Media Tip Sheet: All eyes on the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics

June 12, 2024

flags blowing in the wind of France and the Paris Olympics 2024 flag

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2024) – The 2024 Summer Olympics are right around the corner! The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad will take place in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

Paris will become the second city, after London, to host the Summer Olympics three times. The 2024 Summer Olympics will feature 329 events in 32 sports, featuring the debut of breakdancing. 

Faculty experts at the George Washington University are available to offer insight, analysis and commentary on a number of topics related to the Olympics, including sports management, athlete performance and injury, wellness and nutrition, extreme heat and mental health. If you would like to speak with an expert, please contact GW Media Relations at [email protected].

Sports Management, Marketing, Events & Tourism

Lisa Delpy Neirotti, the director of the MS in Sport Management Program and an associate professor of sport management, has been a professor of sport, event, and tourism management at GW for more than 30 years. Delpy Neirotti works with a number of sport event organizations, sponsors, and professional teams to conduct economic and market research studies including the Olympic Games, World Cup, Citi Bank Tennis Tournament, College Football Bowl Games, among others. This will be the 22nd consecutive Olympics she has attended as a consultant, volunteer or researcher, in addition to 5 World Cups, and hundreds of other major sport events since 1984.

Meredith Geisler, assistant professor of sport management, comes to GW with over 30 years of experience in sports public relations. Prior to her appointment at GW, Meredith was senior vice president of communications for Tandem Sports + Entertainment, a full-service sports and entertainment agency with expertise in athlete management, talent representation, marketing, communications and publicity services. Tandem represents some of the biggest stars in professional sports and broadcasting, including elite NBA and WNBA athletes, broadcasters, coaches, industry executives and sports organizations including Ja Morant, Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, Jeremy Lin, and Tamika Catchings. 

Athletic Performance & Sports Injuries

Mary Barron is an associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health and is an expert on sport-related injuries.

Loretta DiPietro is a professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. She can talk about how athletes prepare their bodies for the olympics. 

Todd Miller is an associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health and the former director of the GW Weight Management and Human Performance Lab. 

Extreme Heat 

Adriana Glenn is an assistant professor in the GW School of Nursing. She can discuss how extreme heat can impact people – directly and indirectly – and how it can aggravate conditions in those individuals who are very young, older, and with chronic illnesses.

Neelu Tummala is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is also the co-director for the Climate Health Institute at GW with a special interest in the effects of climate change on population health. 

Mental Health

Daniel Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is an expert on depression and anxiety. He is the author of “The Molecule of More,” which explains how the brain chemical dopamine influences the expectations and disappointments. He can talk about the mental toll competition can have on athletes.

Lorenzo Norris is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief wellness officer at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He can discuss the mental stress athletes endure especially under the spotlight during the olympics.  

Fallon Goodman is an assistant professor of clinical/community psychology. Goodman's research examines how people foster social connection and resilience to adversity. Her work explores daily patterns of coping and barriers to social connection (e.g., social anxiety; rejection), with a focus on people who are vulnerable to social stress.

Sports Diplomacy

William Youmanns is an associate professor of media and public affairs and the director of the GW Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism, power and communication, his primary research interests include global news, law and politics. He can discuss the idea of sports diplomacy and how these Olympic Games bring people together from all over the world.

Russian Participation & Russia Doping Scandals

Robert Orttung, research professor of international affairs, is an expert on comparative politics, democracy, energy security, federalism, Russia, Ukraine and sustainability. Orttung co-authored the book, Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia, which examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Vladimir Putin’s system when understanding how the Sochi Games fit into the larger Olympic history. He can discuss the Olympics broadly and the political aspects of the Russia doping case as well as how Russian and Belarusian athletes are playing under neutral identities at the Games. 


Peter Loge is the director of the GW School of Media & Public Affairs. His book, “Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World's Game,” was published in 2018. It draws parallels of organizational success and soccer as well as dives into the lessons that can be learned from the game from a management and leadership perspective. 

Scott Rezendes, adjunct professor, teaches the Management of Global Soccer course at the GW School of Business. The course takes an in-depth look into the world's most popular sport, engaging current topics with industry experts from across the globe. It integrates real live experiences with behind the scenes views of professional club management and national team match day engagement opportunities. Rezendes is also the CEO and co-founder of the Soccer Syndicate, a professional soccer scouting corporation.