(ATR) Kate Caithness stands alone as the first and only female president of a winter Olympic sport.
After four years as a VP, she took over the World Curling Federation from Les Harrison in April 2010, two months after the Vancouver tournament drew rave reviews from ticketholders and TV viewers alike.
Now the Scottish mother of two must ensure her sport makes the most of the Ice Cube in Sochi, curling’s first real showcase venue at a Winter Olympics.
Caithness, 67, entered the sport in the 1980s and is a longtime advocate of wheelchair curling.
As a member of the IPC’s Sports Council Management Committee from 2005 to 2009 and Paralympic Games Committee from 2006 to 2009, she played a key role in curling’s Paralympic debut at Turin 2006.
She also joined the IOC Program Commission in 2011 and was part of the review process by which wrestling was dropped from a list of 25 “core sports” for the 2020 Olympics and by which baseball/softball, karate, roller sport, sport climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu will seek to fill the spot later this year.
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