LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles 2024 today named Tamara Christopherson its Associate Director of Athlete Relations, working alongside Janet Evans and other Olympians and Paralympians to ensure athletes’ voices are heard in all facets of the city’s candidacy. Christopherson is President of the Southern California Olympians and Paralympians and represented Team USA in sprint kayak at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
|Tamara Christopherson will join a team that includes Janet Evans, Magic Johnson and several others.|
Christopherson will also draw on her community and alumni engagement experience, harnessing the power and reach of the region’s network of athletes to build on LA 2024’s high levels of public support.
Tamara Christopherson said: “I feel privileged to join LA 2024 to connect with the thousands of Olympians and Paralympians who choose to call California and the United States home. Working closely with Janet Evans and other athletes in their communities to inspire support for our candidature, we have a wonderful opportunity to bring the Summer Olympic Games back to the US for the first time in 28 years and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans said: “I'm excited to welcome Tamara Christopherson to our team, and I know we will benefit from her leadership and experience in sport. Just like her, in Los Angeles and California, people live and breathe sport. Athletes here have a really powerful voice and we have a great opportunity to use that to inspire real passion for LA 2024. But we don’t just want cheerleaders – we want to work with Athletes to understand what makes a successful Games from their perspective, so that we can develop the strongest possible candidature.”
LA has a thriving sports culture and the city’s teams sell more than 20 million tickets every year. Latest polls indicate that four out of five LA residents are in favor of bringing the Games back to the US for the first time in 28 years. Christopherson’s appointment underlines LA 2024's commitment to putting athletes at the heart of its candidature, informing all aspects of Games planning. And with people from 115 different countries calling LA home, every athlete is guaranteed a warm welcome from a city that truly loves sport.