Christine Lee, Irving Reporter
The "Road to London" Olympic tour stopped in Irving to highlight what training athletes have to go through.
DeVry University is bringing the Olympic experience to six of its campuses across the country.
The school, the official education provider to Team USA, launched its Road to London tour at its Irving campus on Friday.
DeVry has teamed up with almost 50 Olympic student-athletes, including short track speed skater Jordan Malone, who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
"Academics is another way -- just like sports -- where if you just set your mind to it, you can do anything," he said.
Malone, an aspiring electrical engineer, said training full-time for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, makes it difficult to study.
DeVry is working with the Olympic student athletes' schedule to make sure they can continue to get a higher education.
"Many of Olympic athletes want to pursue their educational career pursuits while preparing for the Olympics, so we offer them the flexibility to do both," DeVry spokeswoman Emily Smith.
On Friday, the Irving campus' parking lot transformed into a place where people could test out their Olympic skills. Seven stations, each with a different activity for visitors to tackle, were set up.
"This event really gives people a chance to test their strength, their speed, their agility, their Paralympic skills," Smith said. "It brings the Olympics to the community."
Malone said he hoped participants realized how much hard work goes into becoming an Olympic athlete. He also said he hoped it would inspire them to put in the same amount of effort into pursuing a higher education.
The Road to London tour heads next to Atlanta. It will also make stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Phoenix.