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Covington to Serve as Counsel to U.S. Olympic Committee Advisory Committee

December 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2009 — The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced the members of the independent Advisory Committee established by USOC’s Board of Directors to assess the USOC's board structure and operations model. The 14-member committee will be chaired by Paul Tagliabue. The committee's members have wide-ranging experience with youth and professional sports, on the governing bodies of national and international amateur and Olympic sports, and with not-for-profit organizations. Covington & Burling LLP will serve as counsel to the committee, on a pro bono basis.

The committee members are:

  • Ann Cody: Paralympian in wheelchair basketball and track & field, current member of the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board
  • Skip Gilbert: USA Triathlon Executive Director, Chair of the National Governing Bodies (NGB) Council
  • Courtney Johnson: Olympic water polo silver medalist, past member and leader of the USOC Athletes Advisory Council, attorney
  • Jim McCarthy: former USOC Board member, Chef de Mission for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team, past CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, attorney
  • Jon Naber: Olympic swimming gold medalist, Immediate Past President of the U.S. Olympians Association, sports broadcaster, corporate speaker
  • Jeanne Picariello: Chair of the Multi-Sport Organizations Council, Chef de Mission of the 2004 U.S. Paralympic Team, retired Colonel, U.S. Army
  • Pat Ryan: Chairman of World Sport Chicago, past chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016, founding chairman of Aon Corporation
  • Matt Van Houten: Chair of the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council, member of Board of Directors for USA Team Handball, U.S. Team Handball Men’s National Team member, attorney
  • Brian Whitcomb: former U.S. Cycling Men’s National Team member, Athlete Advisory Council member
  • David A. Brandon: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Domino’s Pizza LLC, Regent Emeritus at the University of Michigan, former football player for the University of Michigan
  • Raul Fernandez: Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, co-owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center
  • Hugh Price: past President and CEO of the National Urban League, Princeton professor, former member of The New York Times editorial board
  • John Thompson: Chairman of the Board of Symantec Corporation, minority investor with the Golden State Warriors
  • Paul Tagliabue: Advisory Committee Chairman, National Football League (NFL) Commissioner from 1989-2006, Chairman of the Board of Georgetown University; Senior Counsel at Covington

The committee will assess the size, structure and operating practices of the USOC board, and make recommendations for consideration by the board. Findings are expected in March.

The Covington team will be led by corporate partners Doug Gibson and Peter Zern, and will include associates Heather Davis and Jihad Beauchman*.  All are based in the firm’s Washington office.

*Not yet admitted to practice.

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