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School of Kinesiology alumnae Amanda Smock (Ph.D., 2010) has taken her triple jump career much farther than the collegiate level. Smock was first drawn to the triple jump when she began competing in track and field for her high school. Smock explains that "the event is the most enticing due to its technicality." It was the technical and scientific aspect of the triple jump that initially grabbed her attention. After high school, Smock moved forward with her training at North Dakota State University, competing for the women's track and field. . . [Read Full Story]

Celebrating Our Olympians

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Olympic fever was everywhere this past summer—and the School of Kinesiology was no exception, with four connections to the Summer Olympics in London. Alumni representing the School were former Gopher star and current Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (B.S., sport management, 2004); triple jumper Amanda Smock (Ph.D., exercise physiology, 2010); and Olympic Committee Member Angela Ruggiero (M.Ed., applied kinesiology, 2010). In addition, Roberto Sobalvarro, instructor for PE 1031 Sabre Fencing and PE 1033 Foil Fencing in the School of Kinesiology, was the head coach of the bronze-medal-winning Women's Epee U.S.. . . [Read Full Story]
Jack Brewer earned his B.S. (2001) and his M.Ed. in Sport Management (2002) from the University of Minnesota's School of Kinesiology while playing NCAA Division I college football for the Golden Gophers. The School invited Jack to be its Keynote Speaker at its first-ever annual Spring Student Celebration. Addressing students, faculty, and staff, Jack challenged the audience to set meaningful and ambitious goals for themselves. Known as an exceptional special teams player and versatile defensive back, he established a reputation as a true leader during his five-year tenure in the. . . [Read Full Story]

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