Wes Barnett

USOC Director of International Games; 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team Chef de Mission

Wes Barnett is the director of International Games at the United States Olympic Committee after previously serving as a USOC sport performance team leader since December 2006. He is serving as Team USA’s chef de mission for the first time at the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Barnett returned to the USOC after serving nearly five years as the Executive Director for USA Weightlifting. One of the original USOC Sports Partnership team members (2000-02), he also previously served as a Drug Control Administrator from 1997-2000.

A two-time Olympian in weightlifting (1992, 1996) Barnett reigned over the U.S. heavyweight division for eight years as national champion. His 1999 U.S. title came just six months after returning to the sport following a bout with cancer. He placed 13th at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and sixth at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. At the 1997 World Championships, he claimed silver in the clean-and-jerk and was a bronze medalist in the total (clean-and-jerk and snatch lifts combined). 

Larry Probst

USOC Chairman

Larry Probst was elected chairman of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors in October 2008. In addition, he was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in September 2013. He was appointed chair of the Olympic Channel Commission in June 2015 and of the IOC Press Commission in April 2014. Additionally he has served in the IOC International Relations Commission since March 2011 and the IOC Radio and Television Commission since April 2014.

In addition, he is a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees Executive Council and the Pan American Sports Organization Executive Committee, while serving as chair of the ANOC Marketing and New Sources of Finance Commission. Probst is also executive chairman of Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. After joining EA in 1984, he served as president from December 1990 to October 1997, and was named CEO in May 1991, a role he held until April 2007. Probst has been on EA’s board of directors since January 1991, was elected to the position of chairman of the board of directors in July 1994 and become the executive chairman in March 2013.

Before joining EA, Probst was a national sales manager at Activision Inc. and a national accounts manager at Clorox. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware.

Scott Blackmun


Scott Blackmun became chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee in January 2010. He is an ex-officio member of the USOC’s board of directors and has served on the International Olympic Committee’s Marketing Commission since March 2011. He became a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport in January 2015.

Under Blackmun’s direction, Team USA topped the overall medal counts at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2012 Olympic Games, and won the most medals at any Olympic Winter Games held outside North America in 2014. The USOC nearly doubled net philanthropic support in 2009-12 from the previous quad and launched the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, which in 2014 helped generate more than $7.5 million in direct support to Team USA athletes. Blackmun also led the organization in negotiating a revenue-sharing agreement with the IOC. In 2012, the USOC was named Sports League of the Year and Blackmun was named Sports Executive of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal.

Blackmun had a previous stint at the USOC, serving as acting chief executive officer (2001), senior managing director of sport (2000) and general counsel (1999). Following his departure in 2001, Blackmun served as the chief operating officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group – one of the world’s most respected presenters of sports and entertainment events – from 2002-06. Previously, Blackmun spent more than 20 years practicing law in Colorado.

Angela Ruggiero

IOC Member, USOC Board Member
Chair of Coordination Commission for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Angela Ruggiero was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an International Olympic Committee director in February 2010, following her election to represent all Olympic athletes on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. In February 2014, she was elected vice chair of the Athletes' Commission and is currently serving as chair of the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. She also sits on the Coordination Commission for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, while also serving on the IOC’s Entourage Commission.

In addition to her duties on the IOC, Ruggiero is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Athlete’s Commission and the IOC liaison to the newly formed International Rugby Board Athletes’ Commission, while also serving on the executive board of the World Olympians Association and the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

A four-time Olympic ice hockey player, Ruggiero won a gold medal in 1998, silvers in 2002 and 2010, and bronze in 2006. During her 16-year career with the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, she competed in more games than any other man or woman in USA Hockey history, playing in 10 world championships and earning the gold medal on four occasions.

Ruggiero grew up in Los Angeles and Harper Woods, Mich. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, where she was a four-time All-American, as well as an Academic All-American.