UBC experts on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The 2024 Summer Olympic Games will take place in Paris, France from July 26 to Aug. 11. UBC experts are available to comment.

Sport and exercise psychology

Professor, School of Kinesiology

Email: mark.beauchamp@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Group/team dynamics and leadership 
  • Role perceptions and coach-athlete relationships
Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology

Email: andrea.bundon@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Gender and sport 
  • Disability and sport 
  • Sport events 

* Eight hours ahead of Vancouver from July 13–Aug. 4

Professor, School of Kinesiology

Phone: 416-433-4674

Email: guy.faulkner@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • The impacts of the Olympics on physical activity in the host country and elsewhere

Sport and exercise medicine

Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 604-822-6629

Email: peter.cripton@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Head and brain injury prevention; helmets  
  • Hip, skull, bone fracture  
  • Spinal cord injury in cycling and diving  
  • Previously led an analysis of injuries at the Whistler Sliding Centre  

* Unavailable July 1–15. Available afterwards but eight hours ahead of Vancouver

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering

Email: calvin.kuo@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Wearable and remote monitoring technologies 
  • Concussions and brain injury biomechanics 
  • Lower limb injuries including ACL tears and ligament sprains  

* Unavailable July 14–19.  Limited availability July 29–Aug. 1

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

Phone: 604-603-6664

Email: babak.shadgan@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • General sports injuries
  • Wrestling injuries 
  • Injury prevention 
  • Medical Director of wrestling competitions at the Paris 2024 Olympics

* Available until Aug. 1

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Email: jackie.whittaker@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Rehabilitation, physical therapy and sport injury prevention
  • ACL tears, knee injuries 
  • Soccer, basketball 
  • Female sport and female health 
  • Gendered environments in sport 
  • Contraceptive and menstrual cycle effects on performance and injury 
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Email: lwu@mech.ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Sports concussions
  • Wearable sensors

* Unavailable week of July 29

Economics

Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Economics Division

Phone: 604-329-4585

Email: tsur.somerville@sauder.ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Economic impact of the Olympic Games

* Eight hours ahead of Vancouver from July 19–29

Sustainability

Assistant Professor, Department of Wood Science

Email: hamish.vanderven@ubc.ca

Interview languages: English

Expertise:

  • Eco-labels, sustainability standards, certifications
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate sponsorships and “greenwashing”
  • Global environmental politics

* Unavailable July 20–31

France and French culture

Professor of French, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Email: farid.laroussi@ubc.ca

Interview languages: French, English

Expertise:

  • Contemporary French society, culture, politics
  • The place of sports in connection to collective identity
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Email: caroline.lebrec@ubc.ca

Interview languages: French, English

Expertise:

  • French culture and experience living in France
  • Previously competed in track and field