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August Wolf’s column in USA TODAY, “U.S. Olympic Committee has run off the rails. Time to refocus on putting athletes first,” misrepresents our organization, which is solely focused on supporting, protecting and empowering athletes.
Athletes are at the center of every decision made at the USOC — one of the only national Olympic committees that is not federally funded and also supports paralympic sport — and to suggest otherwise is false.
To achieve the success that inspires our country and allows athletes to realize their dreams, we must be stewards of our hard-earned revenue. More than 80% of that revenue supports athletes with stipends, insurance, tuition assistance, access to training centers and world-class services, and funding for sports organizations. Administrative expenses account for just 6% of the budget, with the remaining 12% used to raise millions of dollars via marketing and fundraising — all of which is detailed in annually released financial documents.
We care deeply about the athletes we serve. Half of our volunteer board is currently comprised of athletes, and more are part of our staff. To suggest that we aren’t athlete-focused and that our job could be done by a machine is a gross misrepresentation. Colorado Springs