The US gets another International Olympic Committee seat in the room, but what about a place at the table?

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While it was encouraging that the International Olympic Committee nominated USOC president Larry Probst for membership it essentially was filling the vacancy created more than a decade ago when Sandra Baldwin resigned in disgrace after admitting to falsifying her academic credentials. What would be decidedly more significant is an American representative on the 15-member executive board. The US hasn’t had a presence there since Jim Easton lost his position in 2006 and while Anita DeFrantz will be a candidate when the IOC votes at its September session, she hasn’t been on the board since 2001 and withdrew her candidacy last time. Though US television rights fees and corporate sponsorships essentially underwrite the Olympic movement, the Americans don’t have the pull where it counts.

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