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THE OTHER ELECTION: USOC ELECTIONS CONSIDERED CLOSE
Published October 8, 1996
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).