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October 23, 2012

Sport Management graduate works behind the scenes at London 2012 Olympics

Taryn Duncan standing in front of the US Olympic Team logoWhen Spring 2012 graduate Taryn Duncan decided to major in business with a Sport Management emphasis, little did she know she'd be putting her education to use during the world's biggest sport celebration: at USA House in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

USA House is the business and hospitality center which serves as a sort of "safe haven" for athletes and their families, coaches, donors, and sponsors.  As part of the special events committee, Taryn oversaw receptions and dinners for House members. USA Judo, USA Swimming, USA Gymnastics, USA Wrestling, Deloitte, and United Airlines held receptions while she was on duty.  She also worked at the US Olympic Team Benefit Gala with attendees including Muhammed Ali, Carl Lewis and other past and present Olympians.

"While at USA House, I saw the day-to-day operations and I realized how much the classes I took at UCCS came in handy, making me  comfortable enough to make a few suggestions throughout the Games," she recalled.  "I feel like everything I had learned came together and I finally had the mentality of a graduate."

Kayla Harrison, judo, and Taryn Duncan. Taryn is holding Kayla's gold medal.The nature of her work gave her the opportunity to meet many top athletes: swimmer Missy Franklin; Kayla Harrison, who won the first ever American gold medal in judo; David Lee and Reid Priddy who competed in men's indoor volleyball; Jeff Porter who competed in track and field, and a number of wrestling and rowing athletes. "It's been a huge learning experience," she said. "I felt very prepared to be here after doing plenty of volunteer work and my two internships back home through UCCS." 

Internships are an integral part of our Sport Management Program and students go through several internships to gain practical, everyday experience in many areas of the sport business.  These experiences provide students with a deeper understanding of their classroom material and give them an edge when it comes time to search for a job. Only a handful of students will be able to say they worked at the 2012 Olympic Games like Taryn.

If you would like to learn more about our Sport Management program or our internships, please contact me at 719-255-3113 or


Venkat Reddy, PhD
Dean, College of Business

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