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USOPC Says Kneeling, Other Protest Acts During Anthem at Olympic Trials are OK

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will allow athletes to do acts of demonstration against racial and social injustice at the U.S. team trials, including acts such as kneeling on the podium or raising a fist just as Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously did at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games. Developed and finalized […]

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The 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships were staged at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Photo: Joe Farina/ESPN Images

USOPC Announces First Priorities For College Sports Sustainability Think Tank

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced that its College Sports Sustainability Think Tank will focus on sustainability, sport structure and vertical partnerships in working to grow collegiate sports in a way that can develop athletes into future Olympians and Paralympians. Among the suggestions are ways for national governing bodies to partner with NCAA […]

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Baaron Pittenger, Former USOC Executive Director, Dies

Baaron Pittenger, a former United States Olympic Committee leader who played an influential role during the organization’s move to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and later rose to become executive director on two separate occasions, died on January 15 at the age of 95. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Pittenger worked as a reporter in Pennsylvania and […]

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USOPC Veteran Chris Snyder Named VP of Operations for i9 Sports

Chris Snyder, who led the Coaching Education Department at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, will be the new vice president of operations for i9 Sports, a youth organization. Snyder will oversee the franchise system’s operational processes, sports programming and coaching resources. Snyder also led the American Development Model program for the USOPC, which […]

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Expands Board Structure, Adds Six Directors

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee has announced the addition of six members to its board of directors within a newly constituted board structure that elevates athlete representation. The changes include the addition of two new athlete at-large positions, which increase elected athlete representation to five. The total representation of athletes on the board will […]

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Hammer thrower Gwen Berry was one of two U.S. athletes disciplined by the USOPC for podium protests at the 2019 Pan Am Games. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

USOPC Will Not Discipline Athletes Who Protest on Podium

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will not discipline athletes who make peaceful demonstrations, including those made on medal podiums, and has requested the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee end the prohibition of peaceful demonstrations by team members at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The move — a shift from the USOPC’s historic […]

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USOPC Introduces Marketing Platform for Team USA Athletes

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will start a Team USA Athlete Marketing Platform pilot program, a first-of-its-kind digital marketplace that expands athlete sponsorship and marketing opportunities. Part of the program involves connecting Team USA sponsors and licensees directly with athletes. The platform’s aim will be to provide incremental revenue opportunities and marketing exposure […]

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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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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation Raises More Than $1.4 Million for COVID Athlete Assistance Fund

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has helped raise $1.4 million for the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund in partnership with the Athletics Advisory Council and National Governing Bodies, giving more than 1,200 athletes a supplemental one-time stipend of $1,163. The fund was established in July to assist athletes who have incurred financial hardship as […]

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Pat Kelleher Elected Chair of NGB Council

USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher has been elected to a four-year term as the chair of the National Governing Bodies Council, made up of chief executives of the national governing bodies and Paralympic sports organizations affiliated with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The NGB Council represents the consensus views of the NGBs and […]

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