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October 8, 2009 | David Wharton, Staff And Wire Reports
Six months of shaky decisions and turmoil came to a head for the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday when its acting chief executive said she would step down, bringing more chaos to an organization that was humiliated when Chicago's bid to stage the 2016 Games fell flat. Stephanie Streeter said that she would not seek the USOC's chief executive job on a permanent basis, and that she would leave in the next five months. The decision came only five days after Chicago's humbling, first-round exit in a vote by International Olympic Committee members, who ultimately picked Rio de Janeiro.
April 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Speaking to reporters after a board of directors meeting in Los Angeles on Tuesday, U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said they are in the process of meeting with fewer than 10 American cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The informal discussions will help them decide on two or three domestic finalists. Once the field is narrowed, the USOC will then choose a bid representative -- or choose not to bid at all. "Our goal is to make a decision by the end of the year," said Scott Blackmun, the USOC's chief executive, adding that the current talks have focused on "which cities do we think can put together a bid that is going to be a fantastic bid. " The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games has been working on details for bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.
March 22, 1985 | Associated Press
Robert H. Helmick, a lawyer from Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday formally was named president of the United States Olympic Committee, succeeding the late John B. Kelly Jr. Helmick, 48, had been first vice president of the committee and had served as its president since Kelly died of a heart attack while jogging March 2 after holding the post just three weeks.
January 27, 2014 | By David Wharton
California leads all states with 20 athletes on the U.S. Olympic team headed for the 2014 Sochi Games next month. The U.S. Olympic Committee finalized its roster on Monday, officially naming 230 athletes -- the largest delegation of any nation in the history of the Winter Games. That includes 125 men and 105 women, featuring slightly more than 100 returning Olympians. The Americans won the overall medal count with a total of 37 in Vancouver four years ago. "This year's team is an exceptional blend of youth and experience," said Alan Ashley, the U.S. chef de mission and USOC chief of sport performance.
June 1, 1992 | Associated Press
Robert J. Kane, a former president of the U.S. Olympic Committee and dean emeritus of health and physical education at Cornell University, died Sunday of heart and respiratory failure. He was 81. Kane headed the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1977 through 1981. He helped organize the first U.S. Olympic Festival, at Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1978.
April 28, 2003 | SOCCER
How kind of the United States Olympic Committee to suggest the other day that it wants to help Iraq get back on its feet. One would have thought -- what with its drug scandals (see Carl Lewis et al) and its bribery scandals (see Salt Lake City et al) -- that the USOC might have wanted to pay attention to its own house before helping others, but no. Given its beneficent intentions, perhaps the USOC can do something about Israel too.
February 10, 1985 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
John B. Kelly, Jr., brother of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, was elected president of the U.S. Olympic Committee Saturday and expressed hopes of fielding "the greatest American Olympic team ever" at the 1988 Seoul Games. Kelly, 57, an Olympic bronze medalist in rowing in 1956 at Melbourne, warned in an inaugural speech beginning his four-year term that in the wake of the Los Angeles Olympics: "We have had massive retirements of some top athletes and we have a big rebuilding job to do."
December 4, 2000
Longtime Ventura resident Bobby Dale Pierce died Friday following a lengthy illness. He was 62. Pierce was born Sept. 22, 1938, in Marietta, Okla., and lived in Ventura County for 46 years. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a truck driver for 20 years. He enjoyed singing, taking walks and collecting John Wayne memorabilia. Pierce is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Ventura; three daughters, Loretta Smith of Oxnard, Barbara Corripio of Port Hueneme and Michelle Pierce of Texas; a stepson, Don Ray Boyd of Kansas, and a stepdaughter, Cindy Dekens of Nevada; three brothers, Ronnie, Lonnie and Charles Pierce; and nine grandchildren.
May 17, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The current head of the International Olympic Committee's medical commission, acting as part of worldwide track and field's executive council in a meeting at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, declared that the U.S. Olympic Committee had properly cleared Carl Lewis and others after investigating elevated findings at tests earlier that year, the minutes of that meeting reveal.
July 13, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Michelle Kwan was a 13-year-old whose parents were trying to scrape up money for her skating when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner stepped up to the plate. Kwan, who became the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, never would meet Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80. But she still has the "wicked cool" Yankees jacket Steinbrenner sent in response to her thank-you letter for his $10,000 contribution to her funding in the fall of 1993. "He was like an angel to come and help us," Kwan said Tuesday.
December 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
The U.S. Olympic Committee has heavily promoted its red, white and blue "Go USA" mittens, hoping for a patriotic marketing success in advance of the 2014 Sochi Games. The trouble is, the mittens are made in China. This news comes on the heels of a controversy at the 2012 London Olympics, where it was discovered that portions of the Americans' clothing was made overseas. A USOC spokesman told the Associated Press that the mittens worn by athletes in the Sochi opening ceremony will be domestically produced.
October 1, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
PARK CITY, Utah - The Team USA Media Summit has featured lots of optimistic talk about the medal prospects for U.S. athletes at the Sochi Olympics in February, and with good reason. Based on their performances in recent international events, U.S. athletes in a wide range of disciplines should be represented on the medal stand. But getting an estimated medal count from U.S. Olympic Committee executives seemed as difficult Tuesday as going down the track in a bobsled, landing a quadruple toe loop jump in figure skating, or pulling off a switch-double-corkscrew maneuver in snowboarding.
September 30, 2013 | By David Wharton
Figure skating has a history of gay and lesbian athletes and coaches, so it was no surprise when skaters at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Park City, Utah, were asked about Russia's new anti-gay legislation. "I'm so nervous to even talk about this," said Ashley Wagner, who said she has gay friends and family. "For me, [the law] is not something I personally agree with. " Other skaters were more cautious at a Monday morning news conference, saying only that they supported a USOC statement that encouraged American athletes to comply with the legislation but also characterized it as inconsistent with the Olympic movement.
April 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Like a runner who falls face first before leaving the starting blocks, the idea of a joint San Diego-Tijuana bid for the 2024 Olympics may be an instant loser. According to the Associated Press, Christopher Sullivan, the U.S. Olympic Committee's chief of protocol and bids, called a liaison with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner on Tuesday to say the International Olympic Committee charter does not allow for bordering countries to host Summer Games, said USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky.
March 7, 2013 | By David Wharton
The city of Los Angeles - which knows something about "three-peats" - has notified Olympic officials that it wants to host yet another Summer Games. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee confirming that civic, business and community leaders have lined up to express their "enthusiastic interest" in bidding for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. That would bring the sporting world's grandest event back to the site where it took place in 1932 and 1984.
July 13, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Hang on to your tweed beret -- it appears future Team USA uniforms will be made stateside. At least that's what clothing designer Ralph Lauren promised Friday following a patriotic dust-up in recent days regarding the Chinese origin of the uniforms American athletes will be wearing during opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic Committee says it's too late to swap out uniforms made in China for American ones for the London Games, but Ralph Lauren says American athletes will be wearing "Made in the USA" labels when they arrive in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
September 10, 1988
The USOC was on the right side for a change in banning Angel Myers from competing for the United States in the Seoul Games. It took integrity on the part of the USOC to disqualify Myers, a U.S. record-holder. Myers knew the list of banned substances. She paid the price. The other athletes who tested clean rightfully belong on the team. ALBERT SCHOENFIELD Rancho Palos Verdes
October 16, 2009 | Jeremy Gorner
The Olympics movement has passed over Chicago, but it has left a lasting and unpleasant mark on George Tsoukas' business. He has owned a butcher shop here for about 40 years. But a year or two ago, Olympic Meat Packers Inc. had to be renamed Olympia Meat Packers Inc. because federal law gives the U.S. Olympic Committee a trademark on the word "Olympic." Tsoukas, whose family is Greek, says he sometimes forgets and answers the phone with the old name. "My customers, they hang up on me and they think it's a different business," he says.
May 24, 2012 | By Philip Hersh
When historians of such things seek the moment the U.S. Olympic Committee found a way to forge the agreement Thursday that put the U.S. back in the game as a potential Olympic Games host, they need look no further than Oct. 7, 2009. It was five days after Chicago had suffered a humiliating first-round loss in the International Olympic Committee vote for host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. There quickly followed calls for heads in the USOC leadership to roll. It was the day USOC Chairman Larry Probst got so angry about being called out by some of his constituents, including athletes and the heads of the national sports federations, that he vowed to show them.
May 16, 2012 | By David Wharton
DALLAS -- Rarely do the Olympics, javelinas and chewing tobacco wind up in the same story. But then, rarely do the Olympics encounter someone like Brady Ellison. The young man tugs a faded cap down over curls of blond hair and explains that, if it weren't for a steady hand and a sharp eye, he might still be hunting hogs on the ranch. "I'm a country boy at heart," he says. For now, his singular talents have led him in a different direction: Ellison heads into summer as the world's top-ranked archer and a good bet to win gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
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