Jayhawks in Rio: Michael Cain

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Michael Cain has put his two degrees from KU to use helping Team USA get to Rio.

Cain, j’98, l’01, was a KU track and field student-athlete as an undergraduate but realized his speed might not be enough to take him to the Olympics. After arming himself with a degree from the KU School of Law, he set his sights on a volunteer opportunity at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002. Soon after, opportunity knocked with USA Track & Field, which took him to back to the Olympic Games at Athens in 2004. Working as part of the Team USA Track and Field delegation, he had the opportunity to march in the Opening Ceremonies, bumping into Team USA basketball coach and fellow Jayhawk, Larry Brown. He shared the memorable exchange with KU Law Magazine in this 2012 profile.

After his stint with USA Track & Field, Cain joined the Walt Disney Company, managing sports events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. He also was able to put his broadcast journalism skills to work for ESPN3 and others, providing lead commentary, sideline reporting and emceeing for a variety of sports events, including the Pop Warner Super Bowl, spring training baseball, MLS soccer and multiple track and field events. He often returned to Lawrence to volunteer at the Kansas Relays, broadcasting interviews with Olympians competing at the Relays.

Today, Cain is director of business development for the Olympic Training Centers. Based in Colorado Springs at the US Olympic Committee headquarters, Cain still manages to employ his broadcast background, hosting a web series that takes viewers inside the OTC. Admittedly, the gig isn’t always fun and games. Cain frequently takes a beating for his craft at the hands of Olympians like Team USA super heavyweight boxer Marlo Moore, taekwondo champion Steven Lopez and Paralympic Judo bronze medalist Dartanyan Crockett (episodes below, plus more at youtube.com/teamusa). Look for Mike broadcasting online during the Olympics, and join us in celebrating our #JayhawksinRio!

Watch Michael Cain host Team USA at the OTC

Episode 4: Take a look at the special collections room at the United States Olympic archives

Episode 5: Step into the ring with Team USA super heavyweight boxer Marlo Moore

Episode 8: Paralympic judo bronze medalist Dartanyon Crockett shows what his sport is all about


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