With the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing underway and Four First Nations, Vancouver and Whistler exploring the feasibility of hosting the 2030 Winter Games in British Columbia, the following experts from Western University’s International Centre for Olympic Studies are available to media for comment.
Areas of Expertise: Olympic movement, genetic doping in sport, athletes’ rights, women and sport and embodiment, philosophy of sport, sport medicine ethics.
Robert K. Barney
Founding Director, International Centre for Olympic Studies; Professor Emeritus, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: History of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic commercialism, Canadian “nation-building” through the Olympic movement
Dr. Lisa Fischer
Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; Director, Primary Care Sport Medicine, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
Areas of Expertise: sports medicine, sports-related concussion, return-to-sport after concussion, clinical care of athletes with concussion
Dr. Alan Getgood
Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine, Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon, Aspetar Sports Medicine Clinic, Doha, Qatar
Areas of Expertise: sports medicine, knee injuries, complex knee reconstruction, joint repair
Dr. Frank J. Hayden Chair in Sport and Social Impact and Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Ethics of Paralympism, social history of the Paralympic movement, culture of disability, health and disability
Executive Council Member, International Centre for Olympic Studies; Director and Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Major event legacies, Paralympic Games, disability in sport, social impact of sport and events, sport governance
Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Olympic boxing, social history of Olympics, human rights, sport and gender, sport and race
Dr. Jane Thornton
Canada Research Chair in Injury Prevention and Physical Activity for Health; Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; Sports Medicine Physician, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine; Olympian
Areas of Expertise: sports medicine, athlete mental health, injury and illness prevention in sport, long term athlete health, female athlete health, rowing injuries
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