Marquette University News Release

Experts available: 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7-23

January 22, 2014

Sochi, Russia, will welcome athletes from all over the world to the XXII Winter Games Feb. 7-23. As the eyes of the world fixate on the athletes, Marquette University has experts and former Olympians available to help you with your Olympic news coverage.

Please feel free to contact any of these professors and staff directly; otherwise, you’re welcome to contact Andy Brodzeller at (414) 288-0286 or Lynn Sheka at (414) 288-6712 in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

Former Winter Olympian
Dave Tamburrino
Director of development in University Advancement
Former Olympic speedskater who competed in the 1994 and 1998 Olympics and placed fifth at the 1995 World Championship
(414) 288-4772 – office
(414) 731-4525 – cell

Peter Toumanoff
Associate professor of economics
Spent a year in Russia and is an expert on the Russian language, economy, literature, history, food and people; is a national champion in swimming and sailing, and participated in Russian sailing competitions with members of Russia’s national sailing team
(414) 288-7523 – office 

Lowell Barrington
Associate professor of political science
Expert on Russian politics and nationalism, as well as patriotism in the United States
(414) 288-5234– office

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine
Chris Simenz
Clinical associate professor of exercise science
Certified strength and conditioning specialist who can speak about the training Olympic athletes go through to prepare for the Games
(414) 288-6175 – office

Kristin Kipp
Employee wellness coordinator
Registered dietician who previously ran a remedial physical fitness program for the United States Marine Corps; has worked as a sports dietician and can discuss fueling strategies for athletes during training
(414) 288-5607 – office

Robert Fitts
Professor of biological sciences
Muscle biologist and expert in exercise and performance; veteran marathoner and winner of the 1970 marathon national championship
(414) 288-1748 or (414) 288-7354 – office
(414) 350-6859 – cell

Sports Marketing
Felicia Miller
Assistant professor of marketing
Expert on sports marketing, branding and endorsements
(414) 288-8068 – office
(513) 708-2483 – cell

James Pokrywczynski
Associate professor of strategic communication
Expert on sports advertising and athletics endorsements
(414) 288-3451 – office

Sports Law and Olympic History
Matt Parlow
Associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law
Sports law expert and member of the board of advisors of Marquette’s National Sports Law Institute
(414) 288-7842 – office

J. Gordon Hylton
Professor of Law
Expert on sports history and the political and cultural history of the modern Olympic Games; has previously served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Russia
(414) 288-5372 – office
(262) 938-0393 – home

Social Media
Tim Cigelske
Director of social media
Expert on social media trends who can comment on social media restrictions for journalists reporting at the Games
(414) 288-4864 – office

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About Andy Brodzeller

Andy Brodzeller

Andy is an associate director of university communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Andy at (414) 288-0286 or View all posts by .