by MADISON DOSS
Special to The Tystenac
Tiffin University hosted a Sports Talk Presentation that featured two Olympians in the University’s Heminger Center on Wednesday morning. The Olympians who spoke were Katie Smith, all-time leading scorer of women’s professional basketball, and Jan Boutmy, renowned fencing, hall of famer and sportsman.
The presentation was one of many events incorporated into Elite Sport and Culture Week, which ran from October 20-25. Organized by Tiffin University, Terra State Community College, Tiffin Mercy Health and National Machinery, Elite Week showcased Olympians and Paralympians from all over the world.
One of the organizers and professor at Tiffin University, Bonnie Tiell, opened the presentation by discussing the importance of substance abuse and young athletes.
Tiell then introduced Smith and called her to the stage.
Smith said she is from Logan, Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University. She said she earned three Olympic gold medals and helped Team USA win two world championships.
She said she retired from the WNBA in 2013 as a seven-time all-star and was named Ohio State’s female athlete of the century.
Smith is now the head coach of WNBA’s New York Liberty.
Smith began her presentation by talking about anti-doping and said she wanted young athletes to take care of themselves and to have equal playing fields.
She then provided a website address, SafeSport.org, as a resource for athletes who are not sure what substances are safe versus not.
Smith said she participated in track and field, volleyball and basketball in high school.
She fell in love with basketball and said she played professionally for 17 years.
Smith presented four core values and their meanings, and said young athletes need those values to be successful. The values were respect, excellence, consistency and determination.
Without those four values, “it is difficult to have good habits that create good days and those good days turn into good weeks and so on,” said Smith.
“How you do anything is how you do everything,” said Smith.
In closing, Smith said her favorite memory from the Olympics was walking in the opening 2000 Olympic ceremony in Sydney, Australia.
After Smith’s closing remarks, Tiell introduced Boutmy and invited him to the stage.
Boutmy is 88 years old and fenced in 10 Olympic Games for the Netherlands, including Tokyo’s in 1964 and Mexico City’s in 1968. He said he also served as a fencing director, judge and director of fencing information desk at the Olympic Village.
Boutmy is the president of the Olympians Netherlands Antilles Association and vice president of PanAmerican Olympians Association, but said he currently lives in Curacao.
Growing up, his first fencing trainer was his father, who helped him learn the game and grow as a fencer, said Boutmy.
Boutmy spoke about his journey through the 10 years of participating in the Olympics. In total, Boutmy he said he won eight medals: four gold, one silver and three bronze.
He also tried different sports growing up like Smith did, but he played soccer, tennis then tried fencing.
The one major thing Boutmy learned while competing is how to respectfully treat the officials because they were a huge factor in how the matches play out.
“Tiffin was honored to have two legends in its presence,” said Tiell.
Post-presentation, Smith said the most important thing she wanted student-athletes to take away from her portion was to follow the four core values and to be present in everything one does.
Rick Goeb was an additional organizer for Elite Week and said the events were going as
planned. Goeb is also a professor at Tiffin University.
Goeb attended the elementary/middle schools which also had some Olympians present speeches.
“The schools’ students and administrations were excited,” said Goeb.
The most challenging aspect of planning Elite Week for Goeb was figuring out all of the logistics such as travel, lodging and schedule, said Goeb.
“This week has been great, and we are looking forward to the rest of events for the week,” said Goeb.
by NATHAN DANKO
Special to The Tystenac
During Tiffin University's Elite Sport and Culture Week, the diverse culture of the Olympics was fully displayed. The poster showcase reflects the diverse culture and the rich history of the Olympics. With posters created by Tiffin University students, the walls of the Heminger Center were decorated in the honor of the Olympics during the event.
The Monday of Elite Sport and Culture Week began with the poster showcase. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., the walls of Heminger were decorated. The posters covered the history and controversies of the Olympics. The history of the Olympics was propped along the walls of the Heminger Center.
The posters were a colorful sight. Arranged in the windows, the entry way to Heminger was filled with knowledge of the Olympics. The poster showcase demonstrated the history of the Olympians and the flags they carry.
“I found the Tanya Harding case to be the most interesting,” said Angela Holahan.
Holahan and her group made a poster reflecting the Harding controversy of the 1994 Olympics in Norway. The Harding case proved to be a monumental moment in the history of the Olympics.
Holahan’s poster was similar to other posters at this event. Some posters at this event reflected the problems throughout the Olympics’ history. One poster reflected the Munich 1979 Olympics. The poster presented the facts of this massacre and tragedy as well as the games.
The poster reads, “Mark Spitz won seven gold medals and set seven world records”.
This fact reflects the positives of the 1979 Munich Olympics. The 1979 Olympics are best known for the massacre.
"Drug testing has increased due to more athletes using banned substances for athletic advantage,” reads the poster titled, “Athlete Doping.”
Some posters at this event reflected constant issues throughout the Olympics. “Athlete Doping” covers the issue of performance-enhancing drugs.
The poster displays the statistics of athletic doping. The poster reads, “The country with the most doping cases is Austria.”
The poster lists the numbers of doping cases per country and names Austria as the country with the largest amount. Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a problem throughout the history of the Olympics.
Another poster focused on the issue of the malpractice that some coaches and officials have committed. This poster covers the case of Jerry Sandusky, a Penn State coach who was convicted for his sexual malpractice as coach. The poster reflects the tragedies that some athletes have gone through, Olympian or not.
Good or bad, the Olympics has had a diverse history. The posters reflected the events that have happened at the Olympic games.
by JOE HARAKAL
Tiffin University hosted an event from October 20-25 called Elite Sport and Culture Week. The event included multiple activities in which students, faculty, staff, and anyone who was interested could attend.
Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to interact with several former Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and a member of the International Olympic Committee.
The largest part of Elite Sport and Culture Week was the Festival of Champions, presented in the Heminger Center on Tiffin University’s campus.
The Festival of Champions included the most events of the week and the most Olympic personnel. Some of the interactive events that people could take part in were pictures and autographs, races, soccer, dance lessons, basketball and one-on-one conversations with the Olympians.
Aaron Gonzalez, a baseball player at TU, said he spoke with a few of the Olympic athletes. “They are very nice and down-to-earth people. It seemed like they generally cared about meeting us and were excited to be here,” Gonzalez said.
“The point of this event was to get people involved and have an impact on the children and community,” said Rick Goeb, an assistant professor of sports management at Tiffin University.
Liston Bochette, an Olympic athlete and artist who came to Elite Sport and Culture Week, had a similar thought to Goeb’s when creating some of his art pieces. Bochette’s art was unveiled at another event that anyone had the chance to visit.