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Gazette Premium Content Blackmun, Wielgus finalists in USOC CEO search

BRIAN GOMEZ Updated: December 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

Former U.S. Olympic Committee acting chief executive officer Scott Blackmun and USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, both Colorado Springs residents, headline a shortened list of finalists for the USOC’s CEO job, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune reported Wednesday that a nine-person search committee, chaired by USOC board member Bob Bowlsby, eliminated former San Diego Padres CEO Sandy Alderson, USOC chief operating officer Norman Bellingham, Jet Set Sports president Mark Lewis and TD Ameritrade chairman Joe Moglia during Dec. 15-16 interviews in San Francisco.

Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper also reported that the nine-person USOC board will pick Stephanie Streeter’s replacement early next month and announce its decision the week of Jan. 11. Streeter isn’t a candidate for the permanent position, frustrated by heavy criticism from amateur sports leaders. She’ll remain with the USOC through March.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky declined to comment on the search, saying only that “it’s sort of the same timeframe. We’re looking at having somebody in place in January.” Wielgus said, “It would be wrong for me to make any comment.” Blackmun didn’t return a message left with his secretary at Holme Roberts & Owen, an international law firm.

Former USOC CEO Jim Scherr, who was forced to resign in March after six years at the helm, likes both finalists, calling Blackmun and Wielgus “well-respected in the Olympic family, very knowledgeable about the Olympic movement.”

National governing bodies council chairman Skip Gilbert is backing Wielgus.

“He has earned the respect of the various constituent groups of the Olympic movement,” Gilbert said. “It’s not where he’s coming from. It’s what he did when he was there.”

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