Golden 25 -- #9 Claudia Bokel

(ATR) IOC Athletes Commission chairwoman, and IOC Executive Board member.

(ATR)As chairwoman of the IOC Athletes Commission, Claudia Bokel has a seat on the IOC Executive Board, bringing the voice of athletes to the forefront of the IOC decision-making body.

One of the biggest reform items for Agenda 2020, switching to an event-based Olympic Program from an event-based one, means she will evaluate the opinions of athletes from every discipline that might be cut.

Bokel will have a key role in shaping a potential German bid for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics. She is Germany’s only IOC member who can openly advocate for issues IOC President Thomas Bach is Germany’s other IOC member.

An active feature in the Olympic Movement, Bokel can be seen at nearly every Olympic-related event on the calendar.

2014 ranking: 14

The Around the Rings Golden 25, now in its 19th year, is sponsored by EY.

The list spotlights 25 individuals who will have substantial influence on the Olympic Movement in the year ahead. The Golden 25 is compiled by the staff of Around the Rings, the world’s most experienced journalistic team dedicated to covering the Olympics.

The countdown from number 25 began December 20. The number-one position will be announced Jan 1, 2015.

Reported by Ed Hula III

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