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THE OTHER ELECTION: USOC ELECTIONS CONSIDERED CLOSE

     For the first time, the election of the USOC president will
be contested, according to Mike Dodd of USA TODAY.  The
presidential race marks the "most bitter public split in the
organization's history and spotlights the lingering cloud over
the nomination process."  The candidates include Bill Hybl, an
interim president in '91-92 and the nominee of the USOC
nominating committee, and Michael Lenard, a USOC VP and the first
to run against the nominating committee's candidate for
president.  Hybl "welcomes" the competition, noting, "I think it
moves the USOC to a new plateau of being inclusive and more
democratic, rather than have a slate everyone votes for."  The
controversy of Hybl's nomination stems from grants his El Pomar
Foundation offered two members of the nominating committee (USA
TODAY, 10/8).  The vote is October 27 in Indianapolis, and
according to Mike Spence in Colorado, "some USOC observers are
predicting a complete repudiation of the organization's
nominating process" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, 10/6).
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