(ATR) For the first time in years, an IOC member will lead an organizing committee.
Tony Estanguet, chair of Paris 2024, turns 40 in 2018 and is also the youngest person to lead an OCOG. The two-time gold medalist in the slalom canoe is an IOC member by virtue of his seat on IOC Athletes Commission. He will hold that post until 2020.
He is number 24 in the 2018 edition of the Around the Rings Golden 25. Published since 1997, the Golden 25 is an annual review of people, events and issues expected to influence the Olympic Movement in the year ahead.
Estanguet will be active in the coming weeks assembling the organizing committee required by the IOC within six months after the election of Paris as the host city. The selection of Etienne Thobois as CEO reflects the influence of Estanguet in the hiring. The two worked closely in similar roles during the bid. The hiring shows Estanguet's skill in the balancing act needed to meet the interests of national, regional and city governments, all involved in delivering the Olympics.
Estanguet will also be working with his Los Angeles counterpart, Casey Wasserman on areas of cooperation between the 2024 and 2028 OCOGs, such as marketing and shared logistics.
On the IOC, Estanguet has been a member of several of the disciplinary commissions in the past couple of months that have led to sanctions against Russian athletes from the Sochi Olympics.
Estanguet may be the first OCOG leader who is both an Olympic champ as well as an IOC member. But he is not the only OCOG chief with a pedigree of Olympic gold. He shares that distinction with two other recent OCOG chiefs. One is another French citizen, alpine ski great Jean-Claude Killy, who ran the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. He became an IOC member, but after Albertville. The second is Sebastian Coe, the gold medal miler who led the London 2012 Games. Now the IAAF president, Coe is not an IOC member, though that could change in 2018.
2017 ranking - #6
Reported by Ed Hula.