Blackmun's Leadership Improved U.S. Olympics

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from The Colorado Springs Gazette Scott Blackmun resigned his post this week as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, while battling cancer amid a sex abuse scandal he did not cause.

One cannot overemphasize the devastation caused by widespread sex abuse of American Olympic athletes, and Blackmun was the first to agonize that his organization had not done more to prevent and stop the crimes. All strong, upstanding leaders wish they could act with the benefit of hindsight.

"Could we do more? Always," Blackmun told The Gazette last year.

"Should we have begun acting before 2010? I wish we had. But to suggest that the USOC is not diligently and effectively working to solve this problem is unfair to the USOC and misleading to the American public


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