The Olympic torch will be lit this year in London, and students spending their summer on West Virginia University’s campus have an opportunity to get in on the fun by participating in the first-ever Mountaineer Olympics on July 31.

The competitions will be hosted at the Mountainlair Ballrooms starting at 4 p.m. and include volleyball, basketball, badminton, archery, ping pong, baseball and a decathlon obstacle course. The Mountaineer Mascot will make an appearance, and the U92 radio station will broadcast from the plaza. The event was originally scheduled to take place on the Mountainlair Plaza.

The top overall winning team of five students will win a $500 prize donated by Coca-Cola. Also, medals in gold, silver and bronze will be awarded to the student winners of the competitions, and a Coke Float Social will be held at 6 p.m.

To sign up a team, email Sonja Wilson, senior programming administrator for the Mountainlair at by July 24. There is not a fee to participate, however the teams must be comprised of students in order to win.

To kick off the Mountaineer Olympic events, a watch party for the official Olympic Opening Ceremony will take place on July 27 in the Gluck Theater, located within the Mountainlair. Specialty food items from around the world will be served including eggrolls, nachos and cheese, hot dogs and more. There will also be popcorn and soda served outside of the theater.

Wilson said she hopes the international students in attendance sign in to represent their respective countries at the watch party.

“We wanted to provide some opportunities for our students since we have not done this before in the summer, and with the Olympics going on this year, we felt this is a fun way to get all of our students involved in an activity that will unite them all together,” Wilson said.

Sponsors for the Mountaineer Olympics include the Mountainlair and Coca-Cola.

For more information, contact Sonja Wilson by phone at 304-293-2702 or by email at



CONTACT: Sonja Wilson, Mountainlair

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