up and practicing throughout the village. Everyone eats long meals inside the massive Village cafeteria. It’s the epicenter of the social aspect of the games,” Weaver noted, referring to the massive domed structure where the athletes congregate for meals.

The view hasn’t been bad either.

“Rio is not wanting for spectacular visuals,” Weaver admitted. “The beaches and mountains provide spectacular backdrops.”

While the world tunes in, ready for the games to begin, some of the athletes will have to wait awhile before it is their turn to compete.

“Tonight is the opening ceremony and then competition starts,” he shared. “The energy here is off the charts.”

And that’s not always a good thing, especially for those who have to wait a week to compete.

“Track and field is the second half of the Games, so we all have to manage our energy and excitement for another week.”

–David Johnston

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