Jayhawks in Rio: Michael Cain

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

 
Michael Cain has put his two degrees from KU to use helping Team USA get to Rio.

Cain, j’98, l’01, was a KU track and field student-athlete as an undergraduate but realized his speed might not be enough to take him to the Olympics. After arming himself with a degree from the KU School of Law, he set his sights on a volunteer opportunity at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002. Soon after, opportunity knocked with USA Track & Field, which took him to back to the Olympic Games at Athens in 2004. Working as part of the Team USA Track and Field delegation, he had the opportunity to march in the Opening Ceremonies, bumping into Team USA basketball coach and fellow Jayhawk, Larry Brown. He shared the memorable exchange with KU Law Magazine in this 2012 profile.

After his stint with USA Track & Field, Cain joined the Walt Disney Company, managing sports events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. He also was able to put his broadcast journalism skills to work for ESPN3 and others, providing lead commentary, sideline reporting and emceeing for a variety of sports events, including the Pop Warner Super Bowl, spring training baseball, MLS soccer and multiple track and field events. He often returned to Lawrence to volunteer at the Kansas Relays, broadcasting interviews with Olympians competing at the Relays.

Today, Cain is director of business development for the Olympic Training Centers. Based in Colorado Springs at the US Olympic Committee headquarters, Cain still manages to employ his broadcast background, hosting a web series that takes viewers inside the OTC. Admittedly, the gig isn’t always fun and games. Cain frequently takes a beating for his craft at the hands of Olympians like Team USA super heavyweight boxer Marlo Moore, taekwondo champion Steven Lopez and Paralympic Judo bronze medalist Dartanyan Crockett (episodes below, plus more at youtube.com/teamusa). Look for Mike broadcasting online during the Olympics, and join us in celebrating our #JayhawksinRio!

Watch Michael Cain host Team USA at the OTC


Episode 4: Take a look at the special collections room at the United States Olympic archives

Episode 5: Step into the ring with Team USA super heavyweight boxer Marlo Moore

Episode 8: Paralympic judo bronze medalist Dartanyon Crockett shows what his sport is all about

 
 
 

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Jayhawks in Rio: Colombia Connection

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

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Former KU soccer players, Ingrid Vidal and Liana Salazar, b’16, represented their home country of Colombia at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Both played minutes before failing to advance out of group play, with Salazar starting and playing the full 90 minutes and Vidal coming in at the 80th minute to help Colombia deadlock the United States team, which advanced. Full story from KU Athletics.

Colombia’s president is also a Jayhawk. Juan Manuel Santos, pictured with Vidal and Salazar, visited campus in 2012 when he received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

No doubt Santos, like all KU alumni, is proud of our Jayhawks in Rio!

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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

More coverage:
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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Billy Mills earns Presidential Citizens Medal

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

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In a ceremony at the White House today, KU alumnus and Olympic Gold medalist Billy Mills, d’62, received the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal from President Obama. The medal is the second-highest civilian award in the United States, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The president honored Mills, who was accompanied by his wife, Pat, for his work with Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization he co-founded that supports cultural programs and provides health and housing assistance for Native American communities.

Mills wins Olympic 10k Gold | kualumni.org“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the President in this extraordinary way,” Mills said in a statement on his organization’s website. “The most powerful thing you can give to a child is a dream. I hope every child in Indian Country knows what is possible if you follow your dream.”

Jayhawks will also remember Mills for his unexpected victory at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the grueling 10,000 meter run. His shocking come-from-behind victory (watch the video here) ranks among the greatest upsets in Olympic history, and he remains the only American to ever win the event. Mills remains actively involved with KU and Haskell Indian Nations University, returning often for speaking engagements and to attend the Kansas Relays. He and Pat are active Path to Life Premium members of the KU Alumni Association.

The Citizens Medal was established in 1969 to recognize American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens. The President recognizes Americans whose work has had a significant impact on their communities but may not have garnered national attention. Members of the public are invited to nominate people in their lives who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs.

We congratulate this legendary Jayhawk for a well-deserved honor.

Billy Mills and Running Strong for American Indian Youth | kualumni.org

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From Lawrence to London: A Jayhawk reflects on his Olympic experience

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Tim Weaver, g’97, traveled to London this past summer with Team USA as part of the United States Track and Field coaching staff. As he has done for previous games and international events, including world championships, Weaver was on hand to assist athletes competing on the sport’s biggest stage.

After returning home, we caught up with Weaver, the former meet director for the Kansas Relays, to talk about his experience. Read More..

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