Where Are They Now: Christa Mann
By Charlie Taylor
Christa Mann (B.A. ’08) was hard at work behind the scenes for every Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal earned by Team USA in the Summer Olympics in London.
As a coordinator in marketing communications with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., the former GSU soccer star had her sleeves rolled up promoting U.S. Olympic hopefuls and nominees.
“These are the greatest athletes in the world, so it’s hard to put into words what it means to contribute to a small part of their dreams,” Mann said of her role with the USOC. “This is such a special opportunity for me because I can still combine my love for sport and media while supporting so many accomplished, world-class athletes.”
One of the strengths needed on the USOC staff is being able to wear many different hats. Mann, with three years providing marketing and communications efforts with the Atlanta Beat professional soccer team, fit right in. She also worked as an on-air analyst for women’s college soccer, and interned at WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Her background also includes internships at Turner Sports and with the Atlanta Falcons.
Mann started every game in her Georgia State career and served as a team captain for two seasons. After graduating with her degree in journalism, she went on to play a year of professional soccer in Iceland.
“I think I pinch myself every day when I realize what I am doing,” Mann said. “I feel like working at the USOC in communications is where I am supposed to be. I really just get to be myself and relate with a lot of people who have had similar athletic pasts.”