Apr 6, 2015
China formally announced its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in January 2015. Dr. Susan Brownell, Renowned authority of Chinese sports and the Olympics, discusses China’s Olympic aspirations, prospects for the 2022 bid and her experiences participating in and studying Chinese sports.
Dr. Brownell is a professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and currently a visiting professor at the Institute of Sinology, Heidelberg University (Germany), is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese sports and the Olympic Games.
Dr. Brownell was a nationally-ranked track and field athlete in the United States before she joined the track team at Beijing University in 1985-86 while she was there for a year of Chinese language study. She represented Beijing in the 1986 Chinese National College Games and set a national record in the heptathlon.
Based on her experience with the team, as well as on extensive field research, Dr. Brownell wrote Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic (University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Dr. Brownell was a member of the team of academic experts that worked with the Beijing municipal government to design the 2008 Olympic educational programs in Beijing schools and universities and was an expert commentator for China Central Television during the Games.
The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading nonprofit nonpartisan organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries.