Luminaries

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    Nelli Verkhovenko:

    "Para ice hockey is a truly spectacular sport, no less exciting than ‘classical’ ice hockey. Many have not even heard about sledge hockey, but when I tell people about it or invite journalists, friends and colleagues to the training sessions, they get so much positive energy and excitement!"

    While studying at RIOU, Nelli did a thesis project on adaptive sport for youth and promotion of youth sledge hockey, in particular. After completing the course she returned to St. Petersburg and started to apply her research to the real world. Very shortly, on October 6, 2017, the city’s first youth sledge hockey team Aurora was created as part of the St. Petersburg sledge hockey club.  

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    Natalie Martins:

    "Now Brazilians are not very excited about the Games, but they certainly will be once it all starts".

    Natalie Martins from Brazil is a graduate of the inaugural class of the RIOU Master of Sport Administration programme. In 2014 this cohort of students had a unique opportunity to learn about the operations behind the Sochi Winter Olympic Games during an observation practice. Today Natalie is involved in analytical work for the 2016 Summ er Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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    Obakeng Ngwigwa: "am learning a lot since I deal with 54 African countries"

    Obakeng Ngwigwa from Botswana was part of RIOU’s inaugural intake on the Master of Sport Administration course. He graduated in 2014, and today Obakeng is the Technical Director of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). In an interview with RIOU Herald he spoke about his new position and advised the current MSA students to manage their time well.  

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    Oh Hyoungkeun:

    "My advice to the current MSA students is to study Russian"

    Among the internationally diverse intakes on RIOU’s Master of Sport Administration course there have been a few nominees of international and national sports organisations. Those organisations sent students to RIOU with the hope that upon graduation they would return to their countries with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the world’s largest sporting events. One of such graduates is Oh Hyoungkeun from the Republic of Korea – the host country of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  Oh was part of RIOU’s MSA inaugural cohort. Those students had the unique opportunity of undertaking an Observation Programme at the Olympic venues right during the Sochi 2014 Games.  Now Oh Hyoungkeun is applying this rich experience to his current job as a member of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee.  

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    Kickboxing Champ Lives Sochi Legacy. Around the Rings On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Sochi Olympics the Russian International Olympic University submits this Q&A with one of its already accomplished students, Irish kickboxing world champion Catherine O’Grady.

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    Ivan Belyaev: "Studying in Sochi was very valuable to me"

    For Ivan Belyaev, a graduate of RIOU’s first intake, the year of 2014 was marked by a number of events that could be fairly called life-changing. He successfully completed the Master of Sport Administration course, undertook internship at the Sochi Olympics, and a few months later joined PwC. Ivan is currently a leader of an informal RIOU alumni club, and he shared his experiences in an interview with us.

     

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