Barbara (Bedker) Meyer ’86, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate and member of the women's tennis team from 1982-84, participated in her fourth Olympic Winter Games as a sport psychology consultant in February 2014.
Since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, she has provided service to a variety of Olympians, including freestyle skiers and men’s ice hockey players from such countries as Australia, Canada and the U.S. During this time, the athletes with whom Barbara consulted achieved six medal performances — two gold, two silver and two bronze — and two fourth-place finishes. Her preparations for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are already underway.
Barbara, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University, is a professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence at UW-Milwaukee.
She credits the strong liberal arts education obtained at UW-Eau Claire and engaged faculty across campus for providing the foundation necessary to be successful at Michigan State, one of the top graduate schools in her field. Now that she is selecting and advising her own graduate students, Barbara reports that she gives a second look to applicants from UW-Eau Claire “who impress with strong academic preparation, innate curiosity and exemplary work ethic.”