Golden 25 - #16 - USOC Chiefs Larry Probst, Scott Blackmun

(ATR) A duo leading the way towards greater international presence for the USOC…

DALLAS, TX - MAY 13: (L-R) United States Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst, CEO Scott Blackmun and 2012 U.S. Chef de Mission Teresa Edwards answer questions from the media during the United States Olympic Committee Media Summit 2012 at Hilton Anatole on May 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 13: (L-R) United States Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst, CEO Scott Blackmun and 2012 U.S. Chef de Mission Teresa Edwards answer questions from the media during the United States Olympic Committee Media Summit 2012 at Hilton Anatole on May 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

(ATR) A duo of executives leads the way towards greater international presence for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Larry Probst and Scott Blackmun share number 16 in the Around the Rings Golden 25 for 2016. Now in its 20th year, the survey ranks 25 individuals or events expected to have a major influence on the Olympics in the year ahead.

Probst, 65, USOC chair and an IOC member with an increasing profile, is the leader of the international thrust that is needed to win support for the Los Angeles 2024 bid.

Chief executive Blackmun, 57, works closely with Probst on the international front, but is also responsible for the smooth operation of the world’s leading national Olympic committee. With a contract that could extend to 2026, Blackmun is a symbol of stability for the USOC, the individual who will be involved with all the big projects ahead, whether an Olympic bid, preparations of the biggest team for Rio 2016 or reformation of the Pan American Sports Organization.

Probst, an IOC member since only 2013, nonetheless holds a significant assignment as chair of the Olympic Channel commission. After a career leading EA, one of the world’s top game companies, Probst is using his Silicon Valley connections to help connect the IOC to this high tech world. He’s expected to accompany the IOC President when he visits the area in early 2016.

2015 ranking: 7

Written by Ed Hula.

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