by Ralph Routon
For those who have been hoping that the U.S. Olympic Committee would hire a new CEO with local ties to Colorado Springs, there is positive news today.
According to a Chicago Tribune story by Phil Hersh, one of the longest-tenured reporters covering the Olympic movement, the USOC has narrowed its search for a new CEO to just two finalists — and both live in Colorado Springs.
They are Chuck Wielgus, 59, currently executive director of USA Swimming, one of the highest-profile and most successful national governing bodies inside the USOC; and Scott Blackmun, 52, a former USOC attorney and administrator (including interim CEO at one point) now working for the law firm of Holme Roberts and Owen.
Hersh's report says the USOC board of directors conducted interviews in mid-December with six finalists to replace Stephanie Streeter, the acting CEO since Jim Scherr was fired last March. Streeter initially planned to be a candidate for the permanent position, then withdrew.
The USOC board is expected to announce its decision on a new CEO by mid-January.