Three-times Olympic Gold Medallist to guide Sochi 2014
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that IOC member Jean-Claude Killy, the legendary French Alpine skier and triple Olympic champion, has accepted the Chairmanship of the Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The appointment was made by Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC.
“Jean-Claude Killy’s knowledge of the Olympic Movement makes him the ideal person to guide Sochi as it prepares for the Olympic Winter Games in 2014,” said Rogge. “His relevant and recent experience as an outstanding Chairman of the Turin 2006 Coordination Commission will be a great asset for the IOC and for Sochi.”
In addition to his success as chair of the Turin Coordination Commission, Killy was Co-President of the Organising Committee for Albertville 1992. His reputation as a world-class skier was sealed when he won all three Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France.
“It is a great honour for me to be entrusted with this responsibility,” said Killy, an IOC member since 1995. “I am very pleased to be able to make a further contribution to the IOC during the forthcoming years of hard work that await us. I will use key learnings from Turin 2006, and intend to set high standards to ensure Sochi delivers fantastic Games and a tremendous sporting legacy for its city, the Krasnodar region and Russia.
The members of the Commission that Jean-Claude Killy will chair will be announced in due course. The first Coordination Commission meeting is expected to be held next year. Jean-Claude Killy will join President Rogge at the end of the month when he visits President Putin in Sochi.
More about the Coordination Commission
The Olympic Games Coordination Commission is formed shortly after the election of a host city to oversee and assist the Organising Committee (OCOG) in the planning, construction, and implementation of the Olympic Games. The Coordination Commission acts as a liaison between the IOC, the OCOG, the International Federations (IFs) and the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The commission includes representatives of the IOC, the IFs, the NOCs and an athlete representative as well as experts in the fields of media, environment, and TV technology. .The others coordination commissions are chaired by Hein Verbruggen (Beijing 2008), René Fasel (Vancouver 2010) and Denis Oswald (London 2012).
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