|IOC President Jacques Rogge and colleague Jean-Claude Killy will travel to Russia together later this month. (ATR)
(ATR) As Around the Rings first reported, IOC President Jacques Rogge has named Winter Olympic sport legend Jean-Claude Killy to head the IOC Commission for the Sochi Olympics.
Killy, 64, served as chair of the IOC commission for the Turin Olympics and wrote a report following the Games with specific recommendations for improving the event. He joined the IOC in 1995.
“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 in a statement.
“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," said Rogge.
Killy's sport resume includes three gold medals in the alpine events of the 1968 Games in Grenoble as well as world championships. He’s had a successful career since then in business and sport, serving as co-president of the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville.
Rogge and Killy will travel together to Russia later this month for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a first official visit to Sochi. The Sept. 27 meeting, once planned for Moscow, will now take place in Sochi, Around the Rings has learned.
That meeting will follow one next week, also in Sochi, chaired by the Russian President that is expected to produce the leadership roster for the Sochi Olympics. Included will be the head of the organizing committee.
On Tuesday, Putin named Semyon Vainshtock as the head of the state corporation that will supervise the multi-billion dollar construction program for the 2014 Games.
Killy’s appointment as head of the IOC Coordination Commission will be followed with the naming of the rest of the panel, which will number about a dozen members. The commission will consist of other IOC members, athletes, representatives of winter sports and technical experts. The first meeting of the commission will be scheduled in the spring of 2008.
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