Mount Union Students Studying Abroad in Italy Attend Winter Olympics

May 05, 2010

Mount Union students traveling abroad in Italy for the spring semester had the opportunity to attend the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.


Tim Lydon, a junior business administration major, has been studying abroad at the University of Turin, less than 10 miles away from the location of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Lydon, who had the opportunity to attend two freestyle skiing events also volunteered for the United States Olympic Committee. 'The amount of people involved and planning required for this event was mind-blowing,' said Lydon.

'It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by people from around the world with their flags and cowbells cheering for their home country,' said Lydon. 'I was expecting the U.S. to come out and dominate everything and our fans to be the loudest, but that was not the case. People from all around the world were enthusiastically supporting their fellow countrymen'

Beth Mitchell, a junior media studies major, is spending her spring semester enrolled at the University of Viterbo outside of Rome and had the opportunity to travel to Torino to attend the women's speed skating 3000 meter event.

'It was amazing to see all the different cultures come together and celebrate for these events,' said Mitchell. 'Everyone was joyful, happy and willing to sit and talk like one big family sharing life stories and events from their lives with perfect strangers.'

Mitchell, along with friends she has met while enrolled abroad, were seated in the family section for the competitors and witnessed first hand the joy one family experienced after their daughter won gold in the event.

'It was such an experience to share with them in their tears of joy,' said Mitchell.

Each year, approximately 50 Mount Union students travel abroad to study another culture first hand. Currently, the Office of International Programs offers 37 international programs in 24 different countries.

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