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The World is Watching: Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020, and Beijing 2022

This event was held on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2022. Read about the event below and stay tuned for updated information! 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Three-time Olympic gold medalist and international humanitarian Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Daniel Orlando Diaz ’11, director of World Cup, Olympic, and Cross-Platform Partnerships at NBCUniversal Media, will team up for a memorable evening focused on the Olympics.

Carthage professor Greg Barron will moderate the conversation, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Olympics, the recent impacts of COVID-19, and what to anticipate this winter in Beijing.

About Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“One of the most decorated female athletes of all time, Joyner-Kersee, dominated the track and field circuit in the 1980s and ’90s. She won six medals spanning four Olympic games and holds the world record time in the heptathlon. In 2004, she was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Following her illustrious career, Ms. Joyner-Kersee set her sights on aiding others. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation strives to change the lives of at-risk and low-income children in East St. Louis and across the U.S. She also helped found Athletes for Hope and is an advocate for healthy lifestyles.”

Daniel Orlando Diaz '11 About Daniel Orlando Diaz ’11

Carthage alumnus Daniel Orlando Diaz ’11 graduated cum laude with majors in communication, public relations, and Spanish. Mr. Diaz is responsible for TV and digital video ad sponsorship of the World Cup, Olympics, and more across NBCUniversal™ owned television stations.



The Spotlight on Sports Speakers Series is made possible through the Sam and Gene Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program and the Craig L. Leipold Fund for Sports Management.