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Looking for an Expert to Speak on the Olympics and Russia? The University of Utah Has Plenty!

Released: 6-Feb-2014 4:40 PM EST
Source Newsroom: University of Utah
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Since the University of Utah’s involvement with the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, the campus has felt a strong connection to the Games. Below are experts who can speak on topics including various sports, injuries, event coordination, the political climate of Russia and more.

The University of Utah even has some students, faculty and staff headed to Russia as athletes, spectators or for work. Click here for a complete list.

David Petron, MD
Assistant Professor, Team Physician University of Utah Athletics, Medical Director Park City Ski Injury Clinic
• Pushing your body to its limits without breaking it
• How to get your body in shape even if you aren’t an elite athlete?
• Expert in speedskating
• Orthopedic injuries and conditions
• Treating and caring for high caliber athletes

Stuart Willick, MD
University of Utah, Sports Medicine
• Injuries expert
• Experience working with winter Olympic sports

Amy Powell, MD
Team Physician, University of Utah Athletics
• Topics related to female athletes in all sports

Charles Saltzman, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopaedics
• Topics related to ankle and foot injuries from skiing and snowboarding

Colby Hansen, MD
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Concussion expert

Travis Maak, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics
• Injury prevention
• How to get in shape for everyday athletes?

Christopher Gee, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine
• Emergency injuries expert

Robert Argenbright
Assistant professor, Department of Geography
Email interviews only
Argenbright has researched and written about the effect the 2014 Winter Olympics has had on Russia’s image and how many stereotypes have been emphasized as the country prepares for the Games. With hopes of creating a better image, a spotlight has fallen on the corruption, terrorism and lack of human rights in the host country.

Wayne McCormack
Professor, College of Law
Wayne coordinated all aspects of the university’s involvement for the 2002 Olympics and can speak on security preparations.

Kevin Carrillo
Development director for College of Law
Kevin was the program manager for National Olympic Committees and National Paralympic Committees for the 2002 Olympics. He is knowledgeable about volunteer involvement with the Games and delegation needs and expectations.

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