The Los Angeles 2024 bid committee announced it has appointed five-time Olympic medalist Janet Evans as the committee’s Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations. In doing so it underlined its intention to put athletes at the heart of its Olympic and Paralympic Games plan.
Evans’ swimming career included five Olympic medals, 17 national titles and seven world records.
Evans will lead the LA 2024 Athlete’s Commission, working closely with Olympians and Paralympians to ensure their voices are heard at every stage of its bid. LA 2024 will seek to support one of the aims of Olympic Agenda 2020 – to “enhance the athletes’ experience at the Games” by seeking perspectives straight from the field of play from current and former athletes, both within the U.S. and internationally.
LA 2024 plan places the Athletes’ Village in the centre of the city, giving athletes convenient access to the city’s numerous world-famous attractions. It’s existing “world-class” sports venues are set beside iconic locations, from Santa Monica Beach to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which will serve as backdrops for the Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
Five primary clusters, hosting 94 per cent of all sports, will be within 30 minutes of the village and 50 per cent of sports will be within 15 minutes or less.
Honored to give a voice to Olympic & Paralympic athletes as we work together to bring the Olympics back to the U.S. https://t.co/Y2xdlunMKO
— Janet Evans (@janetevans) September 24, 2015
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said, “the appointment of Janet Evans, a three-time Olympian as our vice chair, is a statement of intent from LA2024. 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 honour 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 centre stage.”
Los Angeles is competing with Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome – the IOC will elect a winner in September 2017.