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USOPA Leadership: 2013-2016

Gary Hall, Sr. - President (Swimming: 1968, 1972-76)

In the 1976 Olympic Opening Ceremonies Gary Hall, Sr. was elected the American flag bearer for the United States Olympic Team. It was at Montreal and the third Olympic Games in which he was to medal. This Indiana University graduate held ten World Records, won 30 U.S. National titles and was the first swimmer under four minutes for the 400 individual medley. He won championships in three of four strokes and was the dominate world figure in the IM for a decade. He was the World Swimmer of the Year in 1969 and 1970. Gary was a claim to fame for the five great coaches who trained him at some time during his 14 years of competition. Hall's Olympic medals were in three different events and three successive Olympics

Carol Brown - Vice President (Rowing: 1976, 1980-84)

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1976, 1980, 1984 Olympic Teams – Rowing, Bronze Medal

Served USOC as Vice President of the AAC, Executive Board, Chair of Athlete Support Committee, Chair of the Sports Equipment and Technology Committee

Chair 2010 and 2011 USOC Assembly Committee

Assistant Chef de Mission – 1992 Pan American Games

Athlete Representative/Manager – 1988 Seoul Olympic Games

 Resides in Chicago with husband and son.

Joey Cheek - Vice President (Speedskating: 2002-06)

"Like many of you, there has been no experience in my life more definitive than being an Olympian.  Also, like many of you that I have spoken with, I have been consistently underwhelmed not only with the level of recognition and coverage of our sports when the Olympics are finished but also at the level of support for our Olympic Alumni.

As a newly elected officer of the United States Olympians Association I fervently believe that we as a group have great power to shift the focus and coverage of sports in our country.  There is likely no group in the United States more well-loved and trusted than Olympians and together our voice can impact the lives of young athletes as well as those whose competitive days have passed.

I’m inspired every day by Olympians and I’d be honored to take up the flag and represent the causes and ideals of Olympism.  I can think of no better place to start than by supporting the great athletes of the United States Olympian Association."

Dick Fosbury - Vice President (Track and Field: 1968)

Dick Fosbury served as President of the World Olympians Association from 2007-2011.  He has served as Vice President of the U.S. Olympians since 2005 and as Secretary General of the World Association of Olympic Winners from 1998-2003.  He is President of Galena Engineering, Inc, practicing Civil Engineering and Land Surveying in Ketchum, Idaho.

Micki King - Vice President (Diving: 1968, 1972)
   At the 1968 Olympic Games, Micki, an Air Force lieutenant, led all women divers with two dives to go. On her ninth of 10 dives, she hit the board breaking her left arm. She completed her last dive, but dropped from first to fourth. 

Four years later, now Captain Micki, earned Olympic Gold in Munich.

Micki was very active in the Athletes Rights movements of the 1970’s. She rallied for passage of the Federal Law Title IX in 1972. As the first Chair of the USOC Athletes Advisory Council (AAC), her lobbying efforts for Athletes’ Rights led to passage of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

Carol Lewis Zilli - Vice President (Track and Field: 1984-88)

Carol Lewis Zilli made her first, Olympic team (1980) while still in her junior year. She was also a member of the 1984 Los Angeles and the 1988 Seoul Olympic teams and she placed 9th and 13th respectively.  A bronze medalist at the 1983 World Track and Field Championships, she became the first American woman to jump over 23 feet.  Carol graduated from the University of Houston with BA degrees in Radio/TV and Journalism.  In 1989 she made a successful transition from athletics to broadcasting where her insightful perspective and easygoing style has made her the choice for expert commentary at ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, FOX, PAX and TBS.  In Turin, Italy (2006) Carol broadcasted her fourth Olympic Games for NBC. Becoming the first expert analysis to broadcast both a summer and winter games.  Carol is returning to the USOA board after a four-year break and is happy to be back on board.

Greg Louganis - Vice President (Diving, 1976, 1980-84-88)

Greg Louganis is considered to be one of the world’s best divers. He’s a five-time World Champion and five-time Fina World Cup Champion; winner of 47 national championship titles. In 1976 he won a silver medal at the Montreal Olympic Games.

Greg had a record setting performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, garnering two gold medals and the first diver to break the 700 point barrier on Men’s Platform.

Never one to give up, even in the face of adversity, Greg pulled off one of the most-publicized moments in sports history. After hitting his head on the board in the prelims, he came back to win the three-meter finals as if the accident never happened. He became the first man in the history of sport to win back-to-back gold medals in two consecutive Olympic Games. 

 Greg was born, raised and still resides in California.

Willie Banks - Immediate Past President (Track  Field: 1980-84-88)

For many years Willie assisted cities bidding for international events like the Olympic Games. Currently, as President of HSJ, Inc. he is “Master Distributor” for Fieldturf Incorporated in Japan. He has served as the Deputy Executive Director for the 1994 World Cup and the Director of Athlete Services for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Village. He is famous throughout the world and has represented his country in many ways. Taking note of Willie’s international popularity, outstanding personal character and leadership qualities, Time Magazine once dubbed him “The United States’ ambassador of track and field”.

Eli Wolff - Vice President (Paralympic Soccer: 1996, 2004)

Eli Wolff is the program director of the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design, and also directs the Sport and Development Project at Brown University. 

From 2002-08, Wolff led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and continues to serve a leadership role in the implementation of the CRPD worldwide. 

From 2007-13, Wolff helped develop a plan for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace that was approved in 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly. After representing Team USA as  member of the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team at the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games, he attended the International Olympic Academy as a participant, coordinator and lecturer from 2002-06, and continues to stay active in the global Olympic Movement. Since 2006, he has also collaborated with Olympian Nathaniel Mills on the Olympism Project to promote education and implementation of the Olympic values. 

A graduate of Brown University, Wolff is currently pursuing his Ph.D. through the German Sport University of Cologne. He is married to Cheri Blauwet.

Past President: John Naber (swimming, 1976), Bill Toomey (athletics, 1968).

Chapter Presidents
Alabama: Jennifer Chandler Stevenson (diving, 1976)

Arizona: Misty Hyman (swimming, 2000)

Colorado: Gene Kotlarek (ski jumping, 1960, 1964)

Florida: Carrie Zimmerman (gymnastics, 1976)

Georgia: Bob Pickens (wrestling, 1964)

Hawaii: Brent Berk (swimming, 1968)

Houston: Jacqueline Washington (track and field, 1984)

Idaho: Dick Fosbury (track and field, 1968)

Indiana: Ollan Cassell (track and field, 1964)

Michigan: Judi Brown Clarke (track and field, 1984)

Midwest: Diane Simpson (rhythmic gymnastics, 1988)

Missouri/Illinois: John Carenza (soccer, 1972)

National Capital Area: Arlene Limas (taekwondo, 1988)

Nevada: Dean Willeford (waterpolo, 1968)

New England: Sharon Jewell (taekwondo, 1988)

New Mexico: Trent Dimas (gymnastics, 1992)

Northern California: Greg Massialas (fencing 1980, '84,'88)

Oregon: Dave Johnson (track and field, 1988, 1992)

Southern California Olympians: Tamara Christopherson (canoe/kayak, 2000)

Southwest: Sammy Walker (weightlifting, 1976)

Tri-States: Diane Dixon (track and field, 1984, '88)

Utah: Debra Stark (gymnastics, 1972)

Washington State: John Stillings (rowing, 1984)

Western PA-OH-WVA: Julie Koons (speedskating, 2002)