— Published 6 May 2022

The succession is launched

The end of 2022 is shaping up to be a very political time at the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Its chief executive, Sarah Hirshland, confirmed in an interview with Sport Examiner that the president of the body, Susanne Lyons (pictured above), will be stepping down at the end of the year, at the end of a mandate that began in January 2019. She arrived at the presidency of the USOPC to succeed Larry Probst, and will have served for twelve years on the board of the Olympic and Paralympic organisation, including four years in the highest position. Two names are already circulating in the United States as potential candidates to succeed her: Dexter Paine, the former president of the US Ski and Snowboard Federation, and Beth Brooke, a former high-ranking executive of the auditing and consulting firm EY (Ernst & Young). According to Sarah Hirshland, the next USOPC president could become the third American member of the IOC, after Anita DeFrantz and David Haggerty, the president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).