News from the United States Of America National Olympic Committee

01 Feb 2021

01 February 2021

On 1 January, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) added six new members to its Board of Directors, elevating athlete representation to nine with Olympic or Paralympic ties, and furthering its commitment to diversity with greater female and minority voices. The new directors include: Gordon Crawford, US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation representative; Muffy Davis, IPC representative; Donna de Varona, athlete at-large representative; John Naber, athlete at-large representative; Dexter Paine, National Governing Bodies Council representative; and Daria Schneider, Athletes’ Advisory Council representative. The USOPC also recognises outgoing board members Robbie Bach, Bill Marolt and Whitney Ping for their steadying voices and commitment to bettering the movements. Full details about the USOPC Board of Directors here.

30 November 2020

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced that Panam Sports has upgraded boxer Naomi Graham and karate athlete Kamran Madani to gold medals, and open water swimmer Taylor Abbott to the silver medal, for their performances at the Pan-American Games Lima 2019. The medal reallocations are a result of three athletes receiving disqualification rulings for doping offences and having their medal wins revoked. The medals were presented to the athletes during a virtual medal ceremony on 18 November hosted by USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland, USOPC President Susanne Lyons and Panam Sports President Neven Ilic, with national governing body representatives, coaches, teammates, family members and friends. Full details here.

23 November 2020

On 17 November, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) shared details of the new Team USA Athlete Marketing Platform (AMP) pilot programme, a first-of-its-kind digital marketplace that expands athlete sponsorship and marketing opportunities. Created in cooperation with the Athletes’ Advisory Council and National Governing Bodies Council, AMP is an opt-in programme that connects Team USA sponsors and licensees directly with athletes, providing incremental revenue opportunities and marketing exposure for Team USA athletes. Read more about the programme here and read Olympic silver medallist Chris Mazdzer’s reaction here.

16 November 2020

The US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has announced that the LA84 Foundation recently awarded USD 1.3 million in grants to help youth sports organisations (details here). The LA84 Foundation was created with a share of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984 surplus and began operations in 1985 as a grant-making and educational foundation. The Foundation has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organisations through grant-making, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. For more information about the LA84 Foundation, click here.

30 October 2020

In partnership with the Athletes’ Advisory Council and national governing bodies, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has announced that more than USD 1.4 million was raised for the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund by the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, giving 1,220 US athletes a supplemental one-time stipend of USD 1,163. The fund was established in July to assist athletes who have incurred financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. For more information, click here.

25 September 2020

On 28 August, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), Athletes’ Advisory Council, National Governing Bodies and the US Olympians and Paralympians Association convened the 44 members comprising the Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice. The athlete-led council, formed to address the rules and systems in the US Olympic and Paralympic movements that create barriers to progress, is committed to working collaboratively to provide solutions and recommendations with the aim of eradicating social injustice and cultivating change through strengthened athlete voices. Full details here. In addition, the USOPC has announced the commitment of the first Mental Health Ambassadors to provide philanthropic funding to the organisation in order to advance its support of mental health programming for Team USA athletes. The ambassadors, Yucca and Gary Rieschel, have pledged to support the mental well-being of US Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls with a gift of USD 1.5 million to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, the USOPC’s non-profit arm. The gift also establishes a new Mental Health Fund, which will supplement important funding for USOPC mental health offerings. Full details here.

18 March 2019

USA Cycling

Cyclist Kelly Catlin (photo), America’s three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, has died in California at the age of 23. She won three consecutive team pursuit world titles, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, plus a silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and two individual pursuit bronze medals at the World Championships in 2017 and 2018. More details here on the US Olympic Committee website.

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