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Patrick Sandusky, U.S. Olympic Committee

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PATRICK SANDUSKY

U.S. Olympic Committee
Chief external affairs officer

Sandusky doesn’t just decide what Team USA tells the media. He decides what Team USA says to the world. A close confidant of CEO Scott Blackmun for nearly eight years, Sandusky has been a key strategist behind the U.S. Olympic Committee’s successful return to the good graces of the International Olympic Committee, paving the way for Los Angeles to win the 2028 Games. In a sign of Sandusky’s indispensability, Blackmun promoted him in 2015 to oversee international and governmental relations along with communications. International sports can be political quicksand, and the USOC has stayed mostly high and dry with Sandusky around.

— Ben Fischer