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Tar Heels take Rio

Courtesy of UNC Athletics

Courtesy of UNC Athletics

All eyes are on Brazil as the world’s best athletes compete for Olympic glory. Seventeen Tar Heels representing four countries are competing in Rio, including UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Rachel Dawson (field hockey), Harrison Barnes (basketball) and Meghan Klingenberg (women’s soccer).

But the Carolina connections don’t stop there. Here’s a look at some of our favorite Rio-related stories.


On the world’s biggest stage, teamwork makes the dream work.

Rachel Dawson - USA Field Hockey - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Rachel Dawson (BSBA ’07). Photo by Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletics

Three-time Olympian Rachel Dawson (BSBA ’07) on the essentials for building an all-star team.  Read more >>>


And the beat goes on…

Members of the Patota do Galo percussion band perform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School - STAR Global project

Members of the Patota do Galo percussion band perform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: Alex Pritts)

Rio percussion band Patota do Galo plays on thanks to a sustainable business model developed by UNC Kenan-Flagler students via our STAR Global project. Read more >>>


When faced with adversity, just keep swimming.

With 11 national titles, Sue Walsh (BSBA ’84) is one of the most decorated athletes in Carolina history – and while her Olympic dreams didn’t turn out as she’d hoped, they did teach her some invaluable lessons about overcoming adversity.  Read more >>>


There’s more than medals at stake in Rio.

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Millions will be watching to see how well the athletes – and the host country – perform during the Olympics. If Rio does well, the halo effect could benefit Brazilian firms competing in global markets, says marketing professor J.B. Steenkamp.  Read more >>>