Rio 2016 Olympian and Team USA cyclist, Mara Abbott, to speak at the AISTS Graduation Ceremony in February

Rio 2016 Olympian, Mara Abbott (USA), has been confirmed as the key note speaker for the upcoming 14th annual AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology graduation ceremony.  With exactly two months to go, the ceremony once again will be held at the Olympic Museum on the evening of the 9th of February, 2017.  

Mara Abbott has been a professional cyclist for the past 10 years, most recently representing the United States of America at the Rio Olympic Games.  During her 10-year career, Mara has enjoyed overall cycling victories at the Giro Rosa in 2010 and 2013, the Tour of the Gila, Vuelta a El Salvador, Redlands Bicycle Classic, and twice won the US national road title.  Her most famous, and final race, was at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this year.  The 136.9km road race had everything from rain, cobbles, wind, mountains and technical descents to edge of your seat action. Mara found herself with a 38 second lead after the first placed Dutch rider crashed badly on a decent, however the three medallists teamed up to overtake Mara in the final stretch of the race and she missed out on getting a medal by 4 seconds.  It really was a nail-biter.  

Picture courtesy of Wall Street Journal 

Mara recently was a speaker at the TEDx Boulder: Discovery and Wonder event a few months ago where she shared very openly about her experience at Rio.  We are all really looking forward to hearing from her in February at the Olympic Museum.  

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th of February, 2017 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.  At last year's ceremony the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr Thomas Bach, announced that the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration as the most challenging sports management programme.  This year’s MAS class of 41 participants have come from 26 different nationalities and include a Commonwealth Games triple jump silver medallist, a Baku European Games karate finalist, as well as a professional water skier who earned a bronze medal at the latest World Championships and a member of the USA Swim Team.  As a group they have contributed to sport through numerous projects including raising a substantial amount of money for the Netball Foundation’s 'Confident Girls' campaign, volunteering in Rio with the World Olympians Association and contributing locally at the Lausanne FIBA 3x3 World Tour.  

The annual AISTS graduation ceremony is always a prestigious event to celebrate the success of each class member.  Previous speakers at the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Graduation include Former VP of NIKE Access to Sport, Lisa McCallum Carter, Google’s User Experience Lead for Social Good, Peter Jin Hong, as well as South African Olympic and Paralympic Swimmer, Ms Natalie du Toit. 

2015 Graduate Wilson Kipketer, Olympian and Champion of Peace. 

Media representatives and journalists will have the opportunity to attend the upcoming AISTS MAS in Sport Administration graduation ceremony. For more information, please contact the AISTS Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Ms Liz Fulton on +41 (0)21 353 03 92 or at

About AISTS – Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology

Since 2003, the AISTS has graduated close to 400 sports managers, representing over 100 countries from all continents. The attractiveness of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme lies in its unique and multidisciplinary approach, which integrates knowledge from the fields of management and economics, technology, law, sociology, and medicine. The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is co-signed by the EPFL, the University of Geneva and University of Lausanne.

Based in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, the programme is taught by over 140 world-class experts from the sports industry, and academics.

The majority of graduates pursue careers with national or international sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, national and international sports federations, and sport businesses.


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