Jayhawks in Rio: Andrea Geubelle

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

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 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.

“Let the games begin!”

Andrea Geubelle is making the most of her first Olympic experience, taking it all in and having a great time.

Geubelle, who will compete for Team USA in the triple jump Saturday, provides a unique perspective on the games through her posts on Instagram. She posed with her former KU teammate and fellow Olympian Mason Finley (discus) during Olympic Team processing and shared video of the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies.

Read her official Team USA bio at teamusa.org and follow her on Instagram at @a_geubelle.

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Jayhawks in Rio: Great day to be Jose

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

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 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.

Jose Munoz, d’14, g’16, earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer with Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The former KU track and field runner has remained close to the sport, and in 2015 he was selected to participate in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s FLAME program, which stands for “Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere.”

The experience at the Olympic Training Center inspired his desire to stay involved in the Olympic movement, and after raising the necessary funds to make the trip to Rio, he’s making the most of his experience. As these contributed photos posts can attest, it’s a great day to be Jose!
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–David Johnston

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From Rio Rico to Rio de Janeiro

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Jayhawks in Rio: Let the Games Begin

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

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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.

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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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