Statement from United States Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth on the passing of Jim McKay

June 07, 2008, 7:17 p.m. (ET)

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim McKay, an icon in the Olympic Movement who set a standard for sports journalism to which many aspire still today.

"Jim is synonymous with the Olympic Games. As host of ABC's Olympic coverage, he brought into our homes the triumphs and struggles of athletes from around the world. Jim told those stories with great skill and care, and did so by taking the time to understand not only the athlete, but the compelling journey that brought them to the Games. He had great respect for his subject matter and his profession, and that was always evident in his work.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim's family members and his many friends worldwide."