U-M goes for gold in Beijing Olympics
Lisa Hass has accumulated so many stamps in her passport that she recently authored a "Top 10 International Travel Tips" article for mgoblue.com.
This advice will come in handy as the U-M athletic trainer travels to Beijing as medical support during the 2008 Olympics.
Hass will join 26 Wolverines who will represent seven countries at the Olympics. Also, an incoming College of Engineering student will represent the United States in September during the International Paralympic Games in Beijing.
"This showing speaks to the commitment and hard work of these individuals, as well as to the global stature of our university," President Mary Sue Coleman says. "We will be watching all of these members of the Michigan family and cheering them on."
Additional U-M staff members who will participate in the Olympics include men's swimming coaches Bob Bowman and Jon Urbanchek, who will join the coaching staff for USA men's swimming.
At the Olympic trials 41 U-M athletes competed in 28 sports, Athletic Director Bill Martin told regents at a recent board meeting.
Martin predicts great success for the athletes, in particular swimmer Michael Phelps, who he believes could win eight gold medals, one more than the record held by U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz.
When Hass arrives in Beijing she initially will work with both the U.S. men's and women's rowing teams during their training camp as well as competitions. Following that she has a two-day assignment for the men's and women's triathlon events. After those events are over she expects to work in the USA clinic and assisting at events where needed.
"The medical staff is large but there always seem to be holes to fill," she says.
During this assignment Hass will function similarly to her job at U-M, where she has worked for 17 years.
"The exposure to elite, driven athletes and coaches has prepared me well for this level of competition," says Hass, who has traveled with the national rowing team to four World Championship events and to the 2007 Pam Am Games. "Working on a daily basis with tremendous athletes who are extremely motivated helps me in my dealings with elite national team members."
U-M roster 2008 Olympics*
Men's track and field
Women's track and field
2008 Paralympics Games
Men's track and field