Michael Phelps Attended the University of Michigan While Training for the Olympics

Sports enthusiasts know that when it comes to Olympic greatness, Michael Phelps holds the crown. In London alone Phelps dominated his opponents to bring home four gold and two silver medals, which made the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 total medals. If that isn’t bragging rights, I’m not sure what is.

But before Olympic fame and glory there was education, which is an important thing to remember for young athletes aspiring to walk in Phelps’ footsteps. And even though Phelps never pursued a formal degree, he did still see value in taking classes and coupling athletics with academics as an intentional career move.

Phelps, who was born and raised in Towson, Maryland, attended Towson High School where he graduated in 2003. While he started swimming at the ripe age of seven, it wasn’t until later that he realized his true talent. A series of swim clubs and competitions led to his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at age 15, at which point he became the youngest male athlete to make a US Olympic team in 68 years. And even though he didn’t win any medals, his next three Olympic appearances would more than make up for it. Read the rest of this entry »

Title IX Empowered U.S. Swimmer Dana Vollmer to Grab Olympic Gold

Before 1972, female athletes practically didn’t exist beyond high school. Not only were women unable to participate in college sports because of their gender, there simply weren’t teams and programs in place for them to sign up for. But that all changed with Title IX.

The Title IX legislation was a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972, which stated in part that: “No Person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The initial Title IX draft prepared in 1970, mentioned little of women’s athletics and its focus was instead on the hiring and employment practices of federally financed institutions. After two years of legislation, Title IX became law on July 23, 1972. However, it wasn’t until later – even 1988 – that it was ever fully carried out as the law had to be restored after essentially being ignored by college institutions for years. Read the rest of this entry »

10 College Athletes to Watch at the Olympics

Classes begin in just a few weeks for college students. For those who are returning from a summer break, the tricky transition of balancing classes, homework, a job, and a social life begins once more.

Imagine if you had to add “catching up” to the list because you’ll be missing the first few days of class due to the Olympics. Not from watching the games or even attending, but because you’ll be competing in the international event. Many of Team USA’s athletes will be missing class this semester while they go for the gold in London. In fact, 5/8 of the US men’s Olympic gymnasts are University of Oklahoma students!

USA Today recently compiled a list of 10 college Olympians to keep your eye on during these summer games. Read the rest of this entry »

Roger Federer’s Education Background

Roger Federer playing tennisRoger Federer was born August 8, 1981 in Binningen, near Basel, Switzerland. He is the son of Swiss national, Robert Federer, and South African-born, Lynette Federer. Federer has both Swiss and South African citizenships.

Like all Swiss citizens, Federer was required to military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. In 2003, Federer was deemed unfit to serve due to a long-standing back problem. Therefore, he was not required to fulfill his obligations.

Federer has been a career tennis player since he was a child. As a junior player, his greatest accomplishments were his single and doubles win at Wimbledon.

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Jim McKay’s Education Background

Jim McKay was an American television sports journalist. He is best known for the 37 years that he hosted ABC’s Wide World of Sports and for his coverage of the Munich massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this influential reporter.

McKay was born in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania. When he was 14-years old, his family decided to move to Baltimore. He attended Loyola Blakefield High School. After high school, he attended Loyola College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1943.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, McKay start his career as a television report in 1947. He was the first man to be heard on television in Baltimore. In 1950, he moved to New York to work for CBS. He then changed employers and went to work fro ABC, where he hosted Wide World of Sports.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Education Background

Joan Benoit Samuelson is an American marathon and long-distance runner. Samuelson is known for her record-breaking races in the Boston Marathon and for winning the first Olympic women’s marathon in the 1984 Summer Olympics. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this amazing athlete.

Samuelson was born on May 16, 1957 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She has two brothers. She has joked that they are the reason she learned to run so that she could get a place in the car or at the dinner table. However, the real reason she began to run long distances was for therapy after she recovered from a skiing injury.

Samuelson attended Bowdoin College, a small liberal arts college. She then transferred to North Carolina State University because NCSU had a competitive running program for women in 1977. After three semesters at NCSU, Samuelson transferred back to Bowdoin because the school had developed a track and cross country program for women. She graduated from Bowdoin in 1979.

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Nastasia Liukin’s Education Background

Anastasia (Nastia) Liukin was born in 1989 in Moscow to a family of gymnasts. Although she says education is very important to her, gymnastics is her passion. She became involved in the sport while in elementary school and continued through high school, where she attended Spring Creek Academy in Plano, Texas.

In 2008 she was accepted to the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, but her busy schedule made her drop out until January of 2010. She is now back in school where she is majoring in international business and will focus on school until she graduates.

Nastia has been winning awards all her life. She is an Senior International Elite gymnast, the 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion, five time Olympic medalist, four time World Champion, nine time World medalist, four time U.S. National Champion and has won two American Cup titles and both a Senior and Junior Pacific Rim Championship.

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Olympian Spotlight on Meryl Davis

meryl davisName: Meryl Davis

Competition: Figure Skating

Age: 23

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI

School/University: University of Michigan

Majors: Anthropology and Italian

How she trains: Meryl and her partner, Charlie White, both attend school at the University of Michigan. They have been skating together since 1997, making them the longest-lasting figure skating couple in the country. The two train together at Arctic Edge Figure Skating Club in Canton, Michigan and at Detroit’s Figure Skating Club.

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Olympian Spotlight on Zach Lund

Zach LundName: Zach Lund

Competition: Skeleton

Age: 30

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

School/University: Westminster College

Major: Aviation

How he trains: Like any Olympian athlete, Lund is very dedicated to his sport. During the off season, he spends his days in his specialized gym, becoming leaner and stronger than he ever had been before. Zach does daily “torturous workouts” and cools down by riding a stationary bike. He also recently purchased a new, $15,000 sled, which he uses when he is earning first-hand-experience on the slopes.

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Apolo Anton Ohno’s Charitable Work

apolo anton ohnoAs if being a five-time Olympic medalist isn’t enough, Apolo Anton Ohno, who is one medal shy of breaking U.S. Winter Olympian athlete history in the 2010 Winter Olympics, is also an ardent supporter of charitable and philanthropic causes that are special to him. And even though he dedicates most of his day to training to become one of the world’s best speed skaters, he still carves out time for those less fortunate than he is.

In 2002, Ohno raised funds to support the Ronald McDonald House and in 2006, he joined efforts with clothing giant, Gap, to become part of their Project Red campaign, an iniative to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Through his fund-raising efforts with the Project Red campaign, money was given to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS organization to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.  

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