COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Larry Probst was today confirmed for a second four-year term as chair of the board of directors for the United States Olympic Committee, while Bill Marolt and Whitney Ping were added as new directors. Marolt, who serves as president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, replaces Mike Plant as a National Governing Bodies Council director, and Ping, a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Table Tennis Team, takes over for Jair Lynch as an Athletes' Advisory Council director.
"We're extremely pleased that Larry will continue in his role as chairman of the board," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "He's shown remarkable leadership and dedication over the last four years, which has resulted in us becoming a stronger National Olympic Committee. In addition, we owe our gratitude to both Mike and Jair, who have helped shape our organization during their service to our board over the last eight years."
"It's an honor to continue serving the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements and I look forward to making continued progress in the years to come," said Probst. "In addition, we're happy to welcome both Bill and Whitney to our distinguished list of directors and are confident that their diverse perspectives and broad connections will effectively enhance our board."
Marolt has served as president and CEO of the USSA since 1996, while also functioning as vice president of the International Ski Federation (FIS). Prior to leading the NGB, he spent 12 years as athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Colorado. As an athlete, he won three U.S. championships and four NCAA titles, and competed in the 1964 Olympic Winter Games. Later, as a coach, he led Colorado to seven NCAA titles from 1969-78, then went on to serve as director of the U.S. alpine program from 1978-84.
"Olympism is a very positive and powerful message that brings all of us together to help athletes achieve their Olympic dreams," said Marolt. "I'm deeply honored with this opportunity to share my experience as an Olympian and a National Governing Body leader with the U.S. Olympic Committee."
In addition to her role on the AAC, Ping served as an athlete service coordinator for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, was a member of the USOC's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2011 and has been part of the AAC's Paralympic Task Force. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's in sociology, and currently works at Bain Capital in Boston.
"The Olympic Movement has inspired me for as long as I can remember, first as an awestruck kid in love with sports, and then as an athlete who chased a dream," said Ping. "I'm now especially humbled by the opportunity to serve on the board and represent the voice of current and aspiring Olympians and Paralympians."
Marolt and Ping were selected following a search by the USOC's Nominating and Governance Committee. After two candidates were put forth from both the NGBC and the AAC, the NGC made its recommendations to the board based on the documented USOC board qualifications, utilizing résumés and statements from each nominee and formal interviews.Marolt and Ping will each serve a four-year term, after which a vote of retention would extend the term for an additional four years.