When Michael Hixon enrolled in the full-time MBA program at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan last fall, he was like the rest of his classmates in many ways: University. But one main thing differentiated Hixom from his classmates: he was an Olympic medalist.
Today, the 27-year-old is a twice Olympic medalist, fresh from a silver medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Hixon, an award-winning diver from Amherst, Mass., Won his first silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 in the men’s three-meter synchronized springboard event with teammate Sam Dorman. Last week, Hixon and his new teammate Andrew Capobianco won the silver medal in the same event in Tokyo.
Hixon isn’t the only current or former MBA student to compete in this year’s Olympics. Below is a list of other MBAs participating in this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
THE BIG SIZE OF OLYMPIC MBA ATHLETES IN AUSTRALIA
Jess Fox and Alyce Wood lead a group of Australian Olympians who also hold MBAs. Fox and Wood are currently working on their MBA at Griffith University in Queensland. After winning a silver medal at just 18 in the K-1 canoe slalom event at the 2012 London Olympics, Fox repeated with a bronze medal in the same event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But this year Fox made history by winning the first-ever gold in the C-1 canoe-slalom event.
Fox teammate and Griffith MBA program member Wood competes in her second Olympics, after competing in the K-2,500-meter canoe event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Meanwhile, Bond University MBA student Alexander Graham entered Australia’s highly talented men’s swim team for his first Olympic appearance this year. Graham won two bronze medals in Tokyo in the 4 × 100 and 4 × 200 freestyle relays.
I still can’t believe it pic.twitter.com/hXvz6eNyAY
– Jess Fox OLY (@jessfoxcanoe) July 30, 2021
CANADA’S THREE OLYMPIAN MBAs
Australia is not the only country to have several MBA students participating in this year’s Olympics. Canada – and more specifically Queen’s University – has three MBA students competing in Tokyo. Like Australia and Griffith, Canada and Queens have a returning Olympic champion in Erica Wiebe. The 32-year-old wrestler enrolled in the EMBA Americas program in Queens won the gold medal in women’s 75 kilogram freestyle wrestling in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. At the time, Wiebe was Canada’s second gold medalist in women’s wrestling. Wiebe competed in the 76 kilogram freestyle this year, but lost in the opening laps.
If you ever get lost in the wilderness and need some help surviving, Melissa McCann would be great to have by your side. McCann, who is enrolled in the Queens Accelerated MBA program, competes in the modern pentathlon event, which includes fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting and distance running. The 31-year-old is competing in her third Olympics and placed 11th in the event in 2012 and 15th in 2016. She is essentially Katniss Everdeen of The hunger Games in real life.
She who dares – wins.
I dared a lot and I am proud of it.
I am sorry that I cannot start Canada again, but I am eternally grateful for wearing the maple leaf and for everyone who has been a part of this journey. pic.twitter.com/jnut3Ms2yP
– Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) August 1, 2021
STANFORD INCOMING OLYMPIC MEDAL
When Jeff Butler enrolls in the full-time MBA program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business this fall, it will be like Michigan’s Hixon: Butler is already part of the elite Olympic medalist club after landing a medal of silver in wheelchair rugby at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Janeiro. Butler hopes to repeat another medal this year in Tokyo in the same event. The 31-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will register at Palo Alto shortly after returning from Tokyo.
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