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U.S. Olympic Committee Extends Chief Executive's Contract Through 2020 Games

By United States Olympic Committee | Sept. 25, 2015, 6:42 p.m. (ET)

United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun speaks to members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team at the University of East London on July 27, 2012 in London.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee board of directors today voted to extend the contract of USOC CEO Scott Blackmun through June 30, 2021. The extension includes an option for four additional years with board approval in 2020.

In his 5-plus years as CEO, Scott has done an extraordinary job of professionalizing the USOC, dramatically increasing the resources available to America’s elite athletes and ensuring the organization plays an appropriate role in the worldwide Olympic and Paralympic movements,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “This extension is in recognition of Scott’s record of achievement, and a signal from our board that his capable and consistent leadership is critically important to our organization’s long-term success and our ability to serve the athletes at the core of our mission.”

Blackmun became CEO in January 2010. Under his direction, Team USA topped the overall medal counts at the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games, and won the most medals at any Olympic Winter Games held outside North America in 2014. Additionally, the USOC nearly doubled net philanthropic support in 2009-12 from the previous quad and launched the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. Blackmun also led the organization in negotiating a revenue-sharing agreement with the IOC, which restructured how worldwide Olympic sponsorship and U.S. television revenues are shared, and elevated the USOC’s international standing.

Ensuring active athletes have a central voice in the Olympic and Paralympic movements is incredibly important, and Scott fully understands that,” said Sarah Konrad, chair of the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council. “I look forward to our continued collaboration as we collectively support Team USA.”

Scott has led the USOC, and really the entire U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, with integrity and clarity these last five years and on behalf of the National Governing Bodies, we’re thrilled to know that leadership will continue,” said Rich Bender, executive director of USA Wrestling and chair of the USOC National Governing Bodies Council.

In addition to his role as CEO of the USOC, Blackmun is a member of the USOC’s board of directors, as well as the International Olympic Committee Marketing Commission and Olympic Program Commission. In January 2015, he became a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.