The following statement regarding the passing of Irwin “Ike” Belk is attributable to USOC chief development officer Jon Denney:


“On behalf of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, we extend our heartfelt thoughts to the Belk family, after the loss of our dear friend Ike Belk. Mr. Belk was a champion of the U.S. Olympic Movement and Olympic and Paralympic athletes. His legacy will continue through his family’s presence at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and for his passionate belief in ‘Olympic Strength.’”