Mayor Newsom welcomes
US Olympic Committee
to San Francisco
Mayor Newsom speaks with USOC members after a working meeting
to discuss San Francisco's potential bid to host the 2016 Olympic
From the Mayors Office of Communications
May 18, 2006
San Francisco, CA - Mayor Newsom today welcomed a team
from the US Olympic Committee (USOC) to San Francisco, to discuss
the citys potential for bidding to host the 2016 Olympic
Games. During a two-hour meeting, Mayor Newsom was supported by
a team of Olympians, government and business leaders from San
Francisco and the Bay Area.
We have a beautiful city and region, fantastic conditions
for sport and a solid base of existing venues to build on,
said Mayor Newsom: Im very excited about the potential
for San Francisco to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Values like
fair play, tolerance, respect for diversity and our love of sport
are things we share with the Olympic Movement.
Announcing the formation of a San Francisco 2016 Exploratory
Committee to further evaluate the potential for bidding on and
hosting the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Mayor Newsom added: I
believe we have the fundamental attributes to be an outstanding
host city for the 2016 Olympic Games. Over the next months, the
San Francisco 2016 Exploratory Committee will delve more deeply
into several key questions: what are the fiscal impacts of hosting
the Olympic Games, what is the best strategy for maximizing the
use of existing venues while minimizing the costs of creating
new venues, how to provide the best possible plan for the athletes
and how to ensure the best legacy from the Games for Bay Area
sports and for local communities.
Anne Cribbs, Olympian, said: The exceptional training and
competition conditions found in and around San Francisco mean
the Bay Area is home to a huge number of Olympians and Paralympians.
Bay Area Olympians will continue their support for San Franciscos
Olympic bidding, to ensure a 2016 Games that would offer excellent
competition conditions and enabling the worlds top athletes
to reach their full potential.
Mayor Newsom also announced his pick to manage the San Francisco
2016 Exploratory Committee, Scott Givens. Mr. Givens is a veteran
of five Olympic Games, most recently as part of the International
Olympic Committees team of experts for the Torino 2006 Olympic
Winter Games. Mr. Givens also served as Managing Director for
Creative and Ceremonies at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
In briefing the San Francisco team, the USOC underscored that
it has not yet decided whether to submit a US bid for 2016 and
will only do so after a careful and comprehensive evaluation of
potential applicant cities. Those wishing to express their support
for and learn more about the San Francisco 2016 Exploratory Committee
can do so at www.sanfrancisco2016.org.
In addition to Mayor Newsom, the San Francisco participants in
todays meeting were: Andrew J. Ball, President and CEO,
Webcor Builders; Kofi Bonner, President, Bay Area Urban Land Division,
Lennar; Todd Bradley, Executive Vice President, Personal Systems
Group, HP; Anne Cribbs, President & CEO, Bay Area Sports Organising
Committee; 1960 Olympian; Dylan Casey, 2000 Olympian; David Crane,
Special Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger for Jobs and Economic
Growth; Scott Givens, The Givens Company; Warren Hellman, Hellman
& Friedman; Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council.
Present from the USOC were USOC Executive Team visit to San Francisco
: USOC bios
Executive summary, followed by detailed bios
Mark HendersoPeter Ueberroth, Chairman / President; Bob Ctvrtlik,
one of the three IOC members for the USA; Jim Scherr, the first
Olympian to serve as CEO of the USOC; George Hirthler who is serving
the USOC in an advisory capacity; Darryl Siebel, Director of Communications
for the USOC since 2003; Mark Henderson, Chairman of the USOC
Athletes Commission; and Bob Fasulo, the USOC's director
of international relations.