UCCS Sports Management Graduate Taryn Duncan Works the Olympic Games

UCCS Sport Management 2012 Graduate Taryn Duncan Talks About Her London 2012 Olympic Experience


Taryn Duncan at USA House London 2012


1.      Tell us about your assignment with the USOC at the London Olympic Games ?  


My assignment with USOC in London is a volunteer at Team USA House. USA House is located in central London and is the business-hospitality center ("safe haven") for Team USA: donors, sponsors, athletes, NGBs, USOC, etc. I will be carrying out Special Events and Business Center operations. When I lived in England during the fall of 2011 there was a lot of Olympic hype which I had been familiar with while going to school in Colorado Springs. I looked on the London LOCOG website in November for job opportunities and applied for this volunteer position. In February 2012, I received an email from Sheryle Miller of USOC to see if I was still interested. Sheryle had received my name from Dave Ogrean, CEO of USA Hockey who is also a member of the USOC Board of Directors. I had gotten to know Dave over the previous summer while working at Country Club of Colorado. Oddly enough, he had also been the founder of the Sports Corp, where I completed my SPTM 3960 internship. I am working at USA House from July 23 to August 12. I am staying at a family friend's house in London, about a thirty minute walk through Hyde Park to USA House.


2.      You previously worked a semester for Everton Football club in Liverpool as part of the Sport Management Internship Program, did you enjoy that experience ?

Working for Everton was completely life-changing. I had never lived more than an hour's drive away from home (although I had been to Europe before) so it was a very big step for me to take. I loved that feeling of being uncomfortable in a new city: having to figure out the culture, currency, bus and train routes to get around. The staff and team at Everton were extremely welcoming to me. I was able to spend time in all aspects of the Commercial Department including media and communications, public relations, partnerships, corporate sales and marketing.  I also spent time at the training facility where they house the First Team and Youth teams. I had never been exposed to a professional team before so I took in as much as I could.

3.       Did you have much of a chance to visit London when you lived in Liverpool last fall ?

I had visited London twice while I lived in Liverpool. I have a pretty good sense of direction so I remember much of the city and how to get around!

4.       Are there any favorite Olympic athletes that you would like to meet?

I hope to meet LeBron James, only because he is such a huge celebrity. And I hope to see Missy Franklin since she's a Coloradan. Plus, my mom is encouraging me to meet Ryan Lochte in the hopes of securing him a seat at our next Thanksgiving dinner.

5.   Future plans after the Olympics ?

I hope my career takes me either into Major League Soccer or Major League Baseball where I want to be the first female GM. However, Kim Ng is on her way to beating me there. She's twice my age, so I have a bit more that I need to experience. I hope to retire out of the MLB.