USOC BOD Meets By Phone, Does Not Discuss Future Olympic Bid
The USOC BOD today met by phone but did not have a chance to discuss the organization's plans for a future Olympic bid. USOC Chair Larry Probst said, "We are committed to scheduling a second meeting hopefully the early part of next week to get into that discussion." The organization's leadership today was expected to seek board approval for the creation of a task force that would evaluate whether to bid for a future Winter or Summer Olympics. Probst said that discussion will take place next week, after today's meeting was shortened due to wildfires in and around Colorado Springs.
Approximately 40 of the USOC's 200 employees have been evacuated but the organization's offices and Olympic training center have not been affected. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the evacuations, so close to the London Games, may impact the organization's staffing plans. Blackmun: "My hope is that we have less than three people whose homes are lost as a result of these fires. For those people who are evacuated and haven't lost their homes, a lot will depend on when they can get back in their homes. We hope we can get some stability in these fires in the next week or so. If we approach London and people aren't back in their homes yet, that's when we'll have to say, 'Who can we send to London in lieu of this person?'"
Blackmun added that the fires will not affect members of Team USA because they are largely finished training in Colorado Springs.