Chief Security & Athlete Safety Officer

Nicole Deal joined the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in July 2017 as vice president/chief security officer and was named chief security and athlete safety officer in May 2020. In her role, Deal works to ensure the safety and security of Team USA athletes and USOPC staff. She oversees all security needs for the USOPC, including at its headquarters building in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid, New York. Additionally, she leads the athlete safety department and is responsible for the security of the U.S. delegations at USOPC-supported functions and Games.

Prior to the USOPC, Deal was a career special agent in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1999-2017.  During her tenure with the U.S. Department of State, Deal served as a Regional Security Officer, principal security attaché and advisor to U.S. Ambassadors at embassies in Algeria, Kosovo, and Venezuela. Deal was also Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s protection detail. She also served as security coordinator at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and in venue roles at the Olympic Games in Athens and Salt Lake City.

Deal is also the recipient of numerous Department of State awards, including a Superior Honor Award and several Meritorious Honor Awards.

Deal received a bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice/sociology and Spanish from Dillard University and a master’s degree in planning and strategy from the Joint Forces Staff College.