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Olympic spying: Queen's University expert

2012-08-15

Queen’s University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies professor emeritus Geoff Smith is available to talk about Olympic espionage and dirty tricks, and how they fit in the larger global culture of sport, where winning gold stands as the holy grail of national achievement.

Dr. Smith can give examples of espionage in sports, such as New England Patriot’s spying on the New York Jets in 2007 or the McLaren Formula One race team receiving confidential technical information about Ferrari. Dr. Smith says spying in sports is much more common than the public realizes as elite athletes look to gain an edge over their competition.

“Winning gold medals now is part of a global spying game,” says Dr. Smith.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER QUEEN'S OLYMPIC EXPERTS

PROTESTS, COMMERCIALIZATION OF OLYMPICS

Vincent Mosco (Sociology) – Dr. Mosco can speak about the political and economic controversies that inevitably accompany the Olympics, particularly their commercialization. Also, he can comment on protests and riots that could, potentially, disrupt the Games and the surface to air missiles that are being installed on some London apartment buildings. His faculty page can be found here.

ENDURANCE AND POWER PERFORMANCE

Michael Tschakovsky (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) – Dr. Tschakovsky is available to comment on endurance performance and power performance as it refers to Olympic athletes. He is also an expert in the limits of the human body – what are the limits and what factors determine it. His faculty page can be found here.

NEW SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES, SPORT ETHICS

Tracy Trothen (School of Religion) – Dr. Trothen is available to comment on new technologies in sport including super swim suits, cheetah legs and repoxygen, an illegal drug used by endurance athletes to boost red blood cell count. She can also talk about ethics and spirituality in sport. Her faculty page can be found here.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING

Sarah Barnes (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) – Ms Barnes is a PhD candidate studying the combined sociological and psychological perspectives on positive youth development and coaching. She has acted as a coach for basketball teams at a variety of levels, including working as the assistant coach of the Queen’s Varsity Women’s basketball team. She is available to comment on gender and sport as well as coaching.

ROYAL FAMILY OLYMPIC INVOLVEMENT

Carolyn Harris (History) – Dr. Harris is available to speak about the British royal family and their current and past involvement in the Olympics. She is a teaching fellow at Queen’s University and a royal history expert. She has written previously about members of the British royal family competing in Olympic events. Her website can be found here.

SECURITY AND TERRORISM

Christian Leuprecht (Political Studies) – Dr. Leuprecht is available to speak about security at the Olympics, the steps that have been taken to ensure safety at the Games, as well as any defense-related issues. He is a national and international security expert, cross-appointed to both Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada. His faculty page can be found here

 

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