OWU grad to accompany Olympic flag-bearer

By Gary Budzak

February 6, 2014

There is a Delaware tie to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia – an Ohio Wesleyan University alumnus will be accompanying the United States flag-bearer during the opening ceremonies on Feb. 7.

Sports psychologist Richard Gordin will accompany six-time Nordic combined skier Olympian Todd Lodwick. Nordic combined is an event that consists of cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

“Paula Gordin says Lodwick requested that her son be part of the opening ceremonies, agreeing to carry the flag only if his coach could join him in the front row,” OWU spokesman Cole E. Hatcher told The Gazette in an email.

Gordin, OWU class of 1973, grew up in Delaware and graduated from Hayes High School in 1969. He also has degrees from Ohio State University and the University of Utah. Gordin is a professor at Utah State University, and has been a sports psychology consultant for the USA Women’s Gymnastics and Track and Field teams during the Olympics, as well as professional golfers.

In a 2004 article of The Herald Journal in Logan, Utah, Gordin said he prefers to be called a mental coach. “I help people to think well under pressure so they can perform well under high pressure, and let’s face it, the Olympics is high pressure,” Gordin is quoted as saying.

The opening ceremonies are scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 7, on NBC. The Nordic combined events are scheduled to take place Feb. 12, Feb. 18 and Feb. 20. The Olympics conclude Feb. 23.