Apr 19, 2014 1:00 PM by Jordan Mason
Colorado Springs-------Sports fans in the Pikes Peak Region will have a chance to take part in a special luncheon to celebrate the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies, as well as the success of the U.S. Olympic and U.S. Paralympic Teams in Sochi, Russia.
The Salute to the Olympic Family Luncheon, sponsored by the City of Colorado Springs, Coca Cola, the El Pomar Foundation and the Sports Corp will be held at the United States Olympic Training Center on Wednesday, April 23 at 12:00 Noon in the facility's Sports Center I.
Tours of the facility will be available to luncheon guests at 1:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the luncheon.
The event will celebrate the USOC's 36th year in Colorado Springs as its national headquarters since moving from New York City in the summer of 1978 to Olympic House. With the presence of the USOC and two dozen of its National Governing Bodies, Colorado Springs is recognized as America's Olympic City.
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The featured speaker at the luncheon will be Olympic great Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, the USOC's Chief of Organizational Excellence.
Fitzgerald Mosley was named chief of organizational excellence for the United States Olympic Committee on June 18, 2013, and officially assumed the position in August 2013. In her current role, Fitzgerald Mosley oversees athlete career programs, the athlete ombudsman's office, diversity and inclusion, human resources, facilities, NGB organizational development, security, and strategic planning. She also serves on the International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Commission, a role she undertook in March 2012.
The track and field great previously worked in a variety of roles for the USOC from 1995 to 2001, including director of the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (1995-97), director of U.S. Olympic Training Centers (1997-2000) and director of public relations programs (2000-01). Following her departure in 2001, she became the president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications.
In July 2009, Fitzgerald Mosley assumed the position of chief of sport performance for USA Track & Field. There, she managed national teams, championship events and high performance programs. Her four years with the organization included the 2012 Olympic Games, where U.S. track & field athletes garnered 29 medals, representing the highest medal count for the U.S. in 20 years.
Previously, she held stints with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (program director, 1993-95) and Special Olympics International (regional director/sports marketing manager, 1991-93).
At the 1984 Olympic Games, Fitzgerald Mosley became the first African American woman and just the second American woman to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter hurdles. The 14-time All-American is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Penn Relays Hall of Fame and the University of Tennessee Lady Vols Hall of Fame.
A 1984 graduate of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, Fitzgerald Mosley is a member of the University of Tennessee Alumni board of directors. In addition, she is a past chair of the Women's Sports Foundations Board of Trustees and was formerly a member of the USOC board of directors and Athletes' Advisory Council.