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Jean-Claude Killy, chief Sochi coordinator, retires from the IOC

March 28, 2014|By David Wharton
  • IOC member Jean-Claude Killy announced his resignation from the committee on Friday.
IOC member Jean-Claude Killy announced his resignation from the committee… (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty…)

Alpine skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee just weeks after finishing his work as the chief coordinator for the Sochi Games.

In a statement released by the IOC on Friday, officials the 70-year-old Killy had informed them of his plans some months ago.

"Jean-Claude was a great ambassador of the Olympic ideals and I thank him for his many years of excellent service to the Olympic Movement,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Killy won three gold medals at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games and was a three-time world champion during the late 1960s.

After his athletic career ended, the Frenchman joined the IOC in 1995 and served in numerous roles. Most recently, he was chairman of the coordination commission for Sochi and the 2006 Turin Games.

When the IOC meets in Monaco later this year, Bach will propose that Killy be made an honorary member.

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