Brazilian law enforcement officials said on Thursday that the American swimmers who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Games had fabricated the story. We asked law professor Dan Danielsen to explain where this international drama might go from here, with a particular focus on the legal consequences facing the swimmers and the tepid relationship between American and Brazilian officials.
French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg at the Rio Olympics while vaulting during the men’s preliminaries. Associate professor Sandra Shefelbine explains why bones break as well as her research into how to prevent injury.
Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dismantled and rebuilt into entirely new buildings following the games. We asked assistant professor David Fannon, an architect and building scientist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic architecture” might benefit Brazil in the decades to come.
More than 11,000 athletes are competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, showcasing their superior skill in nearly 40 different sports. We asked Rachel Rodgers, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, to define the concept of greatness and explain how everyday people might tap into their own greatness, regardless of wealth, fame, or skill set.
The Olympic sailing competition began on Monday in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the site of extensive water pollution that officials have warned is a health risk for the athletes. Here, Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, explains how bad the pollution can be for the aquatic ecosystem and what needs to be done to fix the problem.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
A team led by Northeastern professor Alessandro Vespignani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the disparity between the number of reported cases and the number of projected cases of this largely asymptomatic disease. The results will help countries in the Americas plan a response.
Reports of doping by Russia’s Olympic athletes continue to grab headlines. Just yesterday, officials confirmed that 14 of the country’s athletes from the 2008 Games had been implicated by the I.O.C. in a re-testing of samples. But doping in sports is not new. As early as the 8th century B.C., Greek athletes found ways to boost testosterone to enhance performance, says Northeastern’s Rui Li, an expert on exercise physiology. Here, she talks about the science of doping and possible measures to stop it.
Erin Murphy spoke at Northeastern on Wednesday, saying that the Games represent a huge economic opportunity for Massachusetts.
All four of Northeastern’s women’s hockey Olympians will be vying for a medal when the puck drops in Sochi on Thursday.
“2013 was the best year of my life,” says Kendall Coyne, a sharpshooting forward for Northeastern hockey. Can she top it by helping Team USA win gold at the Olympics for the first time since 1998?
Rosanna Garcia, an associate professor of marketing who has attended the summer Olympics since 1984, explains how the Games have changed over the last two decades.