POSTED: September 25th 2015

Four-time Olympic Champion Janet Evans named Vice Chair and Director of Athletes Relations by LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles (LA) 2024 Bid Committee announced today, the appointment of Five-time Olympic medalist, Janet Evans as the committee's Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations. It was LA 2024's next step in underlining their intention to put athletes at the heart of their Games plan.

"Janet has been a wonderful ambassador for the United States in the Olympic Movement, and I have no doubt that she will do an excellent job as vice chair and director of athlete relations. The athletes' experience is vital to the success of an Olympic and Paralympic Games, and its importance is reflected in the IOC's decision to add it as a Candidate City evaluation criterion. With Janet leading, I know that LA 2024 will be in a position to deliver an unrivaled experience for athletes," expressed United States Olympic Committee CEO, Scott Blackmun.

Evans will handle leading the LA 2024 Athletes' Commission and working closely with Olympians and Paralympians to make sure that their voices and ideas are heard through the bidding stages. LA 2024 will be seeking perspectives straight from the field of play from both former and current athletes within the United States (U.S.) and internationally. The Athletes' Commission will disseminate information and collating input, provide feedback and new ideas to LA 2024 while also managing LA 2024's ongoing dialogue with athletes.

As one of the most decorated U.S. Olympians, Evans has had an illustrious career that spans across three Olympic Games where she earned a total of five medals (four golds and one silver). During her Olympic debut in 1988, she won all three of her races. Four years later, she added another gold medal and also a silver to her collection. Evans ended up breaking seven world records during her career, which stood no less than 19 years. Also, Evans was selected to pass the Olympic torch to Muhammad Ali at the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In 2001, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman stated, "The appointment of Janet Evans, a three-time Olympian, as our vice chair is a statement of intent from LA 2024. We are totally committed to putting athletes at the very heart of our Games Plan, with a concept designed to optimize the athletes' experience. Janet will ensure that we remain in dialogue with the athletes and constantly identify new ways to refine and improve our offering. We will work tirelessly to guarantee that if we have the honor of hosting the Games we will provide the athletes with an amazing Games experience. Athletes are the stars of the show and in LA we know how to ensure that our stars take center stage."

This announcement is the latest step taken by LA 2024 towards its commitment to providing athletes with an excellent environment. The Games Plan for LA 2024 has the center of the city housing the Athletes' Village, which will give athletes easy access to numerous world-famous attractions. All of the sports will be within 15-30 minutes of the Village, allowing athletes to quickly access all the venue locations. Athletes will be immersed in an electric atmosphere of packed crowds full of knowledgeable and passionate fans.

LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans commented, "As a native Southern Californian and passionate supporter of bringing the Games back to the U.S. for the first time in 28 years, I'm honored to join this team and will do everything I can to help LA's bid."

She concluded, "As an Olympian and former athlete who has competed at three Olympic Games I know how important it is that everything is in place to allow athletes to compete at their best. I remember sitting in the stands as a young fan at the LA Memorial Coliseum in 1984 and those athletes truly inspired my athletic pursuits. I am delighted to be working on a bid that is driven by a passion to provide the athletes of the world with the perfect stage for another inspirational show at LA 2024."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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