July 21, 2008

Olympic experts available to comment on 2008 Olympic games


Hamilton, ON. July 21, 2008 - McMaster University has several excellent experts who are available to comment on a variety of issues related to the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Nick Cipriano, head wrestling coach. Wrestling Canada coach for the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. 905- 525-9140 ext. 23592; cipriano@mcmaster.ca


Andrew Cole, head swim coach, McMaster University. Assistant national team coach for Swim Canada for the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. 905-525-9140 ext. 23593; acole@mcmaster.ca


Martin Gibala, associate professor of kinesiology, is an expert on performance enhancing drugs and how they work in the body. He can also discuss the impact of exercise training and dietary manipulation on sport performance. 905-525-9140, ext. 23591; gibalam@mcmaster.ca

Steve Lidstone, strength and conditioning coordinator. He is the strength and conditioning coach and athletic therapist for Gymnastics Canada (Trampoline)

905- 525-9140 ext. 20365; lidston@mcmaster.ca

Stuart Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology, is an expert on strength training, athletic performance, exercise physiology and the use of steroids. 905-525-9140, ext. 24465; phillis@mcmaster.ca

Marvin Ryder, a lecturer at the DeGroote School of Business, can discuss the marketing of the Games, sport as entertainment, and its economic spin-offs. (Note: Ryder will be unavailable from July 31-Aug. 12) 905-525-9140, ext. 23997; ryderm@mcmaster.ca

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, neurologist and professor in the departments of medicine and pediatrics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and a clinician scientist in neuromuscular and neurometabolic disorders. An endurance athlete himself, competing nationally and internationally in three sports, he was an original member of Canada’s anti-doping committee, and co-author of the IAAP statement for nutrition for athletes. 905-521-2100 ext. 75226; tarnopol@mcmaster.ca


For more information, please contact:

Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869


Tim Lee


Department of Kinesiology,

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 23579