by Ralph Routon
Scott Blackmun, a Colorado Springs attorney with close ties to the Olympic movement, has been chosen as the U.S. Olympic Committee's new CEO, various sources are saying today.
There is no official confirmation from the USOC, but a news conference has been called for Wednesday morning at the USOC Visitor Center to announce the hiring. USOC President Larry Probst will introduce Blackmun to the organization's staff at a meeting before making the public announcement.
Blackmun, 52, actually served previously as the USOC's acting CEO for about a year, from November 2000 to late October 2001. Prior to that, he was the USOC's top legal counsel and then senior managing director, sport resources. Starting in 2002, he worked for more than four years as chief operating officer for Anschutz Entertainment Group, and since late 2006 has been a partner in the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen.
Chuck Wielgus, the 59-year-old executive director of USA Swimming, was the other finalist considered by the USOC board of directors after a search committee narrowed the field of candidates to six. Those six interviewed in December with the board, which then focused on Blackmun and Wielgus.