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July 18, 2016

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July 18, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – The 2016 Olympic Games begin Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on a variety of topics related to the games:

Sport Psychology

Kimberley Dawson, professor in Laurier’s Kinesiology and Physical Education program, has helped numerous athletes from across Canada mentally prepare for Olympic competition (including boxer Mandy Bujold and marathoner Eric Gillis). Dawson helps athletes manage their confidence, activation level and self-talk to compete successfully. She is available to provide a personal account of what it takes to be successful at the games. Contact information: or (cell) 519-807-6653.

Jill Tracey, associate professor in Laurier’s Kinesiology and Physical Education program, is an expert on sport injuries and rehabilitation, sport psychology and performance enhancement. Contact information:

The Sociocultural Impact of Sport

Tim Elcombe, associate professor in Laurier’s Kinesiology and Physical Education program, is an expert on the sociopolitical, cultural and ethical issues related to sport including cheating and doping. Contact information:

Zika Virus

Stephanie DeWitte-Or, assistant professor in Laurier’s Health Sciences and Biology programs, is a virologist and immunologist. DeWitte-Or is available for comment on how the Zika virus affects human health, the risks of attending the Olympics in Rio and what threats this could have to public health. Contact information:

Media Coverage

Jonathan Finn, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Communication Studies, is an expert on timing and imaging systems including photo finish, ties, dead-heats and how athletes are placed and ranked. Finn is also available for comment on the mediatization of the Olympics and issues of visual representation/visual culture of the games. Contact information: or 519-884-0710 x3190.

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