Posted on December 18, 2013 by Tia Lalani

Watching the Winter Games: Myths, Medals & the Modern Olympics A Lunch & Learn Session with Dr. Stacy Lorenz, Associate Professor of Physical Education As we look ahead to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Stacy will cover a range of topics of interest to watchers of the Winter Games. What are some …

Watching the Winter Games: Myths, Medals & the Modern Olympics

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Stacy Lorenz

A Lunch & Learn Session with Dr. Stacy Lorenz, Associate Professor of Physical Education

As we look ahead to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Stacy will cover a range of topics of interest to watchers of the Winter Games.

  • What are some myths surrounding the Modern Olympics?
  • What are some of the important issues that are essential to understanding the Olympic Games – both historically and in the present?
  • How did early Olympic officials use myths about the Ancient Olympic Games to further their own agenda for the Modern Olympics?
  • Why could “professional” athletes actually be considered more legitimate Olympians than amateurs?
  • Do political issues “intrude” on the Olympic Games – or are politics what the games have always been about?
  • Why do countries spend so much money on hosting the games and trying to win medals?
  • Why do television networks package the games in ways that sometimes frustrate more serious sports fans?
  • And how should we evaluate Canada’s recent performance at the Winter Olympics? Is it possible for Canada to “own the podium”?

Casual followers of the Olympics, marathon Olympics viewers, and those interested in learning more about the connections between sport, society, and culture are welcome to join us for this look at issues that are frequently misunderstood in discussions of the Modern Olympic Games.

Lunch & Learn
Thursday, January 23
12:10 – 12:50 pm
Epp Conference Room

$5 Admission: Lunch included
RSVP by Wednesday, January 15

To reserve your seat, or for dietary concerns, email alumni@augustana.ca or call 780-679-1626.


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