Author Archive for Mike

Olympic Truce Mural

The Olympic Truce Mural has been a fixture of the Games for sometime. The mural represents the Ancient Greek tradition to ask athletes set aside their differences during the Games and compete peacefully. Athletes were asked to reaffirm their commitment to this ideal by signing the wall. This mural was displayed in the Pyeongchang Athletes Village. #olympics #pyeongchang2018  

Sliding Center Education

When I asked to observe the luge at the Winter Olympics, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was somewhat surprised spectators really only have a few ticketed locations to observe the athletes during their run. Even then, a lot of the folks who purchased tickets don’t sit in their seats, they stand up near the front of the stands…

Samsung Experience

What’s been really neat about the Olympic Games is the ability to visit company pavilions. I was able to check out the Samsung Expeience pavilion in an Athletes Village and spoke with two Samsung reps about the Galaxy Note 8. Being an Apple loyalist and iPhone user for several years, I was curious to learn what the competiton could offer.…

The Order of Ikkos

The United States Olympic Committee started a mentor recognition program in 2008 called the Order of Ikkos. Named after an Olympic Greek coach, US athletes who ‘podium,’ (aka earn an Olympic medal) are entitled to bestow the medal on one person who greatly impacted their lives, enabling them to become an Olympic athlete. The National Governing Bodies typically have a…

Making New Memories with S’mores

A few GW Study Abroad Olympics students visited the Canada House and indulged in creating s’mores on the outdoor patio!! This activity was nostalgic for many of us, something we enjoyed doing in the past but haven’t done recently. It was an interesting experience to partake in a familiar activity provided by different country. Perhaps this event reminded us that folks…

Holy Cables, Coubertin!

It’s not something most people probably think about, but the modern day Olympics requires a lot of telecommunications equipment, including thousands of miles of cables. The GW Olympics course granted students a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce one of the worlds largest celebrations of sport and culture. Lucky, today’s telecommunications equipment is able to let…

Happy Korean New Year!

The GW South Korea Winter Tour 2018 group enjoyed a traditional Korean lunch yesterday at the Halssa Art World. The event was hosted by the parents of a current GW student and the dean of the GW Business School also attended! We were humbled to celebrate the New Year with new friends and familiar faces from DC at a beautiful…

A Sponsor’s Perspective

Tom Duncan, Global Olympics Lead at P&G, met with the GW Winter Tour team yesterday morning at the 2018 Olympic Games P&G Hospitality House in South Korea. Duncan immediately highlighted P&G is the worlds largest advertiser, touching over 5 billion people a year. As a GW business student studying marketing, this was such a unique and valuable opportunity to learn…

Robotic Pets

Robot fish have arrived. Friend or foe? The jury may still be out. But, I’m impressed how the Korean tech companies have used the Olympics to showcase technological innovation. #olympics #pyeongchang2018 #olympicstore #fish #robots #skynet