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Nitra Rucker Named to New DE&I Position at USOPC

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has hired a director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Nitra Rucker, who began her position October 26, will be responsible for leading, developing and executing diversity and inclusion strategies for the USOPC and the broader U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. In the new position, Rucker will also lead […]

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USOPC Recognizing Olympic & Paralympic Day

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will recognize June 23 as Olympic & Paralympic Day presented by Toyota—the first time the Paralympic community in the United States will be highlighted at the event—with participation expected from athletes, national governing bodies and community groups. Known worldwide as Olympic Day, the day celebrates fitness, well-being, sport […]

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Olympic Sport Guidelines Trials
Sports such as wrestling that have more contact between participants may have a more difficult time preparing for events, although U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials say it can be done. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP Images

USOPC Issues Sports-Event Management Guidelines

Screening attendees at entrances—including temperature checks—for signs of COVID-19. Athletes tested for the disease twice over 48 hours before being allowed to participate. Allowing for social distancing, including separation of seats and complete separation of athletes and spectators. Those are some of the guidelines recommended in a comprehensive event planning guide from the chief medical […]

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The U.S. Olympic team marches into Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City on February 8, 2002. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

Salt Lake City Organizes Olympic Bid Committee

Having hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games once before, Salt Lake City and the state of Utah have formed a joint committee “in preparation for a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.” Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall jointly named members to the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games. […]

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2019 Team USA Awards – Show
Wrestling star Jordan Burroughs speaks during the 2019 Team USA Awards at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 19, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

USOPC Celebrates 2019, Turns to 2020 Preparations

The designation was one letter, but its meaning continued to resonate throughout the 2019 Team USA Awards held recently in Burbank, California. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s name change to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, made over the summer, continues to be recognized by all the athletes and dignitaries who were on hand. “It’s incredible, […]

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USOPC Hires New Chief of Athlete Services

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has hired Bahati VanPelt as its chief of athlete services. Reporting to CEO Sarah Hirshland, VanPelt will lead a division committed to advancing the support and resources available to Team USA athletes off the field of play. “With a role this important, it was critical that we found […]

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USOPC Assembly
USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland addresses the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly on Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Gewirtz)

USOPC Leaders Address Abuse of Athletes

In addresses to the members of the Olympic and Paralympic movement, leaders of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee said the organization has changed as a result of recent scandals involving abuse of athletes and that there needs to be more trust moving forward between athletes and the administrators overseeing the sports that they represent. […]

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Miraitowa is one of two
Miraitowa is one of two robots that will greet visitors with hand shakes and waives during the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Photo: Toyota Motor Corp.

Tokyo Olympics Prepare with One Year to Go

With one year to go until the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, the local organizing committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee are recognizing the date and stepping up efforts to build publicity around the event. In Tokyo, where the opening ceremony will take place July 24, 2020, organizers have released […]

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