Leadership

USOPA Executive Committee: 2017-2020

In November 2016, the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association announced its newly elected officers for the 2017-2020 quadrennial. The USOPA Executive Committee will continue to foster the Olympic and Paralympic spirit in each community, motivate and encourage youth, develop camaraderie and honor all those who have shared the unique experience of representing the United States at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. Meet your 2017-2020 USOPA Executive Committee below, and click here to read the full press release announcing the new officers. 

Dick Fosbury, President (track and field, 1968)

Dick Fosbury became a living legend at the 1968 Mexico City Games when he astounded the crowd and the global television audience with his revolutionary technique, The Fosbury Flop, winning gold and setting a new Olympic Games record of 7’-4 ¼” in the process.  Dick changed his event forever, as virtually every modern high jumper uses his technique.

A retired civil engineer, Fosbury currently dedicates himself to coaching kids in the high jump at clinics and camps across the country, speaking to groups and corporations about innovation and enjoying participating in Olympian alumni work around the world. He is Chairman of the Simplot Games Indoor Track Meet in Idaho, the largest indoor meet for high school athletes in the country.

Fosbury has served as Secretary-General of the World Association of Olympic Winners, past President of the World Olympians Association, Vice President and Treasurer of USOPA for 12 years, and is founding president of the Idaho USOPA Chapter. Becoming an Olympian changed his life in a profound way and Dick hopes to continue to inspire other Olympians and Paralympians to become Ambassadors of Sport and to become active in the USOPA.

Born in Portland Oregon, Dick lives in Bellevue, Idaho, with his wife Robin, and enjoys growing grass hay for their horses and hiking in the mountains with their dogs.

Contact: fosbury@cox-internet.com

Allison Baver, Vice President (short track speedskating, 2002, 2006, 2010)

Allison Baver has her MBA in Marketing, is a notable spokesperson and the founder of Allison Baver New York (www.allisonbaver.com), an athluxury fashion brand.  She is also the founder of Off the Ice Foundation (www.offtheice.org), where she has gained an expansive understanding of how the non-profit structure works and how to create integrated strategies to benefit the cause. With an entrepreneurial, and marketing background, Baver aims to utilize her talents in business and philanthropy, to increase awareness, support, and success for the USOPA and its athletes.

Baver is one of the most preeminent short-track female speed skaters in USA history and is the current American record holder in the 1500m. She was the 2007 national champion and formerly held the American record in the 1000m, a record she proceeded to break four times. In 2009 Allison was positioned to win the overall World Cup Title in the 1500m when she tragically broke her right leg and ankle after a teammate collided with her during the World Cup Final in Sofia Bulgaria, just one year before the 2010 Olympics.  After making one of the biggest comebacks in sports history, Baver was able to lead her team to the 2010 Winter Olympics where she and the 3000m ladies relay team brought home the bronze.

Allison has been a part of the Olympic movement for over 25 years and has an understanding of all that Olympians and Paralympians face, from grassroots throughout retirement. Her background as an Olympic medalist and USOC resident athlete has given perspective in ALL Olympic, Paralympic and PanAm Sports. Through serving on numerous councils, task forces, and committees, as well as lobbying for BJ Stupak, Allison Baver has been prepared and has the experience to advocate, collaborate and commit to hard-work as your USOPA Vice President and to proudly lead our team to new heights.

Contact: allison@allisonbaver.com

Carol Brown, Vice President (rowing, 1976, 1980, 1984)

Carol Brown works as a Finance and Operations Director for the University of Chicago's Medical and Biological Sciences Development group.  This team is responsible for raising over $100m annually to support medical research and facilities at the U of C.

A three time Olympian in the sport of rowing (1976, 1980, 1984) Brown won a bronze medal as a member of the first U.S. Women’s Olympic Rowing team in 1976 and 4 World Championship medals in her 10 years on the US National Team. She has served on the USOC Executive Board, as Vice President of the AAC, Chair of the Athlete Support Committee, and Chair of the Sports Equipment and Technology Committee. In 2010 and 2011, she was Chair of the USOC Assembly Committee. Carol was also the assistant chef de mission for Team USA at the 1992 Pan American Games and Athlete Representative/Manager at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

She is active with U.S. Rowing in building an active alumni base and is serving her second term as a USOPA Vice President.

Carol currently resides in Chicago with her husband and has a son playing D1 college hockey.

Contact: carolpb@msn.com

Candace Cable, Vice President (Paralympic track and field, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996; alpine skiing, 1992; Nordic skiing, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)

Being involved in sports following a spinal cord injury at the age of 21 in 1975 changed the direction of her life and gave her purpose. Following her athletic career, Candace felt she could use her sport career platform to affect positive change in the world. Candace wants to give opportunities to Paralympic and Olympic athletes to feel the power of affect by networking with fellow athletes. She would like to expand the database of Olympians and Paralympians and increase the number of active athletes within the organization. She believes that there are several athletes that don’t know about the USOPA and the networking opportunities that are available. She would like to improve on this communication. 

Nine-time Paralympian and the first American woman to medal in both summer and winter Paralympic Games in 1992. Cable competed in three sports, wheelchair racing, alpine and cross country ski racing winning 12 medals and in three Summer Games in wheelchair racing exhibition sport, winning two medals.   

Candace is a writer, webcast host, video producer and Human Rights representative to the United Nations for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and a trainer with Open Doors Organization since 2010. Globally she shares messages of advocacy, sport diplomacy and the understanding of disability with the U.S. Embassies as a member of U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Program.

She is a member of UNICEF’s inclusive education task force. She serves on three boards; Virgin America’s Advisory Board, the United States International Council on Disability and as Vice Chair of the LA2024 bid commission to bring the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to Los Angeles in 2024. Candace served as the athlete services coordinator for 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and for the past four years on the USOC athlete advisory council.

Contact: candace@candacecable.com

Caryn Davies, Vice President (rowing, 2004, 2008, 2012)

The U.S. Rowing women’s eight has become something of a legend lately, having won every major competition it has entered since 2006.  Caryn was integral in building that legacy.  She competed in the eight on and off from 2002 to 2012, first earning an Olympic silver medal in 2004 and then stroking the boat to a gold medal in both 2008 and 2012.  During that time Caryn also earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.  She now works as a corporate lawyer in Boston.

Acquaintances of Caryn’s often exclaim, “Wow, I’ve never met an Olympian before!”  She tells them most likely they have, they just didn’t know it at the time.  Most Olympians and Paralympians toil in obscurity before the Games; frankly not much changes afterward.  Caryn has made it her mission to change that.  She envisions a robust network of current and former athletes that provides social connection, civic engagement, business opportunities, and—most importantly—embodies the Olympic ideals of joy in effort, educational value of good example, social responsibility, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

Caryn served previously on the USOPA executive committee between 2008 and 2012, during which time she started the USOPA Facebook page, created an “Olympic Experience” booklet offering advice to first-time athletes, and led the initiative to welcome Paralympians into the organization’s ranks.   She very much wants to hear from you and to learn what you want out of this organization, so please get in touch!

Contact: caryn.davies@gmail.com

Anne Cribbs, Vice President (swimming, 1960)

Anne competed at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. Holder of the American records in both the one hundred and two hundred meter breast-stroke events, she placed fifth in the 200 Meter Breaststroke at the Rome Olympics and was a member of the gold medal-winning, 400-meter medley relay team.

Anne Cribbs’ professional career has been dedicated to serving sport and the community.  In 1995, Anne co-founded the American Basketball League (ABL), the first women’s professional basketball league in the United States. She became President and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) in 1999, and led the San Francisco 2012 Olympic Bid. She also helped lead the 2016 & 2024 San Francisco Olympic Bid efforts. 

Cribbs was the Director of 2011 USA Swimming National and Junior National Championships at Stanford – the largest National Swimming competition, as well as the co-director of the 2014, 2016 & 2017 WFG Continental Cup of Curling in Las Vegas. 

Cribbs was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, and is also a member of the San Mateo County Hall of Fame and the Menlo Atherton High School Hall of Fame. Anne received the 2015 Golden Medallion Award, the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s highest award as a “trailblazer for women in Sports”. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) awarded Cribbs the 2015 Olympic Torch Award at their Annual Assembly & Board meeting held in Colorado Springs. In November of 2015, Anne received the 2015 Athletes in Excellence Award by the Foundation for Global Sports Development. Most recent honor was bestowed in May, 2016, Anne Warner Cribbs was inducted into the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Contact: acribbs@basoc.org                                         

Carol Lewis, Vice President (track and field, 1980, 1984, 1988)

The Olympic movement will always be a priority for Carol because it has been a pivotal influence in her development as an athlete and person. She was a Long Jumper on the 1980, 1984 & 1988 Olympic teams and has served as a Vice President of the USOPA for many years. “I will always appreciate the opportunity to continue passionately serving you, my fellow alumni, because I believes that WE ARE the Olympic movement.” 

While serving as VP on the current executive committee she has the honor of acting as the alumni liaison to the current AAC.  She is proud of the relationships she has developed on behalf of the USOPA, and has thoroughly enjoyed her interactions with the current athletes on Team USA.

Lewis is a member of the LA2024 Athletes Commission and serves on the Colorado State Workforce Development Council, but is most devoted to this incredible organization. For Carol, these words will always be incredibly important; “Once an Olympian, Always an Olympian, Never Former, Never Past.

Contact: misscarol63@gmail.com

Iris T. Zimmermann, Vice President (fencing, 2000)

Iris is a graduate of Stanford University and Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. She and her sister, Felicia Zimmermann (1996 and 2000 Olympian), currently own and operate the Rochester Fencing Club in Rochester, N.Y., where they are currently training the next generation of American fencers. Along with juggling her time as a small business owner, she is a mom to two young girls.

In 2013, Iris was inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame. At the age of 14, she earned the distinction of being the first U.S. fencer, man or woman to win a World Championship in any weapon or age category. She went on to win the Cadet World Championship again in 1997, was the Junior World Champion, a bronze medalist at the Senior Worlds in 1999, and a member of the U.S. foil team for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  Although she didn’t medal, she had the joy of sharing the Olympic experience with her older sister who was also on the team. Together they were two points shy of capturing the bronze medal. 

In the past nine months, Zimmermann has committed to no less than 50 different demonstrations and Olympic Day presentations.  Her favorite part of her presentation is teaching the youth about Olympic excellence. For Iris, Olympic excellence is not just a gold medal, but something achieved on a daily basis when you ask yourself the question, “Can I be better today than I was yesterday?”. She truly believes that the role of an Olympian is to continue to carry the torch and try their best to spark a fire for youth and adults to reach their own excellence. As a Vice President of USOPA, she looks forward to leveraging her knowledge base to spread awareness of the Olympics and Olympism to a broader population.

Contact: Zimmermann.iris@gmail.com

Gary Hall, Sr., Immediate Past President (swimming, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1976)

At the Montreal 1976 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Gary Hall, Sr. was elected the American flag bearer for the United States Olympic Team. It would be the third Olympic Games in which he would medal.

This Indiana University graduate held ten world records, won 30 U.S. national titles and was the first athlete to swim under four minutes for the 400-meter individual medley. He won championships in three of four strokes and was the dominant world figure in the IM for a decade.

Hall was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969 and 1970. He was a claim to fame for the five great coaches who trained him at some time during his 14 years of competition. Hall's Olympic medals were earned in three different events and at three successive Olympic Games.

Contact: garyhallsr@mac.com

 

Past Presidents:

Willie Banks (track and field, 1980, 1984, 1988)
bankshw@hotmail.com

John Naber (swimming, 1976) 
john@johnnaber.com

Bill Toomey (track and field, 1968)
williamtoomey@gmail.com