Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Colorado Springs is becoming an international crossroads, thanks to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Today, the USOC announced it would host visits this week from the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee to bolster relations. Says USOC president Larry Probst in a press release:

The Olympic Training Center during a warmer season.
  • The Olympic Training Center during a warmer season.

"The Russian and Canadian officials visiting Colorado Springs this week are worldwide leaders in the Olympic Movement. Visits like the ones scheduled for this week allow us to get to know the individuals on a personal level and learn from their breadth of experience. At the same time, given the history of the Olympic Movement in the U.S., hopefully we have some insights to offer our friends as well."

The leadership of the COC, including President Marcel Aubut and Secretary General Jean R. Dupré, are visiting today through Friday, while the ROC, led by its president, Alexander Zhukov, visits Thursday and Friday. They'll then go to Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, for talks with officials from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

As put by USOC secretary general Scott Blackmun:

Scott Blackmun

"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to host our friends from Canada and Russia and look forward to learning a great deal over the course of the next several days. On a personal level, I'm also excited to showcase Colorado Springs and everything that our region has to offer."

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