The USOC Athlete Ombudsman Office

Kacie Wallace, Athlete Ombudsman

Kacie has served as Athlete Ombudsman since January 2015. As an attorney with an advanced degree in dispute resolution, Kacie spent the prior 10 years mediating disputes for the USOC. 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.  

Contact Kacie Wallace:
Phone: 719-866-2299


Sara Pflipsen, Assistant Athlete Ombudsman

Sara has served as assistant athlete ombudsman since 2011. In that time, she has advised athletes, assisted in mediating disputes, conducted presentations to athletes about Olympic and Paralympic rules and assisted Team USA at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. She began her career at the USOC working part-time while attending law school. She obtained her juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2013. She was the president of the Sport Law Student Association at CU, and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received All-American honors as a diver and now recreationally participates in triathlons. She completed an ironman competition in 2010 while raising money for Leukemia and maintains a lifelong passion for sports.

Contact Sara Pflipsen:
Phone: 719-866-4000

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