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Entry in the IOC 1985
Country USA (United States of America)
Born 04 October 1952
BA with Honours, Connecticut College (1974); Juris Doctor, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, United States of America (1977)

Attorney at the Juvenile Law Centre of Philadelphia (1977-1979); administrator, Princeton University (1979-1981); counsellor for the Corporation for Enterprise Development; Vice-President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games of Los Angeles in 1984 (1981-1985); Staff person (1985-1987) then President of the LA84 Foundation (formerly Amateur Athletic Foundation) (1987-)

Sports practised

Sports career
Rowing Olympic bronze medallist (eight oars with coxswain) and team captain, Montreal 1976; four times finalist and silver medallist at the World Rowing Championships (1978); member of the United States team (1975-1980); Winner, six national championships

Sports administration
Member of the Board of Directors of the Vesper Boating Club; member of the Board of Directors, United States Rowing Association; member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors; steward of the Women’s Sports Foundation; President of the Southern California Olympian Society; Vice-President of the World Rowing Federation (FISA) (1993-2013); President, Kids In Sports (1994-2012); Member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council; member of the NCAA Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; Director, Women’s FIFA World Cup, Los Angeles (1999); member of US Rowing Task Force on Access, Affordability and Diversity; Honorary Chair, America Rows; member, Alliance of Women Coaches Advisory Board

Awards and distinctions
Olympic Order, bronze (1980); recipient of 11 honorary degrees; U.S. Rowing’s Jack Kelly Award (1991); International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame (1991); Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award by the California Women's Law Centre(2008); inducted into the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) Hall of Fame in Orlando, USA (2009); the College Sports Information Directors of America (coSIDA) Academic All-American Hall of Fame (2010); the National Rowing Hall of Fame (2010); Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2014)

IOC History
Member of the Executive Board (1992-2001, then 2013-); IOC Vice-President (1997-2001); Chair of the Women and Sport Commission (1995-2014) then Honorary Member (2014-); member of the following Commissions: Athletes (1988-1991), Olympic Programme (summer) (1989-1994), Eligibility (1992), Olympic Movement (1992-1999), Juridical (1994-2015), Study of the Centennial Olympic Congress – Congress of Unity (1994-1996), Sport and Law (1994-2015), Coordination for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in 2000 in Sydney (1995-2000), Finances (1999, then 2002-), IOC 2000 Reform Commission and the IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002), Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 in London (2005-2012), Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo (2014-), Legal Affairs (2015-), Olympic Channel (2015-); Coordinator of the Working Group Designation of Olympic Games Host Cities and member of the Executive Committee of the IOC 2000 Commission (1999); Chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election Committee (1996-)