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What does the USOC Athlete Ombudsman do?

"Provide independent advice to athletes at no cost about the applicable provisions of the Ted Steven's Olympic Amateur Sports Act and constitution and bylaws of the United States Olympic committee (USOC), national governing bodies (NGB), Paralympic sports organizations (PSO), international sports federations (IF), the International Olympic Commitee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and the Pan-American Sports Organization (PASO), and with respect to the resolution of any dispute involving the opportunity of an amateur athlete to participate in the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, the Pan-American Games, World Campionship competition or other protected compeition as defined in the Bylaws of the USOC."

3 important functions of the Ombudsman:
(1) Provides independent advice to elite athletes and NGBs
(2) Assists in mediating disputes
(3) Develops and implements USOC policy that secures the rights and interests of athletes


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