Featured Athletes

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While over a dozen Olympians, Paralympians, and coaches are expected to participate in Elite Sport & Culture Week, the following are just a few preparing to visit Tiffin:

Liston Bochette III
Puerto Rico: Athletics (1984) and Bobsleigh (1992, 1994, 1998, 2002)

After competing in the decathlon for Puerto Rico and winning a gold medal in the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games, Bochette participated in the Olympics through the 80s and 90s as an athlete (bobsleigh) and as an official. He was elected secretary general of the World Olympians Association (WOA), has served as president of the Pan American Olympians Association (POA) and was appointed to the International Olympics Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission (Lausanne, Switzerland). Bochette is an internationally acclaimed artist, having been awarded a gold medal for art at the Cultural Arts Festival during the Barcelona Olympic Games.

Butch Reynolds
USA: Athletics 400 Meters (1988, 1992, 1996 - 1 gold, 1 silver)

Reynolds is a former world-record holder, belongs in six hall of fame classes and is currently an assistant coach at Ohio Dominican University. He won a silver and gold medal at the 1988 Olympics (400m and 4x400m). He also has three World Outdoor gold medals and two World Outdoor 400m silver medals. In 1995, he established the Butch Reynolds Care for Kids Foundation (BRCFK) for youth in his community, designed to educate and train children who are interested in track.

Aliann Pompey
Guyana: Athletics (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Guyana's most prolific female athlete (400 m), Pompey won the gold and silver medal at the 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also has a bronze medal (2003 Pan American Games) and a 5th place finish at the 2010 World Championships. She coaches at St. John's University and is featured at the Aliann Pompey Invitational, an international track competition in Guyana featuring world-class and Olympic athletes. She also serves as a member of the athlete's commission for PASO (Pan American Sports Organization).

Peggy Ewald
USA: U.S. Paralympics Swimming staff (2008, 2012), Paralympic Games (2016)

Ewald's hometown is Tiffin, Ohio where she earned a bachelor's degree from Tiffin University and a master's degree from Heidelberg University.  In additional to Beijing, London and Rio Paralympic Games, Ewald has served Team USA at over 24 international swimming championships, including Para Pan Pacs, World Series, World Championships and Para Pan American Games.

Mary Wineberg
USA: Athletics Track & Field (2008 – gold)

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Wineberg was not ready to hang up her track spikes and believed there was more for her to accomplish in the sport. She worked her way up to the highest level in her sport, ranking twice in the top ten in the world, but her biggest accomplishment came after winning a gold medal as the lead off runner of the USA 4x400 meter relay team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Other highlights include 2007 World Champion (4x400 meter relay), placing third in the 2007 USA National Championships and a top ten ranking in the USA six times.

Gary Morgan
USA: Race Walking (1988)

Morgan has competed on 17 national teams including the World Championships, the Goodwill Games, the World Cup and the Pan Am Games. He carried the torch in 1996 and 2002. A consummate adventurer, Morgan continues to race around the world (Kilimanjaro to Antarctica) and has volunteered at the Olympics, including the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games He is a television reporter for the Running Network and a writer for Michigan Runner.

Calling All Olympians

Olympian who would like to join the Elite Sport & Culture Week contact Bonnie Tiell, btiell@tiffin.edu