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 Tuesday, August 10, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


CU-Boulder Community Members Lend Their Expertise to the Olympics
By Allison Sylvest

As the Olympic Games come home to Greece this year, John Lymberopoulos, retired professor of international business and finance, also returns to his native Greece as the liaison for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

john lymberopoulos Lymberopoulos, who served as an interpreter for the Greek Olympians at the 1996 games in Atlanta, will provide interpretation at press conferences and language assistance for VIPs of the U.S Olympic Committee.

"The Olympics will be a peaceful and enjoyable time to celebrate the human spirit," he said.

Other participants in the 2004 Games in Athens include assistant track and field coach Casey Malone, who coaches men's and women's discus. He earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team as a discus thrower.

erik sullivan Erik Sullivan, a volleyball libero or specialized defensive player, participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and is a member of the 2004 Olympic men's volleyball team. He recently took an assistant coaching position in volleyball at CU-Boulder.

Chancellor Byyny's daughter, Jan Thompson, a medal-winner at the Pan American competition last fall, trained in England with the U.S. Olympic three-day event equestrian team. Of the 10 horses and riders on the team, six will compete in Athens. Thompson will not be among the competitors, but she and Dr. and Mrs. Byyny will attend the Olympics to cheer on her teammates.

Contributors to past Olympic games include Jack DeBell, director of CU-Boulder's Recycling Services, who offered his advice on reducing and recycling waste at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

"My involvement came about from our department's success with large stadium events," said DeBell. "The Olympics are a much larger operation, of course, and it was a good process to take part in. It was a great honor to be invited."

The 2004 Olympic Games will take place August 11-29.

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