From 1 August, I will be in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.
I have been investigating the Olympics for over 15 years, focusing on the media, culture, politics and the doping debate within the Olympic Movement.
I have published 2 books on the Olympic Games, the first provides a basics overview of key, contemporary issues and historical influences particularly interested in the way that the Olympics commands global political attention and the values upon which it is based, which articulate its role as an international social movement. These include chapters on how the Olympics transcend sports, engaging us with a range of contemporary philosophical, social, cultural and political matters, including: * peace development and diplomacy * management and economics * corruption, terror and activism * the rise of human enhancement * ethics and environmentalism. This book explores the controversy and the legacy of the Olympics, drawing attention to the deeper values of Olympism, as the Olympic movement's most valuable intellectual property.
The second book looks at Social Media and the Olympics, while my next book 'Sport 2.0' (MIT Press, 2017). considers how journalism has evolved in the digital age and how it changes what we know about the games. Besides studying the broad dimensions of the Olympic programme, I have conducted fieldwork at every winter and summer Olympics since Sydney 2000 working often as an accredited journalist.
My most recent Olympic role is as the social media mentor for the International Olympic Committee Young Reporters programme, which involved taking 35 trainees to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games to learn how to be an Olympic journalist.
I was also a supervising Professor at the International Olympic Academy, spent time researching at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne and saw shot putt at the Ancient Stadium of Olympia during the Athens 2004 Olympics.
I also recently led and delivered a new IOC Massive Open Online Course on Sports Media, which brought together some of the world's best media pros.
During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, I was accredited as a journalist and will be studying the media and politics of the Games. I will do the same thing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games and can't wait to see what the first South American Olympic Games will look like!