Athlete Ombuds

Meet the Team

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The Office of the Athlete Ombuds' primary role is to provide cost-free, independent and confidential advice to elite athletes on all sport-related rules, policies and processes, and to assist in the resolution of athlete concerns and disputes.

The team at the office of the athlete ombuds carries out this role with particular attention to the independence and confidentiality of our advice and our availability to assist all athletes without judgement or bias.

Click on the navigation options for more information. Elite and emerging elite athletes should always feel free to contact our office for more information.


Kacie Wallace  Athlete Ombuds

Kacie Wallace has served as athlete ombuds since January 2015. As an attorney with an advanced degree in dispute resolution, Wallace spent the prior 10 years mediating disputes for the USOPC. She has taught negotiation, mediation and international conflict management at Duke University and North Carolina Central University Schools of Law, as well as in Hong Kong and Thailand through the Rotary Center for International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She was a swimmer at Duke University and now paddles for the YOLOboard Standup Paddle team, competing in the 2013 World Championships across the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, and recently paddled 304.6 miles from South Carolina to Virginia to raise awareness about ocean sustainability. She now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and plans to become a sprint paddler in the not-so-open waters of Colorado.  

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Emily Azevedo – Assistant Athlete Ombuds

Emily has served as an assistant athlete ombuds since December 2018 and previously served as an intern in the office of the athlete ombuds. She graduated from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, earning accolades in mediation, legal writing and negotiation. Emily was a track and field athlete at the University of California, Davis, and competed in bobsled from 2006 through 2014, earning a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. She also competed on the U.S. National Rugby Sevens Team and served on the Athlete Advisory Council as the rugby representative. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews.    

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headshot of BryceBryce Boarman – Assistant Athlete Ombuds

Bryce joined the team as an assistant athlete ombuds in January 2020. Bryce earned his master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado after completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado. He most recently served as the classification manager in the Paralympic division of the USOPC. Prior to serving as classification manager, Bryce has held roles in Olympic sport performance and training center operations at the USOPC, as well as U.S. Soccer’s youth national team operations. Bryce was an athlete for 10 years with the U.S. National Soccer 7-a-side Team, representing Team USA at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016 and in more than 75 international matches. In his free time, Bryce enjoys spending time outdoors and hanging out with dogs.

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Please note that advice from any member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, including but not limited to information provided on this website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The Athlete Ombuds will offer neutral, independent advice to any athlete, and athletes should always seek legal counsel if they want specific legal advice or individual representation.

Also, in accordance with the Office of the Athlete Ombuds’ mandate pursuant to the Ted Stevens Act to offer independent advice, statements of any member of the office will not be deemed to reflect the views or positions of the U.S Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and the office is not authorized to accept notice on behalf of the USOPC or any other sport organization. All grievances and reports need to be filed directly with the appropriate body (i.e., the U.S. Center for SafeSport, USOPC, National Governing Body, U.S. Anti-Doping Association, etc.).