Dr. Randall L. Wilber ’76 will speak on his Olympic experience at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Sticht Lecture Hall in the Hall of Arts and Letters on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Wilber’s lecture is titled “CITUS-ALTIUS-FORTIUS: The Olympic Experience of a Grove City College grad.” He will present on some of the day-to-day things he does for the United States Olympic Committee. There will also be a story-telling format lecture highlighting memorable athlete interactions and what he has learned.
After earning his Ph.D. in exercise physiology, Wilber applied for and won a year-long fellowship with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. There, he helped train athletes to perform in high altitudes, in humid conditions, in pollution and how to cope with international travel’s effect on the body. He has been training athletes like Michael Phelps, Apolo Ohno and others ever since.
Wilber has been selected to receive a Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award. The Grove City College Alumni Association established the award program in 1964 to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to their fields and to society. The awards were later named in honor and memory of longtime Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services Jack Kennedy ’37.