Wednesday, January 4, 2012

USOC: Worst writer ever

No, no, no...the title of this post does not refer to bronze medalist Barry Noreen but rather Mike Moran, Olympic Gold Medalist in terrible writing [still waiting to award the silver].

One great big run-on sentence paragraph...another quality product delivered by the USOC's chief spokesman.

This crap is unreadable...and I can only imagine the amount of money this guy  hauled in each year for a quarter of a century - for what?  This?!?

Yet sista girl can neither find a job nor a benefactor.

Truly, life is unfair.

Let's hope his replacement, Patrick Sandusky, is more worth his wage, and able to write himself out of a paper sack - I can't seem to locate any of his written communications, though....

Why speak at all, when ol' faithful Moran is blathering on like Foster Brooks?

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Mike Moran: When The Olympic Games Come To America Again

Like moths to the light of a summer evening’s patio lamp, they are attracted to the prospect of an Olympic Games bid, American cities with a real shot, others without a clue, and individuals and political grandstanders seeking sound bites and attention…………and so it is again this summer, as the United States Olympic Committee goes about its mission of repairing its fractured relationship with the International Olympic Committee, ruptured by a decade of dysfunction and the actions of individuals unworthy of the moments they were accorded. As USOC Chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun crisscross the globe on a weekly basis as ambassadors of a revitalized and committed partner and friend of the IOC and the International sports community, as well as carefully addressing the sensitive topic of the USOC’s share of U.S. Olympic television rights and sponsor fees, they are forced to deal with continued pressures and sometimes baseless media reports related to future Olympic bids. The USOC has repeatedly stated its position on any future Olympic Games bid, which is that it will not submit an American city by the September 1 deadline for the 2020 Olympic Games, and that there were no plans at this time to consider a 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid…………in accordance, the USOC notified Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, Tulsa and Dallas last week of its decision after each had expressed interest in 2020………..“With such little time left, we don’t believe we could pull together a winning bid that could serve the Olympic and Paralympic Movement,” said USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky. That message did not, apparently, reach some in Las Vegas, and what happens there did not stay there yesterday when a Vegas group, reportedly headed by a Texas developer named Chris Milam, sent a letter to the IOC, asking the body to bypass the USOC and its decision and allow the city to enter a bid for the Games. The IOC wasted no time in throwing cold water on the Vegas bid by letter and supporting the USOC. Now, media reports state that a possible Denver 2022 Winter Games bid is being threatened by “an international dispute” between the USOC and the IOC over the revenues issue, following a decade-long Denver effort to secure a bid. The subject now has even unearthed former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, one of the most prominent among the attention-seeking individuals from growth-control, environmental protection and anti-spending camps who torpedoed the 1976 Denver Olympic Winter Games under the mantle “Citizens For Colorado’s Future” that got a piece of legislation banning any state funds for the Games on a 1972 ballot which passed with a 60% supportive vote. The IOC responded by stripping Denver of the Games and turning to Innsbruck, which staged a success story instead. The 1976 Denver Winter Olympics venues included Alpine skiing: Beaver Creek; Nordic skiing/ski jumping: Steamboat Springs; Speed-skating arena: next to Mile High Stadium, Denver Luge complex: near Stapleton Airport; Olympic Village: University of Denver campus; Opening/closing ceremonies: Mile High Stadium……………..Despite the embarrassment of becoming the only city ever to turn back the Games, Denver remains a superb candidate for a time when the USOC feels it is appropriate to bid again. In fact, Denver actually bid again for the Winter Games, a story apparently lost in the vortex of media reporting and hyperventilating. On June 4, 1989, in Des Moines, the USOC selected Salt Lake City as its candidate for hosting the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Salt Lake’s competition in the final balloting was Denver, Anchorage and Reno-Tahoe………the excellent Denver bid was led by Mayor Federico Pena and television executive Roger Ogden, and included several of the ill-fated 1976 venues and a proposal of a $14 million television fund-raising campaign for the USOC, which was big-time dollars at the time for the organization………..this time around, the effort embraced environmentalists and some of the former critics in the campaign. Vail-Beaver Creek was chosen as the site for Alpine skiing and Steamboat Springs for Nordic skiing. Breckenridge was the venue for Freestyle skiing, and Denver would host ice hockey and figure skating at McNichols Arena, speed skating at Denver University, and curling at the South Suburban Ice Arena. Ogden said at the time that Vail Associates might foot the bill for the construction costs for the luge and bobsled runs in the city, and that negotiations were underway with DU to possibly build and indoor speed skating arena with corporate support. In Des Moines, USOC President Robert Helmick allowed each city to make a thirty-minute presentation to the USOC Executive Committee and site selection team chaired by Sandy Knapp of Indianapolis, which had made visits and inspections of each candidate city in May. I watched each presentation and heard the Denver team address the sticky subject of what had happened in 1972 and if it might still affect the IOC voters should the USOC choose Denver again as its candidate city. In the end, Denver was eliminated on the first ballot, and Salt Lake chosen over Anchorage in the next round. Anchorage had been the USOC candidate twice before, and its officials were enraged. The USOC also stipulated that Salt Lake City would be its candidate again for 2002 if the city failed to win the 1998 Games, which is exactly what happened when Nagano won the 1998 race and Salt Lake came back to win a first-round triumph for 2002………….but here we have Lamm again today, telling the Denver Post  that the city should be careful about a future bid. “The history of the Winter Olympics has been soaked in red ink,” Lamm said. “But I know that those five rings are so glittery that they can distort people’s judgement.” Lamm apparently does not read about the Games much these days. The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which once hoped merely to break even on a $1.3 billion budget, wound up with a $101 million profit, organizers said. Fraser Bullock, chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, said the surplus was almost double the $56 million projected in April, two months after the Games ended. A statement from the SLOC said the profit grew through unused contingency funds and cost cuts on venue restoration. There also were savings on ceremonies and litigation. The extra money will help finance U.S. sports programs and keep the venues from the Winter Olympics in shape for training and competition. And, if my memory serves me well, when Lake Placid was having problems with snowfall ahead of the 1980 Games, representatives of Colorado and then Governor Lamm, offered to host the Olympic skiing events if no solution was found. The Lake Placid organizers implemented the first artificial snow-making effort in Games history and it went off without a hitch. As we enjoy our summer day in Colorado, we are reminded that our state is the envied model of the nation in sports and sports business. Over one million spectators enjoyed the prestigious USA Pro Cycling Challenge last week and millions across the world saw a beautiful Rocky Mountain vista. The state’s ski areas have exploded in growth and popularity, and Denver is among the best sports cities in the world. Colorado Springs is the home of the USOC and 22 of its elite sport national governing bodies. The Games will again come to America, maybe to Colorado one day in the future, and one hopes that Dick Lamm has to stand in a long line for his Curling tickets.

Mike Moran was the chief spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee for a quarter century, through thirteen Games, from Lake Placid to Salt Lake City. He joined the USOC in 1978 as it left New York City for Colorado Springs. He was the Senior Communications Counselor for NYC2012, New York City’s Olympic bid group from 2003-2005 and is now a media consultant and works with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.  He can be reached at

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