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  • Turin 2006 Sports Chief Resigns


    The director of sport for the Turin Olympic Winter Games has resigned her post after the less than a year on the job. A combination of factors, primarily family-related led to Cathy Priestner Allinger's decision to leave the organizing committee TOROC President Valentino Castellani tells Around the Rings.

    Priestner-Allinger is Canadian, separated from her family by thousands of miles in her Turin posting. Prior to her move to Italy she was the sports director for the Salt Lake City Olympics.

    Castellani says there was no problem with her job performance but says the difficulty of bridging the language gap was one of the challenges he says Priestener-Allinger faced. She was the highest-ranking non-Italian in the TOROC executive.

    Castellani says the sports director position will not be filled for now. He says those duties will be filled by other staff at TOROC who will report to the chief operating officer. Priestner-Allinger is expected to remain a consultant for TOROC in the lead-up to the 2006 Games.