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USOC Narrows CEO Search To Chuck Wielgus, Scott Blackmun

USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus and former USOC General Counsel and acting CEO Scott Blackmun "are the two remaining candidates for the USOC's CEO position," according to sources cited by Philip Hersh of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The USOC BOD will select the new CEO "in early January," and is expected to announce a decision next week. Wielgus has run USA Swimming "during one of the most successful periods in the sport's history." Blackmun previously "held several positions" with the USOC before becoming COO of AEG and then ultimately returning as a Partner to Colorado-based law firm Holme Roberts & Owens. A USOC search committee interviewed the six finalists December 15-16, and sources indicated that "four were eliminated" after those meetings: former Padres CEO Sandy Alderson; USOC COO Norm Bellingham; Jet Set Sports President Mark Lewis; and TD Ameritrade Chair Joe Moglia (, 12/30). USOC Acting Chief Communications Officer Patrick Sandusky declined to comment on the search, saying, "It's sort of the same timeframe. We're looking at having somebody in place in January." Former USOC CEO Jim Scherr said both Blackmun and Wielgus are "well-respected in the Olympic family, very knowledgeable about the Olympic movement." NGB Council Chair Skip Gilbert "is backing Wielgus." Gilbert: "He has earned the respect of the various constituent groups of the Olympic movement. It’s not where he’s coming from. It’s what he did when he was there" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 12/31).

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