In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, UT’s McClung Museum will feature several Olympic-themed bronzes of speed skaters and figure skaters from the museum’s Joseph B. Wolffe Collection. The display, which goes up today, the first day of Winter Olympics competition, will be on view through February 24.
When the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, open on Friday, alumna Stephanie Garant-Jones will be backstage, helping the extravaganza unfold before the world. Garant-Jones, who earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2007, is part of the crew orchestrating the opening and closing ceremonies.
Eight UT alumni brought home a total of ten medals, including five golds, from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 2012 medal tally for former UT athletes surpasses the school’s previous record of eight medals, which was set at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. UT’s total medal count places the university seventh among all schools and second among SEC programs for this year’s Olympics.
University of Tennessee journalism professor Mike Martinez will watch the Olympics this year like most of us—during his leisure time—rather than working the event. Martinez has been connected to chronicling the Olympics for more than eighteen years.
Fifteen athletes with UT ties will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. UT will be represented in men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s basketball, and women’s soccer.