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USA Canoe/Kayak

Athlete Ombudsman

John W. Ruger


John Ruger was appointed as the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Ombudsman in March 1999.  Ruger's responsibilities include providing independent advice to athletes on all issues relating to their rights to compete, facilitating communications and assisting in mediation of disputes between athletes and Olympic family organizations, and assisting in the development and implementation of policies to secure and support the rights of elite athletes.

Ruger previously worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee as Manager of the Southeastern Operations for the Hometown '96 program. In this one-year, Atlanta-based assignment, Ruger helped develop and implement the USOC's $4.25 million grant program to maximize the U.S. team's home-field advantage at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Ruger's career also includes serving as President of his own sports marketing and management company in Boulder, Colorado, and as Vice President of Operations in Boulder for the Colorado Sports Council, the local organizing committee for the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Competitively, Ruger was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Winter Games Team in biathlon.  He competed on three World Championships teams and coached the U.S. biathlon team from 1987 to 1989.

Ruger earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  Ruger and his wife, Rita, are the parents of two daughters.

Contact Information:
John Ruger - Athlete Ombudsman
Sara Clark - Athlete Ombudsman Specialist
1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
719-866-5000 (office)
719-866-3000 (fax)